Today’s News - Wednesday, May 29, 2019
● Wainwright cheers the Public Practice initiative "that's tempting architects back into the public sector" and "has opened up what seems to be a rich stream of people with placemaking skills - it feels like it's never been a more promising time for architects to serve the public good."
● Saffron bemoans the proliferation of self-storage behemoths in Philly "that are themselves the size of apartment buildings. Those communal closets may help declutter your private living space, but they're deadly for public space" - and "they take up land that could be used more productively for real industry or housing."
● Sisson takes a deep dive into whether waterfront hotels, "the front lines of rising seas and extreme weather," are ready for climate change - "the long-term implications of climate change on coastal real estate portfolios haven't been sorted out, at least in public."
● Poon takes an even deeper dive into what's happening in "tiny" Ellicott City, Maryland, after two catastrophic floods: "In a town shaped by water, the river is winning - river towns and cities now find themselves reshaped by chronic inundation; the waters that were once their economic lifeblood are now threats to life and limb."
● Anderton & Artsy take on "a turf war" in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles "that involves class, access to public space, and a fight over materials, as in, natural versus nylon," and take in "how visitors are reacting" to the Aquarium of the Pacific's new blue wing that "calls for action on climate change."
● Ravenscroft reports that the French Senate is putting forth a restoration bill that would call for Notre-Dame to be restored to its "last known visual state" - including "Viollet-le-Duc's spire, and that any use of new materials will need to be justified" (so much for all those "inventive proposals" to rebuild the cathedral "with a modern twist").
● Kamin reports that FLW "buffs" are scrambling to save his 1913 Sherman Booth Cottage from demolition: It's "no masterpiece. Yet its modesty is its strength. If the owners don't play ball, the next best course would be to move the house to another location - but the odds of that option succeeding are long."
● Javorsky, on a brighter FLW note, introduces us to Spanish architect David Romero, who is "bringing new life to Frank Lloyd Wright's lost designs - he was able to avoid controversy about reimagining Wright's work in the digital sphere because they're simply 'an honest way to analyze his works with new tools that allow us to contemplate them in a new light.'"
● Raymond Loewy biographer Wall offers an in-depth profile of "the product designer who made mid-century America look clean and stylish - and positioned himself as 'America's designer' through society connections, media and the advertising methods now known as branding."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Susanne Angarano: Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers.
● Bernstein reports from Isozaki's Pritzker Prize ceremony at Versailles: "If one word could be heard echoing through L'Orangerie, it was 'overdue.' Celebrating at Versailles were 12 past Pritzker winners. There may also have been a future laureate or two in the crowd."
● The finalists vying for the 2019 RAIC International Prize for transformative architecture are projects in Peru, Senegal, and Chile by Barclay & Crousse, Toshiko Mori, and Hariri Pontarini.
● Three impressive teams, led by SCAPE, Snøhetta, and Hood Design, are finalists to design a portion of a massive $1.4 billion redevelopment project in Indianapolis, involving the adaptive re-use of an Albert Kahn-designed GM plant.
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Oliver Wainwright: 'Is this going to be a joyous place?' ... the architects asking revolutionary questions: How do you build the perfect town? You send for Public Practice, the initiative that’s tempting architects back into the public sector: In 1979, 49% of qualified architects in the UK worked in the public sector. That figure is now 0.7%...the effects are all too visible in the kind of thoughtless developments that are happily waved through the system...Public Practice has opened up what seems to be a rich stream of people with placemaking skills...With interest in expanding the network...it feels like it’s never been a more promising time for architects to serve the public good. -- Ione Braddick; Rachel Hearn; Tom Sykes; Finn Williams;h Pooja Agrawal- Guardian (UK)
Inga Saffron: With Philadelphia’s housing boom comes more stuff - and more self-storage locations: Those communal closets may help declutter your private living space, but they’re deadly for public space: These aren’t the clusters of free-standing pods that you see on suburban highways, but their urban equivalent, multistory structures that are themselves the size of apartment buildings...At least half a dozen other cities...have taken similar steps to rein in self-storage operators...The problem...is that they take up land that could be used more productively for real industry or housing.- Philadelphia Inquirer
