Today’s News - Wednesday, January 16, 2019
● Karrie Jacobs brings us the sad/strange saga of Union Point, outside of Boston: "The smart city that wasn't - the project is a case study in how smart-city hype can outpace reality," and intrude on its "breathless sales pitch" (plus a round-up of other smart-city stories).
● O'Sullivan parses the problems with Copenhagen's eco-friendly "island-building spree - the jury is still out on the long-term effect of plans that dazzle on the drawing board."
● Martek & Hosseini consider the three reasons "the sustainability transition in Australia is failing - most importantly, end users just do not care."
● Speaking of sustainability, The Architect's Newspaper's January issue takes a deep dive into the ever-expanding mass timber industry.
● Grammenos on "quantifying Jane Jacobs's gloom": She "took notice and feared the negative influence" of "resident transience. Was she right?"
● Margolies takes a long look at "the next frontier in office space" - terraces and once-barren rooftops made park-like: "Employers competing for the best workers are using outdoor amenities to show they care about their staff's well-being."
● Robert A.M. Stern Architects is tapped to design the University of Notre Dame's Raclin Murphy Museum of Art (alas, no images - yet).
● Three teams make the shortlist to design a new performing arts center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (also, alas, no images).
● Pickard Chilton's 3.3-million-square-foot tower begins to rise in Tokyo (a luxury Bulgari Hotel and an elementary school included).
● Eyefuls of Italy's first Mormon Temple in Rome, inspired by the city's San Carlino Catholic church.
● Former NOMA president Bryan Hudson on his five-day camp, Project Pipeline, which "has been working to build the representation of blacks and other minorities in the field by mentoring high school and college students."
● Mason City, Iowa, "might have become the country's greatest repository of FLW's Prairie School architecture" (if he hadn't headed to Europe with his mistress) - but the city "is home to the largest concentration of Prairie School homes in the world" - designed by other notables.
● A great presentation of all of the 2019 AIA Honor Award winners.
● Three we couldn't resist: "It's a rookie mistake to try and ease Koolhaas into a conversation. That's what we learned during a recent interview with the notoriously cantankerous architect" (with a passage from Jack Self's "epic takedown").
● Babina's latest is "Archivoids," illustrations that depict "the invisible masses left by famous architects," from FLW to Bjarke Ingels.
● A round-up of renderings of the "most buzzworthy designs of 2018."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Plaut pens Part 2 of our "Building Abundance" series, offering 3 keys to abundant design.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Hall Kaplan cheers the 6th edition of "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles" by Gebhard & Winter (despite its "gloomy" cover).
● Call for entries: Singapore's Founders' Memorial two-stage international architectural design competition.
● Call for entries: BENCHmark international competition to "challenge the concept of a 'common' bench."
● Deadline reminder: Call for Presentations for the ASLA 2019 Conference in San Diego in November.
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Karrie Jacobs: The Smart City That Wasn't: Union Point was championed as a futuristic development that would help lure Amazon to Boston. Two lawsuits and countless unfulfilled promises later, the project is a case study in how smart-city hype can outpace reality: Unlike a lot of schemes that never get past the clickbait phase...at first glance, [it] is entirely logical...in mid-November, reality had already intruded on that breathless sales pitch...The Union Point I discovered on the ground doesn’t have much in common with the glittering city depicted in the renderings..."The problem is to have a smart city you actually have to have a city"...the whole smart city concept is a sham unless there’s infrastructure to support it. -- Elkus Manfredi Architects; Sasaki; Adam Greenfield- Architect Magazine
Feargus O'Sullivan: Will Copenhagen’s Eco-Friendly Man-Made Islands Pay Off? The Danish capital is expanding its land mass and creating climate resiliency. But is it sustainable? In a bid to create new space for green industries and fossil-free energy production...a new archipelago of islands...Holmene (“the islets”)...more than 740 acres...would also serve as a flood barrier...Greater Copenhagen has...been going through an island-building spree of late, and in some cases, these projects may be working against the city’s long-term sustainability...has tended to sideline the city’s pressing need for genuinely affordable housing....the jury is still out on the long-term effect of plans that dazzle on the drawing board. -- Jesper Pagh- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Igor Martek & M. Reza Hosseini: Buildings produce 25% of Australia’s emissions. What will it take to make them ‘green’ - and who’ll pay? ...are we on the right track to achieve our 2030 target of 26-28% below 2005 levels? Sustainability transition in Australia is failing because: government lacks commitment to develop effective regulations...clarify its own vision and, above all, sell that sustainability vision to the community - sustainability advocates are stuck in isolated silos of fragmented markets - most importantly, end users just do not care...- The Conversation (Australia)
The Architect’s Newspaper January 2019: Timber Issue: ...a look at the mass timber industry in the U.S. and Canada, and...a special products section with a variety of wood applications.- The Architect's Newspaper
Fanis Grammenos: Birds of Passage: Quantifying Jane Jacobs's Gloom: While the debate continues unabated on the influence of the physical and land use characteristics of a city on crime, a critical aspect is left out: resident transience. Jacobs took notice and feared its negative influence. Was she right? ...the social fabric of a neighbourhood is a far better predictor of its crime rate than its physical structure. -- Urban Pattern Associates- PLANetizen
Jane Margolies: The Next Frontier in Office Space? The Outdoors: To lure workers, developers and owners of office buildings in dense urban areas are adding terraces and transforming once-barren rooftops into parklike settings: Fueling this trend is growing awareness of the health and wellness benefits from contact with nature, a concept known as biophilia...Employers competing for the best workers are using outdoor amenities to show they care about their staff’s well-being. -- CookFox Architects; MKM Landscape Architecture; OJB Landscape Architecture; Gensler; NBBJ; SWA; Fogarty Finger; Grain Collective; Future Green Studio- New York Times
