Today’s News - Wednesday, May 13, 2020
● Goldberger's eloquent (and detailed) tribute to Jaque Robertson, "architect and passionate urbanist - there was no inconsistency between his love of grand classical architecture and his passionate belief in cities" (check out the tale of "The Charlottesville Tapes"!).
● Kamin x 2: His eloquent tale of Chicago's DuSable Bridge - and why its 100th anniversary tomorrow matters. "A graceful masterpiece of form and function both reflects the city's history and changed the way it was built" - today, almost devoid of cars and people, "it's a mirror of Chicago on hold."
● He cheers Pelli Clarke Pelli's residential tower rising on Wolf Point - "though not especially edgy" it "rises to the demands of its showplace site - the big question remains: Will Wolf Point add to downtown Chicago's urban vitality and benefit the public?"
● Kimmelman brings us another of his fab virtual tours, today with Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society, on "a stroll through the centuries," imagining what Lower Manhattan was like in 1609 when Henry Hudson arrived: "'Knowing our history, we have the capacity to make better decisions, to do the right thing.' That doesn't mean we will. 'We can hope.'"
● Moore takes us on a virtual tour of "the world's top 10 new architecture projects. A few things stand out. One is the quality of work in places not traditionally seen as architectural powerhouses" - and "a related lack of really big names."
● Ritzel updates the status of Zimmerman's "Marabar" at the National Geographic Society HQ, that it wants removed, one way or another: the Preservation Review Board didn't understand that "that the society intended to remove the sculpture" when it approved design plans, and "will address the concerns" at its next meeting.
● In honor of Brasília's 60th anniversary, Delaqua invited six architects and urbanists "who live in the city to share their visions and build an interpretation of utopia and reality that Brasília currently represents."
● Robert Lamb Hart, of Hart Howerton, considers "beauty" to be "local, in terms of both place and time. That's why it's been defined in so many different ways - if you want to design 'beautiful' places, first do what you've probably always done: Look at how the local mix of people or culture define 'beauty.'"
● Architect Nili Portugali's film "And the alley she whitewashed in light blue" is selected to compete at the Inca Imperial International Film Festival, Lima, Peru, with online screenings starting tomorrow.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: The New Norm: A Report by Peter Piven: The results of a survey of firm principals across the U.S. about the differences they envision in technology/working remotely, in markets and marketing, in work life and culture, and in society in our post-pandemic future.
Deadlines + Winners all:
● Call for entries (deadline extended! no fee! $150,000 stipends for each of 3 finalists!): Urban Confluence Silicon Valley international open ideas competition for activating the most critical urban park in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
● Call for entries (no fee, cash prizes!): Theatre Populaire Idea(l) open student competition for the sustainable rehabilitation of a deserted green amphitheater in the city center of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (deadline - July 14 - don't be confused by the May 31 date at the top).
● Winners of the 2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers considered "Value: How are values mediated by the processes of design?" (scroll down for great winner profiles and upcoming online programs).
● The Society of Architectural Historians hands out its 2020 SAH Publication Awards and the SAH Award for Film and Video.
COVID-19 news continues:
● Betsky considers the "Zoom Effect - people and places crowd a few feet from your face (What's in that bookcase? Is that a cat's tail at the bottom of the screen?) - we are confined to the grid of the Zoom meeting. Limbo Time and Zoom Space are with us to stay."
● Deans respond to COVID-19 - Parts 2 & 3: "How COVID-19 has impacted traditional end-of-the-year activities + Architecture leaders share what they view as potential long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on architectural education" (with link to Part 1, if you missed it).
● Annie Howard revisits Laing's "The Lonely City," an "ode to urban isolation, in a time of social distancing" - when we "return to the wider social world, inhabited by the physical presence of those who are regularly disregarded in normal life, will we become more compassionate to their loneliness?"
