Today’s News - Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Plus de larmes pour Notre Dame
● Crosbie ponders Notre Dame, "a double dose of heartache": It will be rebuilt, but "religious architecture is in a precarious state right now - it's worth asking questions about what sacred space means to us, if it means anything at all."
● Wainwright re: the culture Notre Dame inspired: "The only solace one might take from the horrific fire is that it is merely the latest chapter in a long and violent history of destruction and repair."
● Brussat hears that "a French architect has proposed a 'Bundestag option.' Can we trust that cooler heads will prevail in Paris? Architecture is the canary in the mineshaft. It is dead. Maybe, in the aftermath of yesterday's tragedy, the canary can be reborn."
● "How to rebuild a Gothic masterpiece like Notre Dame, by people who have done it before": Architects and architectural historians weigh in: "Authorities may wish to stay faithful to earlier renditions of cathedral. But it's also possible that France takes a bold new direction."
● France announces an international competition to rebuild Notre Dame's spire - competition details to come.
In other news:
● Freestone, Davison & Hu, authors of "Designing the Global City," explain Sydney's mandatory competitive design process, and how it is "delivering benefits such as higher quality, innovation and an improved public realm" - a "model for private development that is truly pioneering and innovative."
● Wainwright weighs in on the "chiseled concrete bunker" that is the new Bauhaus-Museum Weimar "exuding the austere presence of a memorial, a mute grey block - thankfully, enlivened by the colorful stories found within it."
● Anderton x2: As Zumthor's "LACMA redesign arouses passions," Govan shares his thoughts (as do Gehry and Gensler's Sherman).
● She "slaps on the sunscreen and heads to Coachella" to meet Kéré, who "brings the soul of Gando" to the festival with his "cluster of tall tapering towers like upside down ice cream cones."
● Bliss ponders what's next now the Rockefeller Foundation's 6-year-old 100 Resilient Cities is closing up shop: "European CROs [chief resilience officers] are communicating among themselves about possible pathways for funding and operations - in city halls around the world, the news came as a shock."
● On a brighter note, the USGBC's "Standard Issue" report "takes a closer look at Americans' views on environmental issues," and "has identified key areas to talk about how green buildings can help, who they help and why they are necessary."
● Schwab considers biophilic design and whether it really can "make you happier and healthier - designing spaces according to the principles of nature is reaching a peak now, backed up with increasing amounts of research."
● Campbell-Dollaghan considers Safdie's $1.3 billion Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore - "half botanical garden, half mega-mall - it's an engineering and planning spectacle."
● Shaw challenges critics of the Pritzker Prize going to Isozaki: He "might not be the most avant-garde, politically correct pick at first Google, but for those who are paying attention, it is a great capstone on a truly incredible career."
● DS+R is tapped to design the 3,780-room Drew Las Vegas, which "signals the developer's intent to bring a bold new perspective to the resort."
● OMA + Laboratorio Permanente win the competition to transform two disused railway yards in Milan into green, "environmental machines" - one, a fragmented park, the other, a linear waterway.
● A "circular, monumental design" has won the competition for Jamaica's new Houses of Parliament - the jury called it a "grand and heroic gesture" (it was also the People's Choice winner).
● Javorsky cheers a program that makes streets safer for children in African cities winning the $250,000 inaugural World Resources Institute/WRI Ross Prize for Cities - tactical urbanism at its best (with kudos to the four runners-up).
● Kudos to the winners of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2019.
● A great presentation of the six winners of the 2019 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.
● CTBUH confers Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award to James Goettsch for his "enormous contributions to the design of high-rise buildings around the world."
● An impressive list of finalists vying for a new arts center at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Architecture, Design and the Arts.
● An impressive list of finalists vying for the University of Kentucky, College of Design's new home ("a competitive bunch" - and not all are the usual suspects).
