Today’s News - Thursday, October 31, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, November 5. In the meantime: Happy Halloween! And for those of us in behind-the-times states: Don't forget to turn your clocks back this weekend (ugh).
● ANN feature: Lesson Plan #5: Letter from an architect to the gurus [teachers] and chelas [disciples] of architecture: From India, Shirish Beri writes this special letter out of a restlessness that arises from a genuine concern for the present state of architectural education and profession, as well as that of our society.
● Myers, co-steward of The Architecture Lobby NYC chapter, makes the case for architects to unionize: It's "a tool to bring greater stability to the architectural labor force and to give a clear societal voice to the profession" (click "Yesterday's News" to read Wainwright's report on a new union in the U.K.).
● Orange explores how some coastal cities "are reclaiming land as a barrier against rising water - then selling it off. But critics argue that climate change defense should not be a business model."
● Wainwright introduces us to some local councils in the U.K. that "are finding innovative ways to build housing" by "taking an interventionist approach" and "be more creative" (42% now have a housing company).
● Grabar delves into why "the hyperloop and the self-driving car are not the future of transportation: The bus, the bike, and the elevator are."
● Welton cheers the new student life center by Duda/Paine Architects that "is now the beating heart of the Emory University campus in Atlanta - the architects have designed a temple to transparency."
● Sitz reports on an unexpected (and unwelcome) mid-construction discovery causing a delay and increasing the cost of ARO's restoration of the Johnson/ Barnstone/Aubry-designed Rothko Chapel in Houston.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: McGraw brings us Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance: Schools are more than conduits of knowledge. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.
● A good reason to head to Canada over the next two weeks: the Architecture & Design Film Festival is heading to Vancouver and Toronto, both opening with "City Dreamers," a film that "explores the lives of four trailblazing female architects: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown."
● Kwun cases the: Chicago Architecture Biennial, where "participants often reveal uncomfortable truths beneath the gleam of the city's handsome facades" - and highlights some of the themes.
● "Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style" at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum is "the largest show about the Glasgow Style that has ever come to the U.S., with many of the 165 objects never seen here before" - then it hits the road to three other cities.
● Wainwright hails the "fun, candy-colored romp through the transformative power of play" found in "Play Well" at London's Wellcome Collection: "The idea of kids freed from fences set alarm bells ringing among the health and safety lobby," but Play England seems to have that covered.
● "The Whole World a Bauhaus: From 1919-1933: The Bauhaus in eight chapters" at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe Germany, explores how the Bauhaus managed "to become such an innovative force in design and teaching, and in societies."
● Block brings us luscious eyefuls from "Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World" at the Fondation Louis Vuittton in Paris that delves into the designer's expansive life and career: "While her work seems contemporary now, at the time it was too avant garde to become widely adopted."
● Evelien Bracke, curator of "Lina Bo Bardi & Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d'Arte Palma 1948-1951" at the Design Museum Gent, "picks five seminal furniture designs from the studio and explains how they were ahead of their time" (great pix!).
● "The Architect's Studio - Tatiana Bilbao Estudio" at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark "explores the studio like a monograph come to life" (great pix!).
● "Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present," co-edited by Lam and Livesey, "covers the defining of national institutions and movements, how Canadian architects interpreted major external trends, regional and Indigenous architectural tendencies," and more.
● King considers Barasch's "Ruin and Redemption in Architecture," an "eye-popping survey of 66 buildings," shows "the deft reuse of distinctive older buildings" by "imaginative designers and devotees."
● Ciampaglia has a grand time touring Oppenheim & Gollin's ("elegant") "Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains" and ponders: "Why do bad guys in the movies always live in 'good' houses? What does it say about me that I would (maybe literally) die to live there?"
● Frey considers Otto's "Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics" that "examines the radical veneer behind the Bauhaus' clean-cut aesthetics."
● Levy lauds photographer Bronkhorst's "Gerrit Rietveld: Wealth of Sobriety" that "unearths the architect's lesser-known projects to expose under-the-radar projects by revered Dutch architect."
