Today’s News - Thursday, June 28, 2018
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● ANN feature: Girl Uninterrupted: What's possible when you bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in architecture? Key takeaways from Boyadzhieva and Chun's illuminating equity survey findings.
● Talbot takes a deep dive into U.K. Conservatives' fear that "urbanization will lead to a collapse of their voting base" - it won't, but "condemning us to a polluted, car-ridden sprawl as our cities lose the capacity to do business, will."
● Jonathan Marvel "teams with Tesla and the hurricane-ravaged Caño Martín Peña community in Puerto Rico to rewrite the region's future - creating a blueprint for other regions around the world" (inspiration for the AIA Film Challenge - see Deadlines below).
● Partial demolition of the Glasgow of School Art is "set to begin in days" following "a survey of the building that concluded that a sudden collapse was likely" (sigh).
● Keegan weighs in on plans to build atop Chicago's Union Station: "The fact that this design has been publicly unveiled is an insult to Chicago's alleged position as a place that takes architecture seriously. It requires a complete do-over."
● Twitter isn't loving the new Union Station design, either ("knee jerk reactions and pithy comments" - some funny, some thoughtful stuff!).
● Pogrebin reports on the approval of the Frick's expansion plan by Selldorf Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle "amid criticism" (preservationist Grunewald called it "a vote for blandness").
● Olson Kundig wins the international competition to design the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that will open his archive to the public for the first time.
● Snøhetta is tapped to design Ford's research campuses in Detroit and Dearborn, including Michigan Central Station - the Beaux-Arts icon will be restored and redeveloped with workspaces, restaurants, retail, and housing.
● It's a longgggg shortlist vying for World Architecture Festival/WAF World Building of the Year 2018 (536 projects!) - "Chinese practices entered more projects than any other country"; Australia not far behind.
● Winners of the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 announced by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation ("YTAA 2018" on view in Venice).
● Call for entries: AIA Film Challenge 2018: A Blueprint for Better (no fee!) + Short video "Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better" (for inspiration - see Marvel story above, too).
● Call for entries (deadline extended!): Faith & Form/ID International Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards.
● Call for entries: Carbuncle Cup 2018: annual award for Britain's worst building completed in the past 12 months.
● Kafka re: "The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture" in London: "Postmodernism is having its revisionist moment in the sun. Less impressive, however, is the glaring omission of women Postmodernists. Unfortunately this oversight reeks of an unwelcome Return of the Past."
● Wainwright talks to Fujimoto re: his "curious creations" and "dreamy visions" on view in "Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future" in London ("Trash can be very liberating").
● Venice Biennale: "Hyperloop Suburb: Reimagining the Dystopian Community": Louise Braverman's "speculative research focuses on reimagining suburban life - where the art of architecture and urban planning that is commonly applied to cities can be contextualized for smaller communities with different needs."
● Venice Biennale: Minder talks to Pritzker winners of RCR Arquitectes, who "seem comfortable on the outskirts" of the Biennale, about "Dream and Nature" that "plunges the visitor into a Catalan landscape."
● NYC's Governors Island debuts Hashimoto's two "incredible new art installations."
● Also in NYC, the six League Prize 2018 winners debut site-specific installations that "both document their work and give form to their ideas in an era in which technology, science, and 'post-truths' coexist."
● "SHENZHEN-ness: Space in Mutation" at Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin "provides an insight into the future" of the city and "the radical architectural, infrastructural, and social changes that are taking place."
● Josh Stephens cheers Sennett's "Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City": it's "an intellectual romp - exhilarating and readable, but it is also demanding."
● Anderton talks to Wainwright re: "Inside North Korea": He was taken by "'the sheer amount of color" in Pyongyang - "there is a less benign reason for the saccharine colors" + Korean-born Morphosis principal Eui-Sung Yi re: "how the hermit kingdom might look under a peace agreement."
● Wainwright x 2: he offers a (wonderful) excerpt from "Inside North Korea": a "hipster dream of turquoise and millennial pink and kindergarten kitsch are used as an architectural anesthetic, the state's saccharine salve to infantilize its people and numb them to the abject realities of everyday life in the Hermit Kingdom" (with his own photos).
