Today’s News - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
● ANN feature: rise in the city 2018: Call for mentors and sponsors for an international student competition to design affordable housing in the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa.
● An ENR survey tackles #MeToo in construction: "Two-thirds of respondents have coped with workplace gender harassment and bias," but the "issues are not clearly understood, universally accepted, or easily fixed. Some voiced confusion in definitions of and responses to gender bias and sexual harassment.
● Wainwright tackles "the scandal of architecture's invisible women. Meet the women who are tired of being written out of history" (great quotes - great read!).
● AN talks to Gehry about Venturi and VSBA's work: "Bob Venturi is one of my heroes in life - as is Denise" (even though they "feuded publicly from time to time").
● Bruce Race parses climate change, cities, and "what we need to do" in light of the recent IPCC report, and offers "four broad pathways to net zero": "Meeting the goals is ambitious but not impossible - we already know a lot about what we need to do."
● How one house survived Hurricane Michael while most of Mexico Beach, Florida, was decimated: It was "built for the big one" (but it wasn't inexpensive).
● GGLO's Mayer offers a solution to Los Angeles' housing crisis: use the European IBA model of "radical urban prototyping" that "would encourage citizens, planners and politicians to invent, prototype, test, and learn."
● Sayer minces no words about why he thinks Foster's Bloomberg HQ in London "should not have won this year's RIBA Stirling Prize": It isn't a bad building, but all the "listed items of praise are merely examples of pricey green gadgetry and fancy add-ons" (and "feels like a glitzy airport" inside). "There were far better examples of architecture on the shortlist."
● Kamin cheers a new, "small but sexy" hotel that put a modern addition on top of a historic building - "the rebirth of a once-crumbling Chicago office building as a stylish boutique hotel stands out - the present brings new vitality to the past without overwhelming it."
● Henry Stephens parses Olafur Eliasson's Fjordenhus in Denmark: It "synthesizes all of the qualities developed in the studio's artistic practice into something spectacular for perhaps the most banal of architectural types - the office building."
● AC Martin's "guiding design principle" for the Keck Center for Science and Engineering at Chapman University in California was "was student experience" (it's also very green).
● Paletta spends some quality time with Pritzker winner Doshi: "The intriguing wrinkle about this dedicated regionalist is his connection to two Brahmins of international modernism - he has likened Le Corbusier to an acrobat and Louis Kahn to a yogi - not a bad balance of muses" (he was "ready with laughter and wry remarks").
● Moore parses David Kohn, "the British architect with a gift for the quietly surreal - pursuing common-sense goals with uncommon results. He doesn't mind flirting, in his somewhat measured way, with kitsch."
● Call for Papers for 23rd International Passive House Conference in China next September.
● Reddymade wins the 2019 Times Square Valentine Heart design competition with "X" - it and the other finalists now on view at the Center for Architecture.
● NTHP's 2018 Driehaus Preservation Awards go to (cool!) projects in Memphis, Tennessee, Oklahoma City, and Buffalo, New York.
● The Getty Foundation's 2018 Keeping It Modern grants go to architectural conservation projects - first time grants awarded to buildings in Cuba, Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland, and the country of Georgia.
● The World Monuments Fund's Hadrian Award goes to Prince Amyn Aga Khan for his "lifelong support of cultural heritage in all its forms," and Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler for his "unmatched contributions to the preservation of the historic center of Havana, Cuba."
● Lima-based Barclay & Crousse Architecture takes home the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for its new academic building at Peru's University of Piura "that features an economical but visually striking design."
● Eyefuls of the winners and finalists of the World Architecture Festival's Architecture Drawing Prize 2018.