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ANN feature: Lesson Plan #5: Letter from an architect to the gurus [teachers] and chelas [disciples] of architecture: From India, Shirish Beri writes this special letter out of a restlessness that arises from a genuine concern for the present state of architectural education and profession, as well as that of our society.- ArchNewsNow.com
Jessica Myers/The Architecture Lobby: Why don’t architects have unions? Unionization would create an opportunity for architects to collectively clarify the profession’s relationship to society by standing in solidarity with all architectural workers...What could a united architectural workforce realize within and beyond the profession? ...a tool to bring greater stability to the architectural labor force and to give a clear societal voice to the profession...the shape of the profession becomes more distinct and easier for those beyond the extremely wealthy to connect to.- The Architect's Newspaper
Richard Orange: Could cities profit from protecting themselves against rising seas? Some coastal cities are reclaiming land as a barrier against rising water - then selling it off. But critics argue that climate change defence should not be a business model: In Copenhagen the rim of the island facing out to sea will have a soft edge for beaches, parks and wetlands; then, beyond a high protective mound, there will be space for 35,000 houses...at the Danish Architecture Centre, Bjarke Ingels Group is exhibiting its bold vision of a reimagined New York City coastline...Singapore; Jakarta -- Anne Skovbro; Eva Sara Rasmussen/NaTour; Jacob Høst-Madsen/DHI- Guardian Cities (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Meet the councils quietly building a housing revolution: The Stirling prize-winning Norwich estate [Goldsmith Street] is the tip of the iceberg: despite government cuts, local authorities are finding innovative ways to build housing: ...local authorities taking an interventionist approach...to be more creative...42% now have a housing company...[They] are ready, willing and eminently capable of building the next generation of high quality council housing. Many are already finding ways to do it, despite the constraints. -- Emmett Russell Architects; BrightSpace Architects; HTA architects; Mary Duggan Architects; Matthew Clarkson- Guardian Cities (UK)
Henry Grabar: The Hyperloop and the Self-Driving Car Are Not the Future of Transportation: The bus, the bike, and the elevator are: Getting people around in new, different ways...relies mostly on technologies that we have had for a while. Why should we want to change the status quo? The tools we need to change transportation are right there in front of us... The future of transportation is not about inventions. It’s about choices...vehicle electrification...hardly constitutes a new way of getting around...Many older transportation technologies have yet to be used to their full potential...We’ll have to rethink the trip, but even more than that, we’ll have to rethink the places we’re trying to connect. [adapted from "The Future of Transportation"]- Slate
J. Michael Welton: At Emory, a New Student Life Center: A new student life center by Duda/Paine Architects is now the beating heart of the Emory University campus in Atlanta: ...gives visibility to a 1930s Beaux Arts theater once hidden by a John Portman predecessor...On the site where the formerly windowless Portman structure once stood, the architects have instead designed a temple to transparency.- Architects + Artisans
Miriam Sitz: Mid-Construction Discovery Causes Delay, Increases Cost of Rothko Chapel Restoration: During the first phase of a $30 million construction project...in Houston, engineers made a discovery that will add four months and $1.1 million...concrete masonry walls...were originally built without steel reinforcement - an acceptable practice in the 1970s...devise a minimally invasive way of filling voids in the CMUs with grout and steel rebar via slots, cut into the walls every 24 inches...master plan...includes several new buildings... -- Philip Johnson; Howard Barnstone; Eugene Aubry; Stephen Cassell/Adam Yarinsky/Architecture Research Office (ARO); Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects- Architectural Record
Architecture & Design Film Festival Coming to Toronto and Vancouver: Both festivals will open with..."City Dreamers" by Montréal director Joseph Hillel, which explores the lives of four trailblazing female architects: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown...also include over 20 films that highlight political and socio-economic issues...Several Canadian-made films are also featured in the festival’s lineup, including a story on Indigenous Canadian architect, Douglas Cardinal... ADFF Vancouver: November 7-10; ADFF: Toronto: November 14-17- Canadian Architect
Aileen Kwun: Chicago Architecture Biennial tackles land rights, social justice and more: Chicago's immense architectural legacy is spread across the city's celebrated skyline...And yet, the history of its built environment - as this year's...Biennial demonstrates - remains far from complete. "...And Other Such Stories" is intent on uncovering overlooked architectural histories and narratives...Tackling social, political and environmental concerns...participants often reveal uncomfortable truths beneath the gleam of the city's handsome facades...Here are a some of the themes to emerge from the citywide expo... -- Yesomi Umolu; Paulo Tavares; Sepake Angiama; MASS Design Group; Hank Willis Thomas; Forensic Architecture; Invisible Institute; RMA Architects- CNN Style
