Today’s News - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
● A sad way to start the day: Stern and Goldberger remember Charles Jencks: "He did not collect artifacts but instead collected young architects" + "For more than four decades I have learned from him, argued with him, and been inspired by him."
● Waite rounds up tributes paid to "funny, flamboyant and cultured" Maggie's Centre co-founder Jencks by Holland, Gough, Jacob, Heathcote, and others.
● Block on Jencks: He was "one of the first architecture critics to identify the trend of the celebrity architect and the landmark building."
● Kennicott re: the new MoMA: "Visitors will be happy for the extra space and the much-improved circulation," but "the more it grows, the more it will feel the need to keep growing. And, with that, the pressure to do the big, dumb, crowd-pleasing shows."
● Russeth gives (mostly) thumbs-up to DS+R's expansion: "So how is the new MoMA? Sumptuous, luxurious, and wisely conceived - it is still quite corporate - too sleek for its own good - but it feels just a tiny bit less like a fortress than it used to."
● Jenkins cheers Goldsmith Street's Stirling Prize: "RIBA has given a prize to a street. Not to a vainglorious skyscraper, or an 'iconic' bunker museum - but a living, breathing street - not just a street but a 'council street.' The return of the street is exciting."
● The Observer's take on Goldsmith Street's Stirling: "It is thoughtful, humanly scaled and well detailed. The danger is that it will be a rare exception. The challenge is to ensure that this model is followed many times over."
● Chrisafis re: "why Paris went sour" on plans to turn the Gare du Nord "into a gargantuan airport-style mall" (with 105 escalators!): "Parisians fear for the local neighborhood - and the station's soul" (we'll know Thursday if the plans get the green light - or not).
● King has high hopes for four new, "audacious" San Francisco waterfront towers by "four adventurous firms - the designs are both provocative and fresh" be cause of a "process as unusual as some of the designs."
● Betsky, on a darker note, explains why "attempts to stop terrorism at the fringes of architecture are becoming increasingly useless - we have to return to the question of whether we can do anything by design."
● Bris parses his and fellow researchers' Smart City Index "to assess people's perceptions of technology - as opposed to the quality of the technology itself - as a way to characterize the 'smartness' of a city" (perception is a problem).
● Peters parses the C40 Cities network, and the mayors of 94 megacities calling for a Global Green New Deal: "The success, so far, demonstrates that there's hope at a time when many people see the climate crisis as overwhelming."
● Florida delves into new research that finds "there is no evidence that larger parks are bigger drivers of gentrification than scattered smaller parks - it is the very existence of parks and not their quality that is bound up with gentrification."
● Williams cheers Heatherwick Studio's 1000 Trees project, a "spectacular new complex" taking root in Shanghai: The "tree-lined 'mountain' that wraps itself in the landscape is sure to seal his status as one of the UK's most innovative architectural ambassadors."
● Boeri's elevated walkway to be built under Renzo Piano's bridge in Genoa is "designed to 'breathe new life' into the landscape" recovering from the 2018 Morandi Bridge collapse, and, along with clusters of industrial buildings by Metrogramma Milano, will "form a sustainable innovation hub."
● Marshall delves into why women in architecture are paid less on both sides of the Atlantic: An AIA report "makes a clearer case than the RIBA for outright sexism," and "directly attributes women leaving the profession to sustained demoralization and low pay" - there is also "the apparent threat of a #MeToo backlash making it harder for women to enter the profession."
● The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego is a month away - but advance registration rate savings end tomorrow.
● Update on the copyright infringement lawsuit over SOM's 1WTC design: The "judge takes dim view of architect's claims but lets three proceed" - he wrote "that these claims survive 'only by the skin of their teeth.'"
● One we couldn't resist (shades of Hudson Yards' original photo policy re: the Vessel): A Canadian writer is being sued by CN Tower's management for using a photo of the building on the cover of his book without permission, though Canada's Copyright Act "confirms that owners of buildings cannot legally control the reproduction of its structures."
