Today’s News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019
● We are so sad starting the day with news that we've lost Henry Urbach much, much too soon (only 56!) + link to 2017 Q&A with William Menking.
● On a brighter note, O'Neill explores "the future of design in transportation, travel, cities, homes, and workplaces. Although architects and designers cannot solve complex global problems alone, they're some of the most important players in this critical fight."
● Art historian Wittman explores the parallels, both political and architectural, between the 19th-century reconstruction of San Paolo fuori le mura in Rome and the reconstruction of Notre Dame in Paris (many "seem to view the transformation of Notre-Dame as the latest high-prestige architectural opportunity").
● Davidson's great Q&A with Smith and Gill re: the challenges of constructing Central Park Tower, New York's tallest apartment building, and "how a 131-story tower can possibly fit into our city" ("A building is like an instrument: You use science to make a kind of art," sayeth Gill).
● Dunton reports on Scruton's "strongly worded critique of 20th-century housing trends": He "blames 'international style' for the U.K.'s opposition to new homes. But praises 'precious' Mies and Le Corbusier villas."
● The editors of ArchDaily Brazil "share their thoughts on what they understand as accessibility and whether it's possible to create a neutral architecture."
● Budds re: reframing "the rules of transportation design. Centering ethics, equity, and empathy is a 'moral imperative,'" says Toole Design's new manifesto, "'The New E's of Transportation' - while many cities have policies for complete streets, they often don't build many of them" (cities with a Vision Zero plan are still seeing a rise in traffic fatalities).
● Mun-Delsalle explores the RIBA International Prize winner Children Village in Brazil: "By rethinking the role of architecture and redefining the program of a rural boarding school, Rosenbaum and Aleph Zero have demonstrated what architects can do in a place supposedly with no need for them.'"
● Franklin reports on Snøhetta's new master plan for "a people-first workplace" for Ford's 350-acre Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
● Stinson reports that San Jose, California, just made installing "stylish" backyard accessory dwelling units a lot easier by approving Abodu and U.K. studio Koto's "sleek prefab cabins" in an effort to relieve the affordable housing crisis.
● Eyefuls of 5+design's Paveletskaya Place, the 18-acre "park-integrated mall" in Moscow.
● Fab Thomas Meyer photos of Barcelona-based Addenda Architects' Bauhaus Museum Dessau: "Inspired by the original Walter Gropius-designed building in Dessau, the firm ultimately created a 'building within a building.'"
● Eskew+Dumez+Ripple tapped to take the lead on the $45 million renovation and expansion of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.
● Call for entries: Applications for Harvard GSD's 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international): 6 fellows will receive a research residency at the Wimbledon House in London, round-trip travel expenses, and a $10,000 cash stipend.
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): AHEAD Asia Awards 2020 recognizing striking hospitality projects (in Asia).
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): A' Design Award and Competition for the best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries.
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Obituary by Sydney Franklin: Former SFMOMA curator and Glass House director Henry Urbach, 56: He opened his own experimental design gallery, Henry Urbach Architecture, in 1997, which quickly expanded his influence and connections within the realm of contemporary art and architecture...AN’s editor in chief Bill Menking spoke with him in 2017 about his career and his recent transition to Tel Aviv for a sabbatical period during which he taught at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and worked on various writing projects.- The Architect's Newspaper
Meaghan O'Neill: The Future of Design: AD uncovers the world’s leading innovations in transportation, travel, cities, homes, and workplaces: Although architects and designers cannot solve complex global problems alone, they're some of the most important players in this critical fight...Here's how its top thinkers are working to enhance our lives in the years ahead. The future is closer than you think. -- Kjetil Trædal Thorsen/Snøhetta; Mario Romano; Zaha Hadid Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Rockwell Group; Derek Gagne/EDSA; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Morphosis; Bruner/Cott Architects; Boeri Architetti; Terreform ONE/Mitchell Joachim; Shigeru Ban; Arup; ZGF; NBBJ; Parabola Architecture; Spector Group; WORKac; QSPACE- Architectural Digest
Richard Wittman: Churches and States: The rebuilding of Notre Dame is provoking controversy, both political and architectural. The 19th-century reconstruction of San Paolo fuori le mura [in Rome] offers remarkably suggestive parallels that might inform the current debate: ...the post-fire debates have centered on two key questions: In what style to rebuild? And how to fund the reconstruction? Many in the design community seem to view the transformation of Notre-Dame as the latest high-prestige architectural opportunity...much of the debate was rooted in the assumption that to reproduce the architectural forms of an earlier era was to betray the authentic reality of the present. By this measure, historic preservation itself was a suspect practice. -- Giuseppe Valadier; Viollet-le-Duc- Places Journal
Justin Davidson: The Challenges of Constructing New York’s Tallest Apartment Building: A conversation with the architects of the 131-story Central Park Tower: I recently toured the construction site with...Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill...Moving from sidewalk to a gajillionaire’s aerie - a 15,898-square-foot three-floor penthouse - we talked about how a 131-story tower can possibly fit into our city..."A building is like an instrument: You use science to make a kind of art."- New York Magazine
