Today’s News - Tuesday, October 8, 2019
● ANN feature: In Lesson Plan #4, Sussman and Woodworth, two instructors at the Boston Architectural College, respond to the student open letter for curriculum change, calling for a new, biological approach to architecture.
● Sisson reports on the Climate Positive Design Challenge that offers tools and resources to help landscape architects "figure out how to adapt design strategies" so projects "sequester, or store, more carbon than they emit," making them "climate positive."
● Pedersen reports on the CarbonPositive '19 conference, a precursor to a March meeting where Mazria will "announce newly aggressive climate and emissions targets for the built environment": "We have about 10 years to get this right."
● Lange on the pedestrian mall that "remains an urban bogeyman, most often described by synonyms for 'doomed'" - the term "is dated, freighted with negative connotations. 'Shared streets'" is better - it "doesn't privilege one form of transportation over another except by implication."
● King cheers plans to makeover San Francisco's Market Street - "safe bike lanes and no cars - finally at hand" after "so many attempts have fizzled out over the years. Details can be quibbled with - but the results have a disciplined clarity that public initiatives so often lack" (high hopes for approval on Thursday).
● Morgan explains why Providence needs "to heed the lessons" of the city's new, "wildly successful" pedestrian bridge: "The way to save and enrich a city is through amenities like the bridge - it is time to realize that creative design needn't cost more than the same tired developers' schlock."
● Brey's great Q&A with Dana Cuff re: "her work at UCLA's CityLAB, doubling the density of L.A. - and the role of architects in addressing the housing crisis."
● McManamon talks to Clevelanders about why more aren't designing Cleveland: "If more local architects were given the chance, they might be able to produce architecture that reflects their community, and perhaps even advance local design to define a renewed Cleveland-centric style."
● Raskin delves into how Maggie's Centres, "innovative psychological and social support facilities" designed by big-name architects, "convince cancer patients that life is still worth living."
● Davidson x 2: A mea culpa re: "the important thing I didn't see" at Holl's new Hunters Point Library: "Technically, the great-looking new public library is ADA-compliant. But that doesn't mean it's fully accessible - and it's a failure that I failed to notice."
● He meets up with Siza in his first New York tower ("a bit like spotting Abraham Lincoln on Dancing With the Stars"): "I feel a note of melancholy creeping into the conversation"; sayeth the "architect's architect": "I've been told: 'What we need from you is your talent. Leave the details to the specialists - then it's bye-bye, architect, we're not interested any more.'"
Winners (and almost winners) all!
● Four short documentaries "about revitalization, rehabilitation, reuse, and resiliency" win the 2019 AIA Film Challenge 2019 + link to nearly 70 short films, produced in 2019.
● The onePULSE Foundation releases images of the shortlisted conceptual designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando, Florida - the public is invited to comment through October 10.
● Ludel, meanwhile, reports on the debates swirling around the Pulse Memorial & Museum: "A group of activists, survivors, and victims' families oppose plans for an expensive museum - advocating instead for a center to support survivors of mass shootings": "A private memorial that functions as an anchor for a private museum tourist attraction has never been a good idea."
● Stinson reports on the "20 places rich in women's history competing for $2 million in preservation grants - and you can vote for your favorites" until October 29 + link to their "fascinating back-stories."
● The Chicago Athenaeum's Narkiewicz-Laine explains why "trailblazing" Arquitectonica won the American Prize for Architecture 2019: He lauds the firm "for its fresh approach, its visionary attitude, its forward-thinking with the invention of an architectural style that celebrates, embraces, and enhances the city, its citizenry, and its urban landscape."
● "Visionary artist, designer, and urbanist" Walter Hood is awarded the 26th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (approx. $250,000!) for creating "landscapes and public artworks that transform communities across America."
● Eyefuls of the winners of the Architecture MasterPrize (AMP - formerly AAP Architecture Prize) in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and products.
● Eyefuls of the final winners of the 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop: Pear Orchard Cabins to revitalize a village in China (very cool!).
