Today’s News - Wednesday, June 6, 2018
● Barth explores whether LEED is "tough enough for the climate-change era - the conflicting evidence on energy savings is worth a gut-check, especially since more than just private profits are at stake - climate change isn't going to wait."
● Bernstein delves into how technology is changing the definition of practice: "Architecture firms that also do software will eventually turn into software firms that also do architecture. Architects shouldn't be scared of the new tools - a pencil is a tool" ("Beware the cobots," he told us).
● Gragg parses the news that a design/build giant has acquired Michael Green Architecture, and "plotting a major mass timber push. Katerra's disruptive idealism drew Green into the partnership."
● Texas architect Alofsin studied American suburbs, why production housing is so successful, their downsides, and how the housing industry is "more responsive to public taste" - architects have "largely ceded the best opportunity to be relevant and useful to ordinary people."
● Kamin x 2: He pens a love letter to the Tribune Tower (with "a shout-out to its architects") days before his newspaper moves to an "architecturally undistinguished mid-20th-century high-rise": "These last looks are both pleasurable and painful. I love this building, love it more deeply because we're about to leave it" (lots of fab photos!).
● He's quite taken with the "transformed" Gateway Arch in St. Louis: "the grounds have been brilliantly updated for the 21st century. Here, landscape architecture is no mere adornment, but a game-changing reshaper of urban conditions and expectations" (more fab photos!).
● Moore has a lively conversation with Frida Escobedo re: her Serpentine Pavilion 2018 and more: the project "will bring her the wider audience she deserves. Throughout her work, there's an interest in whatever is already there - a deliberate imprecision in her work that comes from her liking for rough materials and her belief in incompleteness."
● Eyefuls of what Mayne's Orange County Museum of Art will look like: his "'not overtly' iconic building" is "architecture with a capital 'A.'"
● Singhal parses KPMB's Wilson School of Design in Richmond, Canada: "In a neighborhood dominated by cars and parking lots, the new school represents a major step towards a healthier urban fabric - a significant contribution to the vision and development of the Metro Vancouver region."
● Comberg offers a look at "the often forgotten work of Denise Scott Brown" that "deserve their moment in the spotlight."
● Salingaros offers a "short, visual primer on connecting buildings to nature" by parsing Christopher Alexander: "Design that liberates human creativity and life is founded upon combining unconventional tools."
● Diaz has a great Q&A with Beijing-based Belgian architect and photographer Kris Provoost: "His series Beautified China I and II celebrate the details that architects slave over - and remind us to appreciate the patterns all around us" (amazing photos!).
● A good reason to head to Pisa, Italy, next week: Nexus 2018: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics, the12th international, interdisciplinary conference.
● Arch Record's Good Design Is Good Business 2018 recognizes "six diverse projects for their contributions to attracting and retaining talent, enhancing employee well-being, improving community relations, and, ultimately, boosting the client's bottom line" (great presentation).
● CTBUH announces the Best Tall Building Worldwide and Winners of 2018 Tall Building Awards.
● Eyefuls of the Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition winners.
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Brian Barth: Is LEED Tough Enough for the Climate-Change Era? 20 years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council piloted its LEED certification, which has reshaped architecture and real estate...as the USGBC has grown, so have accusations of “greenwashing"...The debate over whether LEED standards are strict enough originates, at least in part, from differing expectations of what a green building should be...“You can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good"...the conflicting evidence on energy savings is worth a gut-check, especially since more than just private profits are at stake...climate change isn’t going to wait... -- Bob Berkebile/BNIM; “CPR: Critical Planet Rescue"; AIA Committee on the Environment/COTE; Rick Fedrizzi; Mahesh Ramanujam; USGBC; International Living Future Institute/ILFI; Hilary Firestone/City Energy Project- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Fred A. Bernstein: Technologically Savvy Firms Expand the Definition of Practice: ...not every architecture firm in the future will spawn a separate software company, but every architecture firm will have to respond to technological changes that are rocking the profession...new tools have transformed ateliers into veritable computer labs...architecture firms that also do software will eventually turn into software firms that also do architecture. “I don’t see it as a threat to the profession...I see it as a threat to the business model"...“now we have the ability to use algorithms to prove the value of our work"...Architects shouldn’t be scared of the new tools - a pencil is a tool. Tomas Rossant/Ennead; Billie Faircloth/Christopher Connock/KieranTimberlake/KT Innovations; Steve McConnell/NBBJ/Visual Vocal; Frank Gehry; Christian Derix/Shane Burger,/Superspace/Woods Bagot; Steve McConnell/NBBJ; Kat Park/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Chris Sharples/SHoP Architects; Katerra; Nader Tehrani/NADAAA; Sheila Kennedy/Kennedy Violich Architects; John Medina- Architectural Record
Randy Gragg: Design/Build Giant Acquires Michael Green Architecture, Plans to Open CLT Factory: Katerra has grown from a Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s bright idea into what soon could be one of the largest commercial residential construction firms in the country...plotting a major mass timber push...Katerra’s disruptive idealism drew Green into the partnership. He became the first member of a “design consortium"... -- Craig Curtis; Gerhard Schickhofer; Ted Flato/Lake|Flato/ Joe Greco/Lord Aeck Sargent; Andrea Leers/Leers Weinzapfel Associates- Architectural Record
Anthony Alofsin: A Defense of the Suburbs: An architect immerses himself in residential production housing to learn why people like it - and what it can teach Americans about the future of urban design: I learned that the housing industry is not just a major economic force, but also more efficient, more responsive to public taste, and more effective in marketing its products than the architecture profession...the profession has largely ceded the best opportunity to be relevant and useful to ordinary people. -- Duo Dickinson; Robert Bruegmann"Sprawl: A Compact History"- The Atlantic
