Today’s News - Tuesday, July 9, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: We're back! After a week away, there's lots of catching up to do...
● Cobb considers (most thoughtfully) his years with I.M. Pei: "I rejoice, even at this moment of sadness, in a close fellowship that immeasurably enriched my life across seven decades. A few random thoughts come to mind as I remember my mentor, colleague, and friend."
● Murray minces no words in explaining why she started The Festival of Place: "Design can't solve all our problems, so stop pretending it can. Your predisposition to impose design 'solutions' on anything you touch alienates when it should include" - perhaps, "by getting a jumble of smart people and professionals together, we can start to unpick these problems and find a way forward together."
● Walker reports on Zumthor's first public comments to a Swiss newspaper about his revised design for LACMA: "He has personally managed to avoid reading much of the controversy around his own project - 'Michael Govan said it was unnecessary for me to read [it]. You make the design, and I'll do the rest, he said.'"
● The New Statesman and Scruton agree "jointly to publish this statement" re: Eaton's controversial (and misleading) article in April. "We apologize for this, and regret any distress that this has caused" (with link to the interview transcript and the original article).
● Joyner parses "burnout": "Working ridiculous hours should not be a badge of honor - doing amazing projects AND loving our workplace should be the goal" - two studios "are embracing alternative workplace practices, striving to maximize happiness amongst their teams."
● Wainwright gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Chipperfield's gallery on Berlin's Museum Island: A "dazzling synthesis of the classical and modern - that appears monumental from some angles, dinky from others - it could do with a touch of Berlin's more bohemian, freewheeling spirit" ("it feels a bit chilly, parked on the water's edge like a super yacht").
● Langer lauds C.F. Møller's Assembly Hall in Copenhagen: "Once used for assembling parts for cement factories," it "has undergone a gentle transformation" on "an old industrial site that is becoming a new urban neighborhood," with sections for housing, business, and public events (very cool).
● The proposed $50 million Mississippi International Arts Pavilion by JBHM Architecture is a Neoclassical building conceived as "a stately, elegant outline that blends in well with Vicksburg's historic riverfront."
It's an FLW kind of day:
● Reiner-Roth parses Ronan's FLW Trust Visitor and Education Center in Oak Park, Illinois: "At first glance, the renderings bear little resemblance to [FLW's] work. From a distance, the design bears a greater resemblance to the early work of Mies van der Rohe, an architect openly despised by Wright" - but, "upon closer inspection, the design appears to take subtle cues from Wright's oeuvre."
● Leary, meanwhile, says: "Let's not lose sleep" over "the impending demolition" of FLW's Booth Cottage: "It's just another small, suburban house - and an uglier-than-average one at that. If we were looking for a modern analogue to the sack of Rome, we might turn to the systematic subversion of classical tradition in favor of gratuitous cultural revolution."
● Kamin parses the 8 Wright buildings named to UNESCO's World Heritage List that will "likely to boost tourism at the Wright sites" and "be a boon to those seeking to save other works by the architect."
● Luis cheers the Wright additions to the World Heritage List + Read UNESCO's decision & the technical evaluation by ICOMOS (could be helpful in efforts to save other FLW buildings).
● And this, just because: Fonseca offers miles of vintage photos of FLW's Hollyhock House "to celebrate one of L.A.'s slices of architecture history."
● Wilson analyzes the 54 winners of the RIBA Awards 2019, "picking out the trends" (a good year for housing, retrofits, and infrastructure), "the buildings that have missed the cut - and one he thinks shouldn't be there" - and which ones he thinks will make the Stirling Prize shortlist.
● An interesting mix of firms makes up the 5 finalist teams competing to master-plan MK:U, "a proposed new model university in the Oxford to Cambridge innovation arc."
● Eyefuls of the winners in the Pavilosta Poet Huts competition that called for proposals for a writers community in Latvia.
● Cheers to the six women and three men from around the world named Harvard GSD Class of 2020 Loeb Fellows - these "midcareer innovators will spend the year engaging in research and discussion on topics such as art, architecture, and public policy."
● And cheers to the Society of Architectural Historians 2019 Awards for Architectural Excellence recipients for their "outstanding achievements in architectural practice and academic study."
