Today’s News - Tuesday, June 5, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting last week. We were unexpectedly laid low by...never mind (tech gods not at fault this time). So, now it's catch-up time...
● Phil Bernstein explains "why the field of architecture needs a new business model," challenging "the current methods of value creation," and proposing a new business model for architects.
● Brady makes the case that, "to fix architecture, fix the design crit" by making evidence-based design the basis of the crit - it "could improve the credibility of the entire discipline - putting the profession in a more valuable and trustworthy position than it is today."
● Sisson parses "The Empty House Next Door," the Lincoln Institute's new report offering "a sobering snapshot" of "the epidemic of vacant homes and lots, and how neighborhoods are finding solutions."
● Comberg offers 7 "key takeaways" from NYC's new affordable housing design guide "written in language accessible to people outside of design professions - architects worldwide can learn from the document, too."
● A look at how some San Francisco architects are "reinventing" their approach to the Bay Area's affordable housing crisis, which is "at risk of persisting if the response of the community doesn't shift - architects can help by taking "a more nuanced approach to design to help a community envision what the outcome will look like."
● Page's Kurtz & Clegg look at Houston's post-Harvey "road to resilience" that "requires a broad holistic" approach - projects "must deliver environmental, social and economic returns on investment," and architects, designers, and engineers can offer "creative, integrated, and lasting strategies against future storms."
● Berg takes a deep dive into how developing countries "are becoming construction sites for Chinese-designed housing blocks, office towers, hotels and urban developments - the Chinese approach is unique - unmistakably a new form and scale of city-making" that "may become the new standard."
● Stinson brings us eyefuls of Eliasson's first building rising from the harbor in Vejle, Denmark that's "as trippy as you'd expect": it's "meant to be more than a stationary building - an exploration of shape and perception, with platforms that arch out over the water" (trippy, indeed!).
● Aric Chen of M+ explains why the new Serpentine Pavilion Beijing "signals a new age for Chinese architecture - many were struck by its audacious simplicity"; Jiakun Architects "has given us something to think about" - it "aims to reveal architecture at its most essential. But it's difficult not to also see something more ominous."
● Designs for 5 Melbourne Metro Tunnel stations look to be "new architectural landmarks for Melbourne - all designed to maximize public space and natural light," and "deliver new parks and open spaces" and more around each station.
● Lange finds "the hidden women of architecture and design" in writing her new book, "The Design of Childhood": they were "handy, empathetic, often educators, ready to step in where they saw design with a capital 'D' falling short" (great read!).
● The World Monuments Fund and Google Arts & Culture launch "Preserving Iraq's Heritage," an online platform that "showcases the unique stories of Iraq's endangered heritage sites and the extraordinary efforts to preserve them" (very cool!).
Winners - and almost-winners - all:
● Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot win the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition with their design for "a dynamic people-friendly new place - a unique cultural destination physically and emotionally woven into the place and community" (great presentation, including all finalists).
● Eyefuls of the AIA 2018 Small Project Awards that "recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work, from a gymnasium-turned-chapel to a woodland playscape" (great presentation).
● Eyefuls of the 12 finalists vying for the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018, organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe (great presentation).
The critics are returning from - and weighing in on - the Venice Architecture Biennale preview (more to come, we're sure):
● Wainwright x 2: Farrell and McNamara "have curated a show that celebrates in-between spaces - and - for once - plenty of places to sit"; they "know a good place to put a bench when they see it" (he also calls out "the show's chief flaw").
● He "braves architecture's answer to the Eurovision song contest": "As ever, there is a lot of rubbish, punctuated by occasional moments of brilliance."
● Moore, meanwhile, finds the Biennale to be "a joyous treasure trove - it can be hard slog, a soul-sapping hack through dense thickets of images and words - but not this time."
● Miranda offers "7 of the most intriguing national pavilions to see" at the Biennale: it's "a bit like being in a big city, where your every want and need can be instantly satiated."
● McGuigan & Broome offer their takes & highlights: "That the Swiss Pavilion won the Golden Lion for "House Tour" - a witty if one-note take on apartment hunting - was surprising enough, but more controversial" was Great Britain's "'special mention' nod without presenting any architecture at all. Completely ignored by the jury was the Vatican's first participation - a surprise favorite of almost everyone."
● McGuigan also reports on the Voices of Women initiative, and the nearly 200 women who "gathered to press for equity, tolerance, and openness in architecture" (hand fans included).
