Today’s News - Tuesday, September 10, 2019
● Fairs has a fascinating conversation with Heatherwick, who "hits back at Vessel critics and defends Hudson Yards" (video of the conversation will be posted soon).
● Reiner-Roth parses P+W's more accessible Destination Crenshaw in a historically black neighborhood in Los Angeles County "designed to combat ensuing gentrification by empowering the community" - though not all are convinced.
● Kaysen reports that Phoenix is now offering free plans for 3-bedroom net-zero homes designed by Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects, initially not interested in the AIA Arizona competition. "We were shocked by the simplicity of what you could do to get a high-performance building," sayeth Imirzian.
● Capps is quite taken by Holl's "Reach" at the Kennedy Center, "a beautiful maze" that "introduces several welcome amenities that the first building forgot. Things like windows. Scale. Rooms - painstakingly, exquisitely, exactingly designed for chance. The effort is epic" (tantalizingly touchable" concrete surfaces included).
● Moore cheers London School of Economics' new Centre Building by RSH+P - "a manifestation of the avant garde becomes mainstream. It won't make the same impression on the history books as the Pompidou Centre, but it taps its ancient energy, as if of some past cosmic explosion, to positive and thoughtful effect."
● Sayer on Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Museum in Eskisehir, Turkey: "You could say it mimics giant jenga set. Trained as an architect," the client's "aim is to exhibit his collection in his own city in a space that is as interesting architecturally as the art inside. So far, all is going to plan."
● Marshall cheers London's Wellcome Collection "winning plaudits for its design and content" for "Being Human" that makes it possibly "the world's most accessible museum" for those with a wide range disabilities (alas, he did not credit Assemble for the exhibition design).
● Betsky parses the recently closed "Hórama Rama," the winning project in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program that "celebrated construction more than nature - the back-of-the-stage construction was considerably more powerful than the public space itself."
● Sitz's Q&A with Madame Architect founder Julia Gamolina re: "the value of mentorship in work and life" gleaned from interviewing some 150 women in the profession.
● Meet filmmaker and producer Dan Bell, "the man keeping America's dead malls alive" on YouTube - "he's been documenting these crumbling bastions of consumerism" since 2014.
● One we couldn't resist: "8 of the ugliest, most hated buildings in the world."
ICYMI: ANN feature: Miguel Baltierra: Report from the 2019 North American Passive House Network Conference: Of particular value were presentations by Passive House practitioners, developers, and city agencies who have advanced PH implementation in their own practices and businesses - and in public policy.
● Our heartiest congrats to the five winners of Arch Record's 2019 Women in Architecture Award!
● Austrian-based Querkraft Architekten and Kieran Fraser Landscape Design win the competition for the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kiev, Ukraine, with "a design built on contrasts between dark and light, despair and hope."
● Bernard parses the nine winners of the 2019 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards (great presentation!).
● Frearson brings us eyefuls of Copenhagen's Chart 2019 architecture prize winner and runners-up who used IKEA mattresses, latex, salt, paper, and jute to build pop-up food and drink pavilions (very cool!).
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Marcus Fairs: Heatherwick hits back at Vessel critics and defends Hudson Yards: ...saying people "shouldn't underestimate what it takes" to build public spaces with private money..."It's fine to not like it...But the thing that should be appreciated is the ambition of people to say 'yes' to making ideas really happen...hit back at criticisms of privately owned public spaces (POPS)..."I think that it's possible to suspect the worst of the intentions of a property developer...But we've been lucky to work with a few who are very well-intentioned."- Dezeen
Shane Reiner-Roth: Perkins+Will’s Destination Crenshaw is intended to empower the local community: For the...historically black neighborhood in Los Angeles County, the initial symptoms of gentrification are beginning to make themselves present...A 1.3-mile-long open-air museum...designed to combat ensuing gentrification by empowering the community...Destination Crenshaw... was primarily devised as a pedestrian-friendly zone, complete with monuments, art, park space, and viewing platforms...While many see the project as a boon for the neighborhood, others are slower to consider it under such absolute terms. -- Zena Howard- The Architect's Newspaper
Ronda Kaysen: Phoenix Offers Free Plans for Net Zero Home: To encourage residents to build greener houses, Phoenix is offering free design and construction plans for a sustainable residence designed by Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects: ...HOME nz, a 3-bedroom...2,100-square-foot midcentury–style house...that can be built for $344,000...Looking back on the process, Imirzian says the project was worthwhile...“We were shocked by the simplicity of what you could do to get a high-performance building.” -- AIA Arizona- Architectural Record
Kriston Capps: The Kennedy Center’s ‘Reach’ Expansion Is a Beautiful Maze: ...strives to create a sense of lightness, movement, and intimacy - qualities that the original building lacks: ...introduces several welcome amenities that the first building forgot. Things like windows. Scale. Rooms...[it] is mindful not to be another Overreach...no gold pillars, no red carpets, and almost no marble...a pivot from the Center’s imperiousness...Yet the expansion is extravagant to a fault and disorienting to explore...conceals as it reveals...painstakingly, exquisitely, exactingly designed for chance...The effort is epic. -- Edward Durell Stone (1971); Steven Holl Architects; Edmund Hollander- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Rowan Moore: LSE’s new Centre Building - a study in shades of Pompidou: Into the cramped hive that is the London School of Economics, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners have inserted a bright, shared space: ...this world-famous seat of learning has patched its campus together from a morphology of crookedness...It’s a hive, an anthill, a rookery...insert your zoological metaphor here...the architects...have inserted two linked steel-framed blocks...proficient, efficient, crisp, well-modulated, a manifestation of the avant garde become mainstream...[It] won’t make the same impression on the history books as the Pompidou Centre, but it taps its ancient energy, as if of some past cosmic explosion, to positive and thoughtful effect. -- Gillespies- Observer (UK)
