Today’s News - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
● Kubey's introduction to "Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity," a 17-essay volume, is a must-read: "In exceptional cases, architects around the world are bringing their unique expertise to bear on complex housing challenges - and developing new typologies and materials strategies, all while creating beautiful buildings."
● Dukmasova's contribution to Places' ongoing series "The Inequality Chronicles" is a must-read: She takes a deep dive into Chicago and Cook County: "The question that Chicagoans now face is the same all Americans confront. How do you do good work within a broken system?" (check out Memphis, Houston, and Baltimore reports, too!).
● It's back to the drawing board for SOM and its design for two towers on the former Chicago Spire site - until a number of issues that must be addressed, like eliminating the hotel rooms, "this project remains stalled."
● On a brighter note, Yale architecture students' 2018 Jim Vlock Building Project in New Haven is an "innovative" two-family timber home for the formerly homeless, and "one of the first instances of cross-laminated timber used for a house."
● Moore, at the other end of the scale, marvels at Zumthor's Secular Retreat - "a simply miraculous piece of architecture" for de Botton's Living Architecture program: "It's a gliding swan of a building, propelled unseen by furiously paddling feet - a work of conjoined opposites and subtle fictions, of light-heavy, local-foreign, natural-artificial and domestic-monumental."
● A look at how historic Sears warehouse buildings are proving to be "an object lesson in how a city benefits when historic preservation meets adaptive reuse" - the one-million-square-foot building in Boston is undergoing "a restoration to its warehouse roots, an integration with its neighborhood and an infusion of zest and style."
● A "rare exhibition" (now closed) was "a desperate call to save" Niemeyer's "vast grey grounds" of the Tripoli International Fair from ruin; Lebanese architect Wassim Naghi is "not optimistic about any immediate intervention by the government," but getting on UNESCO's World Heritage List may help.
● On a lighter note, a look at "the second lives of the Serpentine Pavilions."
● Our hearts go out to those impacted by the deadly storms in Italy - in Venice, "rising floodwaters overwhelmed many of its famed squares and walkways, with officials saying as much as 75% of the city is now submerged" (astounding images!).
Strolling the green path:
● Sisson walks us through the evolution of Miami's Underline, "a 10-mile, $120 million transit corridor and public space" - and one of the "most intriguing park projects" around. "The trick, as always, will be balancing growth with maintaining affordability and neighborhood character."
● In Greenville, South Carolina, a new park will "unite two formerly segregated parks" - and will not shy away from the city's racist history.
● Green offers viewing options for a Van Valkenburg-led virtual reality tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park, "a prominent example of how to transform abandoned post-industrial waterfronts into spaces for people and wildlife. These spaces litter cities and represent so much untapped potential."
An NYC kind of week; deadline announced for one of our fave competitions; and winners all:
● Van Alen Institute's 6-day City-Making from the Outside In launches today.
● On Thursday, Architectural Record's Innovation Conference, "Urban Futures: Architecture at Every Scale," includes an impressive line-up of speakers and events.
● Call for entries: 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition (big cash prizes for winners and finalists).
● The Association of Licensed Architects announced the winners of its 20th Annual ALA Design Award Competition.
● The winner of the Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture is "a concrete performing arts venue - inspired by the Aztec ruins it borders" in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
● Deadline looms! rise in the city 2018: Call for mentors (no fee; deadline: October 31!) and sponsors for an international student competition to design affordable housing in the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa.
● ANN feature: Weinstein parses "Frederic Church's Olana on the Hudson: Art, Landscape, Architecture" that "combines resplendent photography with essays reflecting architectural myopia."