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Phil Bernstein: Why the Field of Architecture Needs a New Business Model: ...architects are still paid far less than comparable professionals of equal education and import, and we create value through outmoded delivery systems where the client’s first...priority is getting the lowest fee from the architect...you’re a commodity. Let’s examine the economic dynamics of this syndrome...I would like to challenge the current methods of value creation and propose a new business model for architects.- Architectural Record
Ross Brady: To Fix Architecture, Fix the Design Crit: It’s time to back our claims with real evidence: If the expectation of empirical evidence for design decisions were introduced as the basis of a design crit...could improve the credibility of the entire discipline...the practice of evidence-based design has never caught...change could reform the entire profession in a way that would make evidence-based design the norm...architectural design would necessarily become far more robust and relevant for the people it serves, putting the profession in a more valuable and trustworthy position than it is today.- Common Edge
Patrick Sisson: The high cost of abandoned property, and how cities can push back: “The Empty House Next Door” examines the epidemic of vacant homes and lots, and how neighborhoods are finding solutions...a new report from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy...offers a deft accounting of the cost of these buildings on the surrounding areas...offers a sobering snapshot of just how widespread vacancy has become...there have been some bright spots... -- Alan Mallach- Curbed
Ella Comberg: 7 Lessons from New York's New Affordable Housing Design Guide: American public housing doesn’t have to be desolate. A new set of design standards...hopes to turn over a new leaf in affordable housing architecture...“Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing”...written in language accessible to people outside of design professions...architects worldwide can learn from the document, too. Here are some key takeaways: -- Ennead; SHoP Architects; Magnusson Architecture & Planning; Curtis + Ginsberg Architects; AIANY [images]- ArchDaily
Architects See Housing Crisis Solutions In Design Innovations: The Bay Area’s housing crisis is presenting...designers with new challenges...reinventing the way people live, incorporating better uses of design to increase efficiency and engaging with the community to find designs that work well for everyone...the housing crisis is at risk of persisting if the response of the community doesn’t shift as well...Architects can help with the next iteration that takes a more nuanced approach to design [to] help a community envision what the outcome will look like. -- Kristen Hall/Perkins+Will; Anne Torney/Mithun; WRT Solomon E.T.C.; Kennerly Architecture and Planning; Full Circle Architects; Marissa Kasdan/KTGY Architecture + Planning;Angshupriya Pathak/Anderson Brulé Architects- Bisnow.com
Jill Kurtz & John Clegg/Page: Houston’s Road to Resilience Requires a Broad Holistic Plan: The national media may have moved, but the city continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey: Infrastructure alone cannot shoulder the burden of protecting life and property...Whatever specific projects garner support...they must deliver environmental, social and economic returns on investment...creative, integrated and lasting strategies against future storms...Architects, designers and engineers have a strong voice in the conversation in this recovery...- Common Edge
Nate Berg: These Chinese buildings are coming to a city near you: ...primarily financed, designed, engineered and even constructed by China...developing countries...are becoming construction sites for Chinese-designed housing blocks, office towers, hotels and urban developments...Chinese government distances itself from accusations that it uses building projects to secure greater influence in the developing world...benevolent in nature...the Chinese approach is unique...city building style may become the new standard...unmistakably a new form and scale of city-making. -- Janaka Wijesundara; Jagath Munasinghe; Charlie Xue; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/SOM; Tongji Architectural Design Group; Daan Roggeveen [images]- CNN Style
Liz Stinson: Olafur Eliasson’s first building is as trippy as you’d expect: Architecture as art: His work often straddles the line between artistic spatial experiment and architecture, so it makes sense that his next project is a full-scale building...in Vejle, Denmark...The curving brick building, called Fjordenhus, rises from the harbor...meant to be more than a stationary building...an exploration of shape and perception, with platforms that arch out over the water... -- Sebastian Behmann; Studio Other Spaces [images]- Curbed
Aric Chen/M+: Why Beijing's Serpentine Pavilion signals a new age for Chinese architecture: ...many were struck by its audacious simplicity...Liu Jiakun has given us something to think about...China's ever-expanding skylines offers enough evidence that the architecture of spectacle...is still in fashion. But beneath it all, the spotlight has pivoted...pavilion aims to reveal architecture at its most essential - a visceral embodiment of potential energy held in elegant tension. But it's difficult not to also see...something more ominous... -- Jiakun Architects [images]- CNN Style
