Today’s News - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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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."
● 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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Obituary by Fred A. Bernstein and Paul Goldberger: Cesar Pelli, 92, Designer of Iconic Buildings Around the World: ...success came late in life. He didn’t open his own firm until he was 50...he considered his entire career improbable...spent almost 10 years at [Eero Saarinen's] firm...One of his projects there was the TWA Flight Center [at JFK]...While he began his career as a confirmed modernist...his work continued to evolve...he worried that modernism was not sufficiently expressive...never apologized for designing buildings that satisfied, rather than challenged, their owners. Architects, he wrote, “must produce what is needed of us. This is not a weakness in our discipline, but a source of strength.” -- Diana Balmori; Fred Clarke; Cesar Pelli & Associates; DMJM; Gruen Associates- New York Times
Fred A. Bernstein: Cesar Pelli, 1926-2019: He had one of the most illustrious careers of any American architect of the last century: He worked for Eero Saarinen on the celebrated TWA Flight Center. He was dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He designed landmarks on four continents...If he never attained renown as a great form-maker, he appears not to have minded...saw architecture less as an outlet for personal expression than as a way to make a mark on cities...not pining for starchitect status...Some of his buildings were particularly original and daring. -- Diana Balmori; Eero Saarinen; DMJM; Gruen Associates; Cesar Pelli & Associates- Architectural Record
John King: César Pelli, Salesforce Tower architect, 92: ...560 Mission St...remains the finest tower built in San Francisco this century...Salesforce...embodied his desire to do large buildings that both define their setting and seem at home...kept an eye on major projects such as the pair that have changed the look and feel of a long-nondescript part of San Francisco...The unifying thread through [his] career was the disciplined attention to detail...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. -- Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects- San Francisco Chronicle
Duo Dickinson: Cesar Pelli, New Haven, and 20th Century architecture: The 20th century starchitects are passing as the 21st century moves past its infancy...the veneration of the hero architect has taken on new meaning...Roche, Pelli and Venturi, embodied the Master Builder persona: the singular human as captain of the Good Ship Architecture...New Haven has led the way in immortalizing the human architects that designed Modern Architecture..In this new branch of historic preservation, [it] is at the cutting edge of creating life everlasting for Modern Architecture...As the last of the Late Modern Masters pass, will we rethink the meaning of what they wrought...- New Haven Register (Connecticut)
Vladimir Belogolovsky: “Everybody Can Share an Opinion, But at The End I’ll Decide”: In Conversation with César Pelli: ...we discussed mainly one building type, for which the architect was world-famous - the skyscraper...."A skyscraper is a symbolic thing. But for such a rational architect as Mies it was an anathema...We, as architects, should not invent totally new things...true inspiration needs to come from the problem itself." -- César Pelli & Associates; Pelli Clarke Pelli; Eero Saarinen- ArchDaily
Jimmy Stamp: César Pelli Passes Away: [He] earned a reputation as a charismatic architect who could smoothly transition between the worlds of professional practice and academia: The chances are excellent that [he] shaped your world in some way, whether or not you’ve realized it...His work not only resonated with the public, but with corporate clients, critics, and the academic community...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. -- Pelli Clarke Pelli; Diana Balmori- Metropolis Magazine
Cathleen McGuigan: Crossing the Line: Many migrant-detention centers were not designed for their current use - and architects should stand up and say stop: ...the state of these centers remains a testament to an intense humanitarian crisis. What does this have to do with architecture? Architects are charged with ensuring the health, welfare, and safety of those who inhabit the structures they design...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. -- Architecture Lobby; Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR); Robert A. Ivy- Architectural Record
The American Institute of Architects denounces conditions at detention centers: AIA’s members are driven, as so clearly stated in our Code of Ethics, to “uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors"...the misuse of these buildings and the impact on occupants in them are contrary to our values as architects and as Americans.- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Antonio Pacheco: Wasted Space: Comparing Horton Plaza and The 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. However unalike they might seem [they] have much in common. Let us count the ways...Horton Plaza reminds us that architecture that is purpose-built and fixed is always in danger of outliving its intended purpose. The Vessel reminds us that the phenomenon of architecture-as-spectacle is going strong. -- Jon Jerde; Thomas Heatherwick- Archinect
