Today’s News - Tuesday, January 14, 2020
● Brussat pays tribute to Roger Scruton, former chair of the U.K.'s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: "His ideas will improve and beautify the world for everyone, whether they like it or not." [Scruton co-authored ANN's Lesson Plan #3: Beauty and Sustainability in Architectural Education: http://www.archnewsnow.com/features/Feature583.htm]
● Dalrymple's tribute to Scruton, who "showed great moral courage throughout his career, swimming against the intellectual tide of his time."
● Kimmelman parses revised plans for Hudson Yards phase two that no longer includes a promised park - instead, there's a 700-foot-long, 2-story-high "structure overshadowing the High Line" (yikes - hopefully, City will intervene).
● Kamin explains why a "LaSalle Street 'High Line' is not the way to confront the central Loop's looming vacancies" - it would "be more wanna-be cool than the real thing."
● de Monchaux puts forth "a new idea in architecture - no new buildings. We are accustomed to thinking of the natural environment as a critical resource. Maybe we can accustom ourselves to thinking of the unnatural environment in the same way."
● Sisson considers sustainable supertalls - if there is such a thing - "part of being more sustainable is changing not just what we know about these buildings, but the way the industry and culture evaluate, and elevate, skyscrapers."
● Walsh rounds up 9 case studies that illustrate "how cities are using architecture to combat flooding."
● Two luxury lakeside residential towers in Kerala, India, are demolished for environmental violations. Residents (about 2,000!) "watched as their homes and investments imploded in seconds."
● Buenos Aires' "bold slum renewal" program moves along "amid hopes and concerns" - urban experts say "authorities prioritized fast development instead of reaching a consensus about development plans" (and "lacks an overall vision").
● Smith minces no words about what she thinks of Toyota's "creepy new 'prototype town'" by BIG - "a real-life Westworld" near Mt. Fuji. "The creepy feeling comes from a sense of the development acting like Big Brother."
● ODA wins the international competition to design the master plan to regenerate post-industrial sites just outside of Moscow.
● Henning Larsen plans Copenhagen's first all-timber neighborhood (on a former dump) for 7,000 residents, with "birdhouses and animal habitats integrated within the building façades."
● Cole considers Case Study Houses and says "this might be a good time to look back at housing that was affordable, easily built, family-friendly and beautifully designed."
● Barcelona's female mayor with a feminist agenda gives us an idea of what cities imagined by women would look like.
● Landscape architect Dorothée Imbert tapped to lead Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University.
● Six winners of 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship at Wimbledon House "will pursue research on a variety of issues" (hearty congrats to Henry Grabar!).
● Teams from The Netherlands, Spain, and Egypt lead the shortlist in Archstorming's competition to design a pre-school school for disabled children in Mozambique.
● ICYMI: 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.
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Obituary by David Brussat: Sir Roger Scruton, 75, RIP: He was the world’s deepest thinker on architecture and aesthetics, which were embedded in the conservatism of his broader philosophy: ...his conservatism stretched way beyond aesthetics, architecture and classicism...His ideas will improve and beautify the world for everyone, whether they like it or not.- Architecture Here and There
Obituary by Theodore Dalrymple: Swimming Always Against the Tide: Sir Roger Scruton, 75, the British conservative philosopher...showed great moral courage throughout his career, swimming against the intellectual tide of his time regardless of the deprecation, insult, denunciation, and even hatred directed at him...the intelligentsia refused to believe that a highly gifted and knowledgeable man could also be a conservative.- City Journal/The Manhattan Institute
Michael Kimmelman: Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn't Mention the Giant Wall: For phase two, the developer imagines a 700-foot-long structure overshadowing the High Line: ...to bring millions more square feet of towering private, high-end office and residential construction...creating an immense wall...next to the High Line and towering some two stories above it...turning Related's development into a man-made promontory [and] make the High Line seem the equivalent of an old city fire escape: a piece of aged infrastructure stuck to a wall...City Hall retains the capacity to intervene... -- Zaha Hadid; Thomas Heatherwick; Robert A.M. Stern; Nelson Byrd Woltz; Robert Hammond- New York Times
Blair Kamin: Want to stop the central Loop exodus? A LaSalle Street ‘High Line’ is not the answer: Beware the urban design flavor of the month: LaSalle Street walkway would be...more wanna-be cool than the real thing...It’s radical elective surgery that would mar a singular ensemble of skyscrapers...the way to confront the central Loop’s looming vacancies is to build carefully on existing strengths, rather than reach desperately for a hideous quick fix that would destroy one of the city’s great urban spaces. -- Frank Botello- Chicago Tribune
Thomas de Monchaux: A New Idea in Architecture? No New Buildings: The energy already embodied in the built environment is a precious unnatural resource. It’s time to start treating it like one: Average life spans of buildings...are declining, to around 70 years in America and as few as 30 years in Japan. This is not progress...We are accustomed to thinking of the natural environment as a critical resource - to be conserved and consumed with care. Maybe we can accustom ourselves to thinking of the unnatural environment in the same way. -- Clive Wilkinson Architects; DEGW; Schaum/Shieh; Kiel Moe; Chetwoods; Paul Hinkin; David Benjamin/The Living; Lacaton & Vassal; Christophe Hutin; Frédéric Druot; Assemble; Flores & Prats- Metropolis Magazine