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Karen Kubey: Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity: Putting architects front and center in the fight for housing equity and social justice: Despite its potential for impact in residents’ lives...“housing” is often considered separate from “architecture"...In exceptional cases, however, architects around the world are bringing their unique expertise to bear on complex housing challenges, addressing them collaboratively and head on. These designers are helping to reform building regulations, offering new financing models, promoting creative solutions to community needs, and developing new typologies and materials strategies, all while creating beautiful buildings...The re-emergence of architects’ engagement with social justice...has now been embraced by mainstream institutions. -- Architecture for Humanity; Public Architecture; Shigeru Ban; Alejandro Aravena; Marc Norman; Dana Cuff/cityLAB; Karakusevic Carson Architects; Interface Studio Architects; Emily Schmidt/Rosalie Genevro; Architects for Social Housing (ASH); Frédéric Druot Architecture; Lacaton & Vassal; ERA Architects/Tower Renewal Partnership; Urbanus; etc.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Maya Dukmasova: Chicago Inside Out: Forget the flashiness of city politics. Cook County has quietly become one of the best places in the nation for thinking creatively about the role of government in people’s lives: I want to trace a different sort of geography. Not where are the problems? But where are the people with the power and incentive to fix them? The question that Chicagoans now face is the same all Americans confront. How do you do good work within a broken system? ...some parts missing and others assembled upside down, but it turns out the keys were in the ignition this whole time. So how do we operate this thing?- Places Journal
Alderman pumps the brakes on Related’s plan for former Chicago Spire site: “As it stands, this project remains stalled”: The latest proposal for the long-dormant site...called for a 1,100-foot southern tower containing 300 condo units and 175 hotel rooms and a 850-foot northern tower with 550 rental apartments. The gleaming glass and terracotta-clad development would share a low-rise podium...Virtually all of the concerns regarding 400 N. Lake Shore Drive seem to be issues that directly impact the site’s low-rise townhouse neighbors... -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)- Curbed Chicago
Yale architecture students built this innovative timber home for the formerly homeless: It’s one of the first instances of cross-laminated timber used for a house: ...2018 Jim Vlock Building Project at the Yale School of Architecture - an annual program...students debuted the two-family home they completed on Button Street, in New Haven’s Hill neighborhood....Project was established in 1967 by Charles Moore, the then-head of YSoA, and faculty member Kent Bloomer. -- Deborah Berke; Adam Hopfner [images]- Curbed
Rowan Moore: Secular Retreat - a simply miraculous piece of architecture: Peter Zumthor has built ‘a gliding swan’ of a house in Devon that strikes a perfect balance between inside and out, whichever way you look: ...the latest in [Alain de Botton's] Living Architecture programme...It is a feat of building whose achievement is to make you look somewhere else...a rarefied, manmade nature that exists in parallel to the real thing...a work of conjoined opposites and subtle fictions, of light-heavy, local-foreign, natural-artificial and domestic-monumental. [images]- Observer (UK)
New Urbanism Thrives In Historic Sears Warehouse Buildings: ...an object lesson in how a city benefits when historic preservation meets adaptive reuse, the massive Boston building came within a hair’s breadth of being torn down...Now the [one-million-square-foot] building is undergoing an upgrade, a restoration to its warehouse roots, an integration with its neighborhood and an infusion of zest and style...rebranded as 401 Park...Time has taught us to appreciate these mammoths from another time. -- George C. Nimmons (1928); Elkus Manfredi Architects [images]- Forbes
Lebanese seek to save landmark concrete park from crumbling: ...a rare exhibition...at the site designed by...Oscar Niemeyer in a desperate call to save it from ruin...the vast grey grounds of the Tripoli International Fair..."In its modernity...it sums up the progress of architecture over a hundred years," said Lebanese architect Wassim Naghi... he was not optimistic about any immediate intervention by the government...Getting the concrete park added to UNESCO's World Heritage List may help.- France 24
Life after Serpentine: Second Lives of Architecture's Famed Pavilions: ...despite all the pomp, circumstance, and famous faces involved in the yearly event, the pavilions are temporary installations. So what happens to them once their time in the Serpentine Park is up? -- Frida Escobedo; Diébédo Francis Kéré; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Selgas Cano; Smiljan Radic; Sou Fujimoto; Herzog & de Meuron/Ai Weiwei; Peter Zumthor/Piet Oudolf; Jean Nouvel; SANAA/Kazuyo Sejima/Ryue Nishizawa; Frank Gehry; Olafur Eliasson/Kjetil Thorsen (Snøhetta)/Cecil Balmond; Rem Koolhaas; Álvaro Siza/Eduardo Souto de Moura; MVRDV; Oscar Niemeyer; Toyo Ito; Daniel Libeskind; Zaha Hadid [images]- ArchDaily
