Today’s News - Thursday, January 9, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 14. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Wolf Moon tomorrow ngiht (first full moon of the year - with a penumbral lunar eclipse!).
● ANN Feature: David Brussat: Lesson Plan #8: Petition of the British Architecture School Inmates: Students are taught how to tinker with computers and plug into a corporate design culture that aids and abets precisely what drives the petitioners to seek reform (ANN's 600th feature!).
● Okamoto delves into social equity, which "was supposed to be central to sustainability from the start. What happened?" "Equity" is too often "based on checklist systems that prioritize process over results."
● Zacks takes a deep dive into why, if we're "to build for resilience, we'll need to design with - not against - nature - the militaristic insistence on repelling and withstanding 'nature' reveals itself to be a pathology."
● Wheeler on bushfire design: "Now is not the time to discuss climate change and bushfires. The right time was 25 years ago - it's only going to get worse and we don't have a plan" (and offers 3 ways to ameliorate bushfires by design).
● King considers the king tides "heading to California shorelines this weekend" - and the public events in the Bay Area intended "to show people the dangers posed by sea level rise."
● Sidewalk Labs' Quayside project in Toronto "faces a new, fairly surprising, hurdle" not related to data collection and privacy concerns, but to the choice of wood as a building material for towers up to 30 stories, "five times the current limit."
● Sisson parses a new Trump Admin. rule that could repeal the Obama Admin.'s "effort to promote housing desegregation," claiming it "imposes unnecessary burdens on development - some have even called it a form of social engineering" (oh, really?!!?).
● Saffron gives thumbs-up (and down) to the Philadelphia Science Center as it "struggles to be more than another generic innovation district," but uCity Square lacks innovation, even though it "dutifully checked off every item on the urbanist to-do list - one potential bright spot promises to be the public school" (by Rogers Partners).
● Second time is a charm: Snøhetta revises its design of the public garden at Johnson Burgee's AT&T building/550 Madison "after a major backlash" - and gets the green light to go ahead.
● BIG, WXY, and MNLA have "playful" plans to redevelop the 370-acre Downtown Brooklyn public realm (per comments, a bit too "playful," perhaps).
● H&deM's massive, "mountainous" (and "eye-catching") Grand Canal Museum is set to rise along the banks of the world's longest (and ancient) canal in Hangzhou, China, that includes a shimmering, watery facade.
● Welton reports on a new website dedicated to the "meticulously restored" (and on the National Register of Historic Places) 1973 Douglas House on Lake Michigan, launched in anticipation of an forthcoming foundation established to "allow others to benefit from its pristine architecture" (full disclosure: Welton is author of the site's text, and yours truly was editorial consultant).
● AIA 2020 Regional & Urban Design Awards go to four (cool!) projects by Interboro Partners, Sasaki, SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi, and SOM that represent "the best in urban design, regional and city planning and community development."
● Winners of Wallpaper* Design Awards 2020 include Sabine Marcelis, New York City (Best City - we couldn't agree more!), and Adjaye Associates.
● Call for Nominations: TCLF's Landslide 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape, a report and exhibition to highlight at-risk landscapes created by and associated with women.
● Call for entries: 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction ($2 million in prizes!).
● Call for entries: Circular City 2020 (international) to help NYC work toward a more sustainable, equitable, and accessible future (sponsored by New Lab & NYCEDC).
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): 2020 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (projects must be located in the U.S. or Canada).
● Call for Papers & R+B/Research + Business Presentations for 22nd Design Management Institute/DMI: Academic Design Management Conference in Toronto in August.
● Call for Applications: 2021 ORTE Lower Austrian Architecture Network Artist in Residence (international) - housing and stipend for 1-3 months in Krems, Austria.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Peter Piven: Cultural Fit: What is cultural fit when design firms merge or acquire, and how do you achieve it?
● ANN feature: JoAnn Locktov: Venice Gift Guide: Many Venetian artisans and small businesses suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented flooding in November, so when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.
