Today’s News - Tuesday, November 19, 2019
● Goodell (in Rolling Stone!) with a troubling tale: "As epic floodwaters were rising, the Veneto regional council voted to reject measures to battle climate change." Within minutes, the chambers flooded - "it almost makes you believe there is a god, and she is laughing hysterically" but it's "no joke. Venice's future is not pretty."
● While "damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of Euros," the Italian government approves $22.1 million "to help Venice repair the most urgent damage" as locals "were rising to the challenge of saving Venice's many treasures."
● In Paris, "the army general overseeing the reconstruction of Notre Dame has said the building's chief architect should 'shut his mouth' - prompting gasps from those at the meeting."
● Valgora tells the tale "of activists, architects, scientists, engineers, and a vision to transform artifacts into amenities and oil tanks into oyster beds" on a stretch of "former industrial Brooklyn waterfront. But nothing in New York is without controversy."
● Wong cheers that "indigenous voices are finally being acknowledged as important voices in Australian galleries and museums. Could a radically re-imagined museum become a place for genuine exchange, reconciliation and restitution?"
● Holl "dismisses concerns" over the new Hunters Point library in Long Island City as "'wrinkles' - the problems encountered were 'normal' for a project of this scale," but inaccessibility "is among a number of criticisms."
● In brighter library news, Gunts reports hopes are high that a Snøhetta & Clark Nexsen-designed $100 million Charlotte, North Carolina, library will be "a model in demonstrating how many ways a 21st-century library can serve the public."
● North of the border, RDHA Architects has transformed a landmarked riverfront building in Cambridge, Ontario, into the Idea Exchange Old Post Office, "Canada's first bookless library" that "rethinks the format of the traditional library."
● Davidson x 2: He's "intrigued but skeptical" about the prospect of a Hyperloop turning far-flung cities into suburbs of Chicago. "There's something paradoxical about the notion of controlling sprawl by encouraging people to live hundreds of miles from their jobs - sometimes [technology] encourages us to keep acting out old patterns, only faster."
● He hails two new buildings in NYC that portend "the glass stampede may finally be receding just a bit," with "Selldorf's radically soft-spoken 10 Bond Street" and the American Copper Buildings, where "SHoP treated the towers as if they were a dancer's legs."
● Scott Carver & Cox Architecture's plans for the $500m expansion of the Australia War Memorial in Canberra are unveiled, while efforts to save the existing Anzac Hall from demolition went nowhere.
● On a brighter note, an anonymous donor helps the Currier Museum in Manchester, New Hampshire, to acquire its second Frank Lloyd Wright house, "one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses to survive."
● Heatherwick Studio releases photos of the first, now scaffold-free "mountain" of 1,000 Trees, the firm's "plant-covered development" nearing completion in Shanghai.
● Renderings released of Trahan Architects' $450M transformation of the Superdome into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - "approval is the latest phase in a process that has taken years of haggling."
● Tucker reports that Rudolph's 50-year-old Brutalist Hurley Building in Boston "is set for demolition" - will its replacement "be designed by an architect with an interest in creating unique, dignified, and engaging spaces, or will it be a cube of blue glass with a Shake Shack at ground level?"
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Mathias Agbo, Jr.: Lesson Plan #6: Teacher, Don't Teach Them Nonsense: Reforming Architecture's Broken Education: A curriculum overhaul alone cannot fix the problem; rather, the practice of architecture must first reform itself for any pedagogical reforms to make sense.
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): Registration of Interest/ROI: Penang South Islands International Masterplan Design Competition (a one-page ROI form).
● Call for entries: International Competition for Tuchkov Buyan Park on the banks of the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): the Committee of Architectural Critics' Dennis Sharp CICA Awards for Architectural Criticism 2020; categories: Book; Journalism; Exhibition Catalogue; Digital Communication.