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Goldberger: Obituary: Jaquelin Taylor Robertson, Architect and Passionate Urbanist, 87: Devoted to classical architecture, he was equally committed to design that benefits city life and helped establish a New York agency to promote it: ...one of the eager and ambitious young designers who clustered around [NYC Mayor] John V. Lindsay...in 1965... He convinced Lindsay...to establish the Urban Design Group, a special municipal agency intended to help the mayor raise the level of public design in the city... there was no inconsistency between his love of grand classical architecture and his passionate belief in cities…he played an active role in many of Cooper Robertson's larger projects…Celebration [and] WaterColor [in Florida]...awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture in 1998 and the Driehaus Prize...in 2007. -- Peter Eisenman; Alexander Cooper- New York Times
Blair Kamin: Chicago’s DuSable Bridge, originally the Michigan Avenue Bridge, turns 100 Thursday. Here’s why the centennial matters: A graceful masterpiece of form and function...both reflects the city's history and changed the way it was built: The elegant Beaux Arts bridge...spans the history of two pandemics...a marvel of architecture, engineering and urban planning, presents a reassuring, “I’ve seen it all before” presence...such a span is about making connections both physical and social, But with the office towers and shops on either side...emptied out, [its] identity has been turned upside down: It’s a mirror of Chicago on hold...It’s an extraordinary gathering of architecture and infrastructure... -- Daniel Burnham; Edward Bennett- Chicago Tribune
Blair Kamin: The Scottie Pippen of skyscrapers: An impressive No. 2, a new apartment tower stands tall at Wolf Point: Building a bit of hope, [it] stands tall at Wolf Point on the Chicago River....Wolf Point East...the 665-foot-tall high-rise offers a welcome contrast to the brute hulks of concrete that began blighting the area...in the late 1990s...Context-sensitive urban design and an exterior that is handsomely tailored though not especially edgy...the big question remains: Will Wolf Point add to downtown Chicago’s urban vitality and benefit the public...There are some positive signs, but the jury is still out...new high-rise nevertheless rises to the demands of its showplace site. Quality like this doesn’t go out of style. -- bKL Architecture; Fred Clarke/Mark Shoemaker/Pelli Clarke Pelli; Pappageorge Haymes Partners; Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Soucie Horner Ltd.- Chicago Tribune
Michael Kimmelman: When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: A Stroll Through the Centuries: From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan. Our critic walks with Eric W. Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society: Our “stroll” explored Lower Manhattan. We “met” where the Staten Island Ferry docks...Except that we imagined it was...1609 when Henry Hudson arrived...What was the ecosystem? "Ecosystems, actually. Manhattan is something like 1% the size of Yellowstone. Yellowstone is 2.2 million acres and has 66 ecosystems. Mannahatta had 55...knowing our history, we have the capacity to make better decisions, to do the right thing." That doesn’t mean we will. "We can hope."- New York Times
Rowan Moore: The world's top 10 new architecture projects: Making a virtue out of global lockdown...a virtual tour...from a rural Vietnamese preschool to a Belgian folly and a synagogue in Paraguay: The best of these projects are theatres for life...A few things stand out. One is the quality of work in places not traditionally seen as architectural powerhouses, such as Vietnam, Lebanon, Bangladesh...There is a related lack of really big names...Mostly, it’s heartening. There’s energy and invention out there... -- Emilio Tuñón; MVRDV; Rizvi Hassan; La Errería; Atelier Vens Vanbelle; Lina Ghotmeh; Kientruc O; unparelld’arquitectes; Equipo de Arquitectura; Toshiko Mori- Observer (UK)
Rebecca J. Ritzel: Plan to Remove a Million-Pound Granite Sculpture Draws Fire: Museum leaders and others are asking the National Geographic Society to find a way to expand its Washington headquarters without dismantling [“Marabar,” by Elyn Zimmerman]: ...to make room for a new entrance pavilion and a rentable rooftop garden...Officials...defended their decision...asserting that the society had promised to pay to have the boulders...relocated...Historic Preservation Review Board...“will address the concerns” at its meeting later this month...a preservation officer...said that, at the time of the August vote, members had not understood that the society intended to remove the sculpture. -- Charles A. Birnbaum/The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF; David Childs/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Edward Durell Stone; Hickok Cole Architects- New York Times
Victor Delaqua: From Utopia To Reality: Brasília's 60th Anniversary: ...we invited six professionals - in the field of architecture and urbanism - who live in the city, to share their visions with us and...to build an interpretation of utopia and reality that Brasília currently represents...with photographs by Joana França. -- Daniel Mangabeira/Bloco Arquitetos; Gabriela Cascelli Farinasso & Luiza Dias Coelho/UnB/Arquitetas inVisíveis (inVisible Architects); Maribel Aliaga Fuentes/FAU-UnB; Luiz Eduardo Sarmento/IPHAN/IAB-DF- ArchDaily