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ANN Feature: David Brussat: Lesson Plan #8: Petition of the British Architecture School Inmates: Students are taught how to tinker with computers and how to plug into a corporate design culture that aids and abets precisely what drives the petitioners to seek reform.- ArchNewsNow.com
Katie Okamoto: If You Are Serious About Sustainability, Social Equity Can’t Be Just Another Add-On: Social impact was supposed to be central to sustainability from the start. What happened? Social impact thinking...needs to be introduced in the early stages of forming a design brief...What “equity” means...often based on checklist systems that prioritize process over results...a slew of broader-scaled sustainability rating systems are gaining momentum...though the jury is still out on their effectiveness. -- NAACP; International Living Future institute (ILFI); Social Economic Environmental Design/SEED Network; Heather Rosenberg/Arup; BREEAM; U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); LEED ND; International WELL Building Institute; Angie Brooks/Brooks + Scarpa; Anderson Mason Dale Architects; Anthony Brower/Gensler; Mindy Fullilove- Metropolis Magazine
Stephen Zacks: Long-Term Plans: To Build for Resilience, We’ll Need to Design With - Not Against - Nature: Moving away from its early exclusive focus on natural disasters, resilient architecture and design tackles the much tougher challenge of helping ecosystems regenerate: ...the militaristic insistence on repelling and withstanding “nature” reveals itself to be a pathology: It overrides concerns about ecology, landscape, or sociology that otherwise inform the best resilient practices and policies being developed today. -- re:focus partners; Frederick R. Steiner/UPenn Stuart Weitzman School of Design; Ian McHarg/Design With Nature; Sustainable SITES Initiative; Perkins and Will; John Lyle; Resilient by Design; Anna Rubbo/Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD); Koning Eizenberg; OLIN; Gehry Partners; Iñaki Alday/Tulane; James Corner Field Operations; AECOM- Metropolis Magazine
Tone Wheeler On Bushfire Design: Now is not the time to discuss climate change and bushfires...The right time was 25 years ago...now is not the time...because it’s only going to get worse and we don’t have a plan...If we can’t discuss the causes, maybe we can discuss the effects, ameliorating bushfire by design. Which we can do in 3 ways: designing the bush, designing the buildings, designing the protection. -- Environa Studio; Australian Architecture Association/AAA- Architecture & Design (Australia)
John King: Friday’s Bay Area king tides offer a hint of what rising sea levels look like: King tides, a naturally occurring phenomenon that received a common name only a decade ago, are heading to California shorelines this weekend - and with them, a series of public events to show people the dangers posed by sea level rise [and] to explain why they’re likely to swell higher and higher in the decades to come...Because of the anticipated tides, Caltrans has closed a park-and-ride lot located there until Tuesday.- San Francisco Chronicle
Toronto’s smart city faces a new, fairly surprising, hurdle: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has had its fair share of criticism, mostly around data collection and privacy concerns. There’s one part of the proposal that hasn’t gotten much notice, and that’s the issue with using a common building material: wood...chosen as part of the project for its sustainability aspects...includes developing buildings that are made of timber that rise more than 30 storeys - five times the current limit...“We’re trying to push as far as we can with the mass timber,” Karim Khalifa...said that hybrid buildings would also be discussed if necessary to satisfy the code. -- Waterfront Toronto; Quayside- Mortgagebrokernews.ca / Canadian Mortgage Professional (CMP) magazine
Patrick Sisson: New Trump rule could repeal Obama effort to promote housing desegregation: A proposed change to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule has heightened debates over the best way to promote housing equity: ...rule has divided housing advocates along ideological lines...Conservatives argue that abiding by the 2015 rule...imposes unnecessary burdens on development - some have even called it a form of social engineering - that makes it harder to build more units..."suffocating investment"...- Curbed
Inga Saffron: Philadelphia Science Center struggles to be more than another generic innovation district: Innovation districts are supposed to be places where people think differently. So why do the...designs for West Philadelphia’s uCity Square lack innovation? Already, you can see...a new Drexel-sponsored public school rising...university is setting aside an asphalt lot...for a new art museum, the Philadelphia Contemporary. Thanks to that museum and school, the plan...is more diverse and ambitious than...other current innovation districts...[will] feel more integrated into the city...dutifully checked off every item on the urbanist to-do list...The one potential bright spot promises to be the public school. -- Johnston Marklee; Rogers Partners; Andropogon; Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects; ZGF Architects; Sidi Gomes; Lessard Design; Ballinger- Philadelphia Inquirer