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ANN feature: rise in the city 2018: Call for Mentors and Sponsors: Students are already busy working on their submissions for an international competition to design affordable housing in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa. Now, mentors and sponsors are needed.- ArchNewsNow.com
#MeToo in Construction: 66% Report Sexual Harassment in ENR Survey: Two-thirds of 1,248 respondents have coped with workplace gender harassment and bias: ...but industry gender bias issues are not clearly understood, universally accepted, or easily fixed...Some survey respondents voiced confusion in definitions of and responses to gender bias and sexual harassment...63% concluding that sector-wide efforts are moving too slowly.- Engineering News-Record (ENR)
Oliver Wainwright: Snubbed, cheated, erased: the scandal of architecture's invisible women: They are among the most talented architects of their age. Yet the credit, praise and awards have gone to the men instead. Meet the women who are tired of being written out of history. -- Soane Medal; Denise Scott Brown; Robert Venturi; Wang Shu; Lu Wenyu; MJ Long/Colin St John Wilson Su Rogers/Richard Rogers; Wendy Foster/Norman Foster; Patty Hopkins/Hopkins Architects; Nina Libeskind/Daniel Libeskind; Madelon Vriesendorp/Rem Koolhaas/OMA [images]- Guardian (UK)
Frank Gehry remembers Robert Venturi and VSBA’s work: ...[he] explained that though he and Venturi feuded publicly from time to time, he felt much admiration for the late architect...“Bob Venturi is one of my heroes in life,” adding, “as is Denise"...While acknowledging that “culture changes, people are different,” Gehry admitted that “I don’t know that we understand [postmodern architecture], really, or how to deal with it.” With a note of finality, he added, “Bob ain’t here to make another one, though.” -- Denise Scott Brown; Venturi Scott Brown Associates- The Architect's Newspaper
Bruce Race: Climate Change and Cities: What We Need to Do: ...International Panel on Climate Change/IPCC Summary to Policymakers indicates we must reduce our GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions by 45% before 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2075... Meeting the goals is ambitious but not impossible. In fact, we already know a lot about what we need to do...Four Broad Pathways to Net Zero: -- Center of Sustainability and Resilience (CeSAR), University of Houston- Forbes
Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’: Hurricane Michael wrecked almost every beachfront house on a block in Florida. But one home came through the storm nearly pristine, as if protected by grace. How did it survive? The ["Sand Palace"] was designed to withstand much stronger winds than state building codes require in the Florida Panhandle. -- Charles A. Gaskin Architect- New York Times
Gerhard W. Mayer: How to Solve Los Angeles’ Housing Crisis? With Urban Design Rapid Prototyping: The current urban planning paradigm...can’t deliver the rapid change that the city needs...There is a model...in Europe...called an IBA...temporary urban innovation labs that usually exist for a duration of 10 years...results are publicly scrutinized, discussed and extrapolated...Radical urban prototyping could help us with a whole range of issues and challenges...[IBAs] would allow L.A. to leapfrog otherwise painfully slow evolutionary stages. It would encourage citizens, planners and politicians to invent, prototype, test, and learn.- Common Edge
Jason Sayer: $1.7 Billion Gadget: Bloomberg HQ should not have won this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize: ..."[it] is by no means a bad building. The judging panel...was right to say the project “pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture"...However, all of these listed items of praise are merely examples of pricey green gadgetry and fancy add-ons...Inside...the scheme feels like a glitzy airport...There were far better examples of architecture on [the] shortlist... -- Foster + Partners; Waugh Thistleton Architects; MUMA; Jamie Fobert Architects; Níall McLaughlin Architects; Henley Halebrown- The Architect's Newspaper
Blair Kamin: Small but sexy: New Chicago hotel near Millennium Park combines past and present: As the just-concluded design war over Union Station suggests, putting a modern addition on top of a historic building is fraught with peril...Against that backdrop, the rebirth of a once-crumbling Chicago office building as a stylish boutique hotel stands out...because it largely succeeds at combining, and contrasting, past and present...now the 17-story Hotel Julian...the present brings new vitality to the past without overwhelming it. -- Benjamin Marshall (1912); Hirsch/MPG; Workshop; Gettys Group- Chicago Tribune
Henry Stephens: Fjordenhus: Rising from the waters of Vejle fjord, Fjordenhus by Studio Olafur Eliasson effectively combines a rigorous geometric approach, a thorough knowledge of materiality, and an unusual siting...[It] synthesises all of the qualities developed in the studio’s artistic practice into something spectacular for perhaps the most banal of architectural types - the office building...the geometry is more than just formal gymnastics...serves as a powerful argument for the power of architecture as a primarily spatial practice... [images]- ArcSpace
