Today’s News - Wednesday, November 13, 2019
● O'Sullivan x 2: He talks to Grankvist, Chief Storyteller (actual title) of Sweden's Viable Cities program (also billed as "a Scandinavian Malcolm Gladwell") re: his job: "to communicate the realities of day-to-day living in a carbon-neutral world."
● He parses the "controversy over rebuilding an iconic Berlin store" as "a genuine mixed-use space" with a Chipperfield design that looks "both faithful to the original and rather delightful," but locals fear it "would worsen gentrification - is the plan a good idea?"
● Morgan minces no words re: the Station Row development in Providence, RI: "We should be welcoming the $55-million project as an asset," but the "6-story ungainly pile is as uninteresting as a large suburban motel. Did it really have to look like leaden Eastern Bloc housing?"
● Budds, on a brighter note, brings us "five buildings that are changing suburbia, from new community anchors to remade eyesores," across the U.S.
● Pedersen pens a plea to California's governor: "Be a climate hero," and "adopt the Zero Code - a bold proposal" by AIA California and Edward Mazria of Architecture 2030 that "has the potential to transform the building industry" (write to the governor!).
● Greenwald reports on a recent panel that pondered: "What is the social impact of sustainable architecture? Panelists bemoaned the challenges of measuring social equity within sustainability certification frameworks" such as Living Building Challenge and LEED - architects "need to get directly involved in the political process."
● A do-over (sorry for bad link yesterday): Giovannini minces no words re: MoMA's expanding for less $$$ than LACMA will pay to shrink, but he has high praise for DS+R's ("perhaps the wittiest, most wry architects") MoMA makeover, "sizing for generosity, dialing up the warmth - making the environment upbeat and buoyant - the architects pushed the Zen button."
● Kamin gives two thumbs-ups (and then some) to the new Starbucks (the largest in the world) in the former Crate & Barrel on Chicago's Michigan Avenue: "The 5-story coffee palace" is "visually theatrical, crisply designed and carefully tailored to its host city - steel-and-glass sobriety of mid-20th century modernism gives way to a playful yet stylish aesthetic" (spiral escalator included).
● Abdelmalak cheers sisters Tara and Tessa Sakhi's T SAKHI's "urban Interventions" that "aim to change how people interact in cities - they bring a much-needed dynamic and female spirit to today's design."
● Anderton 2-parter: "Ian Schrager: From Studio 54 to The West Hollywood Edition" (a Pawson-designed hotel) + "Horton Plaza is a ghost of itself: What's next for the iconic mall?" (Macy's has a long-term lease and is suing to stop construction.)
● Soccer legend Pele "scores a Times Square store" in Thomas Lamb's1925 landmarked Embassy Theater where, to preserve the landmarked interiors, Carlton Architecture designed a "flexible retail display system not affixed to the existing structure" (and bleachers to watch soccer matches live).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Duo Dickinson: The End of Design Movements: We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?
● Call for entries: Harvard GSD's 2020 Wheelwright Prize (international) - $100,000 research fellowship.
● Call for entries: Proposals for Case Study Award and Curriculum Innovation Awards (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy & Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning).
● Call for entries: Vale De Moses Meditation Cabin International Design Competition: design meditation and treatment cabins for the Vale De Moses Yoga Retreat in Portugal.
● The National Organization of Minority Architects honors 5 projects with the inaugural Phil Freelon Professional Design Award (with name change, "NOMA received a 'substantial increase' in submissions").
● The Australian Institute of Architects' 2019 National Architecture Awards "showcase the variety of projects across Australia being realized to a high standard, regardless of scale or budget."
● Hill & Giordano profile Alberto Campo Baeza, recipient of the 2019 Medalla de Oro de la Arquitectura, the Spanish equivalent to the AIA Gold Medal and the RIBA Gold Medal.
● Cooper Carry Architects wins the Radical Innovation Design Award for a futuristic hotel concept (scroll down for details & miles of images, including runner-up and student winners).
● A stunning shortlist in the running for the Architectural Photography Awards 2019 (click on images - they're fab! - for captions and photo credits).