‘Five new architectural landmarks for Melbourne’: final designs released for Melbourne Metro Tunnel stations: ...all designed to maximize public space and natural light, with each design drawing on the architectural character of the local area...project will also deliver new parks and open spaces, bicycle facilities and community plazas around each station. -- Hassell; Weston Williamson + Partners; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Alexandra Lange: The Hidden Women of Architecture and Design: Design and architecture have been, and remain, professions dominated by men. But when I set out to write my new book, “The Design of Childhood”...I found a funny thing: women...handy, empathetic, often educators, ready to step in where they saw design with a capital “D” falling short...My time spent writing...has given me an expanded view of the history of design. Women have always been there...but we have overlooked their contributions. -- Natalie de Blois/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/SOM; Ruth Belew; Maria Edgeworth; Caroline Pratt; Elizabeth Peabody; Elizabeth Jennings Graham; Lady Allen of Hurtwood- New Yorker
WMF and Google Arts & Culture Launch Online Platform for Threatened Iraqi Heritage: "Preserving Iraq's Heritage"...showcases the unique stories of Iraq’s endangered heritage sites and the extraordinary efforts to preserve them...The digital collaboration launches with eight online exhibitions that incorporate drone footage, new 3D models, imagery, architectural drawings... [link to site]- World Monuments Fund/WMF
Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot win Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition: ...a dynamic people-friendly new place...a unique cultural destination physically and emotionally woven into the place and community. -- Adjaye Associates/BVN; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group/JPE Design Studio; David Chipperfield Architects/SJB Architects; HASSELL/SO-IL ; Khai Liew/Office of Ryue Nishizawa/Durbach Block Jaggers [images]- Malcolm Reading Consultants / Arts South Australia
AIA 2018 Small Project Awards: ...to recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work...from a gymnasium-turned-chapel to a woodland playscape. -- FR|SCH Projects/Matter Design; Cutler Anderson Architects; Edward Ogosta Architecture; Olson Kundig; Howeler + Yoon Architecture; Alchemy Architects; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris/AHMM; Kevin Daly Architects; FXCollaborative; substance; Woodhouse Tinucci Architects [images]- AIArchitect / American Institute of Architects
12 finalists Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 announced: ... organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe programme as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award...bringing together the most talented graduates...- World-Architects.com
Oliver Wainwright: Venice Architecture Biennale: take a seat for the 'bench biennale': Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara...have curated a show that celebrates in-between spaces, with smells, historical treasure troves and - for once - plenty of places to sit: ...thanks to a pair of practical Irishwomen who know a good place to put a bench when they see it...The welcome proliferation of perches is a direct response to the curators’ manifesto...stressing the architect’s obligation to provide “gifts” to the wider public...an exhibition revealing the added value that architecture can bring...which is also the show’s chief flaw. [images]- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Cosmic chapels and an estate agent's nightmare - Venice Architecture Biennale: Bijou chapels from the Vatican, a mind-boggling house from Switzerland, and a load of scaffolding from Britain ... our writer braves architecture’s answer to the Eurovision song contest: 65 countries now compete with ever more impenetrable displays...making the challenge to see them all in a couple of days an act of supreme endurance for even the most devout architecture enthusiast. As ever, there is a lot of rubbish, punctuated by occasional moments of brilliance. The rest could be of some interest, if the subject matter were given more space to breathe... [images]- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: Venice architecture biennale 2018: a joyous treasure trove: The importance of space is celebrated in Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell’s uplifting showcase of global design, ranging from a Japanese nursery school to a repurposed Catalan social club: The Venice biennale can be hard slog, a soul-sapping hack through dense thickets of images and words...but not this time...a physical reminder that architecture should be a joy both to experience and to make. [images]- Observer (UK)
Carolina A. Miranda: Seven of the most intriguing national pavilions to see at the Venice Architecture Biennale: ...a bit like being in a big city, where your every want and need can be instantly satiated. Want to see architectural models floating in a giant pool? Check...7 pavilions worth checking out: Israel; Great Britain; Estonia; U.S.; Chile; Switzerland; Egypt + link to: The women at the helm of 2018's Venice Architecture Biennale and the unexpected generosity of design. -- Freespace; Yvonne Farrell/Shelley McNamara/Grafton Architects [images]- Los Angeles Times
Cathleen McGuigan & Beth Broome: Notes from the 2018 Venice Biennale: That the Swiss Pavilion won the Golden Lion for..."House Tour" - a witty if one-note take on apartment hunting - was surprising enough, but more controversial was the “special mention” nod to...Great Britain...the ironic fact was that a pavilion won an architecture award without presenting any architecture at all...Completely ignored by the jury was the Vatican’s first participation...a surprise favorite of almost everyone...Further pavilions of note..."FreeSpace" highlights: -- Eduardo Souto de Moura; Jan de Vylder/Inge Vinck/Jo Taillieu/architecten de vylder vinck taillieu; Rahul Mehrotra; Andra Martin; Kenneth Frampton; Yvonne Farrell/Shelley McNamara/Grafton Architects [images]- Architectural Record
Cathleen McGuigan: Women Architects Demonstrate for Equity at the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale: ...nearly 200 women...gathered to press for equity, tolerance, and openness in architecture. Part of a movement called Voices of Women...Read the entire manifesto... -- Odile Decq; Martha Thorne; Yvonne Farrell/Shelley McNamara/Grafton Architects,- Architectural Record
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