Architectural firm selected to design Raclin Murphy Museum of Art: After a rigorous national search, the University has hired the firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA)...The museum will be a prominent element of the University of Notre Dame’s new arts district- University of Notre Dame News (Indiana)
Architectural teams named finalists in design competition for new performing arts center at the University of Illinois at Chicago: The final selection will be announced at the end of April. Currently, university and CADA [College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts] officials are in the process of raising the anticipated $94.5 million construction budget...“As Walter Netsch envisioned many years ago, this center will have the potential to become ‘the Lincoln Center of Chicago.’” -- JohnstonMarklee/UrbanWorks; Morphosis/STL; OMA/Koo Architecture- University of Illinois at Chicago
Construction begins on Tokyo skyscraper designed by New Haven architects: ...a major mixed-use skyscraper project...near the entrance of Tokyo Station in Japan. Known as the Y2 Project, the 3.3-million-square-foot high rise will redefine the skyline...includes offices, a luxury Bulgari Hotel, an elementary school atop a retail podium and a below-grade transportation hub... -- Pickard Chilton- Hartford Business Journal (Connecticut)
Get the first look at Latter-day Saints’ new showcase temple in Rome: ...will open its much-anticipated Rome Temple to public tours from Jan. 28 through Feb. 16...The three-story, 40,000-square-foot structure...Italy’s first Latter-day Saint temple was inspired by San Carlino, a Catholic church in Rome. -- Niels Valentiner/Valentiner, Crane, Brunjes, Onyon Architects (VCBO) [images]- Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)
Bryan Hudson seeks to attract black youth to architecture: [He] serves on the board of the National Organization of Minority Architects, where he just completed a two-year term as president. Among his goals with the group, is increasing the number of blacks in the field...NOMA...has been working to build the representation of blacks and other minorities in the field by mentoring high school and college students...Project Pipeline...five-day camp...“By day four, they are designing their own high rises that will go into a downtown cityscape.” -- Wendell J. Campbell; SOMA Design Consultants- Chicago Tribune
Regina Cole: Frank Lloyd Wright And Trouble In River City: If [he] had not deserted his wife, six children and left for Europe with his next-door neighbor...Mason City, Iowa, might have become the country’s greatest repository of Wright’s Prairie School architecture...Today, Mason City is home to the largest concentration of Prairie School homes in a natural setting in the world...But, other than the Stockman House...Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank Building, none were designed by [FLW]. -- Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin; Francis Barry Byrne; William Drummond; Einar Broaten; Curtis Besinger [images]- Forbes
2019 AIA Honor Awards: Design Office: Alterstudio Architecture; Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture: James McCullar; Collaborative Achievement Awards: Jan Gehl, Michael Sorkin, Anne Taylor; Interior Architecture: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Gensler, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Montalba Architects; AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion: Toshiko Mori; Whitney M. Young Jr. Award: Karen Braitmayer; Edward C. Kemper Award: Robert Traynham Coles; Twenty-Five Year Award: Venturi, Scott Brown/Sainsbury Wing; AIA Gold Medal: Richard Rogers; Architecture Firm Award: Payette [images]- Architect Magazine
Don’t ask Rem Koolhaas obvious questions: It’s a rookie mistake to try and ease Rem Koolhaas into a conversation. That’s what we learned during a recent interview with the notoriously cantankerous architect...We never got a chance to ask him why his latest American project...looks like a project lifted from BIG - Bjarke Ingles Group...Jack Self’s epic takedown...in his November 16 Architectural Review essay...best lines about the imperious Koolhaas: "...his wake is toxic..."- The Architect's Newspaper
Federico Babina's "Archivoids" Depicts the Invisible Masses left by Famous Architects: ...seeks to “sculpt invisible masses of space” through the reading of negatives - using the architectural language of famous designers past and present, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Bjarke Ingels. Babina’s images create an inverse point of view... [images]- ArchDaily
Renderings in review: The most buzzworthy designs of 2018: A cylindrical supertall, geometric office building and massive megaproject make the cut: Some of the images are merely conceptual, pushing the conventions of New York’s skyline without the limitations architects and developers must grapple with from start to finish. -- MVRDV; Studio Gang; Snohetta; RB Systems; DFA [images]- The Real Deal (NYC)
Call for entries: Singapore’s Founders’ Memorial two-stage international architectural design competition: ...will be an integrated gallery and garden sited at Bay East Garden; cash prize; registration deadline: February 15 (submissions due April 5)- Singapore Institute of Architects / National Heritage Board
Call for entries: BENCHmark (international): Storefront Manitoba and the Winnipeg Trails Association ask designers to put their skills to work and challenge the concept of a ‘common’ bench; deadline: February 13- Storefront Manitoba / Winnipeg Trails Association
Call for entries: Call for Presentations: American Society of Landscape Architects 2019 Conference, San Diego, November 15 - 18; deadline: January 23- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Building Abundance #2 by Josie Plaut: Three Keys to Abundant Design: Hint: Designing for less bad won't get us there. Aiming for abundant design requires seeing and working in new ways that are largely unfamiliar, challenging - but oh so worth it!- ArchNewsNow.com
Sam Hall Kaplan: "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: Fully Revised 6th Edition" by David Gebhard & Robert Winter: Whether Los Angeles is more urbane, or simply more urban, the revised edition contains a new generation of public architecture, as well as the past editions' wealth of historic landmarks and buildings of cultural interest, or just curiosity.- ArchNewsNow.com
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