Today’s News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
● A new development on Boston's waterfront, planned/designed by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA (with an OMA NY high rise for good measure) takes into account the project's "biggest neighbor: the ocean" and rising sea levels.
● Miranda takes us on an insightful (and amusing) tour of the soon-to-be-vacated "jumble" of Los Angeles Times buildings, an "architectural time machine" that "changed along with the city, though not always gracefully" (ugly carpets, "an architectural mullet," and cool spaces included); Hawthorne weighs in, too.
● Brown parses the V&A's "less scary" porcelain-tiled piazza and entrance by AL_A that is driving up visitor numbers.
● Inside Beijing's Well Living Lab of fake offices and homes "inhabited by human guinea pigs" monitored by scientists "to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive."
● The U.S. State Department announces the team behind "What Moves You," the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which includes Fentress Architects and Giuliani Associates Architects.
● Foster wins the 2018 American Prize for Design "for his lifetime achievements in the field of industrial design."
● One we couldn't resist: If you happen to have $23 million lying around, FLW's Ennis House is back on the market (fab photos!).
Memorial moment (that leaves us so sad):
● Call for entries: Pulse Memorial & Museum to honor the lives taken in the Orlando nightclub tragedy.
● Arad unveils his design for the Emanuel Nine Memorial honoring the lives lost and the survivors of the Charleston church shooting: "Before beginning work, he was asked to write an essay on forgiveness and his design approach."
● Three finalists in the running to design the Sandy Hook school shooting memorial.
Everything housing: affordable, pre-fab, modular, disaster relief:
● K. Jacobs visits a Seattle startup on a "quest to disrupt prefab" with high hopes of helping to solve the affordable housing crisis instead of being "just another company hawking diminutive but swank homes."
● A Danish startup is "using industrial robotics to tackle difficult-to-produce freeform architecture - design features previously reserved for only the best-funded development projects will now be on the menu for more architects."
● The U.N., Yale, and Gray Organschi Architecture team up to design and build the 215-square-foot Eco Living Module, a "super-sustainable dwelling, built to push the limits of self-sufficiency" - on view at the U.N. thru today, then it's off on an international road tour.
● Korody parses Rensselaer students' "Second Lives: After Bottles" disaster relief housing prototype that avoids "the trap of striving for a universal fix. Regardless of whether it becomes actualized at a larger scale, it points to a potential role for architects in the crisis-filled new normal."
● Shigeru Ban, his Voluntary Architects' Network, and student volunteers use recycled paper tubes and fabric to create privacy in a school gymnasium for evacuees from the horrific floods in Japan.
● A look at how the NYC Public Design Commission put together the "Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing" guidelines for developers, designers, and community members.
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The New Development That Promises to Transform Boston’s Waterfront: The Boston Seaport development features planning by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA, as well as a new high-rise by OMA's New York office: The three firms...collaborated closely to shape the neighborhood...biggest challenge may come from it’s biggest neighbor: the ocean...ground under six city blocks in the evelopment...have been elevated above the 500-year floodplain. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Carolina A. Miranda: Ugly carpets and green marble: The design of the Los Angeles Times buildings changed along with the city, though not always gracefully: ... a jumble of five conjoined buildings that cover a 16-acre city block...Disregarding the funk of old paper, spilled coffee and perpetual anxiety, a stroll through the labyrinthine warren of buildings is like entering an architectural time machine...Christopher Hawthorne: "you have these funny layers poking through - of, ‘This is what we thought the office of the future would look like in 1945.'" -- Gordon B. Kaufmann (1935); Rowland Crawford (1948); William Pereira (1973) [images]- Los Angeles Times
Mark Brown: V&A's 'less scary' entrance drives up visitor numbers: Museum bucks trend of falling numbers, boosted by new piazza and Pink Floyd show: ...opened its new £55m porcelain-tiled piazza and entrance, together with underground exhibition space, last June. Designed by Amanda Levete Architects, it was the successor to the polarising 1997 design by Daniel Libeskind... [images]- Guardian (UK)
Inside the Beijing 'office' inhabited by human guinea pigs: In the fake offices and homes of the Well Living Lab, scientists monitor volunteers to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive: ...the first scientific research centre in Asia to focus on the indoor environment, will feature a range of simulated homes and offices...findings will be used to change the way future buildings are designed...There is an existing Well Living Lab in Rochester, Minnesota, a collaboration between Delos and the Mayo Clinic that is only a quarter of the size of the Beijing site. -- Xue Ya/Delos Living; Ruben Bergambagt/Superimpose; International Well Building Institute’s (IWBI) [images]- Guardian (UK)
USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Announces National Partners: ...winning design plans...based on the theme “What Moves You” and will feature highlights of American culture, leading technological revolutions in mobility, and much more. -- Big Things Group; Fentress Architects; George P. Johnson Experience Marketing; Giuliani Associates Architects; etc.- InPark Magazine
Norman Foster Wins This Year's American Prize for Design: The British architect was recognized for his lifetime achievements in the field of industrial design: A selection of Foster's portfolio of industrial design products will be on display in a new exhibition at Contemporary Space Athens art center in Athens, Greece starting this fall. -- Good Design Awards; Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design; European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies; Foster + Partners [images]- Architect Magazine
Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House is Back on the Market: Listed for $23 million, the 6,200-square-foot single-family house in Los Angeles has been featured in Hollywood films, such as "Blade Runner 2049": The residence is offered furnished and includes some of Wright's leaded-glass windows. [images]- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: Ideas Generator for Pulse Memorial & Museum: honoring the 49 lives taken in the Pulse nightclub tragedy; deadline: August 31- onePULSE Foundation
Michael Arad unveils design for Charleston shooting memorial: He was chosen last June to imagine a space honoring the lives who were lost and the five survivors of the June 15, 2015 tragedy...Emanuel Nine Memorial breaks down into two parts: a Memorial Courtyard and a Survivors’ Garden. Before beginning work, Arad was asked to write an essay on forgiveness and his design approach. -- Handel Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Sandy Hook memorial moves forward with three potential designs: ...selected out of 189 international submissions...A final decision will be announced in August. -- Ben Waldo/Daniel Affleck; Justin Arleo/Arleo Design Studio; Joan MacLeod/Damon Farber Landscape Architects/Teri Kwant/RSP Architects/Julia McFadden/Svigals + Partners [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Karrie Jacobs: Blokable's Quest to Disrupt Prefab: Can a Seattle startup help solve our affordable housing crisis? [It] could be just another company hawking diminutive but swank homes...But Aaron Holm has no interest in supplying the high-end market with prefab status symbols. Instead, he’s taking on our current housing crisis...vision is a radical departure from previous prefab projects...“It’s not the box. It’s the process"... tasks that most modular home vendors treat as afterthoughts: how to get a given type of Blok inspected and signed off on...and how to eliminate the work of the army of subcontractors that might ordinarily be required... -- Nelson Del Rio; Timothy Miller [images]- Architect Magazine
Will robots enable an architectural renaissance? A Danish startup is using industrial robotics to tackle difficult-to-produce freeform architecture: Odico is part of a growing number of robotics companies focused on the construction industry...design features previously reserved for only the best-funded development projects will now be on the menu for more architects, which could have a substantial impact on architectural design going forward.- ZDNet
Super-Sustainable Dwelling, Built to Push the Limits of Self-Sufficiency, Goes on View at U.N. Headquarters: A collaboration between Yale University, Gray Organschi Architecture, and the U.N., the CLT [cross-laminated timber] module was designed and built within a breakneck speed of five weeks: U.N. is just the first stop on the Eco Living Module’s world tour. It will head to San Francisco in September, Quito, Ecuador in November, and Nairobi, Kenya in March. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Nicholas Korody: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Students Develop a Disaster Architecture from Water Bottles and Shipping Materials: "Second Lives: After Bottles"...an experimental prototype structure composed of interlocking plastic bottles developed by Friendship Bottles, specifically designed with the dual use of water container and structural material in mind...This is not exactly a structure that can be deployed to Zaatari tomorrow. ..And yet [it] nevertheless succeeds - precisely by avoiding the trap of striving for a universal fix...Regardless of whether it becomes actualized at a larger scale, it points to a potential role for architects in the crisis-filled new normal. [images]- Archinect
Shigeru Ban builds ‘private’ homes for flooding victims: Ban, members of his Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) and student volunteers used recycled paper tubes and pieces of fabric to create partitions for evacuees in the gymnasium of the Sono Elementary School in the Mabicho district... [images]- Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
Inside the Creation of New York City's New Affordable Housing Design Guidelines: ...instructs developers in how to create more coherent design for housing projects.: Public Design Commission released "Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing," a guide for developers, designers, and community members...eight design categories...and seven examples of projects that the PDC considers well-designed and within budget. To create the guide, the PDC worked directly with architecture and design firms, builders, and affordable housing groups. -- Claire Weisz/WXY Architecture and Urban Design; Victor Body-Lawson/Body Lawson Associates- Pacific Standard
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
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