Today’s News - Wednesday, November 7, 2018
● Davidson takes an eloquent, deep dive into Newark, New Jersey's revival: The city is "learning from other cities' mistakes" and, despite some serious challenges, every approved development "gets rolled up with a nugget of social good" - he says the city "has a shot at getting the urban future right."
● A look at how cities are working with 100 Resilient Cities to find "new ways to cope with modern-day pressures such as climate change - but it involves far more than dodging disasters" - they need "cash and tech to activate plans for a safer, greener future."
● Abello parses the recommendations put forth by the Austin Anti-Displacement Task Force that include "lobbying to remove Texas' prohibition on inclusionary zoning," creating a policy like Chicago's Troubled Building Initiative, and HUD's new Small Area Fair Market Rents rule.
● A "cryptocurrency mogul" taps Tom Wiscombe Architecture and Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects to design a "tech-powered desert utopia" in Nevada: "The architects went big," bringing "a touch of Arcosanti-meets-Blade-Runner to the city."
● Gallagher considers SHoP's third version for Detroit's tallest building that "has changed dramatically from the initial eye-popping scheme" - the city's "most dramatic new structure has evolved from the realm of whim and fancy into the daylight of an actual building soon to be built. Understanding why the design evolved is important."
● "After years of setbacks and legal controversy," Arquitectonica's 1,000-foot-tall SkyRise Miami will be Florida's tallest tower and "a vertical theme park for gravity-defying fun - straight out of a 'Mission Impossible' movie."
● Eyefuls of Snøhetta and Dialog's new Calgary Central Library: The "building is intended to evoke a chinook - a natural atmospheric phenomenon - which results in dramatic arched cloud formations" with references to Canada's First Nations people.
● McKnight brings us eyefuls of the 230-square-foot, "off-grid tiny home" Ecological Living Module, commissioned by the UN Environment and UN Habitat programs and designed by Gray Organschi Architecture in collaboration with Yale University Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (very cool!).
● The Australian War Memorial's $498m redevelopment plan, which includes demolishing and replacing Denton Corker Marshall's 2001 Anzac Hall, "draws ire of architects" (including Denton) and the Australian Institute of Architects: It would be a "colossal waste" -"We must put an end to the pattern emerging which treats major public works as somehow disposable."
● O'Neill profiles some "rising-star designers" who "are making the world a better place - moving the needle when it comes to inclusion, equity, and justice."
● Henderson profiles Michael Ford (one of those rising stars), his Hip Hop Architecture Camps, and the evolution of the Hip-Hop Architecture Design Cyphers series for cross-disciplinary groups of designers and architects that "have helped Ford generate ideas and themes for real projects in an inclusive way."
● Hunn's great Q&A with Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of "The Battle for Home": Are there opportunities for architects in Homs? Does your practice have any projects on the go? "Small bits."
● A great Q&A with Israeli architect and director of "And the Alley She Whitewashed in Light Blue" Nili Portugali, who explains "her unique approach to organic architecture": "It's important to ask the right questions and find convincing answers to resolve major issues."
● One we couldn't resist: "21 Images Of The Times When The Architect Clearly Messed Up" (the only architects named: Frank Gehry (twice!) and Graham Anderson, Probst & White - but you'll know who the others are; scroll - don't click "quick view" button - it turns into an annoying click-bait slide show).
● The 2018 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize goes to the "meticulously restored".1933 Karl Marx Middle School in France by Agence Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard, and the very first Special Mention goes to Harboe Architects for their preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.
● The Australian Institute of Architects 2018 National Architecture Awards go to 12 named awards, 20 national awards, and 8 national commendations; Monique Woodward takes home the 2018 National Emerging Architect Prize.
● Basalt Architects wins the Iceland Design Award: "The judges celebrated the firm's 'unique ability to intertwine architecture and landscape'" - it has "'become a role model in designing nature baths in Iceland'"; The Lava Centre won Best Investment in Design.
