Today’s News - Thursday, August 16, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, August 21 (heads-up for news junkies: we'll be taking a break the last week of August).
● ANN feature: Weinstein welcomes two new books: Frampton's new edition of Kengo Kuma's works, along with Franklin and Till's "Radical Matter," a global survey of novel thinking about sustainable materials, offer new slants on how materials matter.
● Giacomo "Piraz" Pirazzoli pens an editorial re: the Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy: It was "a national symbol of elegance. Will this finally be a turning point for concrete as a hybrid construction material for bridges? It has long been seen as a poor material used by modernist egos - even though it fails in durability."
● Sidewalk Labs releases first images of its vision for Quayside on Toronto's waterfront, "but information on how data will be collected - and how much - is still being kept under wraps," and the project still "faces several hurdles."
● O'Sullivan delves into how Amsterdam's "man-made island for sustainable, affordable housing" came about: "plans for this new land are nearly as striking as the creation of the island itself," and "could stand as a global example."
● Cox Architecture and UNStudio win the competition for the $2 billion Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne - if/when approved, it will be Australia's tallest building and "an exemplar of sustainability."
● Gehry unveils designs for the YOLA Center - a former bank building transformed into a youth orchestra hall and performance space that includes "a glass-fronted box with a transparent roof pop-up allowing sunlight to stream into the concert hall below."
● At least 75 architects, critics, and architecture curators have signed a petition "imploring" the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to reassess Selldorf's expansion plans (many articles - this one includes link to petition, should you wish to sign).
● One we couldn't resist: Diaz parses designs that "are hilariously mocking Trump's Space Force logos," including a "submission from design legend Milton Glaser, who responded with this masterpiece."
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): "Exit Architecture: Speculations on the Hereafter": "critical and speculative looks at both present and future visions of post-mortem architecture and 'new ways of marking our exit' from this world."
● Request for Qualifications/RFQ: International Design Competition for Landscape of Columnar Jointing area, Jeju, South Korea.
● Call for entries: Guest Artists & Designers for Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) in January.
● Call for Papers: 56th International Making Cities Livable/IMCL Conference on "A Healthy City for All" in Portland, Oregon, next June.
● Call for entries: 2019 IMCL Design Awards Competition: Designing a Healthy City for All.
● Ciampaglia cheers "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles," Stephen Gee's new documentary on PBS "serves as a valuable primer on one of the great, overlooked architects of the 20th century - if it is an eye-opening introduction for Angelenos, it's revelatory for the rest of us."
● "Skyline" at NYC's Skyscraper Museum "attempts, for the first time, to simplify and organize New York's nearly 150 years of skyline development into five significant periods" (check out the amazing interactive "sliders" to see the skyline across time - very cool!).
● Schwab explains "why Kerala, India, has the world's wildest church architecture - with brightly colored modernist facades in the shape of globes, arms, and ships" featured in a photo series that focuses "on the churches' delightful facades" in "Haubitz + Zoche: Postcolonial Epiphany - churches and cinemas in South-India" at the Reiss-Engelhorn museum, in Mannheim, Germany (fab photos of amazing graces!).
● Eyefuls of the black & white images from "Eternal City: Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects" at the Vittoriano in Rome (who knew RIBA has thousands of them!).
● SOM's "widely-traveled" show "Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture" lands at the MAK Center in L.A., showcasing "the similarities that exist between artistic and technical designs, and how SOM 'embraces and integrates engineering into works of public art.'"
● Page-turner: Two new tomes on Roberto Burle Marx by Seavitt Nordenson and Doherty "yield vastly different tones - both illuminate his astuteness, approaching clairvoyance, still pertinent today."
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ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Welcome New Books Reveal the Heart of the Matter in Architectural Design: Kenneth Frampton's new edition of Kengo Kuma's works, along with Kate Franklin and Caroline Till's global survey of novel thinking about sustainable materials, offer new slants on how materials matter. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Editorial: Giacomo “Piraz” Pirazzoli: The Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy: ...apparently struck by lightning...viaduct was apparently weakened because the concrete was mixed with the incorrect viscosity...A proposed bypass highway...rejected...with a sarcastic mention of “the fairy tale of the collapsing bridge"...Will this finally be a turning point for concrete as a hybrid construction material for bridges? It has long been seen as a poor material used by modernist egos...even though it fails in durability. The [bridge] was a national symbol of elegance and a crucial piece of infrastructure, and its collapse demands an appropriate infrastructure policy...true not just in Italy...social media has been filled with self-proclaimed structural engineers insulting each other... -- Riccardo Morandi- The Architect's Newspaper
Sidewalk Labs releases its vision for Toronto’s waterfront: ... a proposed “smart city”...in a (now) 12-acre parcel in the formerly-industrial port district of Quayside. This is the first time the company has released concrete design details on their forthcoming neighborhood, but information on how data will be collected - and how much - is still being kept under wraps...still in the planning phases and faces several hurdles. -- Katerra/Michael Green Architecture [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Feargus O'Sullivan: Here Comes Amsterdam’s Man-Made Island for Sustainable, Affordable Housing: Centrumeiland will soon hold hundreds of affordable homes with the lightest of possible carbon footprints: “Center Island” rose above the waterline in 2015, when it found its first life as a campsite and arts installation...plans for this new land are nearly as striking as the creation of the island itself...could stand as a global example...will be 70% self-built...the seventh island in the new archipelago, and it should be the greenest yet..Such small-scale but sustainable projects are good models of how to create more environmentally conscious housing while keeping costs down. Three more islands are due to be created... -- Atelier Purr- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Australia’s tallest building to be an exemplar of sustainability: Cox Architecture and UNStudio [win] design competition for a $2 billion mixed-use skyscraper...Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne..."Green Spine"...two twisting wood-heavy buildings feature green-studded balconies and publicly accessible garden terraces...residential tower could be benchmarked to Passive House standards, which if achieved would make the project the largest Passive House development in the world....setting benchmarks of 6 Star NABERS for the office space, WELL Building Standard for the hotel and 5 Star NABERS for the podium. -- Atelier 10; Future City; Studio Drift; Grant Associates [images]- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Frank Gehry unveils designs for L.A. Phil's youth concert hall in Inglewood: ...YOLA Center, a former bank building that the architect will remake into a 25,000-square-foot youth orchestra hall and performance space...a glass-fronted box with a transparent roof pop-up allowing sunlight to stream into the 260-seat concert hall below...Because YOLA is largely an after-school program, the venue will be available for community uses at other times... -- Yasuhisa Toyota [images]- Los Angeles Times
Architects Urge Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to Reconsider Expansion : ...has drawn opposition from seventy-five members in the architecture industry who have signed a petition imploring the museum to reassess the project weeks before the groundbreaking...has garnered signatures from architects, critics, and chief architecture curators... -- Venturi Scott Brown & Associates/VSBA; Izzy Kornblatt; Selldorf Architects- Artforum
Jesus Diaz: Designers are hilariously mocking Trump’s Space Force logos: It’s a space farce: ...logos mocking the original designs - and they’re fun. Let’s review...there’s the submission from design legend Milton Glaser, who responded with this masterpiece... [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Call for entries (international): "Exit Architecture: Speculations on the Hereafter": proposals that present critical and speculative looks at both present and future visions of post-mortem architecture and “new ways of marking our exit” from this world; for January-March 2019 exhiition, Art Omi: Architecture program, Ghent, NY; deadline: August 31- Art Omi / Original Copy
Call for entries: Request for Qualifications (RFQ): International Design Competition for Landscape of Columnar Jointing area, Jeju, South Korea; deadline: September 6- Jungmun, City of Seogwipo, Jeju Island, South Korea
Call for entries (international): Guest Artists & Designers for Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) to celebrate contemporary design across the city ,January 18-27, 2019; venues are free of charge, and also cover exhibitor registration fee; deadline: September 14- Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)
Call for Papers: 56th International Making Cities Livable/IMCL Conference on “A Healthy City for All,” Portland, Oregon, June 17-21, 2019; deadline: October 15- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
Call for entries: 2019 IMCL Design Awards Competition: Designing a Healthy City for All; deadline: October 15- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
Dante A. Ciampaglia: "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles": Stephen Gee’s new documentary, which premiered on PBS in July, serves as a valuable primer on one of the great, overlooked architects of the 20th century: ...if Iconic Vision is an eye-opening introduction for Angelenos, it’s revelatory for the rest of us...Over a 45-year period, he helped turn L.A.- barely a city when he arrived in 1894 - into a metropolis with a place on the global urban stage...film makes a compelling case for Parkinson’s place in architecture. But Gee goes beyond the work to give us a sense of the man. -- Edwin Bergstrom [images]- Architectural Record
"Skyline" at the Skyscraper Museum, New York City: ...exhibition attempts, for the first time, to simplify and organize New York’s nearly 150 years of skyline development into five significant periods in which buildings take characteristic forms shaped by economic, technological, and regulatory factors. thru January 2019 [vinteractive sliders to view the skyline across time]- The Skyscraper Museum
Katharine Schwab: Why Kerala, India, has the world’s wildest church architecture: The Southern Indian state is home to amazingly experimental design - a reaction to the staid architecture of the colonial era: ...churches look wildly different, with brightly colored modernist facades in the shape of globes, arms, and ships, as well as crosses...A photo series by the German photographer Stefanie Zoche and her late artistic partner Sabine Haubitz...now on view at the Reiss-Engelhorn museum, in Mannheim, Germany...focus on the churches’ delightful facades..."Haubitz + Zoche: Postcolonial Epiphany - churches and cinemas in South-India" thru August 26 [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Dome sweet dome: the glory of Rome - in pictures: RIBA has thousand of black and white photographs of the Eternal City. "Eternal City: Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects" at the Vittoriano in Rome brings together the best. thru October 28 [images]- Guardian Cities (UK)
SOM’s "Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture" at the MAK Center in L.A.: The widely-traveled exhibition...showcasing the engineering and design legacy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill...brings a large 12-foot-by-27-foot pavilion to the grounds of the Schindler House...demonstrate the similarities that exist between artistic and technical designs, and how SOM “embraces and integrates engineering into works of public art.” thru September 2.- The Architect's Newspaper
Robert Burle Marx and Brazil's Modern Landscapes: His speeches, many translated into English for the first time, appear in..."Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes Under Dictatorship" by Catherine Seavitt Nordenson and "Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism" by Gareth Doherty...the two books do overlap. But the distinction in audience and circumstances surrounding each collection - official sessions with a murderous government versus intellectual meetings at democratic institutions - yield vastly different tones...both publications illuminate his astuteness, approaching clairvoyance, still pertinent today.- Architectural Record
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
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