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ANN feature: Ann Sussman, RA, and A. Vernon Woodworth, FAIA: Lesson Plan #4: Response to Open Letter for Curriculum Change: A New, Biological Approach to Architecture: This response, in two parts, is from two instructors at the Boston Architectural College.- ArchNewsNow.com
Patrick Sisson: Can better parks fight climate change? The Climate Positive Design Challenge aims to help landscape architects create green space with global implications: ...offering tools and resources to calculate a project’s potential environmental impact. The ambitious goal is for all landscape architecture projects created between now and 2030...to be designed [to] sequester, or store, more carbon than they emit...this effort would remove a gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050...Pathfinder app helps landscape architects figure out how to adapt design strategies...making a specific project climate positive. -- Atelier Ten; Pamela Conrad/CMG Landscape Architecture- Curbed
Martin Pedersen: At CarbonPositive ’19, Architects Single Out a Culprit: Big Buildings: At the instigation of [Architecture2030's] Ed Mazria, [the] conference traced how carbon becomes operationalized in the built environment: The summit, a meeting of...what Mazria calls “the high ambition coalition” is a precursor to a much larger meeting in Los Angeles, in March, when he plans to announce newly aggressive climate and emissions targets for the built environment....“We have about ten years to get this right.” -- Hacker Architects; Stephanie Carlisle/KieranTimberlake; Brad Benke/McLennan Design; Michael Green- Metropolis Magazine
Alexandra Lange: Who’s afraid of the pedestrian mall? To make cities safer and denser, we need to make room for people, not cars. The specter of the 1970s is holding our foot traffic back: Once upon a time in the 1960s and '70s, urban leaders pushed cars out of downtown. Why is it so hard to do that now? The pedestrian mall remains an urban bogeyman, most often described by synonyms for “doomed"...to face our fear of pedestrianization, first we must understand its origin...nomenclature has changed, too. “Pedestrian mall” is dated, freighted with negative connotations...“Shared streets” doesn’t privilege one form of transportation over another except by implication... -- Victor Gruen; Lee Harris Pomeroy; Pei Cobb Freed; Laurie Olin; Lawrence Halprin; James Corner Field Operations; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; WXY- Curbed
John King: Market Street makeover - safe bike lanes and no cars - finally at hand: So many attempts to revive Mid-Market Street have fizzled out over the years, and the area’s ills are so ingrained and bleak, that it’s easy to dismiss the idea a redesign can help spark its revival. But major changes are drawing near...and they just may bring this troubled stretch of a troubled city what it so dearly needs: a fresh start...Details can be quibbled with...but the results have a disciplined clarity that public initiatives so often lack...It’s a start - one that is long overdue. -- Lawrence Halprin (1960s)- San Francisco Chronicle
William Morgan: How to Save a City: ...praise has been heaped on the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge...we do need to heed the lessons of this wildly successful downtown thoroughfare...an example of...creative thinking...Something as simple as a pedestrian bridge that joins two banks of the river should reinforce the idea that city planning is not rocket science...The way to save and enrich a city is through amenities like the bridge, abundant parks, and a vibrant cultural scene...It would help if we stopped to confusing real estate with architecture...If we want to continue to call ourselves the Creative Capital, it is time to realize that creative design needn't cost more than the same tired developers' schlock. Good design, as the new bridge demonstrates, pays dividends.- GoLocalProv.com (Providence, Rhode Island)
Jared Brey: Dana Cuff on Backyard Houses, an Architect’s Role in Affordable Housing, and Spatial Justice in L.A.: ...co-author...of AB 2299, a bill passed in 2016 with the intention of making ADUs [Accessory Dwelling Units], also known as backyard homes or granny flats, easier to build across the state. Q&A re: her work at UCLA CityLAB, doubling the density of Los Angeles, affordable housing policy in California, and the role of architects in addressing the housing crisis.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Pat McManamon: Why Aren't Clevelanders Designing Cleveland? Local architects say they aren't getting a fair shake...What's going wrong? When yet another commission is handed to a firm from London or New York, the local reaction is yet another grimace...More than one architect conceded their peers are afraid to speak out...because doing so might cost them work...if more local architects were given the chance to prove themselves, they might be able to produce architecture that reflects their community, and perhaps even advance local design to define a renewed Cleveland-centric style, something that speaks to our city and the world. -- Steven Kordalski/Kordalski Architects; Christopher Toddy/Christopher @ Architects; William Eberhard; John C. Williams/Process Creative Studios; Jack Bialosky Jr./Bialosky Cleveland; Paul Siemborski/DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky- Cleveland Magazine
Laura Raskin: How Maggie’s Centres Convince Cancer Patients that Life Is Still Worth Living: ...uses big-name architects and designers to create comfortable, hospitable spaces: Since the first...opened in Edinburgh in 1996, the innovative psychological and social support facilities...have been designed and built at an impressive clip...Its proven therapeutic effects are inextricable from each building’s lush garden and residential interior...Those who are educated and aggressive about their care live longer...the choice of each architect is personal and intentional. Any architect can fulfill the functional elements of the brief, but it takes emotional intelligence to meet the existential needs... -- AvroKO; Steven Holl; Zaha Hadid; Frank Gehry; Patricia Urquiola; Maggie Keswick Jencks; Charles Jencks; Arabella Lennox-Boyd; Lily Jencks; Rem Koolhaas/OMA- Metropolis Magazine
