Today’s News - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
● Florida and Caines mince no words about what they think of "Miami-Dade's next development boondoggles. The path to economic success does not lie in silver bullet mega-projects."
● Moore marvels at 15 Clerkenwell Close: "Amin Taha has provoked the wrath of council planners with his glorious, rough-hewn flats - this metaphorical ruin could become an all too literal one. But people like Taha are working hard to raise our experiences of the built environment. Councils should not be in the business of crushing them."
● Preservation experts in three cities "explain how and why a building is deemed worthy of protection. It often falls to design boards or commissions - and the architects who populate them - to decide what stays and what goes."
● Oregon becomes first state to legalize mass timber buildings higher than six stories.
● Mortice mulls "two new sparkling" McDonald's in Chicago that "demonstrate a new design direction for the fast-food chain - the company is betting big on design's ability to redefine their customers' experience," but "in the name of prevailing 'good taste,' McDonald's is becoming more like everywhere else."
● Eyefuls from Schreiner's "Silent Agents" series, shot in London, Paris, Innsbruck, and Hamburg, that "depicts examples of 'hostile architecture': subtle interventions in urban spaces designed to hinder people's use of them."
● BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion will open in Toronto next month, and "will eventually find its permanent home" in Vancouver.
● Kamin reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is taking over from Murcutt as chair of Pritzker Architecture Prize jury.
● Pedersen, fortuitously a few weeks ago, had a great Q&A with Justice Breyer re: "being a client for great public buildings, and why public architecture matters."
● Miranda spends some quality time with Lorcan O'Herlihy, who is "designing the L.A. of tomorrow in humane ways - bringing plenty of fresh thinking to the issue of density by working on projects that make innovative use of tight urban spaces."
● In the Bronx. Ford's Hip-Hop Architecture Camp "fosters interest in urban planning and design through the lens of hip-hop among children in underrepresented neighborhoods."
● FLW's famed Hollyhock House will soon be offering virtual reality tours "intended to provide a lifelike experience for users with disabilities, living across the globe, or who otherwise are not able to see the home in person."
● Following its 2018 Powerhouse Cities round-up, Metropolis offers its list of 10 "Buzzing" Design Cities of 2018 that "manage to have global design influence while maintaining their unique regional identities."
● Followed by its 10 "Inspirational" Design Cities of 2018 that "have rich urban fabrics, self-assured cultural scenes, and a laid-back atmosphere."
● Cheers to Arch Record's 2018 Women in Architecture Award winners for their "design leadership across five categories."
● Canada Council for the Arts names New Brunswick's Acre Architects winner of the $50,000 Prix de Rome in Architecture.
● 2018 Gold Nugget Awards for commercial projects go to merit winners and one grand winner in 50 categories.
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Op-Ed: Richard Florida and Chris Caines: Miami-Dade’s next development boondoggles - a mega mall, a soccer stadium, Amazon HQ2? It is an aspiring global city, one that needs to build up its own economy...Real strides are being made. But three recent economic development decisions threaten to push the city and the region back to the past...Let’s put an end to unproductive, old-school economic development. The path to economic success does not lie in silver bullet mega-projects...- Miami Herald
Rowan Moore: 15 Clerkenwell Close: poetry set in stone: Amin Taha has provoked the wrath of council planners with his glorious, rough-hewn flats...Do they face the wrecking ball? Stone is celebrated as a living thing...It is a joy to see stone treated like this...hints at being a poetic ruin...He is currently engaged in a planning dispute...This metaphorical ruin could become an all too literal one...I can understand that this Miesian-Flintstone building is not to everyone’s taste. It’s a touch gawky, a bit raw...But people like Taha are working hard to raise our experiences of the built environment. Councils should not be in the business of crushing them. -- Groupwork + Amin Taha- Observer (UK)
Preserve or Raze? Preservation experts in three cities explain how and why a building is deemed worthy of protection: ...it often falls to design boards or commissions - and the architects who populate them - to decide what stays and what goes...[in Los Angeles, Burlington, Vermont, and Charlottesville, Virginia]. -- Gail Kennard/Kennard Design Group; Barry Milofsky/M2A Architects- AIArchitect / American Institute of Architects
Oregon becomes first state to legalize mass timber high rises: Portland has become something of a hotbed for timber innovation as of late...The timber allowance comes courtesy of Oregon’s statewide alternate method (SAM), a state-specific program that allows for alternate building techniques to be used... -- PATH Architecture; LEVER Architecture- The Architect's Newspaper