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Jeff Goodell: Why Venice Is Disappearing: Flooding in the historic city is about more than climate change - bad engineering and corruption are also to blame: ...as epic floodwaters were rising...members of the Veneto regional council...incredibly enough, voted to reject measures to battle climate change. Within two minutes...water started pour in, flooding the chambers with several feet of murky lagoon water...it almost makes you believe there is a god, and she is laughing hysterically at how foolish humans can be in the face of the climate crisis...What’s happened in Venice...however, is no joke...[It's] future is not pretty.- Rolling Stone
High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art: ...damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros...second-worst flooding on record...water levels reached 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1 inch) above sea level, the highest flooding in 50 years. That prompted the Italian government to declare a state of emergency on Thursday, approving 20 million euros ($22.1 million) to help Venice repair the most urgent damage...Many people were rising to the challenge of saving Venice’s many treasures. (AP/Associated Press)- WBCO AM (Ohio)
Notre Dame: General says architect should 'shut his mouth': General Jean-Louis Georgelin and architect Philippe Villeneuve disagree over whether the cathedral's new spire should look modern or medieval...President Macron and General Georgelin both believe the new spire should be "contemporary"...A public argument over the spire's design broke out at a meeting of the French National Assembly..."As for the chief architect, I have already explained that he should shut his mouth," [he] snapped, prompting gasps from those at the meeting...- BBC
Jay Valgora: Community, Collaboration, and Controversy: A Story of Activists, Architects, Scientists, Engineers, and a Vision to Transform Artifacts into Amenities and Oil Tanks into Oyster Beds: ...former industrial sites pose one of the great urban challenges and opportunities...The former industrial Brooklyn waterfront...brings all these challenges together...a radical idea: instead of tearing down the former industrial structures, could they be reused to create a new kind of public park...Maker Park...But nothing in New York is without controversy...Now the site...is an empty rubble and dirt-covered lot...we all want to realize our visions for cities. And we’re disappointed when they fail to be realized. But sometimes, an idea may in itself be a beginning. -- STUDIO V Architecture; Ken Smith Workshop; Billion Oyster Project; Halletts Point; Bushwick Inlet- The Nature of Cities
Kieran Wong: Reimagining a museum of our First Nations: The Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute (QUAMPI), designed by Cox Architecture, has received $4.5 million in funding: Indigenous voices are finally being acknowledged as important voices in Australian galleries and museums...First Nations people are not exhibits, but curators, guides, storytellers and visitors. My close involvement in these projects has caused me to consider and question the role of museums...Could a radically re-imagined museum become a place for genuine exchange, reconciliation and restitution? All Australian museums must shift engagement with First Nations culture from something of the past, to something contemporary and continuous. -- TheFulcrum.Agency- The Conversation
Steven Holl dismisses concerns over new Long Island City library as "wrinkles": ...brushed off criticisms of its Hunters Point library in Long Island City...with a number of areas inaccessible to people with disabilities....firm said that the problems encountered were "normal" for a project of this scale...inaccessibility of the three levels, however, is among a number of criticisms...- Dezeen
Edward Gunts: Snøhetta reveals its $100 million Charlotte, North Carolina, library: ...the culmination of a two-year effort to design a new Main Library for the Charlotte Mecklenburg system...Library representatives say they hope [it] will become a major destination for the region...will contain a variety of spaces...to accommodate public gatherings, events, and various employment-oriented services...a model in demonstrating how many ways a 21st-century library can serve the public...the second time Snøhetta, Clark Nexsen, and brightspot have collaborated on a library project...- The Architect's Newspaper
RDHA Architects turns riverfront building into "Canada's first bookless library": ...added glazed volumes to an old limestone post office in Cambridge, Ontario as part of its transformation into a community centre with makerspaces...renovated and expanded the landmarked masonry structure [Thomas Fuller, 1885]...had fallen into disrepair on Cambridge's Grand River...city's library system...rebranded as the Idea Exchange...aims to rethink the format of the traditional library...the Idea Exchange Old Post Office...4-storey building...encompasses the Romanesque and Neo-Gothic style structure with two glazed extensions...one runs along the base of the building over the water's edge, while the other protrudes at a 90-degree angle near the top.- Dezeen
