Today’s News - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
● Saffron was "skeptical" when plans were announced for a memorial to the victims of the Salvation Army thrift store collapse in Philadelphia in 2013. "But now that the June 5 Memorial has taken its place on the land where the store stood, it's clear that it's more than just a way to honor the victims. The long, skinny park opens its arms to the whole city."
● Bey is quite taken by MASS Design Group's national lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama: The memorial "conveys a low-key and respectful beauty as it tells a story that is as ugly as it is important - a deeply unsettling experience - and a courageous design choice."
● Caulfield delves into how new cultural centers have become "catalysts" for new development in cities large and small (great read).
● 3 WTC by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is ready for its close-up: The 80-story "structure provides a unique study in 21st century architectural design" (with LED lighting "for fun and aesthetics" in the elevator banks).
● Wilson cheers the "thorough refresh" of the BDP's 1969 Preston Bus Station renovation by John Puttick Associates: "There has also been a change of emphasis: from prioritizing vehicle access to favoring pedestrians."
● Roux offers a round-up of where the Serpentine Pavilions go at summer's end: They've "ended up all over the world, mostly purchased by wealthy, enlightened art collectors. Some remain in boxes, though not for long" (and one "co-opted as a great place to hang advertising").
● Bergdoll takes a deep - and fascinating - dive into Breuer's early career in Europe and later in the U.S.: "what remained constant were the material and structural experiments and the pursuit of lightness" ("heavy lightness").
● Brown parses Gompertz's picks for Historic England's new top 10 heritage sites that "will be explored in depth in a podcast series - free on iTunes and Soundcloud."
● A selection of some sad sites in SAVE Britain's Heritage's latest Buildings at Risk Catalogue, "which need a fresh start to give them renewed life and to ensure their survival."
● One we couldn't resist: Frankfurt-based artist Guido Zimmermann creates "Cuckoo Blocks" - Brutalist cuckoo clocks based on Germany's social housing by the likes of Breuer and Goldfinger.
Winners - and hope-to-be-winners - all:
● Schmidt Hammer Lassen beats out OMA, Henning Larsen, and others to design new Solvay HQ in Brussels with a design that "emphasizes sustainability, resiliency, and openness" - and aiming for BREEAM Excellent certification.
● The Australian Institute of Architects names its full list of 2018 honor awards, with Alec Tzannes taking this year's Gold Medal, and a host of others meriting many Prizes.
● Moscow Institute of Architecture students take First Place in the "RESIDE: Mumbai Mixed Housing" competition "with their careful appreciation of the existing village and its traditions."
● Teams from the U.S. and U.K. win the Irish Cult Music Venue competition with their "concepts for a renovation and programmatic extension of the beloved local pub and live music venue, Connolly's of Leap."
● The nine winners of the London Festival of Architecture's City Benches competition are now scattered around the city (some a tad tough for sitting?).
● Six emerging practices now "vie for the prize of seeing their pavilion proposal built in the grounds of John Soane's Dulwich Picture Gallery" (gallery visitors will vote for the winner).
● A very longggg shortlist in the running for the 2018 New London Awards.
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Inga Saffron: What the new Salvation Army memorial tells us about Philadelphia's building boom: [Its] meaning goes beyond a single tragedy: ...why does the Salvation Army thrift store collapse merit one on a high-profile Center City corner...I confess that I was skeptical...But now that the June 5 Memorial has taken its place on the land where the store stood, it’s clear that it’s more than just a way to honor the victims...The long, skinny park...opens its arms to the whole city. In doing so, it becomes a place to contemplate all our losses from a decade-plus of go-go development...the designers have thoroughly integrated the sliver park into the public realm. -- Barbara Fox; Scott Aker, AIA [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer
Lee Bey: Memorializing an American Atrocity: How the Equal Justice Initiative designed its national lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama: ...one of the most brutal stories in American history is now being told...National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and its companion site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration...the memorial is the more iconic and architecturally significant...It conveys a low-key and respectful beauty as it tells a story that is as ugly as it is important...a deeply unsettling experience - and a courageous design choice. -- Michael Murphy/MASS Design Group; Local Projects [images]- Architect Magazine
John Caulfield: Cultural centers: Community-based venues can be catalysts for downtown renewal: New cultural centers have sparked development in the form of new offices, restaurants, retail, hotels, business incubators, apartments, and arenas: ...efforts are under way in cities large and small...we take a closer look at cultural centers to see how they are helping to enliven their communities and catalyze new development. -- Diamond Schmitt Architects; GBBN Architects; Rockwell Group; Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; MWM Architects; Perkins Eastman; Mucasey & Associates; PGAL; Grimm + Parker Architects; FSB Architects + Engineers; ohnson Fain Architects; Hornbeek Blatt Architects [images]- Building Design & Construction (BD+C)
Christopher Hume: It’s no time for Toronto to be timid: For a city that prides itself on being home to the world, [it] remains surprisingly reluctant to venture beyond its own boundaries. There was a time back in the early 21st century when Hogtown wanted to...become a progressive player on the international stage...Now it’s news when we send an official delegation to Los Angeles...or Austin, Texas...as often as not, the result is likely to be a fiasco...Toronto may not be beautiful - its architecture is ordinary, its planning inadequate...yet it thrives...Torontonians manage to live out their commitment to urbanity.- Toronto Star
