Today’s News - Thursday, June 7, 2018
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● ANN features: Knoops x 2 (from Venezia): A survey of 10 national pavilions at the Biennale chosen for their translation of "Freespace" - in no particular order other than my own itinerary.
● He lauds Kenneth Frampton, a New York Lion - now a Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale - he has shaped more than one generation of architects.
● Wood digs deep into "how to design for disassembly," and talks to Anders Lendager, whose firm is "working towards a circular economy by giving upcycled and recycled building materials a new life," and building scientist Bradley Guy, "who has been advocating for design for disassembly (DfD) for over 20 years."
● Klotz tells the tale of Ingrid Gehl, "the little-known behavioral scientist who transformed cities all over the world" and "influenced much of the thinking of her husband," Jan Gehl - their story "is a model for what partnerships between behavioral scientists and designers can look like today."
● Schwab gives us a sneak-peek of James Corner Field Operations' Domino Park, and ponders: "Can NYC's next big park recapture the magic of the High Line?" While it "might be a $50 million carrot for an area that has vehemently fought most new development, it sure is a beautiful one."
● Zaha Hadid Architects wins the competition to master-plan a waterfront development in a Russian Black Sea city that includes "nine buildings offer varying iterations of a single form" and "vibrant public space" along the water's edge.
● Cheers to one of our faves! Michael Hodges of Detroit News is honored with AIA Michigan's Balthazar Korab Award for his biography "Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit."
● Starting in Venice, Miranda has quite the adventure visiting the Vatican's chapels ("The Holy See knows how to draw a crowd!"), and the Cruising Pavilion that "examines the ways in which LGBTQ culture has appropriated semi-public locales" - it "approaches its subject with humor" and "treats its thesis with earnestness."
● Gendall brings us eyefuls of architectural photographer Peter Aaron's spectacular photos of Syria's ancient monuments before "the gruesome civil war" - they "amount to a staggering chronicle" that "now carry the weight of historical record" - on view at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
● A good reason to head to Montpellier, France: 13th Festival des Architectures Vives: "SENcity," highlighting the work of a younger generation of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.
● Jessel offers highlights from the London Festival of Architecture that explores "Identity" - running through June (Great Architectural Bake Off included).
● Wright learns what made the Manhattan Project so significant from Martin Moeller, curator of the National Building Museum's "Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project" - there were both remarkable - and dark - aspects.
● In Seoul, "Birth of the Modern Art Museum: Art and Architecture of MMCA Deoksugung" celebrates the museum's 20th anniversary with a look back at its turbulent history.
● W. Richards has a wonderful Q&A with Sharon Sutton about her book "When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America's Cities and Universities," why "Columbia University's story should matter to students - and architects - today," and "her own trajectory from an affirmative action recruit at the school to a distinguished career as an activist architecture educator and scholar."
● Astounding images by aerial photographer Tom Hegen "show human impact on the natural world," soon to be showcased in "Habitat."
● More astounding images by Edward Burtynsky, who, for 35 years, "has been photographing humankind's industrial intervention in natural landscapes. We all know that humans are scarring the landscape. But he provides the visual evidence on a breathtaking scale - the apocalypse has its sublime moments."
● Schwab gets Jim Heimann to share three of his favorite buildings featured in the new edition of "California Crazy," which "sheds light on why, exactly, Southern California produces such wacky structures."
● Waldek brings us eyefuls of Conway's "Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy," highlighting "the state's most stunning buildings gorgeously captured" by Haefner.
● Wormser's fascinating Q&A with Garber re: her new book, "Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter," the "strictures of Modernism, and why she couldn't live in a glass house today."
● Campbell-Dollaghan & LaBarre round up their picks of 10 of the "most inspiring design books - from significant design research to pure, unadulterated fun."
● Metropolis editors pick 19 new books that "dig into everything from the evolution of social housing, to Bucky Fuller's days hanging out with ex-gang members, to Stanley Kubrick's unfinished magnum opus."
