Today’s News - Thursday, January 17, 2019
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● ANN Exclusive: Q&A with Bernhard Karpf, recently named managing principal of Richard Meier & Partners, re: what the new leadership is doing to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.
● Walker parses the "tough question city leaders need to start asking" when it comes to climate change: "How much longer can we live here? Adaptation, and how cities could work together to prepare for the inevitable population shifts on the horizon, could be a central part of this conversation" (sadly, some vitriolic comments ensue).
● Wainwright wonders if the government can be trusted "to judge what's beautiful" in its resolve "to put beauty first to create better homes" - and will an upcoming series of public debates where Scruton "will thrash it out with house builders, modern architects will debate with traditionalists" make a difference ("come and make your voice heard".
● M-Rad's Rosenberg calls for "revolutionizing the architecture industry," where "less than 50% of firms survive their first five years. It is not too late to start reevaluating what the architecture firm of the future needs to look like" and "create a new business model."
● It's a Chicago kind of day: Three more groups have filed amicus briefs "alleging that it would be illegal for the Obama Foundation to go forward" with the Obama Presidential Center in federally protected parkland - none of the other Museums in the Park "involved destruction of 19.3 acres of historic landscape."
● Kamin & Wisniewski parse the 5 "sleekly modern" proposals for O'Hare's $8.5 billion expansion - "many with swooping roofs and some with quirky features like hammocks" - but "leave unanswered nitty-gritty questions" (more troubling: an unnamed evaluation committee and no public presentations).
● Keegan's take on the O'Hare terminal proposals: They "tend toward spectacle but are derivative" - Calatrava's "out-vaulting and out-soaring the others" ("dreamy" videos and models are on view at the Chicago Architectural Center).
● Preservationists are not at all happy to see white paint being applied to the exposed concrete walls in the 10-story atrium of Goldberg 's River City condo complex in Chicago (Lee Bey weighs in, too).
● Tarmy takes on "9 buildings we can't wait to see this year" - and "why each is exciting."
● Gamolina's great Q&A with BIG CEO Sheela Søgaard re: "her path before and at BIG," motherhood, and "advising young architects to know what their mission critical is and to work with people who energize them."
● Dezeen offers a handy guide to over 50 of the best architecture, design and technology events for 2019.
● Two that have to be seen to be believed: Eyefuls of tech conglomerate Huawei's "giant faux-European campus" in China that is "so massive that it takes the train 22 minutes to circle" the "12 faux European towns modeled after the likes of Paris and Verona."
● In Turkey, 732 "luxury houses with pointed towers built for fairytale fanatics sits deserted" (huge Disney Castles cheek by jowl - that's luxury?).
● 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).
● The 3rd annual "Ice Breakers" show is about to debut on Toronto's waterfront: "An Illuminated starlight house, with a cascade of colors, kaleidoscopic mirrors and arches of sweet-sounding bells are just some of the sights and sounds" you'll see.
● "Wisdome LA" in Los Angeles' Arts District features five fully immersive domes offering an "unforgettable audio and visual experience" (great pix & video!).
● The Italian studio Fuse's North American debut, "Everything In Existence," exploring "the concept of humanity's relationship to everything around us," is on view at the Artechouse in Washington, DC.
● Eyefuls of architecture from "100 Years Bauhaus," now on view at the Berlin Academy of the Arts.
● "Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at Bizzell" at the University of Oklahoma explores Goff's "eclectic legacy" that "catalyzed a pedagogical sea change during his 1947-55 tenure."
● Levinson finds Lewis's "The Fifth Risk" and Giridharadas's "Winners Take All" offer "compelling perspectives on the contentious debate between private interest and public good, and raise provocative questions about an activist agenda for the design professions" (a must-read, if a bit depressing).
● Cramer cheers Pare and Cohen's 480-page "Le Corbusier: The Built Work": "In our hyperactive digital age, its creation seems practically miraculous." ("fun fact": Corbu bound a copy of Don Quixote "with the pelt of his schnauzer" - "fun"?).