Jason Sayer: Kengo Kuma and Associates’ OMM throws open its doors in Turkey: Odunpazari Modern Museum [in] Eskisehir...eschewing a site in a park outside the city in favour of one in the centre nestled in to a quarter of 18th and 19th century Ottoman-style buildings....4,500 sq m worth of massing as a series of large boxes, each bound by interlocking timber beams. You could say it mimics giant jenga set...The result is a delightful birth into a bright, open, public space that cascades down towards the main road...Trained as an architect, Erol Tabanca’s aim is to exhibit his collection outside Istanbul in his own city in a space that is as interesting architecturally as the art inside. So far, all is going to plan. -- Yuki Ikeguchi- Wallpaper*
Alex Marshall: Is This the World’s Most Accessible Museum? Those without disabilities might not notice the innovations, but a museum in London is winning plaudits for its design and content: The Wellcome Collection...tried its best to engage disabled in designing “Being Human"...consulted extensively with disabled people, but also people with autism and mental health conditions, while designing the show. -- Assemble- New York Times
Aaron Betsky: More Jungle Gym Than Jungle: Pedro y Juana's installation at MoMA PS1 celebrated construction more than nature: "Hórama Rama"...Meant to evoke the jungles of southern Mexico...the back-of-the-stage construction was considerably more powerful than the public space itself...A major caveat to that claim: I visited the site on a hot summer afternoon, not on the evening of one of the parties...Maybe during those evening affairs [it] really did turn into a jungle...and I just missed it...all pattern on the inside, but that imagery faded in the sun and loomed so high above you that you barely noticed it. What you did see was the scaffolding and those beams bristling above you... -- Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo; Mecky Reuss- Architect Magazine
Miriam Sitz: Interview with Julia Gamolina: The founder of Madame Architect speaks with RECORD about the value of mentorship in work and life: ...she has interviewed some 150 women in the profession...What common themes have emerged? "People talk about being open and nimble, and saying yes when unexpected opportunities arise...no one has ever said, “Set your eyes on the prize and go for it"...everyone has said, “Be open, you don’t know what’s coming, but surprises are good, and you’ll learn a lot by trying different things.” -- FXCollaborative- Architectural Record
Meet the man keeping America's dead malls alive: There is something utterly fascinating about a dead mall....Filmmaker and producer Dan Bell knows dead malls - since 2014, he's been documenting these crumbling bastions of consumerism..."gradually it got to a point where I was like, maybe I should start filming them and putting them on YouTube as a digital archive"...Not every mall in America is dying - luxury ones especially are thriving...[he] was especially stunned by the opulence he saw in Bal Harbour..."I wanted to show people an example of what is working."- The Week
8 of the ugliest, most hated buildings in the world: Although ugliness is in the eye of the beholder, some of the world's most hated buildings have been the subjects of derision and mockery for years. -- BUJ Architects; Steven Holl Architects; Paul Rudolph; William Wesley Peters; Václav Aulický/Jirí Kozák; Daniel Libeskind- Insider
Architectural Record’s 2019 Women in Architecture Award Winners Announced: Five American architects honored in the annual women design leadership awards: Now in its sixth year, the awards program recognizes and promotes women’s leadership across five categories: Design Leader: Toshiko Mori; New Generation Leader: Sharon Johnston/Johnston Marklee; Innovator: Claire Weisz/WXY Architecture + Urban Design; Activist: Dana Cuff/UCLA cityLAB; Educator: Mabel O. Wilson/Columbia University- Architectural Record
Austrian Bureau Selected to Design the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv, Ukraine: ...Querkraft Architekten, with the landscape architect Kieran Fraser Landscape Design, was selected unanimously...Planned to be built on a site that has witnessed massive massacres, the center will be the first Holocaust Memorial in Eastern Europe...a design built on contrasts between dark and light, despair and hope...- ArchDaily
Murrye Bernard: 2019 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards: ...recognized nine projects from around the world. -- Tillotson Design Associates/ Cooper Robertson/James Carpenter Design Associates/Trivers/Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates/Randy Burkett Lighting Design; Susanna Antico Lighting Design Studio; BMLD Designing with Light/Francesc Rifé Studio/CC245 Arquitectos; Sean O’Connor Lighting/Backen & Gillam Architects/Wormser + Associates Architects; The Flaming Beacon/ MQ Studio; Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects; Tillotson/Isay Weinfeld/Montroy DeMarco Architecture; Lilker Lighting Group/The Switzer Group; Erwin Redl/Paramedia- Architectural Lighting Magazine
Amy Frearson: IKEA mattresses used to build pop-up bar at Chart 2019 fair in Copenhagen: A bar...has won the architecture prize at Chart 2019, ahead of structures built from latex, salt, paper and jute fabric. "Sultan" is one of five food and drinks kiosks built by young Danish architects and students...Anne Bea Høgh Mikkelsen, Katrine Kretzschmar Nielsen, Klara Lyshøj, and Josefine Østergaard Kallehave designed and built theirs using every component of IKEA's bestselling mattress. -- Diana Smiljkovic, Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen, Jonas Bentzen and Haris Hasanbegovic, Oskar Koliander; Cristina Román Díaz & Frederik Bo Bojesen; Josefine Rita Vain Hansen & Marie Louise Thorning; Mathias Bank Stigsen & Andreas Körner- Dezeen
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