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Michael J. Crosbie: Notre Dame and the Questions It Raises About Sacred Space: The famed cathedral will surely be rebuilt. But will it still hold the same meaning for those who rebuild it? For believers in Architecture, with a capital A, it was as if the whole world was suddenly focused on your religion...Suddenly, it seemed as though architecture’s power over people was magnified, exalted...it seemed to me a double dose of heartache. Religious architecture is in a precarious state right now...as this cathedral’s reconstruction occupies our attention over the next decade or more, it’s worth asking questions about what sacred space means to us, if it means anything at all.- Common Edge
Oliver Wainwright: Notre Dame and the culture it inspired - from Matisse to the Muppets: It mesmerised Proust, terrified Homer Simpson and gave us the Hunchback - Guardian critics celebrate Paris’s gothic masterpiece at the heart of the modern imagination: The only solace one might take from the horrific fire is that it is merely the latest chapter in a long and violent history of destruction and repair. -- Eugène Viollet-le-Duc; Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus- Guardian (UK)
David Brussat: Notre Dame redivivus? Paris appears to have dodged the bullet that struck Glasgow - twice...I hear that a French architect has proposed a “Bundestag option” - a reference to the modernist dome by Norman Foster plopped onto the German parliament...Can we trust that cooler heads will prevail in Paris? I hope so...Architecture is the canary in the mineshaft. It is dead...Maybe, in the aftermath of yesterday’s tragedy, the canary can be reborn. -- Charles Rennie Mackintosh- Architecture Here and There
How to rebuild a Gothic masterpiece like Notre Dame, by people who have done it before: The first priority for restorers will be installing a temporary roof...The goal of restoration is not always to replicate the past. Modern tastes and technologies may influence how damaged structures are reimagined...Authorities may wish to stay faithful to earlier renditions of cathedral. But it's also possible that France takes a bold new direction with one of its most iconic national monuments..."[It] is not a building that has been fossilized in time" -- Jonathan Foyle; John Burton; Peter Riddington/Donald Install Associates; Eugène Viollet-le-Duc- CNN Style
France announces competition to rebuild Notre Dame's spire: ...an international architects' competition to rebuild, and perhaps refashion, the fallen spire...It was nearly 300 feet tall, with a structure made of wood and lead...Prime Minister Edouard Philippe [said] competition "will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc...Or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre Dame with a new spire."- CNN Style
Robert Freestone, Gethin Davison & Richard Hu: Reshaping Sydney by design - few know about the mandatory competitions, but we all see the results: The conventional approach to commercial city building is for private developers to enlist their preferred architect...Sydney has adopted a mandatory competitive design process...Our research found [it is] delivering demonstrable benefits such as higher quality, innovation and an improved public realm...“compare, critique and commission” model for private development is truly pioneering and innovative...There was resistance from some leading architects...Putting architects in competition with one another drives design creativity...At the same time, concerns have surfaced.- The Conversation (Australia)
Oliver Wainwright: A bunker for Bauhaus: design school comes home to Weimar: The Bauhaus was born in Weimar, but was forced to flee the conservative city. Now it’s back with a centenary museum - as Germany’s far right rises again: ...the city has never much cared...that it spawned the most influential art school of the 20th century, perhaps of all time...100 years [later] Weimar has come to terms with it just enough to allow a museum...a chiselled concrete bunker...exuding the austere presence of a memorial, a mute grey block...The subdued container is, thankfully, enlivened by the colourful stories found within it. -- Walter Gropius; Heike Hanada/Heike Hanada Laboratory of Art and Architecture- Guardian (UK)
DnA/Frances Anderton: LACMA redesign arouses passions as it moves forward: Critics have decried the current design, the costs, the proposed reorganization of the departments and, primarily, the projected size...Supporters have also gone to bat...Michael Govan shared his thoughts in a conversation with DnA. -- Peter Zumthor; Frank Gehry; Roger Sherman/Gensler- KCRW (Los Angeles)
DnA/Frances Anderton: Art installations provide celebratory places at Coachella: DnA slaps on the sunscreen and heads to Coachella to meet the artists, designers and architects who have brought the polo fields to life with colorful large-scale art installations...Diébédo Francis Kéré brings soul of Gando to Coachella...his installation...a cluster of tall tapering towers like upside down ice cream cones, named “Sarbale Ke,” which means “the place to celebrate.”- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Laura Bliss: '100 Resilient Cities' Is No More. Now What? The Rockefeller Foundation’s global climate-resilience initiative will shutter by summer. But cities say the work must go on: Accra, Ghana...is just one example of how [it] is helping an urbanized corner of the planet become a safer, stronger community...[it] had become one of the largest privately funded climate-change initiatives in the world...European CROs [chief resilience officers] are coordinating to express their desire to Rockefeller to maintain the network’s presence...communicating among themselves about possible pathways for funding and operations...in city halls around the world, the news...came as a shock.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
