Today’s News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be on an 8:00am ferry tomorrow morning for a sneak-peek of the Statue of Liberty Museum by FXCollaborative (formerly FXFOWLE) and ESI Design - the next newsletter will post on Friday, September 14.
● Florida's great Q&A with Eric Klinenberg, author of "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life," re: "how 'social infrastructure' can knit America together."
● Chang parses Montreal's "multi-million dollar plan to address homelessness. At the center is social inclusion" that has already "yielded noticeable dividends."
● Wahlroos-Ritter explains how architects can take back the power from politicians, corporate leaders, and supervisors and "redirect the narrative through the accumulation of small acts - micro-decisions have consequences that extend far beyond the boundaries of architecture."
● Bliss takes a deep dive into what's "behind the backlash over Sidewalk Labs' Smart City" in Toronto: The "Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain."
● Wainwright wanders Kuma's V&A Dundee: It's "a twisting, thrilling spaceship" on the waterfront, and "a magnetic new presence" that is "tough enough to withstand" the (mediocre) development going on around it (Mackintosh, Dennis the Menace, and Star Wars included).
● Eyefuls of images of Kuma's V&A Dundee Museum of Design (fab photos - and lots of 'em!).
● Freundt finds Chicago's new McDonald's to be "an architectural nothing burger" (ouch!). "It's a clever idea," but it "is austere and technology-based - and may leave some patrons feeling cold" (with a taste of Apple?).
● Five make the shortlist with their "stunning designs" for Auckland's newest high-rise (vote for your fave).
● Lubell takes us on an eloquent tour of a few of the best Beaux-Arts beauties in Paris: The Grand Palais "is far from the only emblem of a gilded age to visit in a spectacular city" (be "wonder-struck"!).
● A Van Valkenburgh kind of day: Gathering Place in Tulsa "will have to adapt over time to meet the evolving needs of the city - changes based on how people want to use it."
● MacLeod of ArcSpace parses MVVA's Gateway Arch Park: It "a first step in healing the architectural fabric of downtown St. Louis," showing "the capacity for American cities to knit disparate elements back together."
● Dunlop shares a sketch of his vision for a bridge linking Scotland with Northern Ireland: "We have the engineering and architectural talent and the capability to build this project; it would be a transformative economic generator."
● Madlener's Q&A with conceptual architect Ola-Dele Kuku: "It is paramount that applied architecture, design application, and the creative arts today are adopted as adaptive tools to address the recurring epidemic of conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation."
● AIA approves new rules and ethical standards that explicitly address sexual harassment, equity in the profession, and sustainability.
● ASLA launches a Guide to Climate Change Mitigation, which complements its Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report.
● London's Design Museum puts the Beazley Designs of the Year nominees on show - 19 shortlisted projects in the Architecture category include the to-be-expected and some surprises.
● One we couldn't resist: Diller talks about "some of her favorite architect's movies - films that showcase architectures or employ an architectural understanding of space" (it's worth a listen!).
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Richard Florida: How ‘Social Infrastructure’ Can Knit America Together: Eric Klinenberg, author of "Palaces for the People," talks about how schools, libraries, and other institutions can restore a sense of common purpose in America...He argues that renewing our commitment to this infrastructure is essential to rebuilding a more cohesive, civil, and forward-looking society.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Sophia Chang: Homeless, But Part of Society in Montreal: ...a multi-million dollar plan to address homelessness. At the center is social inclusion: Place Émilie-Gamelin in downtown Montreal is one focus of a $5.9 million action plan for the city's homeless. A main tenet is social inclusion...has yielded noticeable dividends...helped foster a special dynamic between different communities.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter: The Power of Architects' Micro-Choices: Politicians, corporate leaders, and supervisors seem to call all the shots of late, but designers can redirect the narrative through the accumulation of small acts: ...micro-decisions have consequences that extend far beyond the boundaries of architecture...At our best, we embrace integrity and curiosity in each of our decisions, through the classrooms we craft, the workplaces we establish, and the buildings we design...If each of these incremental steps is guided by our values, they will add up to a powerful whole.- Architect Magazine
Laura Bliss: Behind the Backlash Over Sidewalk Labs' Smart City: How Smart Should a City Be? Toronto Is Finding Out: A data-driven “neighborhood of the future” masterminded by a Google corporate sibling [Alphabet], the Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain. -- Waterfront Toronto; Dan Doctoroff; Sidewalk Toronto; Rit Aggarwala [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Oliver Wainwright: V&A Dundee - a twisting, thrilling spaceship lands on the waterfront: It’s twice over budget and four years late, but this futuristic £80m museum is a magnetic new presence: ...the Scottish Design Galleries are a tour de force... a star of the show is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room...Sadly, it seems that all of the architectural effort has been lavished on the museum, with little care for how the rest of the pieces hang together. Thankfully, Kuma’s concrete culture ship is tough enough to withstand whatever the developers want to throw at it. -- Kengo Kuma; Maurizio Mucciola; ZMMA [images]- Guardian (UK)