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Obituary by Robert A.M. Stern and Paul Goldberger: Remembering Charles Jencks, 1939-2019: Stern: No one more tirelessly or more provocatively traced and charted the ins and outs and ups and downs of postmodern architectural taste...he did not collect artifacts but instead collected young architects...Goldberger: Charles brought wit and humanity as well as dazzling insight to every phase of his life...For more than four decades I have learned from him, argued with him, and been inspired by him."- Architectural Record
Richard Waite: Tributes paid to 'funny, flamboyant and cultured' Maggie’s founder Charles Jencks: "He was the doctor who declared the death sentence of of Modernism"..."his 'dialogue with the universe' showed that space could be full of symbolic wonders, irreverent humour and the potential for healing." -- Charles Holland/Charles Holland Architects (formerly of FAT); Piers Gough/CZWG; Laura Lee/Maggie's Centre; Sam Jacob/Sam Jacob Studio (formerly of FAT); Edwin Heathcote; Darran Anderson- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Obituary by India Block: Architect, critic and Maggie's Centres co-founder Charles Jencks, 80: ...widely regarded as the leading thinker on postmodernism in architecture...[His] house in Holland Park, London, was Grade-I listed by Historic England in 2018. He designed it along with his late second wife...Terry Farrell and Michael Graves. Plans are afoot to turn it into an archive museum called the Cosmic House...His house in Scotland, Portrack House, is already home to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation...was also one of the first architecture critics to identify the trend of the celebrity architect and the landmark building.- Dezeen
Philip Kennicott: The new MoMA is a lot bigger. But you may not learn as much about the art: Visitors...will be happy for the extra space and the much-improved circulation...to abandon the idea that the museum serves an educational function would be a disaster...the public generally does want a lesson...will probably use their handheld devices to look up and fill in the labels that have been removed...MoMA faces the same challenge it faced before: how to manage its own success...the more it grows, the more it will feel the need to keep growing. And, with that, the pressure to do the big, dumb, crowd-pleasing shows... -- Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Gensler- Washington Post
Andrew Russeth: MoMA’s Expansion and Rehang Are Sumptuous and Smart - Now’s the Time for It to Take Big Chances: ...impeccably elegant but also, woefully, corporate - a nowhere place...So how is the new MoMA? Sumptuous, luxurious, and wisely conceived, I am happy to report...it is still quite corporate - too sleek for its own good - but it would have been foolish to expect that to change at this point...feels just a tiny bit less like a fortress than it used to...the most important thing is this: MoMA is now gargantuan. -- Yoshio Taniguchi; Diller Scofidio + Renfro- ARTnews
Simon Jenkins: Streets make communities. Have architects realised at last? ...Stirling prize to Goldsmith Street in Norwich suggests the age of brutalist housing is ending: Wonders never cease. [RIBA] has just given a prize to a street. Not to a vainglorious skyscraper, or an “iconic” bunker museum...but a living, breathing street...not just a street but a “council street”...The return of the street is exciting...Create Streets has been leading the charge...planning should never pursue density at the expense of community. Community should be the sole arbiter of urban renewal...Norwich offers...“walkable, gentle density.” -- Mikhail Riches; Cathy Hawley; Nicholas Boys Smith- Guardian (UK)
The Observer view on the Stirling prize-winning Goldsmith Street: We must build more council homes like the low-energy, impressive estate in Norwich: It is thoughtful, humanly scaled and well detailed. It also...does not set itself apart, or mark out its residents as different kinds of citizens from everyone else. It is a piece of a city like many others...The danger is that it will be a rare exception. The challenge is to ensure that this model is followed many times over, wherever there is housing need. -- Mikhail Riches; Cathy Hawley- Observer (UK)
Angelique Chrisafis: 'A serious urban mistake': why Paris went sour on the new Gare du Nord: As developers aim to turn France’s busiest train station into a gargantuan airport-style mall, Parisians fear for the local neighbourhood - and the station’s soul: ...Paris city hall...vociferously opposed the private commercial plans to add vast shopping space...grappling with what the essence of station is and how residents should live around it. -- Jacques-Ignace Hittorff (1864); Jean Nouvel; Valode & Pistre Architectes; Jean-Marie Duthilleul- Guardian (UK)
John King: Waterfront towers are coming to Mission Rock. They won’t look like you’d expect: The best word to describe the architectural thrust...is - audacious...four adventurous firms that conceived a quartet of buildings...towers that would have eroded silhouettes and greenery spilling from crevice-like nooks...Such audacity could backfire, no matter how cool the renderings might be. But the designs...are both provocative and fresh...will include a 5-acre waterfront park...The architects...enjoy a process as unusual as some of the designs. -- Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; Perkins+Will; Amale Andraos/WORKac; MVRDV; Louis Becker/Henning Larsen; SCAPE Landscape Architecture- San Francisco Chronicle