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Henry Cobb: My Years with I.M. Pei: I rejoice, even at this moment of sadness, in a close fellowship that immeasurably enriched my life across seven decades. A few random thoughts come to mind as I remember my mentor, colleague, and friend...his innate curiosity and unfailing charm, transformed even the most mundane conversation into an often wide-ranging exploration not just of architecture but of the arts broadly interpreted... -- Pei Cobb Freed & Partners- Architectural Record
Christine Murray: Design can't solve all our problems, so stop pretending it can: Designers may not be able to save the world by themselves, but they must help avert societal problems and the looming climate crisis: Your predisposition to impose design "solutions" on anything you touch alienates when it should include...I know what you're thinking - it's not just our fault, we don't act alone, we need to earn a living... And you're right: the system is complicit...Stop finishing things that you should only be kickstarting...I've started The Festival of Place in the hopes that by getting a jumble of smart people and professionals together, we can start to unpick these problems and find a way forward together.- Dezeen
Alissa Walker: LACMA architect Peter Zumthor comments on revised design: “So far, I see no difficulties”: [He] told von Fischer he has personally managed to avoid reading much of the controversy around his own project...“Michael Govan said it was unnecessary for me to read [it]...You make the design, and I’ll do the rest, he said.” -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Alan Hess; William Pereira; Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer- Curbed Los Angeles
The New Statesman interview with Roger Scruton (...10 April) generated substantial media comment...We have now met with Sir Roger and we have agreed jointly to publish this statement...We acknowledge that the views of Professor Scruton were not accurately represented...to his disadvantage. We apologise for this, and regret any distress that this has caused...a link to a transcript of the interview and the original article [by George Eaton]- New Statesman (UK)
Sean Joyner: Burnout, and the Architecture Work Culture: We vow to get the work done at all costs. But what costs are those really? Our health, wealth, and happiness? Is it really worth it? ...a look at [two] studios that are embracing alternative workplace practices, striving to maximize happiness amongst their teams...Working ridiculous hours should not be a badge of honor...doing amazing projects AND loving our workplace should be the goal. -- Gray Organschi Architecture; Ed Bourget/Saam Architecture- Archinect
Oliver Wainwright: David Chipperfield's Berlin temple: Like ascending to the realm of the gods: James Simon Gallery, Berlin: 20 years in the making, this dazzling synthesis of the classical and modern takes Museum Island to new heights: ...a kind of stripped-back, etiolated classicism that is at once imposing and delicate...a strangely scaleless structure that appears monumental from some angles, dinky from others, with its real purpose hidden below ground...with grandiosity in bucketloads...it could do with a touch of Berlin’s more bohemian, freewheeling spirit. It is...elegant and supremely well crafted...but it feels a bit chilly, parked on the water’s edge like a superyacht.- Guardian (UK)
Catherine Langer: The Assembly Hall / C. F. Møller Architects: Once used for assembling parts for cement factories, the 200-metre long Assembly Hall in Copenhagen has undergone a gentle transformation...Traces from the building’s industrial past becomes the foundation for new dwellings and common spaces: ...in Valby Maskinfabrik, an old industrial site...that is becoming a new urban neighbourhood...By splitting it up into sections for housing, business and common events, the hall turns into a new, social meeting place for residents and visitors... [images]- ArcSpace
Potential design unveiled for $50 million Mississippi International Arts Pavilion: JBHM Architecture President Richard McNeel loves turning obstacles into opportunities. That’s one of many reasons...his firm was asked to design a world-class museum and exhibition center...By bucking the trend toward contemporary and modern designs, JBHM conceptualized...a stately, elegant outline that blends in well with Vicksburg’s historic riverfront.- Magnolia State Live (via The Vicksburg Post, Mississippi)
Shane Reiner-Roth: Newly designed Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Visitor and Education Center takes subtle cues from the master...At first glance, the renderings...bear little resemblance to [FLW's] work...From a distance, the design bears a greater resemblance to the early work of Mies van Der Rohe, an architect openly despised by Wright. However, upon closer inspection, the design appears to take subtle cues from Wright's oeuvre... -- John Ronan Architects- Archinect