Patrick Sisson: Are waterfront hotels ready for climate change? On the front lines of rising seas and extreme weather, the hospitality and tourism industry recalculates real estate and insurance risks: Few industries will face the reality of rising sea levels more directly ...putting it in the crosshairs of a rising number of extreme weather events...the long-term implications of climate change on coastal real estate portfolios haven’t been sorted out, at least in public...today, hotels promote their pool...Tomorrow, they may be highlighting their on-site generator.- Curbed
Linda Poon: In a Town Shaped by Water, the River Is Winning: Storms supercharged by climate change pose a dire threat to river towns. After two catastrophic floods, tiny Ellicott City, Maryland, faces a critical decision: Rebuild, or retreat? ...41 million people live in 100-year flood plains across the U.S...river towns and cities now find themselves reshaped by chronic inundation; the waters that were once their economic lifeblood are now threats to life and limb..."our plan costs less than rebuilding every time we have a major storm."- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
DnA/Frances Anderton & Avishay Artsy: A turf war in Westwood + The Aquarium of the Pacific’s new blue wing calls for action on climate change. How are visitors reacting?: ...neighbors in West LA are fighting over a proposal to turn a grassy field into a multi-use, synthetic grass sports field...But it's erupted into a turf war that involves class, access to public space, and a fight over materials, as in, natural versus nylon. -- EHDD- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Tom Ravenscroft: Notre-Dame must be restored to "last known visual state" says French Senate: ...restoration bill...also says that the restoration must recreate Eugène Viollet-le-Duc's spire, and that any use of new materials will need to be justified...If the bill progresses in its current state, it would end the speculation over how the cathedral will be rebuilt...prime minister...announced an international competition...led to numerous architects and designers coming up with inventive proposals for how the cathedral could be rebuilt with a modern twist.- Dezeen
Blair Kamin: Frank Lloyd Wright buffs scramble to save a Glencoe cottage...that's threatened with demolition: The Sherman Booth Cottage, built in 1913...is no masterpiece...Yet its modesty is its strength...new owners...have applied for a demolition permit...Landmarks Illinois placed the cottage on its annual list of the state’s most endangered places...If the owners don’t play ball, the next best course would be to move the house to another location...but the odds of that option succeeding are long. [images]- Chicago Tribune
Nicole Javorsky: Bringing New Life to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lost Designs: “I would love to model all of Wright's work, but it is immense,” says Spanish architect David Romero. “I do not know if during all my life I will have time”: [FLW] left behind more than 600 unrealized designs...he was able to avoid controversy about reimagining Wright’s work in the digital sphere because they’re simply...“an honest way to analyze Wright's works with new tools that allow us to contemplate them in a new light.” [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
John Wall: Meet the Product Designer Who Made Mid-Century America Look Clean and Stylish: From refrigerators to cars to Air Force One, Raymond Loewy’s distinctive “cleanlining” sold products: ...like the products he re-envisioned, Loewy, too, managed his public image...He built one of the most successful design firms in history, and positioned himself as “America’s designer” through society connections, media and the advertising methods now known as branding. -- "Streamliner: Raymond Loewy and Image-Making in the Age of American Industrial Design"- Smithsonian magazine
Fred A. Bernstein: Arata Isozaki Receives 2019 Pritzker Prize in Ceremony at Versailles: If one word could be heard echoing through L’Orangerie on Friday, it was “overdue"...Celebrating at Versailles were 12 past Pritzker winners...There may also have been a future laureate or two in the crowd...- Architectural Record
Buildings in Peru, Senegal and Chile are finalists for the 2019 RAIC International Prize [formerly the Moriyama RAIC International Prize] of $100,000 (CAD) for transformative architecture: 2019 marks the third edition of the biennial prize, which was founded in 2013 and is open to architects from anywhere in the world. -- Barclay & Crousse; Toshiko Mori Architect; Hariri Pontarini Architects- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
SCAPE, Snøhetta, Hood Design among finalists for major Indianapolis project: ...to develop specific areas of...a massive $1.4 billion redevelopment of the 103-acre former GM stamping plant site...The Waterside Design Competition zeroes in on the adaptive reuse...of the Albert Kahn-designed Crane Bay; the design of a public plaza around Crane Bay; and a pedestrian connection across the White River to link the site to Indianapolis’s urban core. -- 1) Hood Design Studio/Thomas Phifer and Partners/Arup; SCAPE/SO-IL/Guy Nordenson and Associates/James Lima Planning + Development/Art Strategies/Nelson\Nygaard/Manuel Miranda Practice; Snøhetta/Moody Nolan/Arup/HR&A/Art Strategies/Chris Wangro- The Architect's Newspaper
ANN feature: Susanne Angarano: Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers: Design strategies that are driven by an understanding of place, community, and full intentionality can achieve abundance.- ArchNewsNow.com
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