Today’s News - Wednesday, December 4, 2019
● Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to restore the ancient city of Palmyra, spearheaded by the Hermitage working with the National Museum of Oman ("two Russian tour agencies are advertising trips to Syria, including Palmyra").
● Colloqate Design's Bryan Lee delves into the Design Justice movement and "how architecture is challenging privilege and power" by designing "spaces for racial, social and cultural equity."
● Crestani considers the important role of architects in building Australia's urban infrastructure because they are "deep thinkers, problem solvers and human-centric in their approach - our training in reflective, creative thinking draws us toward finding novel solutions."
● Poggioli posits that rising sea levels in Venice "are not the only threat - it risks becoming an empty shell sinking under mass tourism" (it's also "the ideal laboratory in which to study climate change").
● Palus ponders Venice's flooding that "has become another tourist attraction. As Marco Panzetti's photographs show, it's hauntingly beautiful. But for the dwindling number of locals, it's a catastrophe" (hauntingly fab photos!).
● King x 2 public parks: He considers the Presidio at 25 and how the former military post has "slowly become a park for the people - there's much more to do. One reason the leftovers get overlooked is that the success stories are so visible."
● He cheers the subtle changes made to Telegraph Hill/North Beach's Washington Square Park, reopening today: Halprin "conceived a master plan that was followed by a design of restrained civic elegance. One of San Francisco's oldest parks has received the sensitive fine-tuning that it deserves."
● Labong rounds up the "Bay Area's 10 most important buildings of the past decade - in the land of innovation and limited space, that transformation comes with no small amount of friction. Growing pains, citified - NIMBYs be damned."
● Novakovich takes "an architectural ski tour" of Perriand's Les Arcs, 50 years on: She "brought her own social vision - determined to make it more affordable for the average French holidaymaker - many of the massive blocks manage to blend into their surroundings - which was the original intention."
● Two Pauls (Andersen & Preissner) tapped to design the U.S. Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 with "American Framing" that "will put in place a new interpretation of the 1930's national pavilion" by Delano & Aldrich.
● Dickinson considers closed churches and "the hard physical consequence on sacred spaces as they become economic drivers for new secular uses. But these necessary repurposings have an added undertone of irony, and, perhaps just a little sadness."
● Jenkins, on a brighter note, points out that cathedrals service attendance is up 14%, and makes his pick of "England's top 10 cathedrals" - one, "a thumping Perpendicular palace"; in another, the "ancient crypt carvings are both terrifying and hilarious"; Westminster Abbey's "ambulatory is a fascinating junk shop of memorials of the great and no longer great."
● In an extensive video interview, Pritzker winner Doshi talks about "how he became an award-winning architect, his traditional Hindu beliefs and culture, and India's juxtaposition of having nothing to keeping up with a world that is creating everything."
● A (great) report on The Fifth Estate's recent Tomorrowland19 conference, themed "I, human," because, "as we race into AI and hyper surveillance - and as we face dealing with intense climate challenges, it's important to remember that our humanity needs to remain central to all we do."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: INSIGHT: Conners Ladner: Designing Landscapes to Adapt to Hurricane Season: By focusing on cultivating native ecosystems, landscape architects can help to build landscapes that are both more resilient and more authentic to place.
● Deadline extended: Call for papers: Patterns and Spatial Organization: Culture, History and Future Perspectives for the Nexus Network Journal: Architecture and Mathematics.
● Call for entries: Mega Dunes Ecolodges - Abu Dhabi International Architecture Competition: create sustainable designs for lodges that can be replicated throughout the protected areas for the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency.
● AR New into Old Awards 2019 winners - "from innovative insertions to ambitious adaptations that offer buildings a new lease of life."
● International Property Awards: World's Best Architecture, Development and Interior Design.
● The German Design Awards 2020 for architecture, communication design, product design, and universal design + Jasper Morrison named 2020 personality of the year (link to full presentations).
● Eyefuls of the WAF's Architecture Drawing Prize for hand-drawing, digital and hybrid.
