Today’s News - Thursday, May 9, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, May 14.
● ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Best Bauhaus Books to Peruse during the Bauhaus Centenary: New publications offer invaluable biographical insights and contemporary global responses.
● Betsky x 2: Where the "Bauhaus technique resolutely did not work was architecture. Yet it was in this field that the Bauhaus had arguably its greatest influence. The 'Bauhaus style' became an imitation and elaboration of the building in which the school was housed."
● He tours Emre Arolat's Sancaklar Mosque in the outskirts of Istanbul and experiences "a rare moment of spiritual awe in architecture."
● An impressive shortlist of six teams in the running to design the new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta, Sydney, "the largest cultural infrastructure project currently being undertaken in Australia" (and the 6th move for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Andrew Pressman: "Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone": Three vignettes excerpted from his recently published book, which focuses on how design thinking is applied to real-life challenges.
Plus de larmes pour Notre Dame, cinquième partie
● Kamin considers whether a design competition for Notre Dame's spire is an "inspired idea or publicity stunt," and fears "it's more of the latter. It is necessary to move ahead, and even to consider new solutions, but with the care, intelligence and sense of stewardship."
● Hewitt: "The abrupt announcement of an architectural competition to replace the spire was a surprise to many," and "does not bode well for a satisfactory restoration effort" (he takes issue with "ill-informed critics" like Betsky, and "Norman Foster should stay in London and mind his own business").
● Badalge attempts to find "the meaning of the city amid the fire and tears. When Notre-Dame burned, so many of us saw a remote part of ourselves surface and smolder away" (it's older than Machu Picchu - who knew?!!?).
● Call for proposals: MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Round 2: $100 Million grant for "a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time."
● Call for entries: 2019 ARCHITECT Studio Prize for "thoughtful, innovative, and ethical studio courses at accredited architecture schools" (international).
● Call for entries (deadline extended!): 11th Edition of Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning Building 2018/2019 honoring the Client's role (no fee!).
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): Sky Design Awards 2019 for Architecture, Interior Design and Visual and Furniture design created in the Asia Pacific.
● Tatiana Bilbao receives the 2019 Marcus Prize, which includes $50,000 for her and $50,000 to lead a design studio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
● Richard Saul Wurman and Liz Ogbu take home the IIDA 2019 Titan and Star Awards for their "significant contributions to the interior design industry."
● Five (impressive!) winners take home the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2019 Architecture Award.
● Mortice cheers the Docomomo US Modernism in America Awards putting a focus on landscape architecture - "in many cases, landscapes have lagged behind modern architecture in receiving formal recognition and valuation."
● The recipients of AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grants will be working on an interesting mix of projects over the next 18 months.
● Wainwright finds "Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition" at the Design Museum, London, to be an "astounding exhibition" that "plunges the visitor headlong into Kubrick's meticulous, and often disturbing, mind."
● Three good reasons to head to the Big Apple: NYCxDESIGN, New York City's annual celebration of design taking place across the city's five boroughs.
● The Virginia Tech team behind FutureHAUS, winner of the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, is working with NYC-based DXA Studio to bring its solar-powered house to Times Square.
● Paletta parses "Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak" at NYC's Center for Architecture, offering "highlights of her highly fruitful career. She broke this mold - displaying invention from the start" (her unbuilt works "are tantalizing").
● Mario Botta takes center stage at the Ringturm Exhibition Centre in Vienna with "Sacral Spaces," which explores his body of religious projects - "religious buildings have been the architect's passion."
● "Game of Thrones: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Furniture" at UConn's William Benton Museum of Art is an "exploration of chairs" and "the idea that design aesthetics and function can be integrated into one object."
● The "bauhaus.photo" traveling exhibition has landed at Peter Miller Architecture & Design Books in Seattle.
