Today’s News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
● ANN feature: 9/11: A Reflection: A reprise of our 2002 tribute marking the first anniversary: While my city - the world - will never be the same, it is challenging and rewarding to be part of an industry that is so important to healing both - and can help them grow greater.
● Crosbie considers the "unplanned gravity" of "9/11's most stirring memorial" sited across the Hudson in Jersey City: the designers Frederic Schwartz & Jessica Jamroz "were just as astonished as everyone else - and admitted so - when 'Empty Sky' became transcendent."
● Murdoch returns to Shanksville, PA, and the 2,200-acre Flight 93 National Memorial - his "plan from the outset was to bring life back to a stretch of solemn 'hallowed ground' that was little more than an industry-ravaged strip mine site.
● A very different note on the other side of the Big Pond: Protest over the £100 million Adjaye/Arad Holocaust Memorial in London's Victoria Tower Gardens - it is "the 'right idea, wrong location' and should not be built on the gardens at all."
● Finch calls for "notions of 'cultural appropriation'" to be kept out of architecture: "A plague on the houses of the cultural appropriation brigade - borrowing, stealing, inspiration and design miscegenation have been an essential part of its evolution for millennia. Long may this continue."
● Rudlin cautions architects not to "ignore the rules of urban design" or "you will end up with dull, lifeless places however many people you Photoshop into the drawing."
● Betsky visits Oslo's "well done but generic" Fjord City: "Even when a city does just about everything right, it cannot seem to avoid an unbearable sameness" (and perhaps too many "food halls for the grazing hippoisie").
● Duany minces no words about Providence possibly approving a proposed a 600-foot tower, and why it should not: "The architecture is not original - the product of mediocre designers and a cynical developer. It is parasitic" (and then some!).
● Keane parses the Government Accountability Office's assessment of Trump's border wall prototypes' feasibility and aesthetics: it "will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected."
On brighter notes:
● Wainwright cheers Haworth Tompkins' "scorching resurrection" of the Battersea Arts Centre that "has kept thrilling traces of the 2015 fire. The result is a spatial spectacular - a magical place that surprises at every turn."
● Moore cheers the rebirth of two Victorian civic buildings - Assemble's Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, and 6a architects' South London Gallery: Both projects "employ architects who relish the as-found: the chance qualities of craftsmanship and time, damage, weathering."
● Capener profiles 11 "rising stars of Irish architecture" who "represent some of the best emerging design talent around."
● Dublin-based architect Scanlon hails "Capener's welcome celebration of emerging Irish architects. However, I would wager that few, if any are the designers behind the 'cranes on the skylines' - let us hope real priority and focus will be given to developing supports and opportunities for architects to sustain their practices."
● An in-depth report on how new innovations (there's an app for that) and "an architectural awakening could save billions of birds": Toronto "is seen by many as a model of a city that does right by birds," and a retrofit of NYC's Javits Center "cut bird mortalities by 90%."
● Houston-based architect Rodriguez parses the five resilient single-family houses and one streetscape that won the Community Housing and Urban Design Competition: "The importance of competitions of this nature is remarkable and a critical step towards" achieving Houston 2020 Visions.
● The winning design in the Building Trust Affordable Housing Design Challenge Competition "will see 3,000 units developed supporting access to quality sustainable housing solutions for factory workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia."
● Donoff parses the 10 winners of the 2018 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards (great presentations).
● Denise Scott Brown receives the second annual Soane Medal for her contributions of built work, education, history, and theory (Moneo won the inaugural medal).
● Weese, Stern, Hunderman & Slaton take home the Society of Architectural Historians' 2018 Awards for Architectural Excellence.
● The Sienkiewicz's "Tight Knit" pavilion wins the 2018 Chart Architecture Competition that promotes young Nordic architects.