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Feargus O'Sullivan: To Survive Climate Change, We’ll Need a Better Story: Per Grankvist is “chief storyteller” for Sweden’s Viable Cities program. His job: communicate the realities of day-to-day living in a carbon-neutral world: ...for those without backgrounds in climate science, it can be hard to connect a planet-scale atmospheric calamity with the reality of daily life. An ambitious new project in Sweden is...developing an unexpected tool that could enable the public to grasp the practical steps that would lead to more sustainable societies: storytelling...to help [9 cities] reach their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Feargus O'Sullivan: Inside the Controversy Over Rebuilding an Iconic Berlin Store: The Karstadt Hermannplatz department store in Kreuzberg was once an architectural marvel. Local officials say a new plan to bring it back would worsen gentrification: The mall would not be...an entirely new building. It would be a recreation of...a Modernist icon...last seen intact in 1945...store might now be resurrected to a new design...closely resembles the original...developer is going on a charm offensive, promising...a genuine mixed-use space with local social assets...But is the plan a good idea? ...renderings...look both faithful to the original and rather delightful. There is, however, a major “but"...it’s understandable that the borough...doesn’t see this magnificent but potentially disbalancing development as the kind of oxygen its citizens need. -- Philipp Schaefer (1929); David Chipperfield Architects- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
William Morgan: Station Row Development, Providence’s Eastern Bloc Design: The very name...suggests the sort of elegant developments one would find in 19th-century London and Boston...we should be welcoming the $55-million project as an asset...6-story ungainly pile...as uninteresting as a large suburban motel...It takes imagination, and some respect for the city, to erect a large structure on such a prominent location. Alas, visual challenge and civic responsibility are rarely priorities of those who develop new buildings...[It] demonstrates the failure to think through design from the beginning...why does its practical appeal have to be devoid of an aesthetic one? Did it really have to look like leaden Eastern Bloc housing? -- RGB Architects- GoLocalProv.com (Providence, Rhode Island)
Diana Budds: Designing the suburbs: Five buildings that are changing suburbia, from new community anchors to remade eyesores in: New Castle, Delaware: A new anchor for a community in need; Boca Raton, Florida: How a new sanctuary is redefining space for modern spirituality; Evanston, Illinois: A brick wants to be an optical illusion; Waukegan, Illinois: How an abandoned shopping center was transformed into a vibrant school; Princeton, New Jersey: A Temple to Transit -- Perkins and Will; Newman Architects; Brooks + Scarpa; Juan Gabriel Moreno Architect; Studio Rick Joy- Curbed
Martin C. Pedersen: Dear Governor Newsom: Be a Climate Hero. Adopt the Zero Code Now: A bold proposal by the California AIA has the potential to transform the building industry: Green buildings in California would no longer be about rewarding good intentions or being less bad, no longer be about commemorative plaques or LEED ratings. Emissions-free buildings would be required by law...AIA California is working on several fronts, pushing and pulling at three different levers of power...The question for all of us isn’t if we will transition into a cleaner future, but when, and how quickly. The time is now. -- Edward Mazria/Architecture 2030; William Leddy- Common Edge
Rebecca Greenwald: What is the Social Impact of Sustainable Architecture? Panelists at the Metropolis Perspective: Sustainability event in Los Angeles...bemoaned the challenges of measuring social equity within sustainability certification frameworks.: ...if architects actually want to create meaningful change for the systemic challenges cities face...they need to get directly involved in the political process...for now the most impactful social equity metric is the most simple - whether her client...the end user rather than who’s paying her - is happy. -- Tracy Backus/Teknion; Rand Ekman/HKS; Angie Brooks/Brooks + Scarpa; Mike Johnson/3Form- Metropolis Magazine
Joseph Giovannini: MoMA: Expanded and Refreshed: Los Angeles and New York are now facing a cross-country duel of museums that pits the just completed renovation-expansion of New York’s Museum of Modern Art against the demolition-contraction planned for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their respective approaches...couldn’t differ more...[DS+R] pushed the refresh button...refining details, sizing for generosity, dialing up the warmth...and making the environment upbeat and buoyant...the architects pushed the Zen button. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Cesar Pelli; Yoshio Taniguchi; Philip Goodwin/Edward Durell Stone; Philip Johnson- Los Angeles Review of Books
Blair Kamin: The world’s largest Starbucks, opening Friday...is one of the finest flagships on the Mag Mile: ...the five-story coffee palace ...feels at home in Chicago...It’s visually theatrical, crisply designed and carefully tailored to its host city even though it springs from a well-worn corporate template...reminds us that modern architecture celebrates the process of making things, unlike beaux-arts buildings that hide such things behind pretty facades...steel-and-glass sobriety of mid-20th century modernism gives way to a playful yet stylish aesthetic... -- Solomon Cordwell Buenz (1990); BassamFellows- Chicago Tribune
