Today’s News - Wednesday, August 7, 2019
● Leslie E. Robertson pays eloquent tribute to Pei, his colleague and friend: "I see him through eyes that were always critical - and always respectful, admiring, and loving."
● Blander's (great) Q&A with Toni Griffin re: her "mission to foster equitable cities," and "how focusing on inclusivity and embracing interdependence and complexity are parts of the answer."
● Walters & Smith offer a fascinating take on "how Hong Kong protesters have been winning the battle for public space - crowds have taken to the streets, usually a degraded form of public space, but protesters have turned them" into "a vibrant public realm."
● Lamb visits a "suburb in the sky" in Jakarta: "78 two-story, cookie-cutter units perched 10 stories up on top of a mall - a surreal urban bubble. Is Cosmo Park some kind of postmodern dystopia or an ingenious use of urban space?" (depends on who you ask).
● Anzilotti reports on a Center for American Progress report that finds climate change makes homelessness much worse: "It's time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues - and start designing solutions for both at once."
● Malo, meanwhile, reports on a Climate Central study that found "homes continue to sprout in U.S. flood zones - despite increasing awareness" of global warming and sea level rise, and "showed the need to boost incentives to encourage people to live further from the coastline."
● Speaking of rising sea levels, Department Design Office wins the Van Alen/City of North Miami's Keeping Current: Repetitive Loss Properties competition to fight flooding by addressing "two critical concerns that arose during community discussions about this treasured public space."
● Kamin takes us to the beaches of Lake Michigan and "little, work-a-day structures" by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects that house bathrooms, food concessions, and such that leave "a lasting impression. If only such care could go into our big buildings. Sometimes, it's the small ones that show the way."
● Bucknell cheers "a cheeky move by Chipperfield" at Berlin's James Simon Gallery, where the Pergamon, the "bully of Museum Island," gets its "just deserts" in a project that is otherwise "a defensive cultural temple - majestic and commanding."
● Walker walks Murcutt and Elevli's "radical and poetic" Australian Islamic Centre of Newport in the suburbs of Melbourne: "It's poetic in its simplicity. Seeing it across the currently disheveled park-to-be, it's curiously festive."
● A shortlist of four teams "peppered with international firms" in the running to design a $600 million office tower in Brisbane "that capitalizes on the waterfront location and transforms the CBD precinct."
● A campaign is launched to save Charles Correa's Kala Academy in Goa from demolition - it is "a rare example of an equitable public building in India"; a petition requests the Government "appoint an experienced consultant to undertake the repairs so that the building can be used again."
● Goa-based writer and photographer Vivek Menezes pens a moving portrait of Correa's Kala Academy that "has cultural significance far beyond being Goa's most loved building. I asked several of India's leading thinkers whether any other important public buildings in the country are as welcoming. No one could suggest a worthwhile rival."
● Kanye West's YEEZY Home affordable housing dome-like prototypes face the wrecking ball if the proper property permits aren't filed - word is they "intend to comply with the requirements" (very odd-looking things!).
● Wittmann weighs in on "how architecture is all about time" with "three temporal aspects" that "show us that 'time' is inseparably connected with built space" (adding for good measure: "The language of beauty is the language of a timeless reality").
● Two we couldn't resist: 10 music videos based on Superstudio & Archigram "that allude to the dystopias of the 1960s" (Ariana Grande's is cool!).
● Monograph offers a "data-driven starchitect ranking to determine the relative popularity and value of an architect's brand" (Hadid tops the list).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Kristen Richards: Maestro, Please: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, welcomes its first new facility in 25 years - to applause: The Linde Center for Music and Learning, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects with Reed Hilderbrand.
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Leslie E. Robertson: In Memoriam: I.M. Pei: Ieoh Ming Pei - everyone knows him as “I.M.” - is a name that will live on in the annals of great people, talented architects, conceivers, gentlemen, and good friends. I see him through eyes that were always critical ... and always respectful, admiring, and loving. I might start with his family. -- Pei Cobb Freed & Partners- The Architect's Newspaper
Akiva Blander: Planning For (In)Justice: Toni Griffin’s Mission to Foster Equitable Cities: Griffin founded the consultancy Urban Planning for the American City, which she complements with her pedagogical work at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.: There, she runs the Just City Lab...Q&A re: how focusing on inclusivity and embracing interdependence and complexity are parts of the answer.- Metropolis Magazine
Peter Walters & Naomi Smith: How Hong Kong protesters have been winning the battle for public space: ...the tense stand-off...has captured our attention...However, there are less obvious dynamics at work as protesters use public space - both physical and digital - to maintain their advantage. An understanding of these public realms is critical to understanding why freedom of expression either flourishes or dies in particular urban contexts...Hong Kong...has few recognisable public places...crowds have taken to the streets. These are usually a degraded form of public space, but protesters have turned them from thoroughfares for vehicles to a vibrant public realm...- The Conversation (Australia)
Kate Lamb: Suburb in the sky: how Jakartans built an entire village on top of a mall: Depending who you ask, Cosmo Park is an ingenious urban oasis or an ill-conceived dystopia: ...perched 10 storeys up...a world away from the heaving megalopolis below...It is a surreal urban bubble, where normal life unfolds at an abnormal altitude...78 two-storey, cookie-cutter units...Is [it] some kind of postmodern dystopia or, in a city beset by perennial woe, an ingenious use of urban space? ...those who live at Cosmo Park offer glowing reviews.- Guardian (UK)