Jim Dunton: Roger Scruton blames ‘international style’ for UK’s opposition to new homes: But controversial academic praises ‘precious’ Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier villas: ...but laments the way international style manifested itself in the UK...said he believed governments had woken up to the “disaster” that international style had delivered for towns and cities and that it was now “universally execrated”...suggested a direct link between negative public reaction and the development of “anywhere” places...creating places that had a distinct local identity - a sense of “somewhere” - would be vital to “overcome popular resistance and to restore confidence in the future of our communities”... -- Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission- BD/Building Design (UK)
Neutral Architecture Doesn't Exist: Accessibility is often approached as a field related to disability, whether physical or mental. When it comes to architectural design, it always comes up as a peripheral consideration of the project and not as something fundamental. However, there are other barriers...editors from ArchDaily Brazil share their thoughts on what they understand as accessibility and whether it's possible to create a neutral architecture.- ArchDaily
Diana Budds: Why we need to reframe the rules of transportation design: Centering ethics, equity, and empathy is a “moral imperative,” say designers at Toole Design: In 100 years, we haven’t been able to solve the safe streets problem...Since 1925, the transportation industry has been using a concept called the Three E’s - engineering, education, and enforcement - to guide decisions...Toole Design released a manifesto called “The New E’s of Transportation,” arguing that, instead, ethics, equity, and empathy should be the driving factors...while many cities have policies for complete streets...they often don’t build many of them.- Curbed
Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle: Children Village In Brazil Is Designed As An Innovative And Sustainable Rural Model Of Development: Winner of the RIBA International Prize for embodying design excellence and architectural ambition and delivering meaningful social impact...aims to answer the question of whether it’s possible to have a genuinely rural model of development that is just as innovative and sustainable yet distinct from the urban model...by rethinking the role of architecture and redefining the program of a rural boarding school, Rosenbaum and Aleph Zero have demonstrated what architects can do in a place supposedly with no need for them...The idea was to use “architecture as a tool for social transformation"... -- Gustavo Utrabo; Marcelo Rosenbaum- Forbes
Sydney Franklin: Snøhetta unveils new master plan for Ford research campus in Dearborn, Michigan: ...a major remodel and upgrade of its innovation facilities...Over the last two years, the Oslo- and New York-based [firm] has been working with the automotive giant to develop a new master plan for its 350-acre site...will consolidate employees in Southeast Michigan into a centralized, walkable campus...a huge structural change for the automaker’s global headquarters, where open workspaces and access to outdoor gardens and plazas will be available where it wasn’t before.- The Architect's Newspaper
Liz Stinson: Sleek prefab cabins adapted into pre-approved ADUs: Bay Area housing startup Abodu tapped U.K. studio Koto to turn its minimalist prefab homes into city-approved ADUs: Accessory dwelling units...have been much buzzed about as a solution to the affordable housing crisis nationwide...installing a stylish backyard dwelling just got a lot easier for people living in San Jose, California...initiative would allow residents to buy and install the 500-square-foot prefab house...cutting out the annoying and lengthy process of applying for a permit and construction...a loan forgiveness program would waive up to $20,000 for people who rent out their ADU as affordable housing for five years.- Curbed San Francisco
5+design Create a Multi-Functional Paveletskaya Place in Moscow: ...a multi-functional public park...next to the historic Moscow Metro Station, includes a shopping mall, programmable plazas, restaurants, event terraces, green spaces, and pedestrian walkways...73,000-square-meter [18-acre] “park-integrated mall”...- ArchDaily
Bauhaus Museum Dessau Opens in Germany: 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus art school, the movement has a dedicated museum designed by Barcelona-based Addenda Architects: ...will house the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation...Inspired by...the original Walter Gropius-designed Bauhaus building in Dessau, the firm ultimately created a "building within a building"- Architect Magazine
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Selected to Transform the Bruce Museum: The firm will take the lead on the Greenwich, Connecticut-based museum's $45 million renovation and expansion: ...design team paid close attention to the New England geology and landscape...expansion will allow for new community and education spaces, as well as several new galleries for permanent and temporary exhibitions. -- Jones|Kroloff- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: Harvard GSD Opens Applications for 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international): ...offering research residency at the Wimbledon House in London; 6 selected fellows receives a three-and-a-half-month residency at the Wimbledon House, as well as round-trip travel expenses, a $10,000 USD cash stipend, and unique access to London’s extraordinary institutions, libraries, practices, and other resources; deadline: October 27- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Richard Rogers Fellowship
Call for entries: AHEAD Asia Awards 2020: Recognising striking hospitality projects; deadline: September 30- AHEAD / Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design
Call for entries: A' Design Award and Competition: to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries; deadline: September 30- A' Design Award & Competition
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