Justin Davidson: The Important Thing I Didn’t See at the New Hunters Point Library: Technically, the great-looking new public library in Queens is ADA-compliant. But that doesn’t mean it’s fully accessible: n my recent review...I praised the building’s verticality...But I missed something important...Staircases can be wonderful, providing drama, seating, exercise, and hangout spaces all at once - but they must never be the only option. Steven Holl’s design, as sensitive as it is in many ways, fails to take that mandate seriously, and it’s a failure that I failed to notice.- New York Magazine
Justin Davidson: Àlvaro Siza Vieira, an Architect’s Architect, Comes to Town: A legend in the profession, little-known here, builds his first New York tower: He never thought he would have the opportunity to build in Manhattan, and now he has [611 West 56th St.]...After a lifetime spent stitching a modernist aesthetic into the ancient urban fabric of Mediterranean, he’s happy to work in a place that strikes him as young...I feel a note of melancholy creeping into the conversation, even though he frames each obstacle as a benefit..."I’ve been told: ‘What we need from you is your talent. Leave the details to the specialists...then it’s bye-bye, architect, we’re not interested any more.” -- Gabellini Sheppard Associates- New York Magazine
AIA Film Challenge 2019 Winners Announced: Four short documentaries - about revitalization, rehabilitation, reuse, and resiliency - have been recognized in the fifth annual competition + link to watch nearly 70 short films, produced in 2019... -- Hana Waugh; HMC Architects; Johnny McAllister and Annie Silverstein; Meriem Sakrouhi and Mario Serrano- Architect Magazine
Public Invited to View and Comment on Concept Designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum: ...digital exhibition...comments open through October 10. -- Coldefy & Associés/RDAI/HHCP Architects/Xavier Veilhan/dUCKS scéno/Agence TER/Prof. Laila Farah; Diller, Scofidio + Renfro/Rene Gonzalez Architects/Raymond Jungles/Teresita Fernández/Oliver Beer; heneghan peng architects/Wannemacher Jensen Architects/Gustafson Porter + Bowman/Sven Anderson/Pentagram/Bartenbach LichtLabor; MASS Design Group/Little Diversified Architectural Consulting/Ralph Applebaum Associates/Sasaki/Sanford Biggers/Richard Blanco/Porsha Olayiwola; MVRDV/McKenzie Architects/Grant Associates/GSM Project/Studio Drift; Studio Libeskind/Baker Barrios Architects/Claude Cormier + Associés/Thinc/Jenny Holzer- onePULSE Foundation
Wallace Ludel: Designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum are unveiled amid debate: While early reactions have been mostly positive, a group of activists, survivors and victims’ families would rather see a support centre on the site: ...oppose plans for an expensive museum...advocating instead for a centre to support survivors of mass shootings to be built alongside a memorial...“We do need a beautiful, public memorial park...a private memorial that functions as an anchor for a private museum tourist attraction has never been a good idea.”- The Art Newspaper (UK)
Liz Stinson: These 20 places rich in women’s history are competing for $2M in preservation grants: and you can vote for your favorites: On the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with American Express and Main Street America to celebrate women’s contributions to the development of our cities, buildings, and public spaces. As part of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets...public can...cast up to five votes per day until October 29 competition... + link to "fascinating backstories"- Curbed
Christian Narkiewicz-Laine: American Prize for Architecture 2019: Trailblazing Miami-based Arquitectonica’s Bernardo Fort Brescia and Laurinda Spear: For more than 40 years, the firm has been advancing a design philosophy of simply designing beautiful buildings...laudable for its fresh approach, its visionary attitude, its forward-thinking with the invention of an architectural style that is publically popular and one that celebrates, embraces, and enhances the city, its citizenry, and its urban landscape. -- Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk- Chicago Athenaeum/European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies
Visionary Artist, Designer and Urbanist Walter Hood to Receive the 26th Annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize: Creator of Landscapes and Public Artworks That Transform Communities Across America: ...Gish Prize...currently valued at approximately $250,000...given each year to a highly accomplished artist from any discipline who has pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation.- Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize
Architecture MasterPrize (AMP - formerly AAP Architecture Prize) honors designs in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and products across 42 categories: ...gala presented in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Spain), October 14. -- Architectural Design Of The Year: Basalt Architects; Interior Design Of The Year: Jean-Maxime Labrecque; Landscape Design of The Year: Unlimited Metropolis Studio; Architectural Firm of The Year: gad · line+ studio; Interior Design Firm of The Year: OHLAB; Landscape & Urban Design Firm of the Year: PLACE + sub-category winners- Farmani Group
Students from 30 international and domestic universities use the Power of deign to revitalize the village: The Final Winning List of 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop: Pear Orchard Cabins: ...hosted by International Union of Architects, co-hosted by Siyang County People’s Government, China Building Center, and School of Architecture, Tianjin University...- Urban Environment Design/UED Magazine (China) / International Union of Architects (UIA)
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