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ANN feature: Kristen Richards: 9/11: A Reflection: What has lessened is the almost unfathomable sense of helplessness. While my city – the world – will never be the same, it is challenging and rewarding to be part of an industry that is so important to healing both - and can help them grow greater. -- September 11, 2002- ArchNewsNow.com
Michael J. Crosbie: Unplanned Gravity: Jersey City is the Site of 9/11’s Most Stirring Memorial: Designed by architects Jessica Jamroz and Frederic Schwartz, “Empty Sky” has a power both planned and unplanned: ...if a critic goes wild over a feature you had no idea was even in your design, nod wisely and be thankful. But in the case of this memorial, the designers were just as astonished as everyone else - and admitted so - when “Empty Sky” became transcendent.- Common Edge
The Flight 93 National Memorial architect says there’s ‘still work to do’: ...2,200-acre park...will be ever-evolving in the months, years and decades to come. “This is still a very young-looking park"...Paul Murdoch's plan from the outset was to bring life back to a stretch of solemn “hallowed ground” that was little more than an industry-ravaged strip mine site. -- Murdoch Architects; Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Protests at unveiling of latest designs for David Adjaye’s Holocaust Memorial: ...protest over the £100 million landmark, which they say is the ‘right idea, wrong location’ and should not be built at Victoria Tower Gardens...minor changes include enhancement of green space...But the changes have not placated critics, who argue the project should not be built on the gardens at all. -- Adjaye Associates; Ron Arad [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Paul Finch: Let’s keep notions of ‘cultural appropriation’ out of architecture: How long will it be before we are told that only architects with a particular ethnicity should design buildings in certain places? A plague on the houses of the cultural appropriation brigade, with their increasingly shrill and unpleasant zealotry. In the world of architecture, borrowing, stealing, inspiration and design miscegenation have been an essential part of its evolution for millennia. Long may this continue. -- Christine Murray- The Architects' Journal (UK)
David Rudlin/URBED: What is it about architects and urban design? Architects love to break the mould - but you ignore the rules of urban design at your peril: Nobody likes rules, particularly when you are being creative, and architects are taught quite rightly to question and challenge the rules...If you ignore them you will end up with dull, lifeless places however many people you Photoshop into the drawing.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Aaron Betsky: Oslo ... Unfortunately ... Goes Global: the Norwegian capital’s Fjord City plan is well done but generic: ...turning into the kind of place where you have to read the signs to figure out where you are...Even when a city...does just about everything right, it cannot seem to avoid an unbearable sameness...with it a tinge of classism: Nearly everything here looks and feels as though it were designed for the leisure class, even the spaces that are open to everybody. -- Kristin Jarmund; MVRDV; Dark Architects; A-Lab); Snøhetta; Renzo Piano; Juan Herreros; Kleihues + Schuwerk- Architect Magazine
Andrés Duany: Downcity adios: We write with concern not as residents of Providence but among those who have come to know and love this city...DPZ [Duany Plater-Zyberk] prepared the Downcity Master Plan (1990), and we have been involved ever since...The progress has been extraordinary...to position [it] as one of the most desirable cities on the East Coast...has now catalyzed a proposed...a 600-foot tower that is the object of our urgent concern...This highrise will undermine the collective achievement of four decades, for several reasons: The architecture is not original...the product of mediocre designers and a cynical developer...It is parasitic...- Architecture Here and There
Katharine Keane: Congressional Watchdog Assesses Borderwall Prototypes' Feasibility and Aesthetics: In July, the Government Accountability Office [GAO] released a 45-page document outlining how the eight design proposals would fare if constructed: "...by proceeding without key information on cost, acquisition baselines, and the contributions of previous barrier and technology deployments, DHS faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected."- Architect Magazine
Oliver Wainwright: 'Like something from Pompeii' - Battersea Arts Centre's scorching resurrection: With its charred plaster walls and restored mosaic flooring, the £13m rescue of the cherished London theatre has kept thrilling traces of the 2015 fire. The result is a spatial spectacular - with a whopping 35 performance hotspots: ...it’s just as hard to tell where the original building ends and the new bits begin. “We call it scratch architecture"...a magical place that surprises at every turn...Some of the most successful interventions are the cheapest... -- Haworth Tompkins [images]- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art; South London Gallery: Two Victorian civic buildings have been given new leases of life as art galleries - largely by leaving things be: Both employ architects who relish the as-found: the chance qualities of craftsmanship and time, damage, weathering, the authority of things made for a specific use that persists even when they are applied to another. -- Assemble; 6a architects- Observer (UK)
