Today’s News - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
● Collier takes a deep (deep!) dive into how Dutch "masters of the flood" are "helping Texas design what would become the nation's most ambitious - and expensive [$32 billion] - coastal barrier"; it "would pay for itself in one storm" (but "getting buy-in from locals is the first of many obstacles").
● Jacquot, Dupré & Liu: "China can learn from Australian urban design - there might be an interest in learning from Western urban design principles, both to draw inspiration from the good practices and to avoid repeating the mistakes" (it's also a two-way street).
● Wainwright has "seen the future and it's Norwich - the energy-saving, social housing revolution" on Goldsmith Street. "It might not look groundbreaking, but this little neighborhood represents something quietly miraculous" (they ditched the developer).
● DiPasquale gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Strathcona Village in Vancouver, a mixed-use project that "announces itself boldly and loudly" with "a kinetic energy that serves as a pleasing counterpoint to Vancouver's litany of teal glass towers and their bland extrusions of the same" (though "the shipping container aesthetic proves a slippery game").
● Bilya Koort Boodja, a center for Indigenous culture and environmental design for the Ballardong Nyoongar people of Perth, is "a place that responded to the landscape and revealed it through the eyes of the Aboriginal people."
● London's mayor puts the kibosh on Foster's Tulip Tower, citing the London Review Panel report that it "does not represent world class architecture, it lacks sufficient quality and quantity of public open space" - and then some.
● Woodman cheers the news: "Sadiq Khan is right - the Tulip was another tower London didn't need. Much like the unlamented Garden Bridge - the Tulip was simply a building that failed to justify its existence."
● Cleveland architect Eberhard minces no words when it comes to the Cleveland Foundation choosing a New York firm for its new headquarters: "There is no good excuse for ignoring dozens of Cleveland firms - what is also painfully disturbing is that the mediocre conceptual design is weak in every sense" (ouch!).
● Goldsborough reports that "investors blame Isay Weinfeld's [$32 million] design for the closing of the new Four Seasons Restaurant" after it opened less than 10 months ago: "I could not be prouder of our designs. But I respect all opinions, including the silly ones," sayeth Weinfeld.
● In less grumpy news: Murcutt's MPavilion 2019 design will bring "a minimalist white aesthetic that speaks to his contribution to climate-responsive architecture" to Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens in November.
● On a London High Line kind of note: Bauchplan has won the competition to transform a disused viaduct in Hammersmith with swimming, fishing and urban gardening - "a blue & green living room and island of retreat for the neighborhood."
● Welton explains how Höweler + Yoon snagged the University of Virginia's Memorial to Enslaved Labor: "The competition was stiff," but "the contemporary firm prevailed, at a school that some see as tradition-bound" ("I think they were surprised that they chose us").
● A Special Report from the Happy Healthy Offices 2019 conference: "Tone Wheeler set the tone - and let us know some home truths about sustainability; Bates Smart's Kellie Payne from challenged us deeply on the human side of a good working environment" (and lots more!).
● MIT's Sarkis, curator of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale, announces his theme: "How will we live together?" - "it's time for architects to think about their role in creating a new, collective 'spatial contract' - one that is inclusive and addresses social housing and urban connectivity."
● Anderton x 2: She looks at "how the Space Age influenced Southland design and architecture 50 years ago - a time when aeronautics and pop culture, design and architecture came together, and nowhere more so than in Los Angeles."
● She considers "Philip Johnson's all-glass Crystal Cathedral born again as Christ Cathedral, with a bold redesign" by Johnson Fain "for a different liturgy, for less TV and less sun."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Taylor cheers "Bauhaus Beginnings" at the Getty Research Institute that is so impressive, the president of Germany wondered, "How can there be so much great Bauhaus material outside of Germany?"
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Salingaros: "Signs versus Symptoms": A Reply to the Open Letter from British Architecture Students Calling for Curriculum Change: Asking for radical reforms in architectural education, this courageous appeal could help this latest effort be taken seriously, and not simply dismissed, as previous cries for reform have been.
