Today’s News - Thursday, July 12, 2018
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● ANN feature: Steinglass pens Nuts + Bolts #19: The Challenges Firms Face when Talented Staff Decide to Leave: Talented staff resignations have become more commonplace, and the challenges of "firm building" are now more about staff retention than recruitment.
● Kimmelman has a great podcast on Australian radio re: "the world's sinking megacities" and compares them "with Australia's cities, for better or worse."
● Betsky enters the to-rebuild-or-build-new debate using Mackintosh's Mac and Nathalie de Blois's Terrace Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati (who knew?): "When it comes to the buildings that really matter, it is better to build ghosts than to build banality."
● Saffron ponders "a tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball" - and how/why it happened.
● On a brighter note, a National Trust for Historic Preservation pilot program partners with Historically Black College and Universities in a hands-on preservation training program for architecture students that will also breathe new life into historic structures across the country.
● Lamster takes Dallas area CVS Pharmacies to task for committing "urban malpractice with generic store designs that poison neighborhoods - their wan architecture degrades the civic space and pedestrian life."
● Eyefuls of the 10 (impressive) finalist teams in the running to design two parks on Toronto's waterfront (great presentation!).
● Request for Qualification/RFQ: Lead Architectural Design Services for Chicago's O'Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project.
● Call for entries: WAF Architecture Drawing Prize for hand-drawn, digital, and hybrid works.
● Call for entries: 2018 Architecture MasterPrize (formerly AAP Architecture Prize) for international Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design.
● Call for entries: Essays (written or illustrative): What is Affordable Housing?
● Call for entries: Mockett 33rd Annual Design Competition for innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware.
● "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980" at MoMA throws "an international spotlight onto the thus-far underappreciated work of the eastern bloc's socialist architects."
● MoMA curator Stierli zeros in on "the women who built socialist Yugoslavia. The few women architects who ultimately commanded public profiles did so in spite of both the region's and the profession's male-dominated cultures" (great read!).
● Dwamena weighs in on "Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams," also at MoMA, that puts the spotlight on "the self-anointed 'prophet of African art'" who "constructed dream cities and a universe of peace, equality, and equity for all" (fab photos!).
● Marani finds "Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela" at the Museum of the City of New York to be "an informative, concise, and accessible exhibition - a narrative embedding his career within a rapidly changing city" (fab photos!).
● "NatureStructure" at the BSA Space in Boston "shows how infrastructure and nature can work together" - sayeth curator Burnham: "We need to get really excited about infrastructure again."
● Gunts cheers Snarkitecture's "Fun House" at the National Building Museum - it "brings their indoor beach back to D.C., along with a few new surprises" that "tell a story about the partners' idiosyncratic approach to interpreting the built environment" (fab photos!).
● The Clark Art Institute's "The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy" is a treasury of "remnants of the wrought iron that once decorated Paris, rescued from the dustbin of history" (great slideshow).
● Bucknell parses Sam Jacob's "Disappear Here: On Perspective and Other Kinds of Space" at RIBA London that "reframes architectural perspective as a mirror of politics, society, and world-making power - more subversive than critical."
● Menking is more than a bit meh about "Immersive Spaces Since the 1960s" at Berlin's Gropius Bau: it "promises a great deal but delivers small pleasures - don't expect anything approaching a complete or scholarly examination of the topic."
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ANN feature: Nuts + Bolts #19: Steinglass: The Challenges Firms Face when Talented Staff Decide to Leave: Talented staff resignations have become more commonplace, and the challenges of "firm building" are now more about staff retention than recruitment.- ArchNewsNow.com
The world's sinking megacities: Michael Kimmelman...has travelled all over the world to investigate the rise of ‘megacities'...He found that while climate change is leading to rising sea levels, cities like Jakarta are sinking...He compares these changes with Australia’s cities, for better or worse. [podcast]- ABC RN/Radio National (Australia)
Aaron Betsky: Remake it Fake, if You Have to: when it comes to the buildings that really matter, it is better to build ghosts than to build banality: Should we let the fame that lives after a great building’s demise persist only in memory, or should we create a facsimile that keeps alive a ghost of its greatness? Two different cases on opposite sides of the Atlantic have made me, against my primal instincts, feel I should argue for the latter...in both cases, all I can argue for is preservation. Glasgow School of Art/Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Nathalie de Blois/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/SOM/Terrace Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati [images]- Architect Magazine
Inga Saffron: A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball: ...two success stories stand in sharp contrast to a recent case involving the Frankford Chocolate & Candy building, one of the last intact Civil War-era factories...Why the different treatment...One explanation may be that the chocolate factory didn’t look like a typical historic building...the two apartment houses got extra attention because both are part of handsome architectural ensembles that define their neighborhoods... [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer
Historically Black College and University Architecture Students Kickoff National Hands-On Preservation Training Program: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew piloted a program to bring future African American professionals into historic preservation and related career paths by partnering with HBCUs...while breathing new life into historic structures across the country.- National Trust for Historic Preservation/NTHP