Eillie Anzilotti: Homelessness is already a crisis - but climate change makes it much worse: It’s time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues - and start designing solutions for both at once: The Center for American Progress...calls extreme weather an “affordable housing crisis multiplier"...CAP research finds that homelessness and housing unaffordability are already overlapping with climate disasters in disturbing ways...researchers say...FEMA and HUD need to work better to align their evacuation and post-disaster assistance programming with more vulnerable people.- Fast Company
Sebastien Malo: As sea levels rise, homes continue to sprout in US flood zones: ...despite increasing awareness that global warming has made living in such areas even more risky...New Jersey outpaced all other states at building homes in high-risk zones...findings showed the need to boost incentives, such as existing government programs to buy out homeowners in flood-prone areas, to encourage people to live further from the coastline. -- Climate Central- Place / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Department Design Office Wins Keeping Current: Repetitive Loss Properties Competition to Fight Flooding in the City of North Miami: The team has been awarded $80,000 to transform a flood-prone lot in North Miami into a community space and storm water management site..."Good Neighbor" addresses two critical concerns that arose during community discussions about this treasured public space. -- Van Alen Institute; Urban Impact Lab; Adler Guerrier; Andrew Aquârt; Forerunner- ArchDaily
Blair Kamin: Kings of the beach house: The little lakefront buildings of two Chicago architects show the way to design that enhances its environs: ...little, work-a-day structures...They house bathrooms, food concessions, lockers...and rooms where lifeguards escape the sun’s relentless glare. Not many chances for good design there, you might think...David Woodhouse and Andy Tinucci have taken these utilitarian buildings to a higher level, leaving a lasting impression...If only such care could go into our big buildings. Sometimes, it’s the small ones that show the way. -- Woodhouse Tinucci Architects; Wolff Landscape Architecture- Chicago Tribune
Alice Bucknell: David Chipperfield Explains His Design for Berlin’s James Simon Gallery: The all-new $150 million gallery elevates its public space while encouraging patrons to rethink what a museum is, and for whom it exists: ...[gallery] is both majestic and commanding, a hybrid of neoclassical and modern design...a defensive cultural temple that’s hoisted high off the ground and sits stoically overlooking its subjects on a stone plinth...a gentler kingdom indoors. The glamorous in-situ concrete foyer teems with glitzy accents- Architectural Digest
Paul Walker: Radical and poetic: Australian Islamic Centre of Newport: In the western suburbs of Melbourne, a landmark mosque designed by Glenn Murcutt and Hakan Elevli assumes a contemporary architectural language that abstracts the conventional symbols of Islamic places of worship: ...“took the community on a journey” that resulted in such a radical design...It’s poetic in its simplicity...Seeing it across the currently dishevelled park-to-be, it’s curiously festive.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Cbus, Nielsen Properties Announce Architect Shortlist for 205 North Quay: ...shortlist peppered with international firms for the design of a $600 million office tower in Brisbane...teams will produce a concept design for the A-grade office tower that capitalises on the waterfront location and transforms the CBD precinct... -- BVN/Shop; Architectus/Woha; Cox/SOM/Rapt Studio; Hassell/Rex/Richards & Spence- The Urban Developer (Australia)
New Petition Aims to Save Charles Correa's Kala Academy from Demolition: As Goa’s cultural center, the late 1970's structure is a rare example of an equitable public building in India...petition requests the Government heed the advice of the Charles Correa Foundation and appoint an experienced consultant to undertake the repairs to the structure so that the building can be used again.- ArchDaily
Vivek Menezes: Trashing the magic of Charles Correa: Still reeling from the unprecedented flooding...residents of Goa’s pocket-sized capital were further shocked and dismayed...landmark arts centre, Kala Academy, faces a wrecking ball...has cultural significance far beyond being Goa’s most loved building...I asked several of India’s leading thinkers whether any other important public buildings in the country are as welcoming. No one could suggest a worthwhile rival.- Livemint.com (India)
Kanye West May Be Forced to Tear Down Dome-Like Structures ... Violate Building Code: ...plan to build a futuristic, egalitarian community that bridges low, middle and high-income housing has hit a major roadblock...4 dome-like prototype structures built...inspectors...determined the project violates the building code, and if Ye doesn't get the property permits by Sept. 15, the structures must be torn down...intend to comply with the requirements.- TMZ
Marc Wittmann: Feeling Time in Space: How Architecture Is All About Time: Recent architectural investigations include subjective time: ...a few considerations show us that ‘time’ is inseparably connected with built space. At least three temporal aspects are important. (1) Experienced time; (2) Time as sensing the age of a building; (3) Timeless design and construction...The language of beauty is the language of a timeless reality. -- Juhani Pallasmaa; Karsten Harries; Jakob Bader; Shokofeh Darbari; Kevin Nute- Psychology Today
Architecture and Dystopia: Music Videos Based on Superstudio & Archigram's Criticisms: 10 music videos that allude to the dystopias of the '60s and talk about the desires that, opposite to disappearing, are reinforced with the new generations.- ArchDaily
Monograph Compiles Data-Driven Starchitect Ranking: ...project utilizes the STAR system ranking algorithm to determine the relative popularity and value of an architect's brand...Zaha Hadid tops the list, followed by Norman Foster, Le Corbusier, and Bjarke Ingels.- ArchDaily
ANN feature: Kristen Richards: Maestro, Please: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires, welcomes its first new facility in 25 years - to applause: The Linde Center for Music and Learning, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects with Reed Hilderbrand- ArchNewsNow.com
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