Snøhetta gets go ahead for public garden at Phillip Johnson's AT&T building: ...at New York's 550 Madison, which forms part of its overhaul of the postmodern tower...part of an updated proposal that the firm revealed in 2018, after a major backlash against its initial design...The firm is still awaiting permission to complete exterior renovation work...privately-owned public space (POPS) ...modelled on "pocket parks" elsewhere in the city... -- Gensler; John Burgee- Dezeen
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and WXY Architects unveil "playful" transformation of Downtown Brooklyn: ...aims to improve the area's pedestrian experience with playful furniture, expanded sidewalks and improved crossings...to redevelop the 370-acre (149-hectare) Downtown Brooklyn public realm... -- MNLA [Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture]- Dezeen
Mountainous museum complex to rise next to world's longest canal: Herzog & de Meuron's eye-catching new museum complex in Hangzhou, China...defined by a glazed facade that's meant to bring to mind a river...Grand Canal Museum Complex exhibition areas will measure 50,000 sq m (roughly 538,000 sq ft)...the large mountain-inspired building at the center will host a conference center and hotel.- New Atlas (formerly Gizmag)
J. Michael Welton: A Website Dedicated to the Douglas House: Now that owners Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers have meticulously restored their [1973 house] on Lake Michigan, they’re seeking to preserve it for posterity. The home is considered a masterpiece of late-20th-century architecture...[they] now intend to establish a foundation that will...allow others to benefit from its pristine architecture. -- Richard Meier & Partners; Tod Williams- Architects + Artisans
AIA Announces the Winners of the 2020 Regional & Urban Design Awards: ...recognized four projects by Interboro Partners, Sasaki, the team of SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) that represent "the best in urban design, regional and city planning and community development."- Architect Magazine
Wallpaper* Design Awards 2020: Sabine Marcelis: Wallpaper* Designer of the Year 2020; New YorkCity: Best City; Adjaye Associates' Ruby City Art Centre: Best New Public Building- Wallpaper*
Call for Nominations: Landslide 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape, a Report and Exhibition to Highlight At-Risk Landscapes Created by and Associated with Women: ...timed to centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment... which guaranteed women the right to vote; deadline: May 1- The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)
Call for entries: 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction: ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life; $2 million in prizes; no fee; deadline: February 25- LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
Call for entries: Circular City 2020 (international): focusing on New York City’s future of energy efficiency in the built environment to help NYC work toward a more sustainable, equitable and accessible future; deadline: February 14- New Lab / New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
Call for entries: 2020 North American Copper in Architecture Awards for outstanding application of architectural copper alloys; projects must be located in the U.S. or Canada; deadline: January 31- Copper Development Association/Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association
Call for Papers & R+B/Research + Business Presentations for 22nd Design Management Institute/DMI: Academic Design Management Conference/ADMC20: Impact the Future by Design, Toronto, August 5-6; deadline for abstracts: January 29; deadline for R+B submissions: March 25- Design Management Institute (DMI)
Call for entries: Applications for 2021 ORTE Lower Austrian Architecture Network Artist in Residence (international): housing and stipend for 1-3 months in Krems, Austria; open to architects, urban planners, landscape architects, etc.; deadline: May 31, 2020- ORTE Architekturnetzwerk Niederösterreich (ORTE Lower Austrian Architecture Network)
ANN feature: Peter Piven, FAIA: Cultural Fit: What is cultural fit when design firms merge or acquire, and how do you achieve it?- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: JoAnn Locktov: Venice Gift Guide for the Venetophile in your life! Many Venetian artisans and small businesses suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented acqua alta flooding in November, so when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.- ArchNewsNow.com
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