Mark Lamster: CVS commits urban malpractice with generic store designs that poison neighborhoods: The success of CVS is a story about the power of design, both for good and for ill...The interior design is manipulative, but the exteriors are worse, for they actively encourage unhealthy behavior...But even when [they] are better integrated into the urban fabric, their wan architecture degrades the civic space...degrades pedestrian life...where the city is discovering a new walkability, it needs to rethink its designs.- Dallas Morning News
2 city parks. 10 design proposals: ...design competition to produce bold and innovative park designs for York Street Park and Rees Street Park in Toronto’s Central Waterfront...10 design teams have been shortlisted... -- Agency Landscape + Planning/DAVID RUBIN Land Collective; Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects/MJMA; Stoss Landscape Urbanism/DTAH; Snøhetta/PMA Landscape Architects; SCAPE Landscape Architecture/BSN Architects; Public City Architecture; PLANT Architects/Mandaworks; Hapa Collaborative; Claude Cormier et Associés; wHY Architecture/Brook Mcllroy [images]- Waterfront Toronto
Call for entries: Request for Qualification/RFQ: Lead Architectural Design Services for the O'Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project at O'Hare International Airport, chicago; deadline: August 9- City of Chicago Department of Aviation
Call for entries: Architecture Drawing Prize: hand-drawn, digital and hybrid; curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival; deadline: September 7- World Architecture Festival (WAF)
Call for entries: 2018 Architecture MasterPrize (formerly AAP Architecture Prize): Celebrating the best in international Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design; earlybird deadline: July 27- Architecture MasterPrize
Call for entries: Call for essays (written or illustrative): What is Affordable Housing? Submissions can be historical, present, or prospective; data-centric, analytical, fictional, critical, or conceptual; winners will be included in the first issue of print publication ARCHHIVE; deadline: August 25- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Call for entries: Mockett 33rd Annual Design Competition for innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware; cash prizes + royalties; deadline: September 4- Doug Mockett & Company
MoMA exhibition celebrates the concrete world of Yugoslavia: The country's distinct style of building has existed under the radar - until now: "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980"...to throw an international spotlight onto the thus-far underappreciated work of the eastern bloc’s socialist architects. Museum of Modern Art, New York City, thru January 13, 2019 -- Edvard Ravnikar; Miodrag Zivkovic; Stojan Maksimovic; Zlatko Ugljen [images]- Independent (UK)
Martino Stierli: The Women Who Built Socialist Yugoslavia: The contributions of these female architects, designers, and planners are told in an excerpt from the Museum of Modern Art's "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980": The few women architects who ultimately commanded public profiles did so in spite of, not through the dismantling of, both the region’s and the profession’s male-dominated cultures. -- Branka Tancig Novak; Mimoza Nestorova-Tomic; Milica teric; Svetlana Kana Radevic [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Anakwa Dwamena: The visionary paper cities of artist Bodys Isek Kingelez come to life at the MoMA: With salvaged materials like colored paper, scissors, and glue, the self-anointed “prophet of African art” constructed dream cities and a universe of peace, equality, and equity for all. Surely today, with better instruments, we can reflect on his vision and fulfill it down here on earth. "Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams" thru January 1, 2019 [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Matthew Marani: A new exhibit explores the work of Rosario Candela, architect to New York’s Jazz Age stars: The Museum of the City of New York’s "Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela" is an informative, concise, and accessible exhibition...a narrative embedding his career within a rapidly changing city. -- Donald Albrecht; Peter Pennoyer; Tsang Seymour [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
"NatureStructure" Exhibition Shows How Infrastructure and Nature Can Work Together: On view at the BSA Space in Boston...features a bridge that doubles as bat habitat, plans for 3D-printed reefs, a floodwater-absorbing parking lot, and more...Curator Scott Burnham...sees the current U.S. focus on rebuilding as an opportunity...“We need to get really excited about infrastructure again.” thru September 23 [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Edward Gunts: Snarkitecture brings their indoor beach back to D.C., along with a few new surprises: The beach balls are back...part of "Fun House"...at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC...centerpiece is a freestanding white house...in the museum’s Great Hall...a kidney-shaped swimming pool filled with the same plastic balls...used for its "The Beach" exhibit...they tell a story about the partners’ idiosyncratic approach to interpreting the built environment. thru September 3 [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
The Nearly Lost Art of Iron: Rescued from the dustbin of history, remnants of the wrought iron that once decorated Paris are currently exhibited in a treasury of works at the Clark Art Institute. "The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy"; Williamstown, Massachusetts, thru September 16 [images]- Art & Object
Alice Bucknell: Sam Jacob Puts Perspective in Perspective at London’s RIBA: "Disappear Here: On Perspective and Other Kinds of Space" reframes architectural perspective as a mirror of politics, society, and world-making power: ...traces the twisting logics of perspective as both drawing convention and world-changing force...pitting entire frameworks for living against one another...an ultra-contemporary response to viewing perspective as a social phenomenon. More subversive than critical... thru October 7 -- Marie Bak Mortensen [images]- Metropolis Magazine
William Menking: Gropius Bau exhibition promises a great deal but delivers small pleasures: "Immersive Spaces Since the 1960s (Welt Ohne Außen)"...if you go expecting to see a survey of immersive environments you will be disappointed...perhaps these small discreet ‘happenings’ will enliven the show, just don’t expect anything approaching a complete or scholarly examination of the topic. Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, thru August 5 [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
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
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