Today’s News - Wednesday, July 8, 2020
● This slipped through the cracks in yesterday's newsletter (a must read!): Milton Glaser: Ten Things I have Learned (2001): 3. Some people are toxic - avoid them; 5. Less is not necessarily more; 10. Tell the truth.
● Kamin re: the place for Trump's proposed 'National Garden of American Heroes': "on the scrap heap of history. It's the shiny wrapper of a dreary package (think 'American carnage'), an errant shot in his never-ending culture wars."
● Farrelly's blistering (and R-rated) take on Sydney's new Crown Casino tower and the Sydney Fish Market: "Both claim 'iconic' status. Both are described as 'sculptural' in form, whatever that means. But only one of them is architecture" (a real ouch for one!).
● King, on a brighter note (for most), reports that Herzog & de Meuron and HDR have been tapped to design a new hospital for the University of California, San Francisco, "envisioned as a nearly 1 million-square-foot facility that is part of a larger remake of the densely built campus" (no images yet).
● Dineen reports on David Baker Architects' 833 Bryant Street, a 145-unit housing project for formerly homeless people - "the first time San Francisco is using modular construction for this type of project, which shaves millions from the cost and a year or more off the timeline."
● CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects wins the competition to transform a 1956 "deteriorating indoor sporting arena" into the Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in the Czech Republic, a four-building multifunctional center with sports, culture, and social venues.
● Belogolovsky's 2-part Q&A with Antoine Predock: Part 1: "The design experience must manifest the joy of invention and dream. If anything, I am a cosmic modernist, not a regionalist."
● Predock Part 2: "People have certain expectations of what architecture is. And I like to mess with that. But not in a self-conscious goofy way."
● Crosbie delves into "the underappreciated legacy of James Marston Fitch, who, decades ago, "saw both the environmental and economic benefits of historic preservation. He wrote almost 75 years ago that human health is the underlying measure of architecture. He still has much to teach us."
● Dickinson on what Sacred Space is: It "connects us to a reality that transcends our fears. Architecture may be the only place that physical Grace can mitigate humanity's hubris and tone-deaf self-interest."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Peter Piven's "The New Norm, Part 2: Finances": Recommendations and mandates to fight the COVID-19 pandemic impacted architectural practices immediately. The operational changes have financial consequences.
● Call for entries (deadline looms - no fee!): The Design Film Festival open call for films + work-in-progress.
● Request for Qualifications/RFQ (international): Trinity Park Conservancy, Dallas, is seeking a visionary architect to help reimagine the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail as part of MVVA's planned Harold Simmons Park ($20,000 stipend).
● Call for papers: Land Back: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, next April.
COVID-19 news continues:
● Florida x 2: "The Lasting Normal for the Post-Pandemic City" - Part 2 of his "This Is Not the End of Cities" 3-part essay: "The changes that will persist are those that make our cities safer, healthier, and more efficient. We would like to believe that the fallout from the pandemic will serve the better angels of our nature. But no such change is guaranteed."
● Florida Part 3: "The forces that will reshape American cities," like fear of transit, remote work, "youthification": "We may be approaching a critical moment when it is possible to remake our cities to be more equitable, inclusive and resilient places. Shame on us if we fail to capitalize on this opportunity."
● Davidson x 2: "For blue-sky urban ideas, it may be now or never. We can at last begin to look ahead, and not just with dread. What will happen is what we make happen. The cost of incompetence has been horrific - we can't just hunker down and hope for the best. We need to intensify our ambitions."
● He looks at the when, how, and where to "fit more than a million children into NYC's 1,866 buildings and still leave sufficient room between desks": Repurpose theaters, armories - "make the shuttered Shops at Hudson Yards earn their subsidies," etc.
● Marthinsen, Parman & Bender parse "campus planning in an increasingly virtual world," particularly their own UC Berkeley: "Instead of thinking of place and placeless as opposites," planners need to see "the real and the virtual" as "inextricably intermingled - they can get a clearer sense of what really matters for the university, discounting the instant pundits' overreactions."
● O'Sullivan parses "what happens to public space when everything moves outside. As restaurants and bars dramatically expand their outdoor seating, questions are emerging about who gets to occupy the streets."
● Morgan has a merrier take: "Ssidewalk culture - one of the really promising signs of a renewed post-pandemic city is our embrace of sidewalk life. The next logical step is to make wider sidewalks. Design professionals around the globe are fostering inventive ideas that will mean better post-pandemic living."
● Virginia is "poised to create the first pandemic workplace safety mandates in the nation - potentially a way forward for other states in the face of federal inaction - OSHA has issued only one citation in response to more than 4,000 coronavirus-related complaints, a jarring record" (jarring, indeed - but not surprising).