Hala Abdelmalak: T SAKHI’s Urban Interventions: Founded by sisters Tara and Tessa Sakhi, the intercontinental studio aims to change how people interact in cities: ...[they] bring a much-needed dynamic and female spirit to today’s design. With bases in both Beirut and Milan, their three-year-old practice...dabbles in social interventions, lighting solutions, interior design, and more...projects may range from permanent to temporary, but the studio is busy carving out a long-term impact.- Metropolis Magazine
DnA/Frances Anderton: Ian Schrager: From Studio 54 to The West Hollywood Edition + Horton Plaza is a ghost of itself: What’s next for the iconic mall? Schrager re: his colorful life...his career creating magnetic social space [and] W. Hollywood hotel by John Pawson + Horton Plaza was credited with revitalizing downtown San Diego and its Gaslamp district...slated to become a tech complex...Macy's...still has a long-term lease and has sued to stop the construction. And preservationists are clinging to a hope that Jerde’s structures will remain unchanged. -- Matt Tyrnauer; Daniel Atkinson; Jason Araujo, Philip Salata; Jon Jerde; Rios Clementi Hale Studios- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Pele scores Times Square store: Located in the landmarked former Embassy Theater [Thomas Lamb, 1925], Pele tasked Carlton Architecture to preserve the landmarked interiors by designing a completely flexible retail display system not affixed to the existing structure...features a movie theatre LED screen that harkens back to the building’s history while bringing it into the 21st century...shoppers can relax in stadium-style bleachers to watch a live action soccer match.- Real Estate Weekly
Call for entries: Harvard Graduate School of Design’s 2020 Wheelwright Prize: International competition for early-career architects to win $100,000 research fellowship accepting applications; deadline: January 26, 2020- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Wheelwright Prize
Call for entries: Proposals for Case Study Award and Curriculum Innovation Awards (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy & Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning); cash prizes; deadlines: Case Study: January 6, 2020 + Curriculum Innovation: February 10, 2020- Lincoln Institute of Land Policy / Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
Call for entries: Vale De Moses Meditation Cabin International Design Competition: design a new collection of meditation and treatment cabins for the Vale De Moses Yoga Retreat; cash prizes + construction; early bird registration deadline (save money!): January 10, 2020 (submissions due June 5, 2020)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Vale De Moses
NOMA Announces Phil Freelon Professional Design Award Winners: The National Organization of Minority Architects recognized five project for the awards program in its inaugural year...organization's decades-old design awards...was renamed in August to honor the career of renowned industry leader...Following the announcement, NOMA received a “substantial increase” in submissions... -- Vines Architecture; Moody Nolan; Holly Street Studio; Perkins and Will; Ian Smith Design Group- Architect Magazine
2019 National Architecture Awards: Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners...35 award-winning projects [and] 12 commendations showcase the variety of projects across Australia that are being realized to a high standard, regardless of scale or budget. -- Studio Hollenstein/Stewart Architecture; Partners Hill; Peter Elliott Architecture; Rodney Eggleston; etc.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
John Hill & Miriam Giordano: Gold Medal to Alberto Campo Baeza: The architect born in Valladolid and based in Madrid has received the Medalla de Oro de la Arquitectura from the Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España (CSCAE) in honor of his life's work: ...the Spanish equivalent to the AIA Gold Medal in the United States and the RIBA Gold Medal in the UK...jury highlighted...his attention to "perception" of architecture through the "visual exploration" of space, and the important role of his teaching.- World-Architects.com
Radical Innovation Design Award Announces Connectic as 2019 Winner for Futuristic Hotel Concept: Connectic by Cooper Carry Architects...taking home the grand prize of $10,000...concept could be used to build a pop-up hotel in a remote area or to help solve problems of space and density in urban areas...Danny Forster & Architects received the runner-up recognition...Student winners Ruslan Mannapov and Airat Zaidullin of Russia’s Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering...- interiors+sources
Shortlist Announced for the Architectural Photography Awards 2019: 6 categories: Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, Buildings in Use, Mobile, and Portfolio...supported by the World Architecture Festival (WAF), this year’s lineup was selected from nearly 2,000 entries from 42 countries...or each one of the 6 categories, 4 entries were chosen to be part of the shortlist.- ArchDaily
ANN feature: Duo Dickinson: The End of Design Movements: We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?- ArchNewsNow.com
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