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Kiah Collier: Can the “masters of the flood” help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes? ...the Dutch have become the world leaders in flood control. And their expertise is helping Texas design what would become the nation’s most ambitious - and expensive - coastal barrier: ...coast-wide protection plan estimated to cost as much as $32 billion...Getting buy-in from locals is the first of many obstacles it will face..."the largest engineering system built in this century"...would pay for itself in one storm... -- Bill Merrell/Texas A&M University; Jeroen Aerts/Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Jim Blackburn/Rice University Severe Storm Prediction; Johan van Veen; Harold van Waveren/Rijkswaterstaat- Texas Tribune
Lucile Jacquot, Karine Dupré & Yang Liu: China can learn from Australian urban design, but it’s not all one-way traffic: The rise of private public partnership projects and growing private interests in China’s built environment...call for a fresh look at urban design...there might be an interest in learning from Western urban design principles, both to draw inspiration from the good practices and to avoid repeating the mistakes...While Australia’s urban design principles are considerably more advanced, its cities face similar challenges...But in one area, the battle to reduce carbon footprints, Chinese cities lead the way...So, while Chinese cities could certainly learn from Australia, the converse seems equally true.- The Conversation (Australia)
Oliver Wainwright: I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution: The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren’t just smart and modern. They may be the most energy-efficient houses ever built in the UK. Could this be the start of proper social housing? It might not look groundbreaking, but this little neighbourhood represents something quietly miraculous. And it almost didn’t happen...there is no pastiche...[it] shows that [Passivhaus] doesn’t have to be so grim...the only thing stopping...energetic councils, from doing more is central government rules. -- Mikhail Riches; Cathy Hawley- Guardian (UK)
Steve DiPasquale: Block by Block: Strathcona Village, Vancouver, British Columbia: Residential and light industrial functions combine in a development modelled on stacked shipping containers: The corrugated metal cladding...announces itself boldly and loudly...a North American pioneer for co-locating a residential program with production-distribution-repair (PDR) uses...to bolster the economy by providing small businesses with the needed space...façades...oscillate with interest without ever deteriorating into noise...a kinetic energy that serves as a pleasing counterpoint to Vancouver’s litany of teal glass towers and their bland extrusions of the same...the shipping container aesthetic proves a slippery game. -- HCMA Architecture + Design; GBL Architects; BYU Design- Canadian Architect
Indigenous architecture: A centre for the Ballardong Nyoongar people of Perth: Bilya Koort Boodja is a centre for Indigenous culture and environmental design...IPH and interpretive designer Thylacine collaborated with the Indigenous community...to generate a brief for the building...the community wanted a building that was unlike any of the European buildings in the town; a place that responded to the landscape and revealed it through the eyes of the Aboriginal people. -- iredale pedersen hook architects- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Tulip tower: Mayor rejects plans for London skyscraper: Sadiq Khan said a number of concerns raised in a London Review Panel report meant it would harm the skyline and had few public benefits..."does not represent world class architecture, it lacks sufficient quality and quantity of public open space, and its social and environmental sustainability do not match the ambition of its height and impact on London's skyline". -- Foster + Partners- BBC News
Ellis Woodman: Sadiq Khan is right - the Tulip was another tower London didn’t need: Shoehorned onto a patch of the Gherkin’s forecourt...London granted the project permission earlier this year. The news that the Mayor of London...has now over-ruled that decision will be widely welcomed...Much like the unlamented Garden Bridge - another project that Sadiq Khan happily derailed - the Tulip was simply a building that failed to justify its existence. -- Foster + Partners- Telegraph (UK)
William T. Eberhard: Cleveland Foundation overlooks local architects for new headquarters: ...in hiring a New York architect...the Foundation abdicated its moral and fiduciary duty to our community...a plan to allocate $150 million for "social impact investing"...As a local architect...I anticipated a suitable example of stewardship...when it came to their own facilities...There is no good excuse for ignoring the dozens of Cleveland firms...what is also painfully disturbing is that the conceptual design...is weak in every sense...mediocre design... -- S9 Architecture; Eberhard Architects- Crain's Cleveland Business
Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough: Investors blame Isay Weinfeld’s design for the closing of the new Four Seasons Restaurant: ...has officially closed after reopening less than 10 months ago and following a $32 million renovation...AN reached out to Isay Weinfeld for comment and received the following response: “I could not be prouder of our designs...But I respect all opinions, including the silly ones.”- The Architect's Newspaper
Glenn Murcutt’s MPavilion 2019 design revealed: ...a minimalist white aesthetic that speaks to his contribution to climate-responsive architecture. Prioritising a view of the river and Melbourne skyline..."a crisp white building that at night could be lit from within its roof - like a lantern in the Queen Victoria Gardens"...celebrates the 50th year of his design practice. 14 November 2019 until 22 March 2020- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Bauchplan Designs London High Line with Aquaponics and Swimming Pools: ...won first prize in the competition to revitalize a disused viaduct [in Hammersmith]...Dubbed Fish n’Chips...to become a blue & green living room, with a recreation area and island of retreat for the neighborhood...emphasizes eco-sociological urban processes to usher in a new era of inner-urban post-industrial infrastructure...swimming, fishing and urban gardening next to cultural events in open green space will soon be daily life amidst the urban hustle of London.- ArchDaily
J. Michael Welton: How Höweler + Yoon Prevailed at U.Va.: Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon prevailed in their interview for the University of Virginia’s Memorial to Enslaved Labor came down to three key responses: They did their homework. They wanted to listen before they designed. And they assembled an accomplished set of players...The competition was stiff - including...Nelson Byrd Woltz [and] Walter Hood...contemporary firm prevailed, at a school that some see as tradition-bound. “I think they were surprised that they chose us"... -- Mabel Wilson- Architects + Artisans
TFE Special Report: Happy Healthy Offices | 2019: Tone Wheeler set the tone - and with no fear or favour let us know some home truths about sustainability...Tech was next with some fabulous/fascinating/scary views...Kellie Payne from Bates Smart challenged us deeply on the human side of a good working environment... [19 articles]- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Sydney Franklin: Hashim Sarkis announces the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale theme: "How will we live together?" That’s the seemingly simple, yet poignant, question posed by [the] dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and...the title of the show set to start next May...announced that it’s time for architects to think about their role in creating a new, collective “spatial contract” - one that is inclusive and addresses...social housing and urban connectivity. .- The Architect's Newspaper
DnA/Frances Anderton: How the Space Age influenced Southland design and architecture: 50 years ago ...the Apollo 11 rocket launched...a time when aeronautics and pop culture, design and architecture came together, and nowhere more so than in Los Angeles...“We did it so well here - things that were light and airy and sort of heading off into space,” said Chris Nichols, senior editor at L.A. Magazine..The region is still host to space exploration. Elon Musk’s SpaceX... -- John Lautner; Los Angeles magazine; Layne Karafantis- KCRW (Los Angeles)
DnA: Frances Anderton: Philip Johnson’s all-glass Crystal Cathedral born again as Christ Cathedral, with bold redesign that lets in less light: The nine-story, vast, diamond-shaped building had to be reconfigured for a different liturgy, for less TV and less sun...Johnson Fain came up with an extremely bold solution...Beyond the reduction of sunlight, the transformation of the cathedral represents a turning inward from the suburban nature of Schuller and Johnson's original scheme.- KCRW (Los Angeles)
ANN feature: Julie D. Taylor: Beginning the Bauhaus: "Bauhaus Beginnings" at the Getty Research Institute lives up to its name - it is so impressive that, after a preview tour, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wondered, "How can there be so much great Bauhaus material outside of Germany?"- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Nikos A. Salingaros: "Signs versus Symptoms": A Reply to the Open Letter from British Architecture Students Calling for Curriculum Change: Asking for radical reforms in architectural education, this courageous appeal could help this latest effort be taken seriously, and not simply dismissed, as previous cries for reform have been.- ArchNewsNow.com
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