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Milton Glaser: Ten Things I have Learned (part of an AIGA talk, London 2001): 1. You Can Only Work For People You Like; 2. If you have a choice, never have a job; 3. Some people are toxic - avoid them; 5. Less is not necessarily more; 6. Style is not to be trusted; 10. Tell the truth.- Reading Design.org
Blair Kamin: There’s a place for Trump’s proposed ‘National Garden of American Heroes’ - on the scrap heap of history: Back when [he] was a real estate developer, he dressed his skyscrapers in glitzy glass and metal. But ever since he moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., he’s gone retro...[His] noxious nostalgia has resurfaced in the heroes garden plan...a slapdash list of 31 people...It’s not hard to see through such political pandering...It’s the shiny wrapper of a dreary package (think “American carnage”), an errant shot in Trump’s never-ending culture wars...The bottom line...it would be a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money...Let us hope that Congress refuses to fund it...Let him go back to plastering his name on shiny modern skyscrapers.- Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Farrelly: So blatant, so needy: Why is James Packer not embarrassed by Sydney's new casino tower? A deliberate endwarfment of our lovely city and all who sail in her, this mammoth megalith...And so to the oldest architectural question of all; the origins of form. The new Crown casino, nearing completion on Barangaroo, answers with characteristic arrogance. Form is what I say it is. One bay west, the new Sydney Fish Market begs to differ. It argues for form as active listening; a creative response to place, purpose and context...Both claim "iconic" status...Both are described as "sculptural" in form, whatever that means. But only one of them is architecture. -- Wilkinson Eyre; 3XN; BVN- Sydney Morning Herald
John King: Herzog & de Meuron, Swiss architects of de Young Museum, selected to do S.F. hospital: ...to design an even larger project - a new hospital for UCSF [University of California, San Francisco]...envisioned as a nearly 1 million-square-foot facility that is part of a larger remake of the densely built campus...no design work would likely begin before 2021, after several community meetings. -- HDR- San Francisco Chronicle
J.K. Dineen: Faster, cheaper: SF saves by building housing for homeless with modular construction: ...145 supportive apartments for formerly homeless people...the first time San Francisco is using modular construction for this type of project, which shaves millions from the cost [and] a year or more off the timeline...one of three [projects] in SF for formerly homeless people using modular units fabricated at Factory O/S...saved at least $100,000 per unit, or $14.5 million...Residents are expected to move in by the fall of 2021. -- David Baker Architects- San Francisco Chronicle
CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects Wins Competition to Design the Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in the Czech Republic: Bringing together sports, culture, and social venues, the project reimagine...the city’s existing hockey stadium, a deteriorating indoor sporting arena built in 1956, the project...expands into a four-building multifunctional center...- ArchDaily
Vladimir Belogolovsky: “My Buildings Are Rides”: In Conversation with Antoine Predock: Q&A re: one of his favorite buildings, the Alhambra; design methods; living a life of a rider; and what makes his architecture unlike anyone else’s, yet different every time: ..."the design experience must manifest the joy of invention and dream...Architecture is 'landscape in drag'...architects should have a self-imposed mandate to research the part of the world and the culture that the project derives from - don’t be lazy...If anything, I am a cosmic modernist, not a regionalist.- ArchDaily
Vladimir Belogolovsky: Antoine Predock on discovering the spirit of each place: He talks about his buildings that he says are experiential flows and rides that ‘mess’ with our expectations, enabling us to discover something new every time: "My so-called regionalism is portable, I am not interested in having a ‘school of desert architecture’...People have certain expectations of what architecture is. And I like to mess with that. But not in a self-conscious goofy way."- STIR (See Think Inspire Reflect)
Michael J. Crosbie: The Underappreciated Legacy of James Marston Fitch: A designer and critic who saw both the environmental and economic benefits of historic preservation: He believed in the ethic of sustainability decades before that term came into common usage...How would [he] appraise the profession’s embrace of sustainability today? He’d constantly remind us that preservation, restoration, and especially adaptive reuse need to be appreciated as larger expressions of environmentalism - not just as an homage to the past, but as pathways to sustainable neighborhoods and cities...He wrote almost 75 years ago that human health is the underlying measure of architecture. He still has much to teach us.- Common Edge
Duo Dickinson: What Is Sacred Space? Architecture’s Prime Directive is to offer up safety. So in this time of danger...Architecture can go beyond playing it safe and aspire to evoke the best of us, making places that touch what can only be defined as Sacred...Whether human-made or springing from the natural world, Sacred Space connects us to a reality that transcends our fears...humans can make places that hold and extend the best in us beyond the world that inevitably threatens and saddens us...Architecture may be the only place that physical Grace can mitigate humanity’s hubris and tone-deaf self-interest.- ArchDaily
Call for entries: The Design Film Festival open call for films + work-in-progress; no fee; deadline: July 10- The Design Museum / Institut Français du Royaume-Uni / HEAD-Genève, Parsons / Kingston School of Art