A Charles Rennie Mackintosh show charts the evolution of the Glasgow Style: "Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style," marks the 150th anniversary of his birth...at Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum. It’s the largest show about the Glasgow Style...that has ever come to the United States. Many of the 165 objects have never been seen here before. thru January 5, 2020; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, June 26 - September 27, 2020; Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 29, 2020, - January 24, 2021; Driehaus Museum, Chicago, February 27 - May 23, 2021. -- Frances Macdonald; Margaret Macdonald; J. Herbert McNair- The Architect's Newspaper
Oliver Wainwright: 'We're cosseting our kids' - the war against today's dangerously dull playgrounds: Architects are taking issue with risk-averse playparks full of sluggish roundabouts and tiny climbing frames. But are playgrounds in the middle of roads really the answer? Aldo van Eyck's pioneering work is one of the highlights of "Play Well" at the Wellcome Collection in London. This fun, candy-coloured romp through the transformative power of play...explores the work of Friedrich Fröbel...the role of ad-hoc “play labs” set up by humanitarian organisations in refugee camps...the idea of kids freed from fences set alarm bells ringing among the health and safety lobby...Play England has a rigorous assessment system that measures the risk against benefit. thru March 8, 2020 -- Jennette Emery-Wallis/Land Use Consultant- Guardian (UK)
"The Whole World a Bauhaus: From 1919-1933: The Bauhaus in eight chapters: How did the Bauhaus manage to become such an innovative force in design and teaching, and in societies? The ifa exhibition is devoted to this theme in two parts. ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe Germany, thru February 16, 2020- ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe Germany)
India Block: Charlotte Perriand retrospective opens at Fondation Louis Vuittton: ...reveals the art-filled interiors and architectural scale of the French designer's expansive life and career. "Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World" is the first time the entirety of the Frank Gehry-designed gallery has been given over to the work of a single artist...Reconstructions of seven spaces...to explore and interact with...While her work seems contemporary now...at the time it was too avant garde to become widely adopted. thru February 24, 2020 -- Le Corbusier- Dezeen
Jennifer Hahn: Lina Bo Bardi exhibition curator picks five seminal furniture designs: "Lina Bo Bardi & Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d’Arte Palma 1948- 1951" at the Design Museum Gent brings together the largest collection of furniture by Lina Bo Bardi ever presented in one place. Curator Evelien Bracke selects her highlights: ...41 pieces by the preeminent Brazilian Modernist. Many were created in collaboration with Giancarlo Palanti..."she stood at the cradle of Brazilian design, and continues to influence new generations."- Dezeen
Elizabeth Fazzare: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to Exhibit the Groundbreaking Mexican Architect Tatiana Bilbao: "The Architect's Studio - Tatiana Bilbao Estudio" gives visitors an inside look at the architect's studio, process, and projects in progress: ...explores the studio like a monograph come to life... thru April 5, 2020- Architectural Digest
"Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present": ...co-edited by Elsa Lam, editor of Canadian Architect magazine, and Graham Livesey, professor at the University of Calgary...50-year retrospective covers the defining of national institutions and movements, how Canadian architects interpreted major external trends, regional and Indigenous architectural tendencies, and the influence of architects in Canada’s three largest cities - Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.- Canadian Architect
John King: "Ruin and Redemption in Architecture" by Dan Barasch: The deft reuse of distinctive older buildings has become a happily commonplace event...More vexing is the question of what to do with the idiosyncratic survivors left behind by history...Buildings of this nature are the subject of...eye-popping survey of 66 buildings, showing what can be accomplished by imaginative designers and devotees. The disappointment? It could be so much more...That sense of unscripted possibilities is the strength of Barasch’s collection of treasures lost and salvaged.- Architectural Record
Dante A. Ciampaglia: From Bauhaus to Bunkers: The Aspirational Architecture of Hollywood Villainy: Why do bad guys in the movies always live in "good" houses? "Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains" by Chad Oppenheim with Andrea Gollin, attempts to answer this question...elegant, oversize volume...long overdue interrogation...peeks behind the spaces of real-existing structures...as well as fictional ones...bad guys live in cool houses - or ridiculously tricked-out man caves...What does it say about me that I would (maybe literally) die to live there?- metrop
Angelica Frey: The Secret History of the Bauhaus: "Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics" by Elizabeth Otto examines the radical veneer behind the Bauhaus' clean-cut aesthetics: ...beneath its utilization and rigorous veneer, the Bauhaus was a fertile ground for the artistic expression of what were historically marginalized identities, namely women and queer people, who made art...at odds with the paradigm of rationality their institution was known for.- GARAGE
Natasha Levy: "Gerrit Rietveld: Wealth of Sobriety" unearths the architect's lesser-known projects: Photographer Arjan Bronkhorst has created a book that aims to expose under-the-radar projects by revered Dutch architect..."He does not have the status of Le Corbusier or Mies van der Rohe, but when you regard his creative mastermind he's at least their equal. Perhaps it's time to revaluate his oeuvre."- Dezeen
ANN feature: Edward McGraw: Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance: Schools are more than conduits of knowledge. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.- ArchNewsNow.com
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