Aaron Betsky: Attempts to stop terrorism at the fringes of architecture are becoming increasingly useless: Architects and designers can't design ways to protect mass terror attacks in America's public spaces, but they should join the fight to eliminate the problem at its cause: The irony is that Big Brother's control mechanisms work, while the defensive ones do not...we have to return to the question of whether we can do anything by design. The obvious answer is no...Turning public and semi-public spaces into "safe zones" would mean turning them into havens governed by paranoia...There is money for defensive measures, not for making everyday public space better.- Dezeen
Arturo Bris: Smart cities: world’s best don’t just adopt new technology, they make it work for people: ...improving urban services through digital transformation...But the idea of a “smart city” encompasses more than the clever application of technology in urban areas. That technology must also contribute to making cities more sustainable, and improving the quality of life...researchers...put together the Smart City Index...to assess people’s perceptions of technology - as opposed to the quality of the technology itself - as a way to characterise the “smartness” of a city. ..Problems with perceptions.- The Conversation
Adele Peters: The world’s mayors are calling for a Global Green New Deal: The mayors of 94 megacities, from Paris to Mexico City, also just declared that the planet is in a state of climate emergency: ...C40 Cities network...focused on driving urban action on climate solutions...30 of the cities...have already “peaked” emissions, meaning that their total emissions are falling instead of growing...The success...so far, David Miller says, demonstrates that there’s hope at a time when many people see the climate crisis as overwhelming.- Fast Company
Richard Florida: Why Greenway Parks Cause Greater Gentrification: While green spaces are often linked to gentrification, new research shows certain types and characteristics of urban parks play a much greater role than others: ...a study by Alessandro Rigolon of the University of Utah and Jeremy Németh of the University of Colorado...their research unpacks the roles of several elements of parks in gentrification...long greenway parks, like the High Line or Atlanta’s BeltLine [& Chicago’s 606 trail, and Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park], are the biggest culprits in gentrification...there is no evidence that larger parks are bigger drivers of gentrification than scattered smaller parks...it is the very existence of parks and not their quality that is bound up with gentrification.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Austin Williams: Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees project takes root in Shanghai: ...spectacular new complex...is sure to seal his status as one of the UK’s most innovative architectural ambassadors...Set on a former industrial area in a bend of Suzhou Creek...also home to that rare commodity in Shanghai: a woodland park...to avoid a high-rise...a tree-lined ‘mountain’ that wraps itself in the landscape and lifts trees to every level of the building...treescape spreads out at ground level to form a new public park and riverside walkway.- Wallpaper*
Stefano Boeri Architetti designs elevated walkway to be built under Renzo Piano Genoa bridge: ...forms part of the Polcevera Park and The Red Circle masterplan...designed to "breathe new life" into the landscape that is recovering from the Morandi Bridge collapse in 2018...giant walkway will create a circular "corridor" for bikes and pedestrians to move easily between the parks and buildings...will be complete with clusters of industrial buildings...designed by Metrogramma Milano...to form a sustainable innovation hub... -- Petra Blaisse/Inside Outside,- Dezeen
Eleanor Marshall: The Gender Pay Gap in Architecture: On both sides of the Atlantic there is a significant pay gap between men and women in architecture...It seems that these sister institutes [AIA & RIBA] do not agree that the lack of women in architecture is due to a lack of graduates in the past...the AIA report again makes a clearer case than the RIBA for outright sexism...Although the RIBA report skirts the issue, the AIA report directly attributes women leaving the profession to sustained demoralization and low pay...there is the apparent threat of a #MeToo backlash making it harder for women to enter the profession.- Archinect
Are You Ready? One Month & Counting to the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture: Advanced Rate Savings End October 16: San Diego, California, Novermber 15-18- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Lawsuit over WTC design is whittled down: Judge takes dim view of architect’s claims but lets three proceed: The copyright infringement suit over the design of One World Trade Center has survived an effort to kill it, but not by much...Jeehoon Park claimed the design, construction and marketing of the tower ripped off a design he planned and modeled for his thesis at the Illinois Institute of Technology [IIT] in 1999...The judge [wrote] that these claims survive “only by the skin of their teeth"... -- Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)- The Real Deal (NYC)
CN Tower's management claims use of building image is trade mark violation: Canadian writer James Bow is facing a legal battle with the management...filed a lawsuit against the author for using a photo of the building on the cover of Bow's book The Night Girl...Canada Lands states that any photo of the building is a trade mark violation and should have been authorised by them...Canada's Copyright Act section 32.2(1)...confirms that owners of buildings cannot legally control the reproduction of its structures.- Dezeen
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