New USGBC research explores green building industry’s role in highlighting the importance of buildings as a global solution: ...part of the Living Standard initiative, which seeks to raise the quality of life for people around the world through research and storytelling: "Standard Issue" report takes a closer look at Americans’ views on environmental issues...has identified key areas to talk about how green buildings can help, who they help and why they are necessary. -- U.S. Green Building Council- Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Katharine Schwab: What is biophilic design, and can it really make you happier and healthier? The idea that people have an innate affinity for nature dates back to the 1980s, but designing spaces according to the principles of nature is reaching a peak now: ...backed up with increasing amounts of research...biophilic design is more than just adding plants to indoor spaces. It’s an ethos that poses interior design...as a way to improve people’s mental and physical well-being...particularly effective in the design of healthcare facilities. -- Edward O. Wilson; Snøhetta; Terrapin Bright Green- Fast Company / Co.Design
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan: Singapore’s $1.3 billion airport expansion is half botanical garden, half mega-mall: Jewel Changi Airport [by Safdie Architects] is not an airport, nor an amusement park, nor a retail hub - it’s something in between: ...will be accessible not only to travelers but also the public...it’s an engineering and planning spectacle -- Peter Walker Partners Landscape Architects; WET Design [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Matt Shaw: Why Arata Isozaki deserves the Pritzker: The Architect’s Newspaper is very happy that [he] has won the 2019 Pritzker Prize, despite some grumbling to the contrary...Let’s face it - the Pritzker Prize is a relic from another era. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t serve as a useful tool for highlighting the great minds of the discipline and profession of architecture. [He] might not be the most avant-garde, politically correct pick at first Google, but for those who are paying attention, it is a great capstone on a truly incredible career.- The Architect's Newspaper
Witkoff announces Diller Scofidio + Renfro as the design architect for Drew Las Vegas: ...signals developer's intent to bring a bold new perspective to integrated resort opening In 2022...will be DS+R's first Las Vegas concept and among its first forays into hospitality... initial response to the 3,780-room resort has been overwhelmingly positive...- TravelDailyNews
OMA + Laboratorio Permanente win competition for Scalo Farini in Milan: Two disused railway yards on the outskirts of the city will be transformed into green, “environmental machines”...part of a larger effort...to reactivate abandoned infrastructural areas that form a ring all around the city limits...a fragmented park at Scalo Farini and a linear waterway at Scalo San Cristoforo... -- Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli; Reinier de Graaf; Nicola Russi [images]- Domus
Jamaica unveils winning design for its new Houses of Parliament in Kingston: “Out of Many One People"...will be constructed in Kingston’s National Heroes Park...a circular, monumental design...The jury called it a “grand and heroic gesture.” The entry was a collaboration between architect of record Evan Williams of Design Collaborative Architects and Town Planners, lead designer Damian Hines of Houston-based firm Hines Architecture + Design...submission was also selected as the People’s Choice winner.- The Architect's Newspaper
Nicole Javorsky: Tactical Urbanism Makes Kids’ School Trips Safer in Africa: The inaugural World Resources Institute/WRI Ross Prize for Cities goes to SARSAI, a program that makes streets safer for children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and other African cities: School Area Safety Assessments and Improvements, a program of the nonprofit group Amend, identifies high-risk areas for children going to school and uses various inexpensive means to separate children from traffic...lowered injury rates by 26% and traffic speeds by up to 60%t around school areas- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Winners of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2019: Transformation of 530 Dwellings - Grand Parc Bordeaux by Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture + 2019 Emerging Architecture awarded to the Toulouse studio BAST for the School Refectory in Montbrun-Bocage, Haute-Garonne [images]- European Commission / Mies van der Rohe Foundation
Six Projects Receive 2019 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards: Traditional roles of libraries are evolving...trends are reflected by this year’s recipients. -- Perkins + Will Canada; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM);Snøhetta and Dialog; Pfeiffer; MSR Design and JRA Architects; Noll & Tam Architects- American Institute of Architects (AIA) / American Library Association (ALA)
CTBUH confers Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award to James Goettsch: ...from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat...based on his “enormous contributions to the design of high-rise buildings around the world,...will be presented at the 2019 Tall Urban Innovation Conference held in Shenzhen, China, April 8-10. -- Goettsch Partners- civil + structural ENGINEER magazine
Finalists revealed for new arts center at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Architecture, Design and the Arts (CADA)...part of UIC’s 10-year master plan...The Center for the Arts will be the new home of the School of Theatre and Music. -- Morphosis/STL Architects; OMA New York/KOO Architects; Johnston Marklee/UrbanWorks [link to images and public feedback option]- The Architect's Newspaper
Six finalists compete to be architect for University of Kentucky, College of Design's new home in Reynolds Building: At 140,000 square feet, [it] will allow the college to launch new initiatives, expand their existing programs, and foster new design research and scholarship opportunities...The six finalists are a competitive bunch. -- The Living; Marlon Blackwell Architects; NADAAA; Oyler Wu Collaborative; Studio Gang; Trahan Architects- Archinect
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