Today’s News - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be posting the newsletter tomorrow, but we will be back Thursday, July 25.

Praise for Pelli, thoughtful and eloquent (we are so sad)

●  Goldberger and Bernstein: "While he began his career as a confirmed modernist...his work continued to evolve - he worried that modernism was not sufficiently expressive," and "never apologized for designing buildings that satisfied, rather than challenged, their owners."

●  Bernstein goes solo: Pelli "had one of the most illustrious careers of any American architect of the last century. If he never attained renown as a great form-maker, he appears not to have minded" - he never pined "for starchitect status."

●  King: Salesforce Tower "embodied his desire to do large buildings that both define their setting and seem at home. Not all of the firm's buildings are masterpieces. But there was always a craftsmanship that respected how buildings endure as part of the physical landscape of their setting."

●  Dickinson: "The 20th century starchitects are passing as the 21st century moves past its infancy. As the last of the Late Modern Masters," such as Roche, Pelli and Venturi, "pass, will we rethink the meaning of what they wrought."

●  Belogolovsky's 2005 Q&A with Pelli, published for the first time: "We, as architects, should not invent totally new things - true inspiration needs to come from the problem itself."

●  Stamp: "The chances are excellent that Pelli shaped your world in some way, whether or not you've realized it - as we mortals walk through our cities we will look to our skylines and continue to marvel at the life of the man who helped shape them."

In other news:

●  Yesterday, McGuigan called on the AIA to "stand up and say stop" to inhumane migrant-detention centers: "The architects are uncredited, but shouldn't all architects protest when a structure designed as a giant garage becomes a squalid prison for hundreds of children? We look forward to the AIA taking action."

●  Yesterday afternoon, the AIA did just that, issuing a denouncement of the conditions at detention centers: "The misuse of these buildings and the impact on occupants in them are contrary to our values as architects and as Americans."

●  Pacheco compares Jerde's Horton Plaza and Heatherwick's Vessel: "One is brand new, the other, at the end of its life. One, a facsimile of the city, the other, a rejection of it" (great read!).

●  Marcus delves into Michigan Central, "once one of the grandest railway stations in the U.S.," and the rebirth of Detroit: "Ford Motor Company is refurbishing it as the centerpiece of a new campus. What does its history tell us about the rise, fall, and perhaps rise again of Motor City?"

●  Goldsborough parses Akoaki's "blending design disciplines in Detroit," a city once "fully entrenched in 'ruin porn,'" with one project that "investigates the many ways Detroit has been portrayed over the last decade," and another that "combines agriculture, culture, business, and ecology for a landscape that is both economically and ecologically sustainable."

●  Capps parses "the lonely death of a South Texas skyscraper, a time-worn symbol of civic pride" (inspired by FLW) "that some say has lost its luster": "For Texas architecture, and for modernist history, the loss will sting" (demolition started Sunday).

●  Welton x 2: When Höweler + Yoon's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia opens next year, it "will seek to change how people think about the concept of enslavement - and those who were slaves."

●  He cheers Mutuus Studio's solution for what to do with a spherical, rusted, 200-ton acid accumulator in Bellingham, Washington, now "a Radiant 'Acid Ball' - an icon chock-full of meaning for Bellingham's new Waypoint Park."

●  A great round-up of "4 innovative urban landscape projects" that "highlight how landscape projects are now tackling myriad social and spatial challenges - like a lot of good architecture, they engage and deepen urban connectivity."


●  Request for Proposals: The Oregon | Places Prize: "a biennial award for ambitious public scholarship on the relationships between power and place" (a new collaboration between Places Journal and the University of Oregon College of Design).

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): Architecture MasterPrize 2019 (formerly AAP Architecture Prize) "celebrates creativity and innovation in architectural design, landscape architecture, interior and product design worldwide."

●  Call for entries: Vectorworks Design Scholarship & Richard Diehl Award (international) "seeks to promote excellence in design and observe how the next generation will transform the world."

Winners all!

●  Aravena chosen for the 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development "for projects of public interest and social impact."

●  UPenn Stuart Weitzman School of Design to honor KPF's Kohn and RPA's Fourth Regional Plan.

●  Eyefuls of the winning designs in the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition, hailing from Australia, the U.K., and the Netherlands.


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