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Justin Davidson: Newark’s Revival Is Finally Real. So Is Its Latest Problem: Can a beaten-down downtown find a way to thrive without getting pummeled by gentrification? Can a once handsome but dilapidated center rebuild without resorting to shiny ugliness? One of the unlikeliest places to come looking for a yes...may be Newark...where forlorn history and frantic optimism mix in a distinctive local brew...You could hardly ask for a starker example of the bifurcation that is plaguing American cities: a glass tower on one block, poisoned water on the next...Newark’s handsome but chronically depressed downtown looks a bargain. The pressure has created a critical mass of projects...[the city is] learning from other cities’ mistakes...every chance to make a buck gets rolled up with a nugget of social good...has a shot at getting the urban future right... -- Richard Meier; Ralph Walker (1929); Goldwin Starrett (1901); Inglese Architecture; Kohn Pedersen Fox/KPF- New York Magazine
Cities seek cash, tech to activate plans for safer, greener future: ...the need to build resilience to disasters and other threats in fast-growing urban areas: Cities are already pressing on with that work...the need to find new ways to cope with modern-day pressures such as climate change has become more acute. But it involves far more than dodging disasters...100 Resilient Cities has spent five years assisting its cities to craft strategies for dealing with physical, social and economic challenges. About half its members...have completed their plans...100RC now aims to link cities with the partners and resources they need to implement their strategies. -- Rockefeller Foundation- Place / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Oscar Perry Abello: Austin Anti-Displacement Task Force Issues Recommendations: [They] open with a section on the limited sources of financing available for anti-displacement work, followed by sections on preventing or rectifying displacement of homeowners, of renters, and of cultural institutions and artists...also include lobbying...to remove Texas’ prohibition on inclusionary zoning...also recommends a policy such as Chicago’s Troubled Building Initiative [and] HUD’s new Small Area Fair Market Rents rule [and] the creation of a “cultural land trust”... -- All In Cities Anti-Displacement Network- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Cryptocurrency mogul taps California architects for tech-powered desert utopia: ...Jeffrey Berns has bought up 100 square miles in the Nevada desert and tapped...Tom Wiscombe Architecture and Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (EYRC) to design an as-of-yet-unnamed, futuristic city...will, if it gets built, also introduce a novel form of urban citizenship that allows citizens to vote on the blockchain...The architects went big...many of the buildings might be clad in dizzying panel arrays that recall circuit boards...larger housing complexes...will bring a touch of Arcosanti-meets-Blade-Runner to the city. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
John Gallagher: How Hudson's site architecture evolved in a dramatic way: ...the third major version show the architecture has changed dramatically from the initial eye-popping scheme...Understanding why the design evolved is important. It tells us a lot about how the building will work and why it will become such an important presence on Detroit's skyline...features a tapering silhouette that mimics some of the classic 1920s-era skyscrapers...It's modernist and classic at the same time...Detroit's most dramatic new structure has evolved from the realm of whim and fancy into the daylight of an actual building soon to be built. -- SHoP Architects; Hamilton Anderson Associates [images]- Detroit Free Press
Florida’s tallest tower will be a vertical theme park for gravity-defying fun: ...SkyRise Miami is on track to becoming the country’s sole vertical theme park...After years of setbacks and legal controversy, the 1,000-foot-tall building - like something straight out of a Mission Impossible movie - will tower over the edge of Biscayne Bay...one of the most ambitious and most politically-troubled structures in development...will have to withstand up to 186 mile-per-hour winds during hurricane season. The engineering for the tower alone, much like the attractions inside, must be groundbreaking for it to stay afloat. -- Arquitectonica [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Snøhetta and Dialog's New Central Library for Calgary features vast wood-lined atrium: ...a crystalline exterior and an atrium clad in timber slats...building is intended to evoke a chinook - a natural atmospheric phenomenon...which results in dramatic arched cloud formations...entrance...is raised substantially...to accommodate a light rail track that runs through the site...huge skylit atrium...shaped like an eye, or a canoe - a reference to Canada's First Nations people..."It's very contemporary and very ancient at the same time." -- Craig Dykers [images]- Dezeen
Jenna McKnight: Ecological Living Module is a UN-backed, off-grid tiny home: A "micro-farming wall" and a roof covered in photovoltaics are among the features incorporated into a prefabricated micro dwelling created by US studio Gray Organschi Architecture, in collaboration with researchers at Yale University Center for Ecosystems in Architecture...Ecological Living Module, or EDM...Commissioned by the UN Environment and UN Habitat programmes, the prototype dwelling is meant to address housing issues from both a social and environmental standpoint. -- HeliOptix.- Dezeen