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ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Best Bauhaus Books to Peruse During the Bauhaus Centenary: New publications offer invaluable biographical insights and contemporary global responses.- ArchNewsNow.com
Aaron Betsky: What We Did Not Learn from the Bauhaus: Inside and beyond those white boxes, there are ideas for building a better world: What is remarkable is the manner in which what was no more and no less than a school of design...has become a concept at best and a style at worst...The Bauhaus technique...worked best in graphic design. Where it resolutely did not work was...architecture. Yet it was in this field that [it] had arguably its greatest influence...The “Bauhaus style” became...an imitation and elaboration of the building in which the school was housed. -- Walter Gropius- Architect Magazine
Aaron Betsky: A Religious Experience: Emre Arolat’s Sancaklar Mosque: The outskirts of Istanbul are the site of a rare moment of spiritual awe in architecture: ...Arolat has developed a less tradition-bound and more fundamental approach to the design of mosques...Here you are in a cave, a return to the womb of humanity, coming to terms with something absolute and inexplicable, made real only through light and proportions..A space that awakens a sense of awe and humbleness, of togetherness and of retreat... [images]- Architect Magazine
Six design teams shortlisted for the new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta, Sydney: ...the largest cultural infrastructure project currently being undertaken in Australia...focused on a 24-hour museum that will showcase...Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)...Each finalist team will receive an honorarium of AUD $150,000. -- AL_A (UK)/Architectus (Australia); Bernardes Architecture (Brazil)/Scale Architecture (Australia); BVN Architecture (Australia)/Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy); CHROFI (Australia)/Reko Rennie (Australia); Moreau Kusunoki (France)/Genton (Australia); Steven Holl Architects (U.S.)/Conrad Gargett (Australia)- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Blair Kamin: The French announce a design contest for Notre Dame's destroyed spire: Inspired idea or publicity stunt? At first glance, I’d say, it’s more of the latter than the former...Rushing to heal architectural wounds is risky business that can have negative long-term consequences...It is even riskier to tweak a masterpiece. So much can go wrong...Viollet-le-Duc's spire...was once accused of being outlandishly personal and romantically inventive - unfaithful...to the original design. Yet without it, Notre Dame seems heart-breakingly incomplete...It is necessary to move ahead, and even to consider new solutions, but with the care, intelligence and sense of stewardship...- Chicago Tribune
Mark Alan Hewitt: The Restoration Argument: Respecting Viollet-Le-Duc at Notre-Dame: The cathedral doesn’t need to be reimagined or “rethought": [He] invented modern restoration...he spent virtually his entire professional life studying...and restoring it...everything he added, subtracted, or restored is documented....the abrupt announcement of an architectural competition...to replace the spire was a surprise to many...does not bode well for a satisfactory restoration effort...there is a historical imperative at work that favors the retention of elements that are essential to the history of modern restoration, as practiced by its most influential architect.- Common Edge
Keshia Badalge: To Paris and Notre-Dame: A Love Letter to Our Sanctuary: Finding the meaning of the city amid the fire and tears: When Notre-Dame burned, so many of us saw a remote part of ourselves surface and smolder away. For me, it was the memory of a busker singing “Imagine” in front of the bell towers...I have often wanted to articulate why Paris always seemed to me to be “every people’s city.” Seeing Notre-Dame burn, and people’s response to this, gave me an inkling as to why this is so.- Common Edge
Call for proposals: MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Round 2: $100 Million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time; deadline: August 6- MacArthur Foundation
Call for entries: 2019 ARCHITECT Studio Prize (international): recognizes thoughtful, innovative, and ethical studio courses at accredited architecture schools; cash prizse; deadline: June 14 (late submissions: June 21)- Architect Magazine
Call for entries (deadline extended!): 11th Edition of Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building 2018/2019: ...honouring the Client's role in the design process along with the architects; no fee; new deadline: June 7- ALA - Assoarchitetti / Regione del Veneto
Call for entries: Sky Design Awards 2019 or Architecture, Interior Design and Visual and Furniture design created in the Asia Pacific; deadline: May 16- Sky Design Awards
Tatiana Bilbao Receives 2019 Marcus Prize: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning recognizes Mexican designer and thought leader: ...a coveted achievement in international architecture that includes a $100,000 award...She will lead a sponsored studio at [UWM] in spring 2020.- Architect Magazine
