Today’s News - Tuesday, June 19, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Thursday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be ensconced at the AIA's A'18 confab in NYC. We may - or may not - post on Friday, but will definitely be back Tuesday, June 26.
● ANN feature: Nuts+Bolts #18: Feinknopf, architectural photographer: More Than Meets the Eye: The Value of Architectural Photography: When you have a great project with equally great photography, the possibilities - and the pay-offs - can be endless.
● Wainwright talks to architects "at odds over future" of the Glasgow School of Art "about what to do with the charred remains of Mackintosh's finest work"; Dunlop: "restoration is not an option"; Harrap: "If done well, it could be brilliant. If bodged, it could be another act of reckless 'facadism'" (and others).
● Initial report raises "questions over why a sprinkler system was not prioritized" at the Glasgow School of Art, while "conservation experts argue that a fresh recovery project could build on the detail, skill and knowledge accumulated during Page\Park's restoration of the treasured Mackintosh Library."
● Kimmelman cheers OMA's "shape-shifting" gallery tower for the Prada Foundation in Milan: For Koolhaas and Prada, "more is more" - it's "a chameleon" in a "world-weary, sneakily luxurious mini-city, fragmentary, full of craft and secrets" (the restaurant includes furniture from the Four Seasons auction in NYC).
● Brussat cheers Selldorf's plan for the Frick Collection in NYC: It "is quite judicious and temperate, and with two minor tweaks should be accepted and built posthaste."
● TCLF's Birnbaum pens a letter to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission explaining why the "future of the Frick's Page Garden remains tenuous": "We firmly believe that the architects presently involved are capable of a design that retains the garden as the 'jewel in the crown' of the Frick campus."
● The Stockholm city council "is appealing against the 'weak' legal ruling that halted Chipperfield's £100m Nobel Centre in its tracks."
● Flatman ponders whether post-modernism "can ever really die" - it is "the harbinger of today's 'post-truth' age" (great read).
● Searle is not all that impressed with Christo's "London Mastaba" now "afloat on tepid waters" of Hyde Park's Serpentine like "a giant geometric bath toy" - it "somehow lacks a sense of wonder. No delicacy, no grandeur."
● Salingaros offers Part 4 in his series on corporate and university campus design, offering the tools and techniques to use "human sensors" in "walkabouts" that can "reveal a vast amount of useful design information not otherwise available."
● Desrochers explains why "gender equity starts at school": "Schools lack incentives to bring sexism and harassment issues to the fore. The profession inherits the problem."
● Gissen ponders: "Why are there so few disabled architects and architecture students? The lack of knowledge about disabled architecture students and architects stands in contrast to other strides made in diversification, equity, and inclusion," and "relegates people with disabilities to being a topic of discussion versus agents of change."
● Denny from the Biennale: "'Freespace' shows that architects must retool their relationship to power - and to the Biennale - there was little evidence of a discipline coming to grips with pressing issues; the U.S. Pavilion "is the boldest move in what is a particularly conservative Biennale."
● Mortlock & Neustein offer a lighter take with "a wildly subjective ranking of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale - a prosecco-fuelled, three-day-long celebration followed by a six-month long hangover witnessed almost solely by interns, pigeons and the occasional befuddled tourist" (and some amusing categories: "Best of the pint-sized buildings; Least reliant on metaphors; Best engagement with reality; Recycled ideas"; etc.).
● Quebec's "Architecture and community commitment: A tale of aluminum" competition results in two (very cool) grand prize winners.
● Call for entries: 2018 FX International Interior Design Awards for projects and products.
● Call for entries: International Architecture Awards 2018; 3 winners in each category (early-bird registration deadline (save money!) looms!).
● Call for entries: YAC - Young Architects Competitions: "Seduction Pavilion" to "pay tribute to the forgotten world of failed female stars: enchanting beauties who never achieved fame" (winning design will be built!).
