Today’s News - Wednesday, December 11, 2019
● Kamin brings us the sad news that we've lost Franz Schulze, "art critic and educator who chronicled the lives and work of two of the 20th Century's most consequential architects, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson."
● Wainwright parses NYC's plans to build four high-rise jails that "have generated backlash - but have also prompted a debate over what modern prisons should look like" (images, so far: a "dystopian vision").
● On a brighter note, NYC "passes the country's most wide-ranging bird-friendly building legislation" (we're chirping with happiness!).
● A Nature magazine editorial re: the "Nature Sustainability" report, compiled by an international group of architects, designers, engineers, and behavioral scientists, that "amounts to an agenda for joint research - collaborating effectively can be tough. But considering the planetary situation, not doing so has much higher costs."
● Gray looks at "a great carbon reckoning" in architecture: "Practitioners have finally begun taking a more nuanced approach to the carbon emitted by new buildings. Are they too late?" ("carbon shaming" and new carbon accounting tools included).
● Kellert looks at "what is and is not biophilic design," and the "distinctive characteristics that yield a set of five conditions for the effective practice of biophilic design."
● The Toronto-based architecture studio Partisans has big plans to turn "a primarily agrarian and residential town" in Canadian into "'city of the future' with a host of new technologies, while also maintaining the existing agriculture and lush setting."
● The Charleston City Paper (South Carolina) "asked several local practitioners for an introspective review of our architectural history and where it is today. What follows are thoughtful assessments from people who care deeply about" the city.
● Chandler talks to Kuma re: what "the most important attribute for architects in the modern age" is: humility + Fjord Trends 2020 report "reflects the wisdom of 1,300 designers in 33 studios who have distilled their insights into seven key trends."
● Gupta talks to the three women founders of the Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design organization at Yale, and their recent exhibition "Making Space for Resistance" that stood "as a testament to histories of Native activism."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019: 10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests.
Winners all (two programs - miles of winners!):
● The 2019 AN Best of Design Awards "winners were chosen for their contextual, tactical approaches rather than big, bombastic ideas" (Building of the Year: TWA Hotel).
● Among the World Architecture Festival 2019 Overall Winners is the World Building of the Year - a public library in the Netherlands.
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Obituary by Blair Kamin: Franz Schulze, art critic, educator and biographer of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, 92: “Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography” etched a sharply defined portrait of Mies, the man, and Mies, the architect. Tribune architecture critic Paul Gapp called it “the most comprehensive book ever written about the master designer and, by any measure"...“Philip Johnson: Life and Work" charted the ever-shifting aesthetic preferences of its subject...- Chicago Tribune
Oliver Wainwright: New York's high-rise jails: what could go wrong? Plans to build four tall tower jails in New York City have generated backlash - but have also prompted a debate over what modern prisons should look like: ...dystopian vision...proposed new high-rise jails...intended to replace the crumbling, violent...jail complex on Rikers Island...images of these brutish concrete silos symbolised a rack’em and stack’em approach...What guarantee is there that the replacement jails won’t just replicate these conditions and multiply the problems of Rikers Island four times over? ...The Bronx site will include affordable housing... -- Van Alen Institute; Aecom; Hill International- Guardian Cities (UK)
New York City Passes Country's Most Wide-ranging Bird-friendly Building Legislation: ...requires that new buildings' materials meet bird-friendly standards that greatly reduce collision risks to birds...also covers major renovations that include modifying existing glass... -- FXCollaborative; Ennead Architects- American Bird Conservancy
Architecture, design and behavioural science need to get talking about sustainability: A stronger dose of research could help: ...an international group of architects, designers and engineers spent a year with behavioural scientists, investigating how their disciplines could better work together, and why they needed to do so..."Nature Sustainability" report amounts to an agenda for joint research...collaborating effectively and learning from each other can be tough. But considering the planetary situation, not doing so has much higher costs.- Nature magazine