IIDA Names Recipients of 2019 Titan and Star Awards: The International Interior Design Association...awards recognize significant contributions to the interior design industry. -- Richard Saul Wurman; Liz Ogbu/Studio O- Contract magazine
The American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces Its 2019 Architecture Award Winners: ...five prizes for a total of $60,000: What began in 1955 with the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize...has since expanded to include the four other Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture... -- Eduardo Souto de Moura; Hernan Diaz Alonso/SCI-Arc/HDA-x Creative Agency (formerly Xefirotarch); Eric Höweler/Meejin Yoon/Höweler + Yoon; Mario Gooden/Mabel O. Wilson/Global Africa Lab at Columbia GSAPP; Anne Rieselbach/Architectural League of New York- Architect Magazine
Zach Mortice: Docomomo US Awards Focus on Landscape: The protection of modernist design is a relatively new topic in preservationist circles...landscapes have lagged behind...in receiving formal recognition and valuation...Modernism in America Awards show the ways that all disciplines...come together as a defining element of modernism...a recurring theme through the years... -- Dan Kiley; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Olav Hammarstrom; SPG Architects/LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects- Landscape Architecture Magazine
AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant Recipients: ...funds up to six research grants of $15,000 to $30,000 annually... -- Ming Hu/Madlen Simon, AIA (University of Maryland); Jonas Hauptman/Katie MacDonald/Kyle Schumann (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); Shelby Doyle/Nicholas Senske (Iowa State University); Rahman Azari/Mohammad Asadi (Illinois Institute of Technology/IIT)- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Oliver Wainwright: "Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition" – from erotic milk bars to haunted hotels, Design Museum, London: This astounding exhibition reveals the obsessive level of genius the great director showed, whether inventing the space age - or restaging the Vietnam war in a London gas works: ...the show plunges the visitor headlong into Kubrick’s meticulous, and often disturbing, mind, revealing how he constructed entire worlds from scratch to tell his stories....[he] emerges as an omnipotent figure, enjoying complete control... thru September 15 -- Deyan Sudjic- Guardian (UK)
NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design taking place across the city’s five boroughs; includes Wanted Design, Brooklyn Design, etc. May 10-22- NYCxDESIGN
Drew Zeiba: The solar-powered FutureHAUS is coming to Times Square: The Virginia Tech team...won the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018...will bring a new iteration of its solar-powered home to New York for NYCxDESIGN [May 10 - 22] in collaboration with New York City-based architects DXA Studio.- The Architect's Newspaper
Anthony Paletta: The Woman Who Elevated Modern Poland’s Architecture: "Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak"...highlights of her highly fruitful career, which spanned from 1954 to 1993...The bloki of Poland are generally monotonous. [She] broke this mold with a variety of highly interesting experiments, displaying invention from the start...unbuilt works...are tantalizing. Center for Architecture, NYC, thru May 18 -- Michal Duda; Miastoprojekt-Wroclaw [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
See Mario Botta's Religious Experience at the Ringturm Exhibition Centre in Vienna: "Sacral Spaces" explores his body of religious buildings: While he has designed banks, libraries, museums, and residential structures, religious buildings have been the architect's passion...examines 22 religious projects...completed across several countries...18 built, three on-the-boards, and one proposal. thru May 31 [images]- Architect Magazine
Exploring Furniture as Art: ... an exhibition related to the annual UConn Reads book selection...The book selected for 2018-2019 was George R.R. Martin’s "A Game of Thrones"...The William Benton Museum of Art's exploration of chairs takes a modern view of chairs designed in the 20th and 21st centuries in “Game of Thrones: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Furniture"..."the idea that design aesthetics and function can be integrated into one object." thru July 31 -- Nancy Stula; Witold Rybczynski- UConn Today (University of Connecticut)
"bauhaus.photo" traveling exhibition: 100 photos from the collection of the Bauhaus Archive Berlin at Peter Miller Architecture & Design Books, Seattle, thru July 14- Goethe-Institut USA
ANN feature: Andrew Pressman: Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone: Three vignettes excerpted from Pressman's recently published book, which focuses on how design thinking is applied to real-life challenges.- ArchNewsNow.com
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