Declan Leary: In Defense of ‘Bulldozing a Modernist Landmark’: ...Wall Street Journal published a piece lamenting the impending demolition of the Booth cottage in Glencoe, Ill...by Frank Lloyd Wright...Have you seen the Booth cottage? It’s just another small, suburban house - and an uglier-than-average one at that...Wright’s style...is all about undermining traditional aesthetics, substituting simple geometry for ornate design....Michael J. Lewis...admits that, “this is hardly the sack of Rome"...If we were looking for a modern analogue to the sack of Rome, we might turn to the systematic subversion of classical tradition in favor of gratuitous cultural revolution.- National Review
Blair Kamin: 8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including Chicago’s Robie House and Oak Park’s Unity Temple, named to UNESCO World Heritage List: ...the first works of U.S. modern architecture to make the prestigious list...likely to boost tourism at the Wright sites. It should also be a boon to those seeking to save other works by the architect...marks only the 24th time a U.S. entry has made [the list]...Here are brief descriptions of the eight Wright buildings- Chicago Tribune
Lira Luis: Lived On The Wright Lines of World Heritage: Organic Architecture: ...UNESCO World Heritage Committee...inscribed “The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, United States of America” on the World Heritage List...Just imagine if you got to experience living in some of these or at least have some osmosis encounters if not direct, with these spaces and their owners, as I have + Read the decision & read the technical evaluation by International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) -- Unity Temple; Robie House; Taliesin; Taliesin West; Hollyhock House; Fallingwater; Jacobs House; Guggenheim Museum- ChicagoNow / Arch-X-Perience
Ryan Fonseca: A Look Back At LA's Hollyhock House, Now A World-Class Architectural Landmark: ...eight works by Frank Lloyd Wright made the esteemed World Heritage List, the first in the U.S. recognized for architecture...to celebrate one of L.A.'s slices of architecture history, here's a look back at Hollyhock House over the years. [images]- LAist
Rob Wilson: RIBA Awards 2019 verdict: A good year for housing: He analyses this year’s 54 winning projects, picking out the trends, the buildings that have missed the cut - and one he thinks shouldn’t be there - as well as predicting what will make the Stirling Prize shortlist: Infrastructure also has a great showing for once...it’s in the field of retrofit that many of the most skilled, subtle and impressive projects are being seen. -- Groupwork; AHMM; Mole Architects; Mikhail Riches/Cathy Hawley; Grimshaw; Hall McKnight; Haworth Tompkins; Feilden Clegg Bradley; Eric Parry Architects; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Peter Zumthor; Witherford Watson Mann; Adam Richards Architects; AECOM; Haworth Tompkins- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Competing Masterplan Visions for MK:U Revealed: ...a proposed new model university in the Oxford to Cambridge innovation arc... will focus on digital economy skills and practical, business-oriented courses... -- WilkinsonEyre/AECOM/Spaces that Work/Mecanoo/dRMM/Publica/Contemporary Art Society/Tricon; Hawkins\Brown/KCAP/Grant Associates/BuroHappold/Sam Jacob Studio; Hopkins Architects/Prior + Partners/Expedition Engineering/Atelier Ten/GROSS. MAX./Buro 4/RLB Schumann/GRFN/Caneparo Associates/QCIC/Nick Perry Associates/Access=Design/Cordless Consultants/Sandy Brown Associates/FMDC/Tricon; Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands/Architecture 00/Heyne Tillett Steel/Hoare Lea/Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects/Ken Baker/Steer/Iceni/Abell Nepp/Mark London/FMDC/People Friendly Design; OMA/BuroHappold/Planit-IE/Nicholas Hare Architects/Carmody Groarke/Galmstrup/Approved Consultant Services/Russell Partnership- Malcolm Reading Consultants / Milton Keynes Council / Cranfield University
Pavilosta Poet Huts competition results: ...called on designers to submit proposals for a writers community in the small coastal fishing village of Pavilosta, Latvia. -- Daniel Brigginshaw (UK)/Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio; Linnéa Holmberg/Maria Torrent/Karl Zetterholm/BLANK ARKITEKTER (Sweden); Katharina Kocol/Olga Bialczak/Technische Universität (Berlin) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Harvard GSD Introduces the Class of 2020 Loeb Fellows: These nine midcareer innovators will spend the year engaging in research and discussion on topics such as art, architecture, and public policy: ...made up of six women and three men from around the world... -- Pedro Gadanho; Elizabeth Kay Miller; Deborah Morris; Eleni Myrivili; De Nichols; Wolfgang Rieder; Andrew Salzberg; Paloma Strelitz; Michelle Joan Wilkinson [links to bios]- Architect Magazine
Society of Architectural Historians Names 2019 Awards for Architectural Excellence Recipients: ...recognize individuals for outstanding achievements in architectural practice and academic study. -- Carol Ross Barney/Ross Barney Architects; Stuart Cohen/Julie Hacker/Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects; Oswaldo Ortega/Gensler- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
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