‘Colossal waste’: Australian War Memorial’s $498m redevelopment plan draws ire of architects: ...the design used for the business case was undertaken by GHD Woodhead, but an architect has not yet been appointed for the project...existing Anzac Hall, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and completed in 2001, would be demolished and replaced...John Denton...said he was “massively disappointed” to learn of the demolition plans...Australian Institute of Architects similarly described the demolition plan as “deeply distressing...We must put an end to the pattern emerging which treats major public works as somehow disposable.” -- Emil Sodersten/John Crust (1941) [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Meaghan O'Neill: These Rising-Star Designers Are Making the World a Better Place: A new wave of architects is moving the needle when it comes to inclusion, equity, and justice: ...diversity isn't just about giving more people a seat at the table; it also helps designers approach and solve problems in entirely new ways - and that's good for everyone. -- Deanna Van Buren/Designing Justice + Designing Places; Tiffany Brown/Urban Arts Collective/400 Forward; Michael Ford/Hip Hop Architect; MASS Design Group/Model of Architecture Serving Society; Bryan Lee/Colloqate; Liz Ogbu/Studio O [images]- Architectural Digest
Audrey F. Henderson: What If Hip Hop Can Make Architecture and Planning Better? ...Madison, Wisconsin, was developing its comprehensive plan. Michael Ford noticed that the plan, which projects 20 years into the future, had no input from young people...Hip Hop Architecture Camp...invited young people from underserved areas of Madison to plan and build models of their neighborhoods..."It was much more successful than even we imagined"...sessions of cross-disciplinary groups of designers and architects...evolved into a series...“Hip-Hop Architecture Design Cyphers"...Cyphers have helped Ford generate ideas and themes for real projects in an inclusive way. --Autodesk- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Patrick Hunn: Architecture is the ‘arena’ for social dynamics, says Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni: ..."The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria" is both a memoir...and a rumination on the role architecture and the built environment played in fomenting the conflict...[she talks] about these ideas and how she hopes they might be put into use as the reconstruction of the city unfolds...Are there opportunities for architects in Homs? Does your practice have any projects on the go? "Small bits." -- Ghassan Jansiz- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Organic Architecture: Looking Beyond the Obvious: Following the trails set by Frank Lloyd Wright...designing structures that are in harmony with humans and the environment, Nili Portugali, a recognized architect from Israel shares her unique approach to organic architecture...[She] explains the difference between the sustainable and holistic approach...when designing spaces that feel like home anywhere in the world...Convincing developers to invest in holistic design isn’t easy. However, the revenues earned from the sale of such properties is at a much higher premium [than] ordinary ones..."It’s important to ask the right questions and find convincing answers to resolve major issues.”- How Architect Works / HAW Magazine (India)
21 Images Of The Times When The Architect Clearly Messed Up: ...even some of the most impressive buildings in the world, and those designed by prestigious architects have been found to have design flaws. [images]- TheTravel.com
André Lurçat-designed school in France scoops 2018 World Monuments Fund/WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize: ...Karl Marx Middle School...originally inaugurated in 1933 and once described as ‘the most beautiful school in France’...meticulously restored to its former glory by Agence Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard...a special mention; the very first in the award’s 10-year history...went to Harboe Architects for their preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. [images]- Wallpaper*
Winners revealed: Australian Institute of Architects 2018 National Architecture Awards: Twelve named awards, 20 national awards and eight national commendations...Monique Woodward received the 2018 National Emerging Architect Prize. -- Silver Thomas Hanley/Bates Smart; Peter Stutchbury Architecture/Design 5; Hassell Cox HKS; Candalepas Associates; GHD Woodhead; Tzannes; Lyons/NMBW Architecture Studio/Harrison and White/MvS Architects/Maddison Architects; Architectus; John Wardle Architects; Hassell/Hassell and Populous; Sean Godsell Architects; Breathe Architecture; BVN; etc. [images]- ArchitectureNow
Basalt Architects Wins Iceland Design Award: The firm is behind the recent Retreat at the Blue Lagoon...co-designed with the Italia design group, the Mývatn Earth Baths, the GeoSea Baths in Húsavík, among many other bathing-related projects. The judges celebrated the firm’s “unique ability to intertwine architecture and landscape”...that they “had become a role model in designing nature baths in Iceland"...The Lava Centre was awarded Best Investment in Design. -- Gagarin- Iceland Review
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