Today’s News - Thursday, August 9, 2018
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● ANN feature: The Pop-up Phenomenon, Made in America: To meet a growing demand, Hofmann Architecture's Living Vehicle is an architectural platform offering mobile, easily deployable business and housing options (full disclosure: we want one!).
● Sperber makes the case that "to end abuse in architecture, start with the lone wolf myth. Nothing can further from the truth. Creativity and masculinity have been conflated for too long."
● Rudlin reports on Richard Florida's keynote at the 13th Academy of Urbanism congress in Cork, which was met with "a degree of hostility - he was right to identify the importance of the creative class. But the new urban crisis is the result of the unfettered workings of the market rather than a bunch of tech workers in a tower."
● Brey reports on a New York State program that "supports residents in smaller cities to redevelop abandoned buildings as affordable housing in struggling neighborhoods and build local wealth at the same time" (unnamed architect involved).
● Quigley reports from "inside architecture's new classicism boom," and talks to some top architects who "are being called on to look back - way back - in order to get ahead."
● An MIT design workshop comes up with "a prototype building to demonstrate that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood": "Longhouse is a wonderfully creative and beautifully executed example of the design potential for mass timber."
● The North American Green Roofs for Healthy Cities survey finds Washington, DC, is home to the most green roofs; Newark, NJ, is second, followed by the cities rounding out the top 10.
● Philadelphia is on the GRHC's top 10 list: "The city has evolved from a green-roof backwater to a leader in the field," with a round-up of the city's best (and very cool) green roofs.
● Alan Jones wins RIBA presidential election after "an unusually eventful election battle" + Paul Finch comments + Twitter reactions.
● The Australian Institute of Architects, on the other hand, "sacks" its CEO - "neither side was prepared to make public comments."
● Cramer has a great conversation with Justin Davidson re: "how design can motivate intrinsic urban activities."
● Feuerman has a great conversation with Daniel Libeskind in Sydney re: "his design process, humanistic architecture, and the importance of inscribing a narrative to a place": "Every city has its own genes that will lead you and show you what it wants to do."
● The 2018 Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit early-bird registration deadline looms (save money!).
● Eyefuls of MAD Architects' "Tunnel of Light" that restored a historic, abandoned Japanese lookout tunnel into "a trail of artistic spaces" as part of the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale (it's a wow!).
● Medina cheers the Canadian Centre for Architecture's "Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966-1976": "The rich legacy of 'radical' Italian design risks overexposure," but this "enjoyable" exhibit "on the movement's protagonists avoids the genre's clichés" (a great parsing of the period).
● "50 Years After Whitney Young Jr." at the Octagon Museum in Washington, DC, "surveys the legacy of the National Urban League, which Young led for a decade," his impact on the AIA, and "showcases key figures in the fight for diversity within architecture."
● "Prototypes and Experiments" at the Aram Gallery in London "explores the role of models in design" by starchitects and emerging practices.
● Also in London, photographer Will Scott's "Seaside Shelters" is "an unapologetic celebration of the buildings' unique ornamentation," and is "a much-needed reminder of the architectural, artistic, and cultural value that these public service spots hold"; the book includes an intro by Edwin Heathcote (fab photos here!).
● "Flooded Modernity" is Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen's full-scale, sinking model of Corbu's Villa Savoye, part of the VejleMuseerne's Floating Art 2018 festival in Vejle, Denmark.
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ANN feature: The Pop-up Phenomenon, Made in America: To meet a growing demand, Hofmann Architecture's Living Vehicle is an architectural platform offering mobile, easily deployable business and housing options. By Shirley Styles [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Esther Sperber: To End Abuse in Architecture, Start with the Lone Wolf Myth: From Howard Roark to Richard Meier, the design profession has been fed stories of great white men who work - and excel - on their own. Nothing can further from the truth: Creativity and masculinity have also been conflated for too long...gender bias is not the most dangerous consequence of the lone-wolf image: It is the unspoken permission to abuse that should worry us. -- Studio ST Architects- Architect Magazine
David Rudlin: Beware the new Elysians: Gentrification by creatives is threatening the viability of many western cities, runs the well-worn narrative. But some are avoiding it and we must learn from them: The Academy of Urbanism...13th congress...much of the debate revolved around...Richard Florida...It is fair to say that there was a degree of hostility...to some of the language used...[He] was right to identify the importance of the creative class...But the new urban crisis is the result of the unfettered workings of the market rather than a bunch of tech workers...We need to learn from Scandinavia and elsewhere in order to create inclusive cities that can withstand the pressures of success. -- URBED/Urbanism Environment and Design- BD/Building Design (UK)
Jared Brey: Reactivating Abandoned Buildings through Local Ownership in Smaller Cities: New York state program supports residents in smaller cities to redevelop abandoned buildings as affordable housing: The goal of the program was to develop some affordable rental housing in struggling neighborhoods and build local wealth at the same time... -- Enterprise Community Partners- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Kathleen Quigley: Inside Architecture's New Classicism Boom: As modernism's light threatens to wane, more top architects are being called on to look back - way back - in order to get ahead. -- Institute of Classical Architecture and Art/ICAA; Cynthia Filkoff/ Armand Di Biase/DiBiase Filkoff Architects; Robert A.M. Stern; Peter Pennoyer; Kevin Clark/Historical Concepts; Eric J. Smith; Phil Liederbach/Liederbach & Graham Architects; Gil Schafer III/G.P. Schafer Architect- Architectural Digest