● He explains seven of the most interesting projects he photographed.
● Babendir re: Rush's "'Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore": she "reminds us of the human faces of the crisis - climate change is here and scary. There's a more important message: There are people out here who need help."
● Bassili cheers Rush's "lyrical and fact-packed investigative effort, 'Rising,'" and her "tasteful and dynamic didactic language."
● Excerpt from "Rising," Rush's "chilling new book": "Florida is about to be wiped off the map."
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ANN feature: Girl UNinterrupted Presents Equity Survey Findings, Launches Tips Manual at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018: From Young Female Designers to Firm Leaders: The Boston Experiment: What's possible when you bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in architecture? Key takeaways from Boyadzhieva and Chun's illuminating equity survey findings.- ArchNewsNow.com
Deborah Talbot: Is How You Vote Really About Where You Live? U.K. Conservatives seem to believe urbanization will lead to a collapse of their voting base. But is it true? Building dense, mixed use settlements in cities with good public transport links that build economic growth won’t lead to a collapse of the Conservative vote. But condemning us to a polluted, car-ridden sprawl as our cities lose the capacity to do business, will.- Forbes
Blueprint for Better: A visionary architect teams with Tesla and a hurricane-ravaged community in Puerto Rico to rewrite the region's future - creating a blueprint for other regions around the world: The Rise of Caño Martín Peña: Jonathan Marvel founded Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a non-profit that would soon raise over $1 million to partner with cutting-edge technology companies like Tesla for the project of his life - remaking Puerto Rico from scratch. -- Marvel Architects [images]- Wired
Tom Ravenscroft: Glasgow of School Art partial demolition set to begin in days: The dismantling of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building is set to take place after Glasgow City Council carried out a survey of the building that concluded that a sudden collapse was likely...surveys revealed there was "more substantial movement in the walls of the building than previously thought."- Dezeen
Edward Keegan: An insult to Chicago's architectural bona fides: Daniel Burnham...would likely be dismayed by the newly revealed plans...for adding a 330-room hotel and 404 rental apartments to the top of Union Station... this project has been going on for more than three decades...The fact that this design has been publicly unveiled is an insult to Chicago's alleged position as a place that takes architecture seriously. It requires a complete do-over. -- Solomon Cordwell Buenz- Crain's Chicago Business
Twitter isn’t loving the new Union Station design: The vertical expansion of the historic 1925 headhouse has not been well received: ...plan...has a lot of people crying foul....Looking beyond the initial knee jerk reactions and pithy comments, the Union Station overhaul will be a key battle for preservationists with the potential to set future precedents with regards to what can be done to Chicago’s protected, historically significant buildings. -- Solomon Cordwell Buenz- Curbed Chicago
Robin Pogrebin: Frick Collection’s Expansion Is Approved by Landmarks Preservation Board: Amid criticism, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 6 to 1 in favor of the museum’s revised expansion: ...museum’s latest plan to expand and renovate its 1914 Gilded Age mansion - the institution’s fourth such attempt...Theodore Grunewald, a preservationist, called it “a vote for blandness.” -- Carrère and Hastings; Russell Page; Beyer Blinder Belle; Selldorf Architects [images]- New York Times
Sandy Deneau Dunham: Seattle architects who are renovating Space Needle win new project: designing a world-class Bob Dylan Center: The new building in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will exhibit items from Dylan’s extensive archive, making them public for the first time: ...winning an international competition...Olson Kundig will be the center’s lead architect and exhibit designer...There is a bit of creative serendipity here... -- Lilly Architects; Plains of Yonder [images]- Seattle Times / Pacific NW Magazine
Snøhetta to design Ford’s research campuses in Detroit and Dearborn, including Michigan Central Station: ... a Beaux-Arts icon that represents Detroit’s urban decline, with plans to restore and redevelop the decrepit train station. It will now serve as the central hub of the planned corporate campus...with workspaces, restaurants, retail, and housing...will also serve as an innovation hub for the future of transportation...new buildings and public spaces will be formulated in collaboration with the Corktown community and city officials. [images- The Architect's Newspaper