Patrick Sisson: In the supertall era, is the sustainable skyscraper a myth? The prolific pace of skyscraper construction comes as architects and advocates are increasingly concerned about sustainability: ...new generation of towers...showcase great feats of engineering. But...can this type of construction...ever approach sustainability? The answer...is complicated, mostly because of a lack of data...part of being more sustainable is changing not just what we know about these buildings, but the way the industry and culture evaluate, and elevate, skyscrapers. -- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH); Perkins + Will; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Christopher Drew/Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill- Curbed
Niall Patrick Walsh: How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding: ...9 examples showcasing differences in scale and approach, as well as unique methods of using flood defenses as agents of social change, and urban regeneration. -- Boston/SCAPE Landscape Architecture; Brooklyn/BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group/James Corner Field Operations; Copenhagen/THIRD NATURE/IBF/ACO Nordic; Faaborg, Denmark/Kjellander Sjöberg; Hamburg/HafenCIty; Hoboken, New Jersey/OMA; New York City; Seoul; Venice/MOSE- ArchDaily
India demolishes Kerala skyscrapers over environmental violations: ...demolished two luxury lakeside apartment complexes...Residents...watched as their homes and investments imploded in seconds...some 343 flats - home to about 2,000 people - were expected to be destroyed...in what has been described as one of India's largest demolition drives involving residential buildings.- BBC News
Buenos Aires bold slum renewal forges ahead amid hopes and concerns: Some residents fear development projects are going to push those with fewer resources out of the area which sits on prime real estate: Home to about 43,000 people...Villa 31 has become a symbol of the deep divide between rich and poor...authorities have invested in projects to give formal land titles to local residents...According to urban experts, authorities prioritized fast development instead of reaching a consensus about development plans...and the project lacks an overall vision.- Place / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Lilly Smith: Toyota’s creepy new ‘prototype town’ is a real-life Westworld: ...a “personal ‘Field of Dreams” - a new techno-utopia in Japan - and enlists...BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group to build it: ...Woven City...near Mt. Fuji...The city’s look is somewhat similar to corporate campuses you might find in Silicon Valley...an opportunity for the company to test autonomous technology and smart city infrastructure...The creepy feeling comes from a sense of the development...acting like Big Brother.- Fast Company
ODA Designs Master Plan to Regenerate Post-Industrial Sites in Moscow: ...won an international competition to create MAZD...3 million square feet...intended to stimulate industrial zones just outside of the city...Putting together public and recreational spaces with residences and offices, the project will reinforce the missing sense of place.- ArchDaily
henning larsen plans fælledby, copenhagen’s first all-timber neighborhood: ...to accommodate 7,000 residents as well as 40% undeveloped nature...with individual buildings featuring birdhouses and animal habitats integrated within the building façades. the proposal transforms a former dumping ground site...into a model for sustainable living balancing human priorities with a strong commitment to the natural surroundings...developed in collaboration with biologists and environmental engineers from MOE...- designboom
Regina Cole: The Case Study House: When Great Design Married Affordable Housing: The scarcity of affordable housing vexes American communities...while cranes loom over cities, creating ever more glamorous residential architecture...When there is housing available for under skyrocketing market prices, it is, most often, substandard, poorly built and of banal and dispiriting design. This might be a good time to look back at the Case Study Houses...housing that was affordable, easily built, family-friendly and beautifully designed. -- Richard Neutra; Raphael Soriano; Craig Ellwood; Charles and Ray Eames; Pierre Koenig; Eero Saarinen; A. Quincy Jones; Edward Killingsworth; Ralph Rapson- Forbes
What Can Cities Imagined by Women Look Like? The Case of Barcelona: With a female mayor onboard and a feminist agenda, for the past four years, Barcelona has been undergoing major transformations on this subject...In BBC podcast, Stephanie Hegarty...discusses design strategies with Punt 6, a feminist collective of urban designers, she argues the use of public space with Equal Saree, a design trio, and she converses with Janet Sanz about the superblock initiative + 6 ways that can improve a city for women.- ArchDaily
Landscape architect Dorothée Imbert picked to lead Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University: ...will follow in the footsteps of Michael B. Cadwell, FAIA, the current director who has served for nine years...she as served as landscape architecture faculty at the school since 2013...as the inaugural Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair in Landscape Architecture.- Archinect
Announcing winners of 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship, the Wimbledon House’s residency program for architectural and urban research: ...six fellows...They will pursue research on a variety of issues, including allocation of parking around new buildings in London, the formal consequences of building booms on the city’s urban fabric, and the civic imaginaries that may be gleaned from building code. -- Timothy Ivison; Emma Letizia Jones; Sean Canty; Michelle Chang; Thomas Shay Hill; Henry Grabar- Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)
Archstorming Announces Winning Designs for Mozambique Preschool: ...a school for disabled children in Xai-Xai. and the winning proposal will be built...Judges selected the five winners and ten honorable mentions. -- Xavier Silva/Manuel Villalaín/Hazem Elshafei, The Netherlands; Lucía Ulla/Alejandro Ayala/Cristina Sanchez/Adrián López, Spain; ADD Architects, Egypt- ArchDaily
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
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