Zach Mortice: Will the Culture of Good Taste Devour McDonald’s? Two new sparkling buildings in Chicago - designed by Carol Ross Barney and Gensler/Studio O+A, respectively - demonstrate a new design direction for the ubiquitous fast-food chain: ...the company is betting big on design’s ability to redefine their customers’ experience...it is increasing its design sophistication while muting its iconic identity. In the name of prevailing “good taste,” McDonald’s is becoming more like everywhere else. -- Landini Associates; Omni Ecosystems; Interior Architects [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Hostile architecture: an uncomfortable urban art - in pictures: Julius-Christian Schreiner’s "Silent Agents" series, shot in London, Paris, Innsbruck and Hamburg, depicts examples of ‘hostile architecture’: subtle interventions in urban spaces designed to hinder people’s use of them. [images]- Guardian Cities (UK)
Bjarke Ingels Group's Serpentine Pavilion Reopens in Toronto Next Month: Purchased by Westbank, BIG's "unzipped wall" will debut in the Ontario capital following the 2016 installation in London: ...will eventually find its permanent home beside Westbank's Shaw Tower, designed by James KM Cheng Architects, in Vancouver...- Architect Magazine
Blair Kamin: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer named chairman of Pritzker Architecture Prize jury: He has been a member of the Pritzker jury since 2011...will replace outgoing chair, the Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, the 2002 winner of the prize.- Chicago Tribune
Martin C. Pedersen: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Being a Client for Great Public Buildings: A lively talk about architecture, creating good government buildings, and why it matters: ..."for major government buildings, there always has to be someone who takes an interest - who’s not the architect, who’s not the director of security." -- Harry Cobb/Ian Bader/Pei Cobb Freed- Common Edge
Carolina A. Miranda: Lorcan O'Herlihy designs intimate spaces for a denser L.A.: ...designing the L.A. of tomorrow in humane ways...[His] “same old stuff” is, in actuality, bringing plenty of fresh thinking to the issue of density at a time in which Los Angeles is building up instead of out...LOHA has made a name for itself by working on projects that make innovative use of tight urban spaces...finding ways to build diminutive parks out of slivers of land, employing underused rooftops as gardens... [images]- Los Angeles Times
In the Bronx, Hip-Hop Architecture Camp teaches students about creative placemaking: Architect Mike Ford fosters interest in urban planning and design through the lens of hip-hop: ...tapped to design the forthcoming Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx, is now using the lens of hip-hop to stimulate an interest in architecture among children in underrepresented neighborhoods.- Curbed New York
Hollyhock House to Offer Virtual Reality Tour Option: Those wishing to get a glimpse inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic [house] may soon be able to do so from the comfort of their own homes, thanks to virtual reality tours planned to begin this fall...intended to provide a lifelike experience for users with disabilities, living across the globe, or who otherwise are not able to see the home in person. -- Barnsdall Art Park; AVA Inclusivity [images]- Los Feliz Ledger (Hollyhock House)
Metropolis Magazine’s 10 ‘Buzzing’ Design Cities of 2018: From Detroit to Seoul, these cities manage to have global design influence while maintaining their unique regional identities. -- Sidewalk Toronto; Studio Junction; Studio Munge; MSDS Studio; E´ric Lapierre; Amanda Levete; Kim Swoo-geun; Ali Sandifer/Abir Ali/Platform; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; David Adjaye; Space Encounters; Yesomi Umolu; Jeanne Gang; LEVER Architecture; Herzog & de Meuron; Nordic - Office of Architecture; Haptic Architects; CF Møller Architects; Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter- Metropolis Magazine
Metropolis Magazine’s 10 “Inspirational” Design Cities of 2018: From Rome to Kyoto, these cities have rich urban fabrics, self-assured cultural scenes, and a laid-back atmosphere: ...display an interesting combination of powerhouse prowess and buzzy localism, all set against centuries-old - in some cases millennia-old - cityscapes. -- Anne Geenen/Case Design; Zhang Ke; Jan Boelen/Design Academy Eindhoven; Studio-X Istanbul/Columbia GSAPP; Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; MVRDV; Studio Wieki Somers; OMA/Vincent de Rijk; Studio Makkink & Bey; Moshe Safdie; Greenline Architecture; Olle Lundberg- Metropolis Magazine
Architectural Record Announces 2018 Women in Architecture Award Winners: Founded in 2014, the awards series recognizes design leadership across five categories and promotes the visibility and contributions of women to the field. Design Leader: Elizabeth Diller/Diller Scofidio + Renfro; New Generation Leader: Lisa Iwamoto/IwamotoScott Architecture; Innovator: Upali Nanda/HKS; Activist: Peggy Deamer/Deamer, Architects; Educator: Ellen Dunham-Jones/Georgia Tech School of Architecture/"Retrofitting Suburbia"- Architectural Record
New Brunswick’s Acre Architects win Prix de Rome in Architecture: ...firm will receive a $50,000 stipend for the work program, travel and public presentation. -- Canada Council for the Arts- Canadian Architect
Commercial Projects Recognized at the 2018 Gold Nugget Awards: From a field of over 700 U.S. and international entries, judges selected merit winners and one grand winner in 50 categories...praised creative approaches to classic concepts and the depth of detail executed in the winning entries.- Architect Magazine
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
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