Chapman University [Orange, CA] Dedicates Keck Center for Science and Engineering, Which Promises ‘an Incredible Future’: ...game-changing facility spans nearly an entire city block and offers 140,000 square feet of space for learning, research and collaboration...Designed by AC Martin Architects, [it] is the University’s most expensive building project to date and represents a 182% increase in dedicated space for the sciences on the main campus. The guiding design principle, though, was student experience... [images]- Chapman University (Orange, California)
Anthony Paletta: A Modernism for India: Sitting with Pritzker Prize winner B.V. Doshi: ...the country’s newer, road-emphasizing development applies 20th-century models of Western planning...Such urban growth patterns have unintended, undesirable consequences...Realigning contemporary design and architecture to the needs of India has been a major theme in [his] life’s work...The intriguing wrinkle about this dedicated regionalist is his connection to two Brahmins of international modernism...he has likened Le Corbusier to an acrobat and Louis Kahn to a yogi - not a bad balance of muses.- The Weekly Standard
Rowan Moore: David Kohn: the British architect with a gift for the quietly surreal: With an Oxford quad, a Berlin apartment block and the V&A’s new photography galleries on his books, [he] is pursuing common-sense goals with uncommon results: Through a series of calm observations, grounded in the lived experience of buildings and the facts of construction, he arrives at conclusions of deadpan surrealism...He doesn’t mind flirting, in his somewhat measured way, with kitsch. [images]- Observer (UK)
Call for entries: Call for Papers: 23rd International Passive House Conference, Gaobeidian, China; September 20-23, 2019; deadline: December 2- Passive House Institute
Reddymade wins the 2019 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition: Starting February 1, 2019, Father Duffy Square will be home to "X," a glowing aluminum structure evoking interpersonal and civic love...the largest installation the competition has selected to date...winning proposal, along with the other invited finalists - Agency Agency, Buro Koray Duman, Isometric Studio, N H D M, Only If Architecture, Splice Design, and STUDIO 397 - will be on view at the Center for Architecture through November 2. -- Suchi Reddy [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Best in Show: The Winners of the 2018 Driehaus Preservation Awards: the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee for transforming one of the first Sears, Roebuck and Company stores into a sustainable, mixed-use “urban village”; The Douglass at Page Woodson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for artfully converting a historic school into an affordable apartment community; and the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York. -- Looney Ricks Kiss; Smith Dalia Architects; Flynn Battaglia Architects/Deborah Berke Partners/Goody Clancy/Andropogon Associates [images]- National Trust for Historic Preservation/NTHP
Getty Foundation announces 2018 grants funding architectural conservation worldwide, including projects in Cuba and Lebanon: ...2018 Keeping It Modern grants...$1.7 million in all this year...first time grants have been awarded to buildings in Cuba, Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland as well as the country of Georgia...Keeping It Modern Report Library, which compiles information from 20 past grant projects for the benefit of professionals in the field. -- Ricardo Porro/Vittorio Garatti/Roberto Gottardi; Oscar Niemeyer; Eero Saarinen- Los Angeles Times
World Monuments Fund to honor Prince Amyn Aga Khan, of the Aga Khan Development Network, and Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, historian of the city of Havana, Cuba, at the 31st annual Hadrian Award Gala:...in recognition of [the Prince's] lifelong support of cultural heritage in all its forms....[and Spengler's] unmatched contributions to the preservation of the historic center of Havana, Cuba.- World Monuments Fund/WMF
The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize announces its 2018 winner: The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture has awarded the MCHAP to Edificio E, a new academic building at Peru’s University of Piura that features an economical but visually striking design by Lima-based Barclay & Crousse Architecture...Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse...will be given $50,000 toward research and the development of a publication in conjunction with their work. The pair will also take the MCHAP Chair of Architecture at ITT.- The Architect's Newspaper
World Architecture Festival announces winners of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2018: Li Han, one of the founding partners of Drawing Architecture Studio in Beijing, has won the second annual Prize with his work entitled ‘The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street’...17 entrants were shortlisted in the three categories: hand-drawing, hybrid, and digital still images...Li Han, the overall winner, also won the digital category...Lukas Göbl of Austrian practice göbl architektur ZT GmbH in the hybrid category for ‘City of Beautiful Bodies’ and Carlijn Kingma of Studio Carlijn Kingma in the hand-drawn category for ‘The Babylonian Tower of Modernity’. [images]- World Architecture Festival (WAF)
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