Jonathan Marcus: Michigan Central and the rebirth of Detroit: ...once one of the grandest railway stations in the United States - the gateway to a fabulously wealthy city...has been closed and abandoned for more than 30 years...being given a new life...Ford Motor Company [is] refurbishing it as the centrepiece of a new campus...What does [its] history tell us about the rise, fall, and perhaps rise again of Motor City? The aim is to develop an attractive environment akin to the high-tech campuses of Silicon Valley...Ford is making all the right noises. But change inevitably means disruption and there are all sorts of concerns among the local community. -- Reed and Stem; Warren and Wetmore (1913); Diego Rivera- BBC (UK)
Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough: Akoaki is blending design disciplines in Detroit: ...Anya Sirota and Jean Louis Farges took four years to understand the complex landscapes and narratives that co-exist within the city. At the time, Detroit was fully entrenched in “ruin porn”..."Imaging Detroit"...an international film festival and pop-up agora. The project investigates the many ways Detroit has been portrayed over the last decade..."Detroit Cultivator"...combines agriculture, culture, business, and ecology [for] a landscape that is both economically and ecologically sustainable...Midtown Cultural Connections competition...winning entry includes Akoaki...- The Architect's Newspaper
Kriston Capps: The Lonely Death of a South Texas Skyscraper: The First Pasadena State Bank, a 12-story modernist tower inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has dominated this small town near Houston since 1962: ...residents will lose the city’s most prominent landmark, a time-worn symbol of civic pride that some say has lost its luster. For Texas architecture, and for modernist history, the loss will sting...[it] tells an unlikely story of Houston’s evergreen economy, the consolidation of American banking, and Wright’s lasting legacy - and its demolition will claim a bit of the history of all three...Mother Nature has already started the demolition... -- MacKie and Kamrath- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
J. Michael Welton: Memorial Design on the U.Va. Grounds: Höweler + Yoon’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers on the Grounds at the University of Virginia draws on the relatively recent evolution of design for monuments in the landscape. For starters, it looks back to the 1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial...when it opens on April 11, 2020, [it] will seek to change how people think about the concept of enslavement - and those who were slaves.- Architects + Artisans
J. Michael Welton: In Bellingham, Washington, a Radiant ‘Acid Ball’: What do you do with a rusted, 200-ton sphere – 30 feet in diameter, with a circumference of 94 feet - languishing in an aging, waterfront industrial park? If you’re Seattle-based Mutuus Studio, you propose coating it in miniscule glass beads, moving it 1,000 feet to the water’s edge - and transforming it into a work of art...It once was part of a paper mill, built in 1930...an acid accumulator...an icon chock-full of meaning for Bellingham’s new Waypoint Park- Architects + Artisans
4 Innovative Urban Landscape Projects From Around the World: From embassy grounds in London to a neighborhood park in Detroit, these projects highlight how landscape projects are now tackling myriad social and spatial challenges: Though often on the tip of architects’ tongues, landscape often remains snubbed or misunderstood within design. But it’s hard to ignore the rising profile of landscape architecture...like a lot of good architecture, they engage and deepen urban connectivity. -- Spackman Mossop Michaels (SMM); Groupe Rousseau Lefebvre; KieranTimberlake/OLIN; Mikyoung Kim Design; Jacobs/Ryan Associates- Metropolis Magazine
Call for entries: Request for Proposals: The Oregon | Places Prize: a biennial award for ambitious public scholarship on the relationships between power and place; open to mid-career and senior scholars with a keen understanding of public scholarship; $7,500 honorarium; deadline: September 16- Places Journal / University of Oregon College of Design
Call for entries: Architecture MasterPrize 2019 (formerly AAP Architecture Prize): celebrates creativity and innovation in architectural design, landscape architecture, interior and product design worldwide; deadline: July 31- Farmani Group
Call for entries: Vectorworks Design Scholarship & Richard Diehl Award (international): students are boldly imagining a brighter world and using design tools...scholarship seeks to promote excellence in design and observe how the next generation will transform the world; deadline: August 29- Vectorworks
Alejandro Aravena Chosen for 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development: ...[his] rise to prominence stemmed from his ability to synthesize design challenges to provide solutions that channel people’s capacity to create vibrant communities...[He] and ELEMENTAL are equally renowned for projects of public interest and social impact, including affordable housing, public space, infrastructure, and transportation...overcoming limited resources with synthesized designs that address major urban challenges affecting people’s quality of life.- Urban Land Magazine (Urban Land Institute/ULI))
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design to Honor KPF Cofounder A. Eugene Kohn and RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan: Awards Include Student Prizes, Scholarships Recognizing Emerging Talent. -- Kohn Pedersen Fox; Regional Plan Association- University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition results: ...designs for a flamingo observation platform and connecting boardwalk within Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. -- Bryan Fan/Shelley Xu (Australia); Natalia Wrzask/Rolando Rodriguez Leal/Jose Luis Mulás/Paola Barrenechea (UK); Rafail Gkaidatzis/Panagiotis Dimakidis (Netherlands)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / ARCHHIVE Books
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