Mass timber: Thinking big about sustainable construction: MIT class designs a prototype building to demonstrate that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood: "“Longhouse is a wonderfully creative and beautifully executed example of the design potential for mass timber":..design was developed by a cross-disciplinary team in...a design workshop in MIT’s architecture department that explores the future of sustainable buildings. [images, video]- MIT News
Washington, DC, is home to the most green roofs in North American Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has dubbed DC the city with the greatest square footage of green roof installations...more than 1 million square feet of green roofs. Newark, NJ, was the next closest city...cities rounding out the top 10 are New York City; Seattle; Portland, OR; Toronto; Philadelphia; Chicago; Culpeper, VA; and Gaithersburg, MD.- Smart Cities Dive
Inside Philadelphia’s green roof revolution: Over the past two decades, the city has evolved from a green-roof backwater to a leader in the field: ...many require an elevator ride to see or experience. But others are more obvious than you might think, and the variety of landscapes and horticulture is surprisingly plentiful....Philly’s top green roofs... -- DIGSAU; Roofmeadow; Re:Vision Architecture; Erdy McHenry Architecture; Nelson Byrd Woltz; Lager Raabe Skaffe [images]- Billy Penn (Philadelphia)
Alan Jones wins RIBA presidential election: ...after winning an unusually eventful election battle...beat rivals Elsie Owusu and Phil Allsopp to become the 77th president of the institution...pledged to "put architects first"...a series of controversies meant a there was a higher level of interest in the election than in previous campaigns. + Paul Finch comments + Twitter reactions- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Australian Institute of Architects sacks CEO: a case of revenge of the Big Firms? ...replacing her in the interim by AIA president Clare Cousins...neither side was prepared to make public comments...AIA was also rumoured to be suffering financial problems, in part says, the AFR, due to the development of its own Melbourne CBD building.- Architecture & Design (Australia)
A Conversation with Critic Justin Davidson: Imagine if today’s architects and planners began each new urban design by drawing in a set of steps and risers, a low-tech amenity for people to gather for free and linger...It would signal that this is a place where all are welcome. Watch this conversation with Ned Cramer...on how design can motivate intrinsic urban activities. [video]- Architect Magazine
William Feuerman: "Architecture is the closest thing to a human being that something can be," says Daniel Libeskind: ...[he] talks about his design process, humanistic architecture and the importance of inscribing a narrative to a place: "Every city has its own genes that will lead you and show you what it wants to do."- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
2018 Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit in Sacramento, CA, November 27-29: 12th annual summit will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders across the globe...identify innovations that can be scaled, replicated and transferred from city-to-city and sector-to-sector...intensive immersion in thought leadership and crosssector partnership building; early-bird registration deadline (save money!): August 17- Meeting of the Minds
MAD Architects Revitalizes Abandoned Japanese Mountain Tunnel with Elemental Art Trail: ...restoration work on the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in the Niigata prefecture, transforming the historic lookout tunnel into a trail of artistic spaces. The “Tunnel of Light”...part of the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, cutting through 750 meters of rock formations to offer a panoramic view across one of Japan’s great landscapes. Triennale thru September 17 [images, video]- ArchDaily
Samuel Medina: CCA Exhibition Expertly Showcases the Radical Italian Architecture Movement: The rich legacy of “radical” Italian design risks overexposure, but the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s exhibit on the movement's protagonists avoids the genre’s clichés: "Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966-1976"...The change of context - from the arch-Renaissance Palazzo Strozzi to the CCA’s Postmodern edifice in Montreal - has to be noted, but does not detract from this enjoyable show. thru October 7. -- Superstudio; Archizoom; UFO; Grupo 9999; Gianni Pettena; Remo Buti; Zziggurat [images]- Metropolis Magazine
D.C. exhibit chronicles the history of diversity in American architecture: "50 Years After Whitney Young Jr." at the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., surveys the legacy of the National Urban League, which Young led for a decade, and his impact on the AIA...also showcases key figures in the fight for diversity within architecture. thru November 24 -- Tamara Eagle Bull; Paul R. Williams; Julia Morgan; National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA); Norma Merrick Sklarek; William J. Bates; Marshall Purnell; Robert R. Taylor; Denise Scott Brown; Gordon Chong- The Architect's Newspaper
London gallery show explores the role of models in design: "Prototypes and Experiments"...at the Aram Gallery...showcases physical models by internationally-renowned names like Mary Duggan Architects and Adjaye Associates, alongside emerging practices like HASA Architects and vPPR Architects... looks critically into the model’s role in the creative process. thru September 1 -- PUP Architects; HASA Architects; David Kohn Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Photographs of Britain’s Long Forgotten "Seaside Shelters": There’s a socio-cultural history contained in Britain’s coastal structures, photographer Will Scott attests: ...an unapologetic celebration of the buildings’ unique ornamentation, and serves as a much-needed reminder of the architectural, artistic and cultural value that these public service spots hold....introductory essay by Edwin Heathcote...corresponding exhibition runs un August 19, 2018 at HENI Gallery, London.- AnOther Magazine (UK)
Artist Creates Full-Scale Model of Sinking Villa Savoye: Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen's installation "Flooded Modernity" is floating in the waters of Vejle, Denmark, until September 2nd: ...one of 10 waterborne installations selected by the...VejleMuseerne for its Floating Art 2018 festival. -- Stanley Tigerman; Mies van der Rohe; Le Corbusier [image, video]- Metropolis Magazine
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