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Johannes M. P. Knoops: "Freespace"... The One Word of the 2018 Venice Biennale, the 16th Exhibition of Architecture: A survey of just 10 of the 65 national pavilions chosen for their translation of "Freespace" - and in no particular order other than my own itinerary. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Johannes M.P. Knoops: Kenneth Frampton, a New York Lion ... now a Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale: As the Ware Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he has taught since 1972, he has shaped more than one generation of architects.- ArchNewsNow.com
Hannah Wood: Recycled Buildings: How to Design for Disassembly: Architecture firms and their clients are becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their buildings, from life-cycle performance to the economic and environmental costs of dumping quality used components...I speak with Anders Lendager from the Lendanger Group, a Danish firm working towards a circular economy by giving upcycled and recycled building materials a new life in their buildings. I also check in with building scientist Bradley Guy, who has been advocating for design for disassembly (DfD) for over 20 years...- Archinect
Leidy Klotz: The little-known behavioral scientist who transformed cities all over the world: Behavioral psychologist Ingrid Gehl influenced much of the thinking of her husband, the celebrated urbanist Jan Gehl. Imagine if all designers were married to behavioral scientists - or even if they just talked with each other: “Why are you architects not interested in people?” ...the story of Ingrid and Jan is a model for what partnerships between behavioral scientists and designers can look like today.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Katharine Schwab: Can NYC’s next big park recapture the magic of the High Line? This weekend, the long-awaited Domino Park finally opens to the public. Here’s what it took to bring the $50 million, six-year project into reality: ...while [it] might be a $50 million carrot for an area that has vehemently fought most new development, it sure is a beautiful one. -- Lisa Switkin/James Corner Field Operations [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Russian Black Sea City Masterplan: ...the Admiral Serebryakov Embankment masterplan in the city of Novorossiysk...nine buildings offer varying iterations of a single form, evolving in a gradient across the [13.9-hectare] site...restoration of the city’s waterfront also includes the design of vibrant public space along Tsemes Bay for residents and visitors, and a new fishing port, marina, and piers to reactivate the city’s maritime heritage. -- Pride TPO [images]- ArchDaily
Albert Kahn bio wins Detroit News reporter AIA prize: AIA Michigan will honor arts reporter Michael Hodges with its Balthazar Korab Award for his recently published biography..."Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit"- Detroit News
Carolina A. Miranda: Sanctity and Sex in Installations Devoted to Chapels and Cruising at Venice Architecture Biennale: The Holy See knows how to draw a crowd! ...some chapels briefly turn into paparazzi scrums...while some of the chapels feel more cosmic than others - all offer singular experiences...Our next stop: the unofficial Cruising Pavilion...examines the ways in which LGBTQ culture has appropriated semi-public locales...approaches its subject with humor...also treats its thesis with earnestness... -- Carla Juaçaba; Francesco Dal Co; Smiljan Radic; Eva Prats/Ricardo Flores; Norman Foster; Eduardo Souto de Moura; Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation; Diller Scofidio + Renfro- Los Angeles Times
John Gendall: A Traveller’s Record of Syrian Monuments Before the War: In April, 2009, Peter Aaron, a veteran architectural photographer, went on vacation with his family, to Syria...images from that trip amount to a staggering chronicle of ancient and historic monuments, many of which have since been badly damaged or completely destroyed...these photographs now carry the weight of historical record...As the gruesome civil war continues - and intensifies - they serve as a quiet reminder of Syria’s recent past. on view at the Venice Architecture Biennale thru November 25 [images]- New Yorker
13th Festival des Architectures Vives: "SENcity": highlighting the work of a younger generation of architects, landscape architects, urban planners; 10 teams and the School of Architecture of the University of Genoa, will realize a facility in the heart of downtown Montpellier, France, June 6-17 -- Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism (KAAU) [website in French & English]- Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)