Venice under water as deadly storms hit Italy: ...battered by fierce winds and rain which have left 10 people dead in the west and north...rising floodwaters overwhelmed many of its famed squares and walkways, with officials saying as much as 75% of the city is now submerged...St Mark's Square was closed on Monday afternoon, after the water level reached "acqua alta" (high water) of 156cm (5.1ft). It is the fourth highest level ever recorded.- BBC News
Patrick Sisson: Miami’s Underline underscores potential of park projects: A 10-mile, $120 million transit corridor and public space poised to change how the city moves: Meg Daly’s story illustrates the philosophy behind, and potential of, one of Miami and the nation’s most intriguing park projects... in a bid to be a catalyst for community, connection, and safer transit...The focus is activity...creating a mobility corridor for bikes and pedestrians, with various artwork and amenities forming rooms along the path...The trick, as always, will be balancing growth with maintaining affordability and neighborhood character. -- James Corner Field Operations; Hamish Smyth [images]- Curbed
How a South Carolina Park Plans to Confront Its Racist History: Not only will Unity Park in Greenville, South Carolina, unite two formerly segregated parks; confronting and educating visitors about its history, including a segregated baseball stadium, is part of the design: The 60-acre park will be in Southernside, a historically black neighborhood near downtown. It will join together Mayberry and Meadowbrook and be accompanied by the development of affordable housing...the city will have a request for proposals. -- MKSK [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Jared Green: Experience Brooklyn Bridge Park in Virtual Reality: ...won the ASLA 2018 Professional Award of Excellence in General Design. Explore this unique park built in part over abandoned piers, guided by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburg...it’s a prominent example of how to transform abandoned post-industrial waterfronts into spaces for people and wildlife. These spaces litter cities and represent so much untapped potential.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
City-Making from the Outside In: ...about the creative “outsiders” who are solving the challenges of urban life for themselves - ordinary citizens, artists, entrepreneurs, and NGOs who are getting things done...we’ll examine how these projects can inspire collaborative partnerships with design professionals, private industry, and the public sector to transform the city. New York City, october 30 - November 4- Van Alen Institute
Architectural Record's Innovation Conference: “Urban Futures: Architecture at Every Scale": topics include how contemporary architecture can be woven into the historic fabric of cities; how technology and shifting politics are shaping the future city; and how the research and development of systems is impacting the architecture of high-rises and planning for density. Thursday November 1, New York City -- Andy Cohen/Gensler; Gordon Gill/Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill; Winy Maas/MVRDV; Carme Pinos; John Ronan; Sarah Williams Goldhagen; etc.- Architectural Record
Call for entries: 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition: Groups of five students form teams to devise a development program for a real site in a North American city; winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams receive $10,000 each; deadline: December 10- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
2018 ALA Design Awards Winners Announced: Association of Licensed Architects 20th Annual Design Award Competition: A building partially nestled under Chicago's “L” tracks, an iconic couture fashion house and a cancer pavilion with a holistic focus took top honors...25 Presidential, Gold, Silver and Merit Awards... -- Hirsch MPG; EwingCole Architects; Myefski Architects; JGMA; UrbanWorks; Shive-Hattery; Heitman Architects; Station 19 Architects; Peterssen/Keller Architecture; etc. [images]- Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
Productora and Isaac Broid’s Teopanzolco Cultural Center bordering Pre-Hispanic pyramids wins Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture: A concrete performing arts venue in Cuernavaca, Mexico that sits adjacent to an archaeological site...Inspired by the Aztec ruins it borders...Started in 2016 by REDBAAL, a network of Latin American architecture biennials...featured on Time's list of 'The World's 100 Greatest Places of 2018,' and was one of six shortlisted projects for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. [images]- Archinect
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
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Writing About Architecture As If Only Art Matters: A new coffee table book about Frederic Church's Olana combines resplendent photography with essays reflecting architectural myopia. "Frederic Church’s Olana on the Hudson: Art, Landscape, Architecture," edited by Julia B. Rosenbaum and Karen Zukowski...Larry Lederman’s finely-detailed and exquisitely composed photos...arguably worthy enough to compensate for an architecturally-challenged text.- ArchNewsNow.com
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