Call for entries: Request for Qualifications/RFQ (international): Trinity Park Conservancy, Dallas, is seeking a visionary architect to help reimagine the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail...in relation to the planned Harold Simmons Park; selected firm will work closely with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; $20,000 stipend; deadline: July 23- Trinity Park Conservancy (Dallas, Texas)
Call for entries: Call for papers: Land Back: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom Symposium to highlight the many ways Indigenous peoples understand and practice land relations for political resurgence and freedom across the Americas, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, April 30 - May 1, 2021; deadline: August 1, 2020- Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC)
Richard Florida: The Lasting Normal for the Post-Pandemic City: Coronavirus has altered the look and feel of cities globally, but only some changes will remain when the crisis is over: ...some of which we are already experiencing...It is impossible to predict...Such ventures in futurism are always a fool’s game. But it is safe to say that the changes that will persist are those that make our cities safer, healthier, and more efficient...there is reason to hope that recent events will usher in a new era of civic-mindedness and pulling together, our society remains deeply polarized...We would like to believe that the fallout from the pandemic will serve the better angels of our nature, catalyzing us into a nation that is more just and more inclusive. But no such change is guaranteed.- Bloomberg CityLab
Richard Florida: The Forces That Will Reshape American Cities: The pandemic will likely accelerate the pull of the suburbs for families while pushing young people and businesses into more affordable urban areas: The precise weighting of these two forces...will turn on how severe and long-lasting the current crises turn out to be...the main effects will be to accelerate shifts already underway in how we live and work...we may be approaching a critical moment when it is possible to...remake our cities to be more equitable, inclusive and resilient places. Shame on us if we fail to capitalize on this opportunity.- Bloomberg CityLab
Justin Davidson: For Blue-Sky Urban Ideas, It May Be Now or Never: As the worst of the crisis (possibly) recedes, opportunity: It’s too soon for celebration, and the picture is too mixed for optimism...we can at last begin to look ahead, and not just with dread. New York is beginning to rethink many of its ossified assumptions...we can - must - recognize that after the fears of infection comes a point of inflection in the city’s history when its future is up for grabs. What will happen is what we make happen...The cost of incompetence has been horrific...we can’t just hunker down and hope for the best. We need to intensify our ambitions...- New York Magazine
Justin Davidson: This Fall, Classrooms Will Be Too Crowded. Theaters and Malls Will Be Empty. We See a Solution: They could serve as schoolrooms with kids widely spaced...NYC Department of Education has been sweating over how to fit more than a million children into its 1,866 buildings and still leave sufficient room between desks...official policy on reopening schools is one of abject confusion...Let’s declare an educational emergency and recognize that returning to physical classrooms by the start of the academic year is one of society’s most urgent priorities, even if that means enlarging our concept of what a school building is.- New York Magazine
Emily B. Marthinsen, John J. Parman & Richard Bender: Letter From Berkeley: Campus Planning in an Increasingly Virtual World: How do we plan for communities in flux? ...Covid-19 pandemic shifted our university - the University of California, Berkeley - totally online...Campus planners...are avid followers of this experiment and the debates around it...Instead of thinking of place and placeless as opposites, it may be better for [them] to embrace the concept of Ba...the real and the virtual inextricably intermingled...planners need to look ahead open-endedly...By slowing things down, they can get a clearer sense of what really matters for the university, discounting the instant pundits’ overreactions...- Common Edge
Feargus O'Sullivan: What Happens to Public Space When Everything Moves Outside: As restaurants and bars dramatically expand their outdoor seating, questions are emerging about who gets to occupy the streets- Bloomberg CityLab
William Morgan: Embracing Sidewalk Culture: As we struggle through the pangs of disconnection during coronavirus isolation, one of the really promising signs of a renewed post-pandemic city is our embrace of sidewalk life...The shift to more street-side meal taking also reflects a sea change in national attitudes...So, how does the social distancing of a few outdoor tables figure into the future design of popular gathering spots? The next logical step is to make wider sidewalks to slow vehicular traffic...Design professionals around the globe are fostering inventive ideas that will mean better post-pandemic living.- GoLocalProv.com (Providence, Rhode Island)
Virginia poised to create first pandemic workplace safety mandates in nation: The governor’s office said the rules were prompted in large part by the lack of enforcement by the federal agency tasked with upholding workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: ...potentially way forward for other states in the face of federal inaction...OSHA has issued only one citation in response to more than 4,000 coronavirus-related complaints, a jarring record...many businesses and industry groups, which say the new regulations are unnecessary in the face of existing guidelines from the state and federal agencies...which carry fewer legal ramifications than enforceable standards do.- Washington Post
ANN feature: Peter Piven, FAIA: The New Norm, Part 2: Finances: Recommendations and mandates to fight the Covid-19 pandemic impacted architectural practices immediately. The operational changes have financial consequences.- ArchNewsNow.com
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