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Kristen Richards: New Beginnings: Interview with Bernhard Karpf, FAIA, Managing Principal, Richard Meier & Partners Architects: RMP's leadership is working to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.- ArchNewsNow.com
Alissa Walker: Climate change is taking our cities away: City leaders need to start asking the tough question: How much longer can we live here? National Climate Assessment...warns that U.S. cities will face dire consequences if leaders do not adapt to these risks. Most importantly, cities must make these changes before - not after - disaster strikes...The U.S.’s first climate refugees...didn’t wait for a specific disaster to erase them...This is the way more cities need to be thinking...Adaptation, and how cities could work together to prepare for the inevitable population shifts on the horizon, could be a central part of this conversation. -- Bill McKibben- Curbed
Oliver Wainwright: Can we trust the government to judge what's beautiful? The UK government has resolved to put beauty first to create better homes. Shame no one can agree on what that means: ...if there is indeed a gulf between what developers are building and what people want, then it makes sense to look at how this might be bridged. Are architects out of touch with popular taste? ...a forthcoming series of public debates [The Fundamentals: Beauty]...Roger Scruton, will thrash it out with housebuilders, modern architects will debate with traditionalists, while planners will wrangle with developers and campaigners...come and make your voice heard... -- Building Better, Building Beautiful commission; Create Streets- Guardian (UK)
Matthew Rosenberg: Revolutionizing the architecture industry: Less than 50% of architecture firms survive their first five years in business...we have set the bar so low in terms of expectations that the failure rate statistics don’t seem that bad to us anymore. That’s the scariest part...Architects assume an incredible amount of liability, which is part of the reason why they have started to extricate themselves from their duties...losing control over their projects...It is not too late to...start reevaluating what the architecture firm of the future needs to look like...It’s time [to] create a new business model that pays architects for the work...and promotes their ability to control the process beyond building. Let’s imagine a world where architects run our cities and design is the form of currency. -- M-Rad Inc.- Daily Commercial News (Canada)
Federal Lawsuit Opposing Obama Presidential Center Grows: Three separate groups...filed amicus briefs joining the original suit filed by Protect Our Parks, alleging that it would be illegal for the Obama Foundation to go forward with the project in federally protected parkland..."none of the circumstances involving the Museums in the Park involved destruction of 19.3 acres of historic landscape and landmark quality park... Jackson Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places." -- Protect Our Parks; Preservation Chicago; Jackson Park Watch; The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF- WTTW Chicago / PBS
Blair Kamin & Mary Wisniewski: Here are the 5 ideas being proposed for O'Hare's massive expansion: ...many with swooping roofs and some with quirky features like hammocks where travelers could take a nap before flights...proposals from top architects for the $8.5 billion expansion...are all sleekly modern...leave unanswered nitty-gritty questions about security gates and other aspects of the passenger experience. -- Santiago Calatrava; Jeanne Gang; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)/Arup/Ross Barney Architects/JGMA; Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza; Foster Epstein Moreno [Foster + Partners]; Studio ORD- Chicago Tribune
Edward Keegan: O'Hare terminal proposals tend toward spectacle but are derivative: The question...will be whether it’s actually memorable in the long run, and does it represent Chicago and its significant architectural legacy? ...dreamy one-minute-long videos and models on display through January 31 at the Chicago Architectural Center...each firmly embrace an awe-inspiring spectacle that might warm Daniel Burnham’s “Big Plan” heart. -- Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza; Foster Epstein Moreno; Santiago Calatrava; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM); Studio ORD Joint Venture (includes Jeanne Gang) [videos]- Crain's Chicago Business
A brutalist Bertrand Goldberg building is getting painted. Preservationists aren't happy; A crew began painting white over the exposed concrete walls of the [River City condo complex] 10-story atrium, which the architect envisioned as sunlit interior street. "It's a shame," Chicago architecture critic Lee Bey said.- Crain's Chicago Business
James Tarmy: Nine Buildings We Can’t Wait to See This Year: The world’s top architects fill us in on their most anticipated 2019 projects: : How to separate the good from the great? All of the following will be completed this year, but that’s where the similarities end....Why Each is Exciting. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Gensler; Ma Yansong/MAD Architects; Gregg Pasquarelli/SHoP Architects; Hassel + OMA; Selldorf Architects; David Chipperfield Architects; Robert A.M. Stern Architects/Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- Bloomberg News