WAF/World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year 2018 shortlist announced: 536 architectural works on the shortlist...Chinese practices entered more projects than any other country...Australia fielded the second most submissions, and there were sizeable numbers from Hong Kong and Singapore reflecting the the high levels of development currently being seen across the region. -- Nathalie de Vries/MVRDV; Paul Finch- Dezeen
And the Winners are...Young Talent Architecture Award 2018: YTAA Winners will be supported in he creation of a network with the architects and critics involved in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. "Young Talent Architecture Award. YTAA 2018" on view at the Palazzo Mora, Venice, until November 25. -- Hendrik Brinkmann; Julio Gotor Valcárcel; Matthew Gregorowski; Loed Stolte; European Commission; Architects’ Council of Europe; European Association for Architectural Education- Mies van der Rohe Foundation / Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Call for entries: AIA Film Challenge 2018: A Blueprint for Better: 4th annual challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of projects done in partnership with civic leaders and the community...an opportunity to demonstrate how architects are having a positive impact on our towns and cities; no fee; cash prizes; deadline: August 27 + short video “Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better,” which depicts the rebuilding efforts of an architect and community leader in Puerto Rico following last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria.- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Call for entries (deadline extended!): Faith & Form/ID International Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards: Categories include New Facilities, Renovation/Restoration, Adaptive Re-Use, Liturgical/Interior Design, Sacred Landscape, Unbuilt, Religious Arts, and Student Work; winners will be published in Faith & Form magazine and exhibited at the 2019 AIA Convention; deadline: July 8- Faith & Form Magazine / Interfaith Design (ID, formerly IFRAA/Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, & Architecture)
Call for entries: Carbuncle Cup 2018: annual award for Britain’s worst building completed in the past 12 months; deadline: August 22- BD/Building Design (UK)
George Kafka: A New Show in London Celebrates Postmodernism’s Comeback: "The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture" presents a broad, if not myopic, view of ‘70s and ‘80s English buildings: Postmodernism is having its revisionist moment in the sun...Less impressive, however, is the glaring omission of Denise Scott Brown, Joanna van Heyningen, Eldred Evans, and other women Postmodernists...does seem to betray a simplistic approach...there is so much space for a critical discussion of Postmodernism to be had through curatorial practice. Unfortunately this oversight reeks of an unwelcome Return of the Past. Sir John Soane’s Museum thru August 27 -- Owen Hopkins [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Oliver Wainwright: Sou Fujimoto: the architect revolutionising libraries - and loos: From a washing-up scourer to a pile of crisps, the Japanese architect draws on the most unlikely everyday objects - while testing the idea of privacy with a glass-walled public toilet: A host of other curious creations fills the basement gallery of Japan House, London..."Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future"...dreamy visions...[he] approaches the design of his buildings more like a conceptual artist searching for new forms – or a scavenger foraging through a skip. “Trash can be very liberating"... thru August 5- Guardian (UK)
"Hyperloop Suburb:: Reimagining the Dystopian Community: On display at the "Time Space Existence" biennial exhibition in Venice, Louise Braverman’s speculative research focuses on reimagining suburban life, and exploring the ways in which hyperloop technology can set the foundation for reinvigorating these communities...She believes a possible future lies in thoughtfully designed suburban spaces, where the art of architecture and urban planning that is commonly applied to cities can be contextualized for smaller communities with different needs...further explored in a recent short film created by PLANE-SITE- MISC Mgazine (Canada)
Raphael Minder: Pritzker Prize-winning Catalan Architects Are Happy at Biennale’s Margins: RCR Arquitectes representing their region at a Venice Biennale whose official exhibition is limited to the pavilions of nation states: ...seem comfortable on the outskirts...they have avoided building gravity-defying, eye-catching structures...“Dream and Nature" plunges the visitor into a Catalan landscape...they did not ignore Venice in their design...partners made clear they wanted to distance their architecture from the politics of Catalan secession. If anything, they said, their pavilion was conceived as a moment of escapism. -- Ramon Vilalta; Rafael Aranda; Carme Pigem [images]- New York Times