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Nuts + Bolts #18: Brad Feinknopf: More Than Meets the Eye: The Value of Architectural Photography: When you have a great project with equally great photography, the possibilities - and the pay-offs - can be endless.- ArchNewsNow.com
Oliver Wainwright: Bulldoze or rebuild? Architects at odds over future of Glasgow School of Art: Ideas about what to do with the charred remains...range from restoration to a building 'fit for the 21st century': To many, Glasgow without Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest work is unthinkable: ..."restoration is not an option," argues Alan Dunlop..."We'd be talking about replication, which is totally against what Mackintosh stood for"; Roger Billcliffe: [it] would not be difficult to rebuild...most of the conservation analysis has already been done; Julian Harrap: "If done well, it could be brilliant. If bodged, it could be another act of reckless 'facadism'"; Tony Barton/Donald Insall Associates: "There is not one single technical reason why it cannot be fully restored."- Guardian (UK)
Glasgow School of Art: sprinklers had not been fitted after first fire: Hopes rise that Charles Rennie Mackintosh facade can be saved amid questions over why sprinkler system was not prioritised: ...conservation experts argued that a fresh recovery project could build on the detail, skill and knowledge accumulated during the restoration of the treasured Mackintosh Library, which was almost entirely destroyed by fire in May 2014...But there were also warnings of the scale of the task...cost would be at least £100m. -- Page\Park- Guardian (UK)
Michael Kimmelman: Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City: For Rem Koolhaas and Miuccia Prada, more is more. A luxurious tower of art galleries is the last building on the Prada Foundation’s campus: The lambent new tower...is a chameleon...campus feels...world-weary, sneakily luxurious...a mini-city, fragmentary, full of craft and secrets. Cities enshrine history and agitate for change. They’re forever unresolved...the Prada campus works. The plazas are poetic. The galleries are practical and varied. -- Christopher van Duijn/OMA; Wes Anderson [images]- New York Times
David Brussat: The battle of the Frick: The question of how to expand the Frick Gallery, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, without threatening its architectural integrity continues...new plan, by Annabelle Selldorf, is quite judicious and temperate, and with two minor tweaks should be accepted and built posthaste. It saves the beloved Russell Page-designed garden and pond along 70th Street and the reception hall by John Barrington Bayley. Their elimination was the bane of a 2014 plan by Davis Brody Bond... -- Carrère & Hastings (1914); John Russell Pope (1935); John Barrington Bayley (1977); David Helpern; Selldorf Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle [images]- Architecture Here and There
Charles A. Birnbaum: The Future of the Frick’s Page Garden Remains Tenuous: Having reviewed the relevant plans and renderings, it is clear that additional work needs to be done to ensure an actual restoration of the totality of the Russell Page-designed garden...while we are sensitive to the museum’s programmatic aspirations and needs, if the trompe l’oeil feature of the garden is destroyed, the work on the garden cannot be called a restoration...This is the challenge for the current design team...We firmly believe that the architects presently involved are capable of a design that retains the...garden as the “jewel in the crown” of the Frick Collection campus. -- Selldorf Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle- The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)
Stockholm: We will fight for Chipperfield building: Stockholm city council has announced it is appealing against the “weak” legal ruling that halted David Chipperfield’s £100m Nobel Centre in its tracks. The court in question was ridiculed by the city’s vice-mayor as being notorious for making “peculiar assessments”...court said the building, proposed for a whole city block on a historic waterfront site...would damage the area’s cultural heritage... [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Ben Flatman: Post-modernism: It might be listed, but it’s not over: Po-mo spawned the era of post-truth but it also ushered in a freedom to explore ideas that we’re still enjoying today: ...can post-modernism ever really die? [It] gave architecture a much-needed shake-up and arguably permeates almost every area of creative endeavour...With hindsight it is now clear that post-modernism was...part of a wider challenging and questioning of existing hierarchies and cultural discourses. It freed architects to explore new ways of thinking and reconnect to older and more diverse traditions. -- Amin Taha; Caruso St John; DSDHA; Denise Scott-Brown; Robert Venturi/Venturi Scott Brown; Philip Johnson- BD/Building Design (UK)