Julia Gamolina: Madame CEO: Sheela Søgaard on Executing a Vision, Raising a Family, and Solving for Mission Critical: Having roots in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Denmark...Sheela speaks at length about her path before and at BIG...advising young architects to know what their mission critical is and to work with people who energize them...“I need to work with a different set of people - people who have non-conformist ways of looking at things...We want to say, 'We did that, and it made the world better.'" -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group- Madame Architect
Dezeen's guide to the best architecture, design and technology events for 2019: With hundreds of design fairs, conferences and trade shows taking place around the world every year, it can be hard to choose which to attend...we've compiled a definitive guide to over 50 of the best events of 2019...- Dezeen
Inside Huawei’s New, Giant Faux-European Campus [in Dongguan]: From faux Italian towers to artificial lakes and classical palaces, Huawei is recreating a wide swathe of Europe in its backyard: ...complex is so massive that it takes the train 22 minutes to circle the entire campus...comprises 12 faux European towns modeled after the likes of Paris and Verona...intended to eventually house 25,000. [images]- Bloomberg News
Disney castle city sits deserted due to Turkey building bust: It looks like a mirage - hundreds of luxury houses with pointed towers built for fairytale fanatics. But will anyone get to live in them? ...the development of 732 villas and a shopping centre...is now in limbo as Sarot Group has sought bankruptcy protection...They were designed with the Gulf buyers in mind, architect Yalcin Kocacalikoglu said. Yet the Burj Al Babas project is hardly alone. [images]- NEWS.com.au (Australia)
"Ice Breakers" exhibition comes to Toronto January 19 to February 24: An Illuminated starlight house, with a cascade of colours, kaleidoscopic mirrors and arches of sweet-sounding bells are just some of the sights and sounds...3rd annual exhibition presented by PortsToronto....five public art installations...Teams from Hamburg, Germany, and Athens, Greece, will be joined by two local groups [and a student installation contributed by Ryerson University]...Each...respond to this year’s theme “Signal Transmission.” -- Andrew Edmundson/Solve Architects; Eleni Papadimitriou/Stefanos Ziras/Space Oddity Studios SOS; Alexandra Griess/Jorel Heid; Rob Shostak/Dionisios Vriniotis [images]- Canadian Architect
An immersive 35,000 square foot art park opens in Los Angeles' Arts District: Now home to one of the world's first fully immersive entertainment art park, Wisdome LA allows for visitors to enter into unforgettable audio and visual experience. The park features five fully immersive domes...Thursday - Sunday weekly thru 2019 (and beyond?) [images]- Archinect
Fuse’s "Everything In Existence" Exhibition Opens At Artechouse, Washington, DC: The Italian studio’s first solo show in North America: ...showcases four projects from the past 10 years that aim to explore the concept of humanity's relationship to everything around us. thru March 10 [images]- Architect Magazine
Bauhaus in pictures: "100 Years Bauhaus": The architects exiled by Nazis: Established in 1919, in the wake of World War One, Germany's Bauhaus art school brought a radical new approach to design and aesthetics which would eventually go on to help inform modernist architecture around the world. Now in its centenary year, we look at a selection of some of the buildings shaped by the influential art school. Berlin Academy of the Arts thru January -- Walter Gropius; Carl Fieger; Fritz Schupp/Martin Kremmer; Hannes Meyer; Mies van der Rohe [images]- BBC News
The Eclectic Legacy of Bruce Goff Lives on in Exhibition at the University of Oklahoma: "Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at Bizzell" presents a fascinating chapter of American architectural education...the iconoclastic architect catalyzed a pedagogical sea change during his 1947–55 tenure...advocated an egalitarian, individualistic practice, rooted in a belief in personal creative potential. This disruptive model is the focus of the [show]. thru July 29 [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Nancy Levinson: Open and Shut: Two recent books offer compelling perspectives on the contentious debate between private interest and public good, and raise provocative questions about an activist agenda for the design professions...in the post-Trump restoration of public institutions and practices. "The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis' "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World" by Anand Giridharadas- Places Journal
Ned Cramer: Le Corbusier, Reconsidered: See the 20th century master’s work with fresh eyes, in a new book of photographs by Richard Pare: If for this reason alone - the overwhelming tenacity of Corb’s self-representation - we have cause to celebrate the fresh, clear vision of "Le Corbusier: The Built Work"...with an introduction and project notes by...Jean-Louis Cohen...in our hyperactive digital age, its creation seems practically miraculous. [images]- Architect Magazine
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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