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Russia and Syria sign agreement to restore ancient city of Palmyra: Collaboration spearheaded by the State Hermitage Museum was made official in Damascus: Among the long-term goals of the agreement are the Hermitage and the National Museum of Oman working together to restore 20 Syrian antiquities, primarily from Palmyra; an international campaign to restore Palmyra, seriously damaged by Isis...Russian tour agencies are advertising trips to Syria, including Palmyra. -- Aga Khan Foundation- The Art Newspaper (UK)
Bryan Lee, Jr./Colloqate Design: Op-Ed: Design Justice for an Unjust World: How architecture is challenging privilege and power: It requires the profession to design for the disempowered, the oppressed and the disinherited. In practice, this means we...design spaces for racial, social and cultural equity...At the root of climate change is a built environment... At the root of housing, transportation, and economic injustice are the remnants of redlining and racial covenants that continue...codify structural or de facto segregation...The force of these issues is often invisible. But they are not insurmountable.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Kim Crestani: Australia’s urban infrastructure: a role for architect design professionals: Architects are deep thinkers, problem solvers and human-centric in their approach. We don’t claim to have a monopoly on these qualities, but our training in reflective, creative thinking draws us toward finding novel solutions...[they] have established a firm foothold in the multi-layered conversation that surrounds the notion of urban space. This was not the case 20 years ago...We achieve the best infrastructure outcomes when architects are engaged from the very beginning. -- Cox; Hassell; Woods Bagot; Grimshaw; Architectus; John McAslan and Partners- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Sylvia Poggioli: With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice's Future? Rising sea levels are not the only threat. As Venetians continue to leave their city, Venice risks becoming an empty shell sinking under mass tourism...Besides the shrinking Venice...there are two other Venices. One is the city of giant cruise ships as high as skyscrapers that...disgorge some 30 million visitors a year...And there's the Venice of international institutions...that make it a world capital of art and culture...In the battle against rising sea levels, Venice is on the front line. That's why, says Bassi, it's the ideal laboratory in which to study climate change.- NPR / National Public Radio
Shannon Palus: Venice’s Flooding Has Become Another Tourist Attraction: As Marco Panzetti’s photographs show, it’s hauntingly beautiful. But for the dwindling number of locals, it’s a catastrophe: ...the uptick in floods is another challenge to deal with along with rising rents and infrastructure that caters primarily to visitors. Italian photojournalist...has been paying regular visits to the city to document the effects of over-tourism for a project called #Venice.- Slate
John King: Presidio at 25: The making of a park: There’s been striking progress in bringing the former Army post back to life. But many historic buildings still sit empty, and its leaders seek to attract a more diverse set of visitors: ...at least 100 of the park’s 870 structures are vacant or have not been rehabilitated...reminders that the transition...at times has been rocky...Through it all, the variegated landscape has been painstakingly revived, building by building...there’s much more to do...One reason the leftovers get overlooked is that the success stories are so visible. -- Lawrence Halprin- San Francisco Chronicle
John King: Washington Square Park is back - with design tweaks as timeless as North Beach itself: ...the changes on view will be subtle...Which...is pretty much the point...Lawrence Halprin understood this in 1957, when [he] conceived a master plan that was followed by a design of restrained civic elegance...that proved to be an ideal fit for North Beach’s beatnik heyday...This being San Francisco - and the ever-protective Telegraph Hill/North Beach neighborhood in particular - there was no shortage of second-guessers during the project’s gestation...One of San Francisco’s oldest parks...received the sensitive fine-tuning that it deserves.- San Francisco Chronicle
Leilani Marie Labong: The Bay Area’s 10 most important buildings of the past decade: These provocative structures have redefined our region in more ways than one: 10 years is a fair length of time to witness a landscape evolve, and here in the Bay Area, land of innovation and limited space, that transformation comes with no small amount of friction. Growing pains, citified...NIMBYs be damned. -- Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Jensen Architects; Studio Gang; Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects; Foster + Partners; Snøhetta; McLarand, Vasquez, Emsiek & Partners (MVE + Partners); Frank Gehry- Curbed San Francisco
Mary Novakovich: An architectural ski tour: Les Arcs, 50 years on: The modernist architecture...has not always found favour with skiers but as it marks its half-century, our writer warms to its egalitarian vision: ...look afresh at the three original Arc villages. The first of the three...its design really came alive when Charlotte Perriand was brought on board...brought her own social vision...determined to make it more affordable for the average French holidaymaker...desirability of [her] coolly minimalist furnishings waxed and waned with changing fashions...But one thing that hasn’t changed is the way many of the massive blocks...manage to blend into their surroundings - which was the original intention.- Guardian (UK)
Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner to Design the U.S. Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2020: With a proposal entitled “American Framing”, the architects will try to respond to the general theme of “How will we live together?”...Both Associate Professors of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the institution responsible for organizing the exhibition...aiming to create a project that will highlight “the conditions and consequences of American wood-framed construction"...will put in place a new interpretation of the 1930’s national pavilion... -- William Adams Delano & Chester Holmes Aldrich (1930s); Hashim Sarkis; Independent Architecture; Paul Preissner Architects- ArchDaily
Duo Dickinson: Rethinking Connecticut church spaces as society changes: We see them every day. Closed churches...the 21st-century crash in church attendance in the northeast has a hard physical consequence on sacred spaces as they become economic drivers for new secular uses...But these necessary repurposing’s have an added undertone of irony, and, perhaps just a little sadness...beyond even the deeply desired “sustainability” of salvaged construction, I think we can learn from how we are treating those buildings...the marking of change that these repurposings manifest captures the passage of time - rather than pretend that it does not exist.- Connecticut Post / CT Post
Simon Jenkins: Stairways to heaven: England's top 10 cathedrals: Attendance at cathedral services is up 14% in a decade. But which are the country’s best? ...so grandly Romanesque you wonder why anyone bothered with gothic...A thumping Perpendicular palace...ancient crypt carvings are both terrifying and hilarious. Westminster Abbey: A jaded stage set for the rituals of monarchy, but its ambulatory is a fascinating junk shop of memorials of the great and no longer great.- Guardian (UK)
Dima Stouhi: “Architecture is an Extension of Life”: An Interview with Balkrishna Doshi ["The Symphony of Architecture"]: In a new extensive video interview by Louisiana Channel, Indian Pritzker Prize-winner Doshi narrates how he became an award-winning architect, his traditional Hindu beliefs and culture, and India’s juxtaposition of having nothing to keeping up with a world that is creating everything.- ArchDaily
Special report: Tomorrowland19 - I, human: ...the shape of our near future. Our theme this year was "I, human." That’s because, as we race into artificial intelligence and hyper surveillance - all with the most noble and good intentions, of course (for now) - and as we face the needs and solutions of dealing with intense climate challenges, it’s important to remember that our humanity needs to remain central to all we do.- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Deadline extended: Call for papers: Patterns and Spatial Organisation: Culture, History and Future Perspectives: link advanced technological endeavours with core discourse in architecture and urban design (urbanism) developed since early 20th-century modernism; deadline: December 21- Nexus Network Journal: Architecture and Mathematics / Kim Williams Books
Call for entries: Mega Dunes Ecolodges - Abu Dhabi International Architecture Competition: create sustainable designs for lodges that can be replicated throughout the protected areas for the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency; open to professionals & students; cash prizes; early bird registration deadline (save money!): January 17, 2020; final registration: May 1, 2020 (submissions due June 10, 2020)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
AR New into Old awards 2019: winners announced: ...celebrate the creative ways buildings are adapted and remodelled to welcome new contemporary uses...from innovative insertions to ambitious adaptations, that offer buildings a new lease of life. -- Flores & Prats; Rural Urban Framework (RUF), The University of Hong Kong; Witherford Watson Mann Architects; Max von Werz/Mateo Riestra/José Arnaud-Bello; Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University; Aulets Arquitectes- Architectural Review (UK)
International Property Awards: World's Best Architecture, Development and Interior Design: ...celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. -- nps+partner; Schweger Associated Architects; Inarc Design Hong Kong; Aedas; NORR; Alexander Wong Architects; Sou Fujimoto Architects; Zaha Hadid Architects; Chapman Taylor; etc.- International Property Awards
The German Design Awards 2020 Unveil their List of Winners: ...excellent architecture, communication design, product design, and universal design...also selected Jasper Morrison as the 2020 personality of the year. -- Omri Revesz Design; rundzwei Architekten Reeg&Dufour PartGmbB; Thomas Phifer and Partners; Lacime Architects; Bere: Architects; Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityUrban Planning & Architecture Design; etc.- ArchDaily
The Architecture Drawing Prize: celebrates the art and skill of architectural drawing. Now in its third year, the prize is curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival...categories: hand-drawing, digital and hybrid.- World Architecture Festival (WAF)
ANN feature: INSIGHT: Conners Ladner: Designing Landscapes to Adapt to Hurricane Season: By focusing on cultivating native ecosystems, landscape architects can help to build landscapes that are both more resilient and more authentic to place.- ArchNewsNow.com
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