Robert Lamb Hart: While Defining “Beauty” is a Dead End, Studying Its Properties Definitely is Not: Looking for the universal attributes that elicit aesthetic pleasure: Beauty is local, in terms of both place and time. That’s why it’s been defined in so many different ways, fueling successive battles of styles...and the skirmishes among the partisans of the “modernisms” and the “traditional"...if you want to design “beautiful” places, first do what you’ve probably always done: Look at how the local mix of people or culture define “beauty,” what it is in their geographic or ethnic, history, or spirit-of-the-times based world, that stirs their unique aesthetic experience today. -- Geoffrey Scott; Alain de Botton- Common Edge
The film directed by Architect Nili Portugali A.A.Dip (Israel) “And the alley she whitewashed in light blue” selected for competition at the Inca Imperial International Film Festival, Lima, Peru, May 14-17 - online screening- Inca Imperial International Film Festiva (Peru)
Call for entries (deadline extended - no fee!): Urban Confluence Silicon Valley international open ideas competition (professional & student): A New Iconic Landmark for Silicon Valley: ideas for activating the most critical urban park in the City of San Jose´ and Silicon Valley; 3 finalists (individuals or teams) will each receive $150,000 stipend to refine their proposals; deadline: July 1- Urban Confluence Silicon Valley
Call for entries (no fee, cash prizes!): Theatre Populaire Idea(l) open student competition for the sustainable rehabilitation of a deserted green amphitheate at the “Centre de Développement Chorégraphique” La Termitiere in the city center of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso; deadline: July 14- Insprieli Awards
2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: Value: How are values mediated by the processes of design? this year’s League Prize program will be...online. Winners will deliver streamed lectures followed by a live q&a session and will create digital installations of their work. -- David Eskenazi/d.esk; Garrett Ricciardi & Julian Rose/Formlessfinder; Leslie Lok & Sasa Zivkovic/HANNAH; Isaac Michan Daniel/Michan Architecture; Ivi Diamantopoulou & Jaffer Kolb/New Affiliates; Luis Beltrán del Río García & Andrew Sosa Martínez/Vrtical- Architectural League of New York
Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2020 Award Winners: SAH Publication Awards and the SAH Award for Film and Video:: Peter H. Christensen: "Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire and Infrastructure"; Sally McMurry: "Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes"; Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher & Joseph Becker, editors: "The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism"; Michael Abrahamson: “Actual Center of Detroit”: Method, Management, and Decentralization in Albert Kahn's General Motors Building; Hanwen Zhang: "The First Line of China"; etc.- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Aaron Betsky: Welcome to Zoom Space: the new realities of social distancing: Let's call it the Zoom Effect: the particular collapse of space that occurs in limbo. Distant people and places crowd a few feet from your face (What's in that bookcase? Is that a cat’s tail at the bottom of the screen?) and are yet so far away...What I observe in mid-flux is a world made up of bits and pieces in space and time...Now space contracts as we are confined to the grid of the Zoom meeting...with no need to drive or walk to get there...Limbo Time and Zoom Space are with us to stay.- Architect Magazine
Deans respond to COVID-19 - Part 2 & 3: how COVID-19 has impacted traditional end-of-the-year activities like final reviews, thesis exhibitions, and other events + Architecture leaders share what they view as potential long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on architectural education. -- Iñaki Alday/Tulane University; Ivan Bernal/Kent State University; Lesley Lokko/Spitzer School of Architecture/CCNY; Brian L. McLaren/University of Washington; Rahul Mehrotra/Harvard University Graduate School of Design/GSD; David Mohney/Michael Graves College, Kean University & Wenzhou-Kean University; Stephen Philips/Cal Poly LA Metro & San Luis Obispo; Dan Pitera/University of Detroit; Monica Ponce de Leon/Princeton; Heather Roberge/UCLA; Jeff Schnabel/Portland State University; Heather Woofter/Sam Fox School/Washington University in Saint Louis- Archinect
Annie Howard: Alone, Together: What It Means Now to Inhabit "The Lonely City": Revisiting Olivia Laing’s ode to urban isolation in a time of social distancing: When the time comes to return to the wider social world, inhabited by the physical presence of those who are regularly disregarded in normal life, will we become more compassionate to their loneliness - the emotional and physical toll that comes from living without secure housing, with addiction, with mental illness?- Common Edge
ANN feature: The New Norm: A Report by Peter Piven, FAIA: The results of a survey of firm principals across the U.S. about the differences they envision in technology/working remotely, in markets and marketing, in work life and culture, and in society in our post-pandemic future.- ArchNewsNow.com
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