3 World Trade Center Opens To The Public: The completion of 3 WTC symbolized New York City’s response to 9/11 - determination to come back, build higher and be stronger than ever before...the second tallest building in the 16-acre World Trade Center site...The structure provides a unique study in 21st century architectural design... -- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners [images]- GlobeSt.com
Rob Wilson: Preston Bus Station renovation by John Puttick Associates revealed: BDP’s celebrated Grade-II listed Brutalist building, once earmarked for demolition, has been brought back to life in a thorough refresh: Originally completed in 1969...stripping out later additions and returning features to their original material and colour palette. There has also been a change of emphasis: from prioritising vehicle access - as it was designed for in the 1960s - to favouring pedestrians. [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Caroline Roux: Where do the Serpentine Pavilions go after the summer season? ...now numbering nearly 20, have ended up all over the world, mostly purchased by wealthy, enlightened art collectors...Some remain in boxes, though not for long...Suffice to say, these pavilions are definitely proving to be architecture without borders. -- Frida Escobedo; Diébédo Francis Kéré; Zaha Hadid; Oscar Niemeyer; Jean Nouvel; Rem Koolhaas; Sou Fujimoto; Smiljan Radic; Toyo Ito; Frank Gehry; SelgasCano; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- Wallpaper*
Barry Bergdoll: Marcel Breuer and the Invention of Heavy Lightness: How could an architect who had made the pursuit of lightness the essence of his design aspirations become one of the great form-givers of the aesthetics of weightiness associated with poured-in-place and precast concrete, and with International Brutalism in the 1960s and ’70s? ...what remained constant...were the material and structural experiments and...the pursuit of lightness. It is worth backtracking to trace that evolution...his interest in contrasts extended from art to the stakes of modernizing life. [images]- Places Journal
Mark Brown: New top 10 of heritage sites maps out the history of England: Historic England announces list including Coventry Cathedral, the Angel of the North, Tate Modern and Sutton Hoo: ...part of a campaigning project called Irreplaceable: a History of England in 100 Places...All 10...selected by the BBC’s arts editor, Will Gompertz...[places] will be explored in depth in episodes of a podcast series created for the project, free on iTunes and Soundcloud. [images]- Guardian (UK)
Forgotten buildings of Britain - in pictures: SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s latest Buildings at Risk Catalogue, "Revive and Survive," features over 100 empty and neglected buildings gathered from all round the country which need a fresh start to give them renewed life and to ensure their survival.- Guardian (UK)
An artist creates brutalist cuckoo clocks based on Germany's social housing: Guido Zimmermann's Cuckoo Block series...based on notable brutalist structures such as as Marcel Breuer’s Hotel Le Flaine, and Erno Goldfinger's Glenkerry House. [images]- Archinect
Schmidt Hammer Lassen wins over OMA, Henning Larsen, and others to design new Solvay headquarters in Brussels: ...design emphasizes sustainability, resiliency, and openness...existing park...will be converted into a dedicated forest and reintroduce the 18th-century-old water stream connected to Brussels' Senne River...The new headquarters, which is working to achieve BREEAM Excellent certification, will be carbon neutral and use geothermal energy, solar cells, and natural ventilation. -- Modulo Architects; Valode & Pistre; Wilmotte & Associés [images]- Archinect
Architecture’s leaders honoured with national accolades: The Australian Institute of Architects has announced its full list of 2018 honours and winners. Alec Tzannes/Gold Medal; Rob Adams/City of Melbourne/National President’s Prize; Melonie Bayl-Smith/Bijl Architecture/Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize; Christina Cho/Cox Architecture/National Emerging Architect Prize; Liu Thai Ker/William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Winners of "RESIDE: Mumbai Mixed Housing" competition announced: ...arch out loud’s competition in which entrants were to design a mixed residential development on one of the last remaining sections of undeveloped Mumbai coastline...a team of students from the Moscow Institute of Architecture - won the competition with their careful appreciation of the existing village and its traditions. [images]- ArchDaily
Irish Cult Music Venue competition results announced: ...concepts for a renovation and programmatic extension of the beloved local pub and live music venue, Connolly’s of Leap, in County Cork Ireland. -- Ian O'Brien/Enrique Garcia/Oliver James (UK); KGA Architecture (USA); Lisa Mullikin/Kevin Stevens (USA) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Connolly’s of Leap
Take a seat: City Benches winning designs revealed during LFA/London Festival of Architecture: The nine selected pieces have now been unveiled at a variety of London locations...benches will remain at their current location until the end of the month, when the festival closes. -- Eleanor Dodman Architects; Elena Boni + StudioortMaria Gasparian; Mariya Lapteva; McCloy + Muchemwa; Mills Turner; Nicholas Kirk Architects; Patrick McEvoy [images]- Wallpaper*
Dulwich Pavilion shortlist unveiled: Gallery visitors will vote for winner: Six emerging practices have been picked to vie for the prize of seeing their proposal built in the grounds of John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery...on display today in the museum’s glass gallery - designed by the late Rick Mather...thru July 22. -- Casswell Bank Architects; e10 Studio; FleaFolly Architects; Pricegore/Yinka Ilori; Projects Office; Pup Architects [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
2018 New London Awards shortlist shows off the capital's best new projects: ...competition distinguishes top-notch architecture, planning, and construction projects that contribute to London's social and economic building. From public parks and masterplans, to offices and housing, over 150 projects were shortlisted. -- New London Architecture- Archinect
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