An incredible new art installation debuts on Governors Island: ...artist Jacob Hashimoto debuts two works: "The Eclipse," a piece comprising thousands of rice paper discs..."Never Comes Tomorrow," a whimsical outdoor piece made out of more than 100 wooden cubes and large steel funnels. thru October 31 [images]- Time Out New York
"Objective": An exhibition featuring work from League Prize 2018 winners: The six winners’ site-specific installations...both document their work and give form to their ideas...in an era in which technology, science, and “post-truths” coexist. Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design, NYC, thru August 4 -- Kwong Von Glinow; Bryony Roberts Studio; Dan Spiegel/SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop; Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster ; Anya Sirota/Akoaki; Gabriel Cuéllar/Anthar Mufreh/Cadaster- The Architectural League of New York
"SHENZHEN-ness: Space in Mutation" at Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin: ...a critical discussion about the current urban issues, the exhibition provides an insight into the future of Shenzhen. Urban planners, architects and artists developed five general scenarios for the city that address different levels of the urban...reveal the radical architectural, infrastructural, and social changes that are taking place; thru August 15 -- Doreen Heng Liu/NODE Architecture & Urbanism- Aedes Architecture Forum/Aedes Architekturforum (Berlin)
Josh Stephens: Balancing Act: Richard Sennett’s “Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City”: ...an intellectual romp...At once trying to build a modern philosophy of cities while acknowledging...the inherent messiness of cities, he uses a compelling framework and aspires to an admirable, if elusive, goal...[His] goal is nothing less than an articulation of how to achieve, or at least think about, the ethical city in the 21st century. It’s no small task...exhilarating and readable, but it is also demanding...it presents a time-out for the reassessment of principles and a reminder that city-building is...as much an intellectual endeavor as it is a pragmatic one.- Los Angeles Review of Books
DnA/Frances Anderton: Big dreams for North Korea: Oliver Wainwright toured civic buildings and apartments aimed at a growing middle class...his findings in...“Inside North Korea,” tells DnA, “the biggest surprise visiting Pyongyang was the sheer amount of color"...there is a less benign reason for the saccharine colors: “I think it's an attempt to infantilize the people given that the standard of living is so poor” + How the hermit kingdom might look under a peace agreement with Eui-Sung Yi, a Korean-born principal at Morphosis Architects. -- Changjo Architects- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Oliver Wainwright: "Inside North Korea": a pastel fairyland built to forget: The candy-coloured, fantastical architecture of Pyongyang is revealed: ...parades of jaunty towers dressed in sci-fi costumes and crowned with cosmic symbols, worthy of scenes from The Jetsons...a hipster dream of turquoise and millennial pink...It was evident that the candy colours and kindergarten kitsch are used as an architectural anaesthetic, the state’s saccharine salve to infantilise its people and numb them to the abject realities of everyday life in the Hermit Kingdom.- Guardian (UK)
Tom Ravenscroft: Oliver Wainwright's highlights from "Inside North Korea": The 200 photos in the book document the strange and colourful architecture of the country and its capital Pyongyang...[he] explains seven of the most interesting he photographed. [images]- Dezeen
Bradley Babendir: Elizabeth Rush's "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore" Is a Clarion Call on Climate Change: In her reported tour through American communities being threatened by rising seas, she reminds us of the human faces of the crisis...The idea isn't merely that climate change is here and scary. There's a more important message: There are people out here who need help.- Pacific Standard magazine
Rafaela Bassili: Sinking Cities: In her lyrical and fact-packed investigative effort, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," Elizabeth Rush successfully attempts to bridge the gap between the scientific and a terrifying aesthetic by studying the effects of sea level rise on seaside communities and marginalized groups of people...With tasteful and dynamic didactic language, she informs the layperson about the imminent threat of climate change while grounding the massive scope of the problem on heartfelt human and interspecies connection.- Los Angeles Review of Books
Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map': Sea level rises are not some distant threat; for many Americans they are very real. In an extract from her chilling new book, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," Elizabeth Rush details how the US coastline will be radically transformed in the coming years- Guardian (UK)
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
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