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design: The design galleries include 300 objects, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room, the conserved and painstakingly reconstructed interior of Miss Cranston's Ingram Street tearoom which has been not been seen for 50 years...V&A Dundee is the centrepiece of the city's waterfront development. -- Kengo Kuma [images]- BBC (UK)
Rachel Freundt: The New McDonald’s Is an Architectural Nothing Burger: The glass box motif is neat for now, but in 20 years, it’ll be one of many...: Cutting ties with nostalgia, the fast-food company is moving ahead with its “Experience of the Future” initiative...this new flagship is austere and technology-based - and may leave some patrons feeling cold...It’s a clever idea...But one wonders whether the architects were also paying homage to the Apple Store...The resemblance speaks to a trend... -- Ross Barney Architects [images]- Chicago Magazine
Revealed: Five stunning designs in Auckland high-rise competition: Each has provided two options, with the first design following current city planning rules and the second showcasing what can be built with more liberal planning parameters...winning design will be announced in October by ICD Property - but what do you think? ...vote... -- Woods Bagot; Cox Architecture; Zaha Hadid Architects, Elenberg Fraser; Warren and Mahoney [images]- Newshub (New Zealand)
Sam Lubell: Beaux-Arts Beauty Stands the Test of Time in Paris: The Biennale takes place at the Grand Palais, but that is far from the only emblem of a gilded age to visit in a spectacular city: ...its neighboring sibling...Petit Palais...is arguably a more sublime example of Beaux-Arts...It's one of the city's best surprises, a place that could be overlooked only in a metropolis with an embarrassment of riches like Paris. -- Félix Duban; Jules André; Victor Laloux; Henri Labrouste; Jean-Louis Pascal; Charles Garnier; Eugène Hénard; Charles Girault [images]- New York Times
Gathering Place architect: The people of Tulsa will shape park's future: He started by listening...George Kaiser, who would eventually contribute more than $200 million to the project, never referred to it as a “park.” From the beginning, it was always a “gathering place.” “That’s telling,” says Michael Van Valkenburgh...it will have to adapt over time to meet the evolving needs of the city...changes based on how people want to use it...- Tulsa World (Oklahoma)
Finn MacLeod: Gateway Arch Park: ...[it] is again at the fore of conversations on urban renewal...an extensive renovation as a part of “City+Arch+River,” an initiative designed to better integrate the arch with the city and adjacent riverfront...A first step in healing the architectural fabric of downtown St. Louis, the new park and museum demonstrate the capacity for American cities to knit disparate elements back together. -- Eero Saarinen; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA); Cooper Robertson; James Carpenter Design Associates [images]- ArcSpace
New images of bridge to link Scotland with Northern Ireland released: Alan Dunlop shared the drawing after his idea won widespread political support on both sides of the water...“We have the engineering and architectural talent and the capability to build this project; it would be a transformative economic generator"...He also pointed to the Øresund Bridge that connects Denmark with Sweden. It has made a £10bn return on the initial investment since its opening 18 years ago...created a swell of economic activity. [image]- The Scotsman (UK)
Adrian Madlener: Ola-Dele Kuku - Architecture as Critique: TLmag spoke to the conceptual architect about his unique approach and two key projects: Nigerian born, Brussels based architect...has translated his architecture training into a conceptual art practice..."It is paramount that applied architecture, design application, and the creative arts today are adopted as adaptive tools to address the recurring epidemic of conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation" [images]- TLmagazine - True Living of Art & Design (Brussels, Belgium)
AIA Adopts New Rules and Ethical Standards for Members: ...approves new rules explicitly addressing sexual harassment, equity in the profession, and sustainability: ...standards are aspirational and define the tenets of ethical behavior...The code also includes disciplinary rules, which are mandatory and enforceable.- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
ASLA Launches Guide to Climate Change Mitigation: ...complements Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report...- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
A Danish LEGO House, a South African art museum, and a Chinese village are among the Beazley Designs of the Year nominees: ...19 shortlisted projects in the Architecture category [on view at the Design Museum in London thru January 6] -- Heatherwick Studio; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Jean Nouvel; Jenny Sabin Studio; OMA; Paulo Mendes da Rocha/MMBB Arquitetos; Smiljan Radic/Eduardo Castillo/Gabriela Medrano; Wang Shu/Amateur Architecture Studio; Marshall Blecher/Magnus Maarbjerg; AAU Anastas / Scales/Laboratoire GSA; Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA; MAD Architects; Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai; Rural Urban Framework; etc. [images]- Archinect
Build it and they will come to the movies: ...40 years ago, Liz Diller was more interested in filmmaking than architecture. “I had absolutely no interest in architecture"...she still considers herself a film buff at heart. So we asked her to tell us about some of her favorite architect’s movies - films that showcase architectures or employ an architectural understanding of space. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro- PRI / Public Radio International
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
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