David Capener: The rising stars of Irish architecture: Ireland is experiencing a mini building boom - so who is doing the designing? When it comes to young architectural talent Ireland is spoilt for choice...these 11 young practices represent some of the best emerging design talent around. -- Studio Red Architects; DUA; Antipas Jones Architects; NOJI; Rae Moore; TOB Architect; Shane Birney Architects; Joan McElligott Architect; Noreile Breen; Studio Anois; Scullion Architects- Irish Times
Emmett Scanlon: Time to value our architects: It was with great interest and pleasure that I read David Capener’s welcome celebration of emerging Irish architects. However...I would wager that few, if any...are the designers behind...the “cranes on the skylines”...let us hope real priority and focus will be given to developing supports and opportunities for architects to sustain their practices, earn a living, make a home in our cities and contribute to society...It seems to me we need all the help we can get.- Irish Times
An Architectural Awakening Could Save Billions of Birds: As many as one billion North American birds die each year in after colliding with windows. New innovations can help them steer clear: ...Toronto is seen by many...as a model of a city that does right by birds...the first to produce bird-friendly green-building guidelines...developers receive building permits only if design specs consider bird safety...[the city] and its environs remain a lethal layover...A retrofit at the Javits Center in New York City...cut bird mortalities by 90%... -- Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP); Studio Gang; Renzo Piano; FXFowle (now FXCollaborative)- Audubon Magazine
Marie Rodriguez: Complete the Community Housing and Urban Design Competition Winners Announced: ...solicited conceptual design entries for resilient single-family houses and one streetscape in the five pilot neighborhoods...six winning designs...The importance of competitions of this nature...is remarkable and a critical step towards the larger, collaborative call to action that Houston 2020 Visions will be for the city. -- AIA Houston; Asakura Robinson/R.G. Miller Engineers; Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture Race to Zero; Brian Burnett and Jonathan West; Rigg Studio; Transcend Architecture/Jackson & Ryan Architect/Travis Hicks [images]- OffCite / Rice Design Alliance
Building Trust Affordable Housing Design Challenge Competition Results: ...will see 3,000 units developed supporting access to quality sustainable housing solutions for factory workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. -- at Architecture (India); NAAD (Japan); G70 (USA); Atelier Urban Carpenter (China); Room Design Studio (Cambodia) [images]- Building Trust International (UK) / UN Development Program (UNDP) / Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone
Elizabeth Donoff: 2018 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards: ...marks the 15th anniversary of the program...recognize 10 projects... -- Tillotson Design Associates/Foster + Partners; Focus Lighting/Jenny Sabin Studio; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design/Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects/HKS; Office for Visual Interaction (OVI)/KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten; UnoLai Lighting Design & Associates/Tsao & McKown/Neri & Hu; dpa Lighting Consultants/Ralph Helmick; Licht Kunst Licht/Marco Serra Architekt; HLB Lighting Design/Gensler; Mulvey & Banani International (MBII)/WZMH Architects; Tillotson Design Associates/Schreiber Studio/Studio Joseph [images]- Architectural Lighting Magazine
Denise Scott Brown to Receive the 2018 Soane Medal: The AIA Gold Medalist will receive the second annual prize awarded by the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London....awarded annually to architects who have made "a major contribution to their field, through their built work ... education, history, and theory...Rafael Moneo, Hon. FAIA, received the inaugural medal. -- Venturi Scott Brown,/VSBA- Architect Magazine
Society of Architectural Historians Announces Recipients of 2018 Awards for Architectural Excellence: ...recognize individuals for outstanding achievements in architectural practice and academic study. -- Cynthia Weese/Weese Langley Weese; Robert A.M. Stern; Harry Hunderman & Deborah Slaton/Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Pavilion featuring a modular loom weaving textiles wins the 2018 Chart Architecture Competition: Chart Art Fair's architectural initiative hosts an annual competition to promote young Nordic architects and explore the crossovers between art and architecture..."Tight Knit" pavilion features a modular loom that can knit patterns from natural yarn, discarded textiles, and/or old plastic wrapping + built works from the four other finalists. -- Jan Sienkiewicz and Uta Sienkiewicz [images]- Archinect
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