Blair Kamin: A farewell to Tribune Tower and a shout-out to its architects: As Chicago Tribune journalists prepare to leave Tribune Tower on Friday, I find my eyes roaming over the tower’s flamboyant neo-Gothic silhouette and its innumerable alluring details...These last looks are both pleasurable and painful. I love this building, love it more deeply because we’re about to leave it. -- John Mead Howells; Raymond M. Hood- Chicago Tribune
Blair Kamin: Gateway Arch transformed: New landscape, expanded museum better link the icon to St. Louis: In a project at once carefully wrought and boldly transformative, the Arch’s grounds have been brilliantly updated for the 21st century...it can be deemed a major success in its reinvention of a historic landscape and the connections it forges between that landscape and the surrounding city. Here, landscape architecture is no mere adornment, but a game-changing reshaper of urban conditions and expectations. -- Eero Saarinen; Dan Kiley (1965); Michael Van Valkenburgh; Cooper Robertson; James Carpenter Design Associates [images]- Chicago Tribune
Rowan Moore: Serpentine pavilion 2018: Frida Escobedo's ‘intimate public space’: Mexico’s Escobedo is the youngest architect to receive the prestigious commission. It will bring her the wider audience she deserves: ...she will use walls of stacked-up British roof tiles to create a “porous” enclosure, half-open and half-roofed...Throughout her work, there’s an interest in whatever is already there...There is a deliberate imprecision in her work that comes from her liking for rough materials and her belief in incompleteness. [images]- Observer (UK)
See what the new Orange County Museum of Art will look like as Thom Mayne/Morphosis designs are revealed: “What’s exciting about Thom is the fact that he’s never done an art museum"...next to Cesar Pelli’s undulating glass-veiled Segerstrom Concert Hall...Mayne’s “not overtly” iconic building features a modern multi-slatted three-story amorphous structure..."architecture with a capital ‘A'"...will feature Mayne's signature dramatic angles and textured external surfaces, but still no word on what that surface will be made of. [images]- Orange County Register (California)
Sumit Singhal: Wilson School of Design in Richmond, Canada, by KPMB Architects + Public: Architecture + Communication: ...new [school] at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is to be the preeminent school for this industry...In a neighbourhood dominated by cars and parking lots, the new school represents a major step towards a healthier urban fabric...This new gateway dresses the stage for the future transformation of Richmond’s Lansdowne Mall into a vibrant mixed-use community...represents a significant contribution to the vision and development of the Metro Vancouver region. [images]- AECCafé.com
Ella Comberg: The Often Forgotten Work of Denise Scott Brown: ...the couple’s eternal association often leaves Scott Brown’s personal work in the dust...[Her] accomplishments - as well as her work completed alongside Venturi - deserve their moment in the spotlight. Spanning architecture, city planning, furniture design, and theory...a look at some of her lesser-known work: -- Robert Venturi; Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates/VSBA Architects and Planners [images]- ArchDaily
Nikos A. Salingaros: The Legacy of Christopher Alexander: Form Language, Pattern Language, and Complexity: A short, visual primer on connecting buildings to nature: Form languages that obey Alexander’s 15 fundamental properties generate healing environments through Biophilia....Pattern language is necessary to determine the design of spaces and volumes so that they are going to provide a healing experience...understand how we respond to distinct types of complexity, and learn how to generate organized complexity...Design that liberates human creativity and life is founded upon combining unconventional tools...- Common Edge
Jesus Diaz: Why architects make the best photographers: Colors, patterns, proportions: See the world through an architect’s eyes: Belgian architect and photographer Kris Provoost moved to Beijing in 2010...he has been photographing the country’s architecture for nearly a decade, and his photos are unmistakable...His series Beautified China I and II celebrate the details that architects slave over...and remind us to appreciate the patterns all around us...Q&A re: his sui generis approach to architectural photography... -- GMP Architekten [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Nexus 2018: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics: 12th international, interdisciplinary conference, Pisa, Italy, June 11-14, hosted by the Department of Engineering of Energy, Systems, Territory and Construction (DESTeC) of the University of Pisa and Kim Williams Books.- Nexus Network Journal / DESTeC – University of Pisa / Kim Williams Books
Good Design Is Good Business 2018: ...awards program...singled out six diverse projects for their contributions to attracting and retaining talent, enhancing employee well-being, improving community relations, and, ultimately, boosting the client’s bottom line. -- Eskew + Dumez + Ripple; Allied Works Architecture; BNIM; Architecture Plus Information; Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec; Parabola [images]- Architectural Record
CTBUH Reveals Best Tall Building Worldwide and Winners of 2018 Tall Building Awards: Best Tall Building Worldwide to the Oasia Hotel Downtown by WOHA. -- American Copper Buildings/SHoP Architects; The Silo/COBE; Zeitz MOCAA/Heatherwick Studio; Word Trade Center Masterplan/Studio Daniel Libeskind; MULTI/ThyssenKrupp; EY Centre/fjmt; New York Times Tower/Renzo Piano Building Workshop/FXFOWLE Architects (now FXCollaborative); Shanghai World Financial Center/KPF/Kohn Pedersen Fox [images]- ArchDaily
Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition winners announced> ...concepts for a guest house that allowed visitors to observe the unusual and magnificent spectacle that is the Northern Lights. The winning proposals were chosen for their creative experimentation with a specific material and for their distinct interaction with the site and the sky. -- Kamila Szatanowska/Paulina Rogalska (Poland); Francois Bodlet (Belgium); Catarina Oom De Sousa/Carla Romagosa Girós/Eftalia Proios Torras (Spain) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
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