Ella Jessel: London Festival of Architecture reveals ‘eclectic and diverse’ programme: LFA packed with 400 events for its month-long celebration of design and the built environment June 1-30...will explore ’Identity’...2018 highlights:- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Andrew Wright: The Planning and Architectural Legacy of the Manhattan Project: Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Richland and Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, New Mexico...are the subject of "Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project"...at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C...curator Martin Moeller delved into [their] planning, architecture, and cultural legacy...What makes the cities...significant was the scale of their design and speed of their construction...one of the more remarkable aspects...is the inclusion of green, walkable community space...There were darker aspects to these cities as well. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/SOM [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Korea's turbulent modern history at a glance: At Deoksugung Palace, one of the five royal palaces of Seoul, there is a series of Western-style buildings alongside traditional Korean buildings...One of the Western classical structures is the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Deoksugung..."Birth of the Modern Art Museum: Art and Architecture of MMCA Deoksugung" looks back at the museum's turbulent history...highlighting Korea's history of modern art and about 30 architectural documents related to the museum building designed by Japanese architect Nakamura Yoshihei in 1938. thru October 14- Korea Times
William Richards: What Does Race Have to Do with Architectural Education? Sharon Sutton on why Columbia University’s story should matter to students - and architects - today: [Her] new book..."When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America’s Cities and Universities" weaves oral histories together with social history to create a unique narrative about power structures and personal determination at Columbia...narrates one of the most significant disruptions in the country...She draws on her own trajectory from an affirmative action recruit at the school to a distinguished career as an activist architecture educator and scholar. [Q&A]- Architect Magazine
Striking aerial photos show human impact on the natural world: ...aerial photographer Tom Hegen uses drones, hot air balloons, helicopters and planes to document the impact of human activity on the natural world..."Habitat" is now set to become a book..."I don't want to be the guy pointing the finger and saying 'look what we've done wrong.' I more want to inspire people"...depicts aerial photography as an art grounded in painstaking preparation...images appear completely flat, giving them a surreal aesthetic quality...reveal the enormity of the facilities, farms and landscapes being profiled... [images]- CNN Style
Edward Burtynsky: 'The technical revolution has turned us into a virus': For some 35 years, he has been photographing humankind's industrial intervention in natural landscapes...We all know that humans are scarring the landscape. But he provides the visual evidence on a breathtaking scale...there is an unquestionable beauty to [his] images...the apocalypse has its sublime moments...[he] claims to be non-judgmental, saying that his work is "revelatory not accusatory." The landscape is simply "the consequence of what we are." [imges]- CNN Style
Katharine Schwab: How California’s architecture became the world’s craziest: “If you saw a giant ice cream cone, you knew ice cream is up ahead": In 1980, Jim Heimann introduced this unique form of architecture to the world with a book called "California Crazy." Now, he is back with his third edition...His research sheds lights on why, exactly, Southern California produces such wacky structures....[He shares] three of his favorite buildings...and the stories behind them. They don’t disappoint. [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Stefanie Waldek: Discover the Modern Architecture of Michigan by Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, Eero Saarinen, and Others: "Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy" by Brian D. Conway covers the state’s most stunning buildings from the mid-20th century to modern day...gorgeously captured by photographer James Haefner. [images]- Architectural Digest
Baron Wormser: Growing Up in a Glass House: An Architect’s Daughter Explores Modernism’s Shadow: Q&A with author Elizabeth W. Garber about her new book, "Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter": ...her father, Woodie Garber, once called “Cincinnati’s most extreme, experimental, and creative Modernist architect.” The memoir focuses on a family caught in a collision between modern architecture, radical social change, and madness in the turbulent 1960s...I talked to Garber about the book, the strictures of Modernism, and why she couldn’t live in a glass house today.- Common Edge
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan & Suzanne LaBarre: This summer’s most inspiring design books: 10 favorite new tiles...from significant design research to pure, unadulterated fun. . -- Michael Webb; Marvin Rand, Emily Bills, Sam Lubell &Pierluigi Serraino; Jim Heimann; Louise Harpman & Scott Specht; Paul Jackson; Oliver Wainwright; Lorna Simpson; Julia Reinhard Lupton; Patrick Syme & Abraham Gottlob Werner; Libby Sellers- Fast Company / Co.Design
19 New Architecture and Design Titles to Read: Spring has sprung, along with a new crop of books - here are our top picks: [They] dig into everything from the evolution of social housing, to Bucky Fuller’s days hanging out with ex-gang members, to Stanley Kubrick’s unfinished magnum opus. -- Michael Sorkin; Jonathan Massey & Barry Bergdoll; Martino Stierli; Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen; Rania Ghosn/El Hadi Jazairy/Design Earth; Syeus Mottel; Emily Bills, Sam Lubell &Pierluigi Serraino; Oliver Wainwright; Zvi Efrat; John Broughton; etc.- Metropolis Magazine
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