Audrey Gray:A Great Carbon Reckoning Comes to Architecture: Practitioners have finally begun taking a more nuanced approach to the carbon emitted by new buildings. Are they too late? Activists and policy makers have identified “dirty buildings” as major offenders...and they’re not just talking about energy usage...carbon shaming...could easily extend to architecture, engineering, construction, and urban planning...climate crisis has prioritized anyway-we-can mitigation over the design industry’s previous focus on low-utility-bill design...With the new carbon accounting tools have come serious attempts at “regenerative architecture"... -- Kate Simonen/Carbon Leadership Forum; Anthony Guida/Architecture 2030; Stephanie Carlisle/KieranTimberlake; Skanska; Rives Taylor/Gensler;Thomas Robinson/LEVER Architecture;Bob Harris/Lake|Flato;Carl Elefante- Metropolis Magazine
Stephen R. Kellert: What Is and Is Not Biophilic Design? If design doesn’t focus on aspects of the natural world that contribute to human health and productivity in the age-old struggle to be fit and survive, it is not biophilic:...the fundamental goal of biophilic design is to create good habitat for people as biological organisms inhabiting modern structures, landscapes, and communities...These distinctive characteristics yield a set of five conditions for the effective practice of biophilic design.- Metropolis Magazine
Architecture studio Partisans to turn Canadian town into "city of the future" The Orbit: ...proposal for Innisfil, Canada, a primarily agrarian and residential town 60 kilometres north of Toronto...aims to develop it into "the city of the future" with a host of new technologies, while also maintaining the existing agriculture and lush setting...will include the introduction of a network of fibre optics...Drone ports and infrastructure for driverless cars among possibilities...scheme is influenced by the Garden City movement...- Dezeen
Vince Graham: How can Charleston grow while looking to the past and the future? A City of Good Buildings: The editors...asked several local practitioners for an introspective review of our architectural history and where it is today. What follows are thoughtful assessments from people who care deeply about Charleston. -- Witold Rybczynski; Jenny Bevan & Christopher Liberatos/Bevan and Liberatos; Whitney Powers/Studio A; Andrew Gould; Joe McGill/Slave Dwelling Project; Ralph Muldrow/College of Charleston- Charleston City Paper (South Carolina)
Clay Chandler: The Most Important Attribute for Architects in the Modern Age: Kengo Kuma makes a plea for humility: ...the "arrogance of designers and engineers" was the great tragedy of the 20th century. Kuma’s aversion to idolizing architects is a paradox. He himself is one of the field’s most celebrated talents + Fjord Trends 2020 report...reflects the wisdom of 1,300 designers in 33 studios who have distilled their insights into seven key trends...what caught my attention was No. 7: “life-centered design"...[designers] will be expected to design...for all life - “to think of people as part of an ecosystem rather than at the center of everything."- Fortune magazine
Meghanlata Gupta: Indigenous women and the power of Indigenous architecture at Yale: Summer Sutton, Lumbee, Anjelica Gallegos, Santa Ana Pueblo/Jicarilla Apache, and Charelle Brown, Kewa Pueblo formed the Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design organization to focus on Indigenous recruitment for the Yale School of Architecture and its associated programs..."Making Space for Resistance: Past, Present, and Future" stands as a testament to histories of Native activism and the contemporary strength of Indigenous peoples residing in the United States. -- Tammy Eagle Bull- Indian Country Today
Winners of the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards: There were some telling trends...Winners were chosen for their contextual, tactical approaches rather than big, bombastic ideas. -- Beyer Blinder Belle; Lubrano Ciavarra Architects; INC Architecture & Design; Stonehill Taylor
Landscape Architect: MNLA; Leong Leong; KFA/Killefer Flammang Architects; WXY; STEPHANIEGOTO; Urban Green Design; Adjaye Associates; bld.us; Leers Weinzapfel Associates; Waechter Architecture; Ennead Architects; KPF; KPF; FOX Architects; tonic design; Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; Stephen Yablon Architecture; Atkin Olshin Schade Architects; Perkins and Will; CPDA arquitectos; Clark Condon; Signal Architecture + Research; Gensler; Farr Associates; MQ Architecture; etc.- The Architect's Newspaper
World Architecture Festival 2019 Overall Winners: World Building of the Year 2019: LocHal Public Library, Tilburg, the Netherlands, by Civic Architects/Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau/Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse; INSIDE World Interior of the Year: JC Architecture; Landscape of the Year: Original Design Studio; Adept/Karres en Brands; Studio Link-Arc; SUP Atelier; Atrium - Sakha_Z; archimatika; GG-loop; iredale pedersen hook architects; William Hare Group; STUDIO V Architectur; etc.- World Architecture Festival (WAF) / INSIDE World Festival of Interiors
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019: 10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests. -- Friederike Hollander & Nina Wiedemeyer; Austin Williams; Jane Hall; Philip Jodidio; Izabela Cichonska, Karolina Popera, & Kuba Snopek; Don Barasch; Charles Lockwood & Patrick W. Ciccone w/ Jonathan D. Taylor; Rowan Bain; Ben Stevens; Philip Jodidio & Aga Kahn Historic Cities Programme- ArchNewsNow.com
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