Justin Davidson: In 2029, a Hyperloop Could Turn Columbus, Ohio, Into a Suburb of Chicago: I'm intrigued but skeptical: ...if Hyperloop is to grow from gee-whiz infancy into a mature - even boring - form of intercity mass transit, it could launch a slow-motion transformation of the heartland...mayor of Lima, Ohio...believes the new system will turn his struggling small city into a magnet..."[it] would make us attractive to people who work in downtown Chicago"...That’s a good thing for Lima, but is it good for America? There’s something paradoxical about the notion of controlling sprawl by encouraging people to live hundreds of miles from their jobs...sometimes [technology] encourages to keep acting out old patterns, only faster.- New York Magazine
Justin Davidson: Two New Buildings Break Free of the Glass Straitjacket: Brick, granite, limestone, copper, zinc, terra-cotta, wood...for decades they were demoted to supporting roles...The glass stampede may finally be receding just a bit...Annabelle Selldorf’s...10 Bond Street and SHoP Architects’ American Copper Buildings...intimate a less transparent future, in which the ancient joys of texture, shadow, depth, and local character mix with unmistakably contemporary design...“There’s a reason you can still use traditional materials like copper and terra-cotta: They perform well." -- Kate Orff/SCAPE; Gregg Pasquarelli- New York Magazine
$500m Australia War Memorial [in Canberra] expansion unveiled: A new 4,000-square-metre Anzac Hall and a subterranean entrance are part of the biggest expansion of the [memorial] since its establishment: ...planned demolition of the existing Anzac Hall, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, drew the ire of prominent architects...The Australian Institute of Architects established a campaign to halt the demolition, to no avail...heritage facades will remain unchanged. -- Emil Sodersten & John Crust (1941); Scott Carver; Cox Architecture- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Anonymous donor helps Currier Museum of Art acquire $850K ‘forgotten’ Frank Lloyd Wright house: ...one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses to survive. The museum now has two outstanding houses by America’s most important architect...known as the Kalil House ...Together with the museum’s Zimmerman House...the new house establishes Manchester, New Hampshire, as a significant center of Wright’s residential architecture- Manchester Ink Link (New Hampshire)
Heatherwick Studio reveals 1,000 Trees nearing completion in Shanghai: ...has released photography of its plant-covered development ...which has had its scaffolding removed...will comprise two mountain-like peaks that contain a mix of retail, offices, eateries, event venues and galleries. The latest images...reveal that the first "mountain", which is set to open in 2020, is nearing completion.- Dezeen
$450M Superdome renovation renderings unveiled after construction firm approved: ...planned Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovation...culminates with the Superdome hosting  NFL Super Bowl...Trahan Architects...has been working on the project for more than a year...Trey Trahan paid tribute to...Curtis and Davis, who...had built a stadium that was ahead of its time in the mid-1970s...approval is the latest phase in a process that has taken years of haggling...- The Times-Picayune / NOLA.com (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Ethan Tucker: Paul Rudolph Brutalist Building in Boston Is Set For Demolition: ...50-year-old Charles F. Hurley Building occupies three acres...in the middle of Boston’s red-hot real estate market: ...state government decided to open...to private mixed-use development...Boston has a contentious relationship with its brutalist monuments to social bureaucracy. City Hall...occupies the same downtown complex and is one of the most divisive buildings ever built in Boston...Though [Rudolph's] is arguably less impressive...it’s worth saving, according to many critics...What will replace the building? Will it be designed by an architect with an interest in creating unique, dignified, and engaging spaces, or will it be a cube of blue glass with a Shake Shack at ground level? -- Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles- Architectural Digest
Call for entries: Registration of Interest/ROI: Penang South Islands International Masterplan Design Competition: to incorporate smart city and smart park features while remaining as an international destination for investment, industrial manufacturing and tourism; one-page ROI deadline: November 25- Penang 2030 Vision (Malaysia)
Call for entries: International Competition for the Landscape Design Concept for Tuchkov Buyan Park on the banks of the Neva River overlooking The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia; 8 shortlisted projects will receive a remuneration of $60,000; deadline: January 15, 2020- DOM.RF Foundation / European University at St. Petersburg / Strelka KB
Call for entries: Dennis Sharp CICA Awards for Architectural Criticism 2020: invitation to publishers, editors, curators and authors to submit their publications; categories: Book; Journalism; Exhibition Catalogue; Digital Communication; deadline: November 30- Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA)
ANN feature: Mathias Agbo, Jr.: Lesson Plan #6: Teacher, Don't Teach Them Nonsense: Reforming Architecture's Broken Education: A curriculum overhaul alone cannot fix the problem; rather, the practice of architecture must first reform itself for any pedagogical reforms to make sense.- ArchNewsNow.com
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