Adrian Searle: The London Mastaba - a giant geometric bath toy: More rock festival stage than political statement, Christo’s giant oil barrel sculpture on Hyde Park’s Serpentine leaves our critic wondering what the fish all think: I thought less of land art...than I did of rock festival stages. Less timeless, more old hat, [it] somehow lacks a sense of wonder...No delicacy, no grandeur...a gigantic bath toy afloat on tepid waters. thru September 23 [images]- Guardian (UK)
Nikos Salingaros: ‘Walkabout’ design with human sensors: Campus design, part 4: A revolutionary method of direct human responses to imagined forms, performed on the actual site, reveals a vast amount of useful design information not otherwise available: 4th in a series of 10 essays that present innovative techniques for designing and repairing a corporate or university campus. [link to Part 1: Welcoming open spaces; Part 2:Christopher Alexander’s Oregon patterns; Part 3: Avoiding planned isolation]- Public Square: A CNU Journal / Congress for the New Urbanism
Brigitte Desrochers: Gender Equity Starts at School: The more we talk about gender inequity in architecture, the more disturbing the conversation...growing complaints of a “boys will be boys” mentality that normalized “toxic” behaviour, and investigations and apologies have resulted...the protection offered by tenure and deeply entrenched pecking orders on many a faculty all contribute to creating a fertile ground for sexism and harassment...schools lack incentives to bring sexism and harassment issues to the fore...very few will negotiate the fraught process of lodging a formal complaint. A whisper culture is the safer option, until one gets out of school...The profession inherits the problem. -- Despina Stratigakos/"Where Are the Women Architects"- Canadian Architect
David Gissen: Why are there so few disabled architects and architecture students? The lack of knowledge about disabled architecture students and architects in the U.S. stands in contrast to other strides made in diversification, equity, and inclusion...relegates people with disabilities to being a a topic of discussion versus agents of change...To imagine disability having a place in architecture will involve much more than making buildings accessible or identifying people with disabilities and making entreaties to them to enter the profession. It will involve expensive transformations- The Architect's Newspaper
Phillip Denny: “Freespace” Shows That Architects Must Retool Their Relationship to Power - and to the Biennale: ...there was little evidence of a discipline coming to grips with pressing issues...U.S. Pavilion’s Dimensions of Citizenship...is the boldest move in what is a particularly conservative...Biennale...it would seem that architects feel all too comfortable dismissing such attempts to question architecture’s political situation...this Biennale might offer an all-too-polite picture of architecture’s political reality that risks being delusory...The most remarkable projects...shared the common conviction that “freespaces” are not simply found or even designed, but rather are lived and made; in a word, liberated. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Grace Mortlock/Dunn & Hillam Architects & David Neustein/Other Architects: ‘What exactly is Freespace?’: a wildly subjective ranking of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale: ...a prosecco-fuelled, three-day-long celebration of architecture, publishing and exhibitions, followed by a six-month long hangover witnessed almost solely by interns, pigeons and the occasional befuddled tourist. Best tightrope walk; Best of the pint-sized buildings; Least reliant on metaphors; Best engagement with reality; Recycled ideas; Instagram pavilion; etc. -- Yvonne Farrell/Shelley McNamara/Grafton Architects- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Winners named for Quebec’s aluminum in architecture competition: ...two grand prize winners of the design competition dubbed "Architecture and community commitment: A tale of aluminum" -- Centre d’expertise sur l’aluminium (CeAl); Alcoa Innovation; Association des Architectes en pratique privée du Québec (AAPPQ); Groupe A / Annexe U; ADHOC Architectes [images]- Canadian Architect
Call for entries: 2018 FX International Interior Design Awards: honoring the very best of interior products and projects. New this year: Graphics category, including signage and wayfaring; deadline: July 28- FX Magazine
Call for entries: International Architecture Awards 2018; 3 winners in each category; registration deadline (save money!): June 21 (late registration & submissions due July 15)- Architecture Podium
Call for entries: YAC - Young Architects Competitions: “Seduction Pavilion”: Foundation Fashion Research Italy and the Cineteca di Bologna to pay tribute to...the forgotten world of failed female stars: enchanting beauties that have almost been part of the Hollywood and Italian star system but never achieved fame; € 10,000 cash prizes + realization; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): July 8 (submissions due September 12)- Young Architects Competitions / Fashion Research Italy / Cineteca di Bologna
Charles F. Bloszies: Left Coast Reflections #5: San Francisco's Tilting Tower: Is the Millennium Tower likely to fall over? In a word: NO: Bedrock, in San Francisco anyway, is over-rated.- ArchNewsNow.com
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