Today’s News - Tuesday, August 4, 2020
● Belmont Freeman pays eloquent tribute to Eusebio Leal Spengler, 77, "credited with the transformation of Old Havana from a deteriorated urban enclave into a showcase of exquisitely restored Spanish colonial architecture and urbanism" - his "strong moral voice" will be sorely missed.
● Adele Peters parses a few modular apartment building projects that could be "a new model for addressing the housing crisis in the San Francisco area - and the challenge of homelessness specifically."
● King, meanwhile, considers how well SF restaurants are doing at converting "parking spaces to dining patios. In a strange way, this is urban design for the pandemic age. Let a thousand streeteries bloom" (and 6 ways to make them better).
● Mortice delves into a community-led "'urban Marshall Plan' built to combat poverty" in a South Side neighborhood in Chicago - "a campus of new and adaptively reused buildings encompassing public health, housing, job training, and community and green space" - anchored by a healthy food market.
● Flora Samuel parses RIBA's new Social Value Toolkit for Architecture that aims to provide practical support when talking to non-architects about "building social value into decision-making about land."
● Hilburg hails a plan by New Affiliates and architect and historian Samuel Stewart-Halevy that would turn high-performance façade mockups, usually discarded after testing, into gardening structures in community gardens throughout NYC.
● Kamin looks at how "Philadelphia offers edgy alternatives" as Chicago's mayor readies to "kick off a comprehensive, potentially combustible review of the city's public monuments and icons. Buckle your seat belts, Chicago."
● Tables turned: Sweet profiles Kamin who, "for nearly 30 years, has shaped opinion about Chicago's architecture" [and beyond]. Even the pandemic hasn't stopped the coverage. 'Sometimes unsettled times produce the most interesting stories'" (check out his Burj Kalifa adventure, too).
● Gamolina x 2: A fab Q&A with Paula Scher re: her interesting path to Pentagram, and her advice to those just starting their careers: "The things that make work interesting, and create invention, are accidents. You want to be in a position where you're capable of making accidents."
● A Q&A with Daria Pahhota re: what guides her work in communications, and why she departed BIG to join SOM as its new Global Communications Leader.
● Farago isn't in Tokyo for the now-postponed Olympic Games, so he considers the 1964 Summer Olympics that "crowned Tokyo's 20-year transformation from a firebombed ruin to an ultramodern megalopolis. Not until 2008 [Beijing Games] would an Olympics so profoundly alter a city and a nation."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Samuel G. White: The Legacy of Paul Spencer Byard: The author of "The Architecture of Additions," published 20 years ago, proposed parameters for evaluating additions to historic buildings - more timely than ever considering the proposed Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal buildings ["architectural pudding" included].
Deadline + Winners all:
● Call for applications: Inaugural Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize: focus on the theme of mobility justice; open to university-based or independent authors; $7,500 honorarium + publication in Places Journal + public lecture (travel expenses provided).
● Australian Institute of Architects' 2020 International Chapter Architecture Awards for projects from Samoa to the U.S. (the Institute's 2019 Gold Medal recipient Koning Eizenberg Architecture won four!).
● Sitz brings us eyefuls of the winners of the 2020 AIA National Architectural Photography Competition.
COVID-19 news continues:
● M Moser's Frances Gain parses the findings of the firm's survey re: "employee and business performance during the pandemic" that "reflects how employees feel and what they expect, but the real question is - what is next?"
● Sophie Davies talks to architects around the world re: how the pandemic is changing home design (apartments, mostly): "With more people working remotely, architects are focusing on flexibility and access to outside in their post-pandemic designs. But it will take time to make these adjustments."
● Garcia & Frankowski of WAI Architecture Think Tank explain their recently launched Loudreaders Trade School - "a new, free, and accessible platform for education modeled on Caribbean loudreading" with an array of "international authors, designers, artists, and thinkers who gather online to loud-read critical discourses."
● Hilburg reports on the Rockwell Group and the NYC Hospitality Alliance teaming up "to create a modular, replicable template for how diners might safely inhabit the sidewalk without impeding pedestrian flow," as "outdoor dining could become permanent in NYC" (happening elsewhere, too).
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Belmont Freeman: Obituary: Eusebio Leal Spengler, 1942-2020: Historian of the City of Havana for more than 40 years and credited with the transformation of Old Havana from a deteriorated urban enclave into a showcase of exquisitely restored Spanish colonial architecture and urbanism, unrivaled in the Western Hemisphere...In 1994...he established Habaguanex SA, a company focused on the development of tourist facilities...but also schools, clinics, and housing...His death is a great loss for the international historic preservation community and for the people of Havana, particularly at this moment...a strong moral voice is needed to defend its architectural heritage.- Architectural Record
Adele Peters: Will these modular apartment buildings help the Bay Area handle its housing crisis? Several affordable projects...are assembling apartments off-site and then simply locking them into place. If they’re successful, it could cut millions of dollars off construction costs and months off building timelines: ...a new model for addressing the housing crisis n the [San Francisco] area...and for the challenge of homelessness specifically...Still, changing construction methods can only solve part of the overall challenge...Zoning is another challenge... -- Factory OS; Panoramic Interests; Trachtenberg Architects- Fast Company
John King: Restaurants are taking over parking spaces. Here are 6 ways to make them better: The restaurants that are converting parking spaces to dining patios...aren’t focused on aesthetics... they’re trying to survive the coronavirus-ravaged times in which we live...In a strange way, this is urban design for the pandemic age...Let a thousand streeteries bloom. Especially ones that keep these six simple features in mind...#4: Show some spirit; #5: Look like you care- San Francisco Institute of Architecture
Zach Mortice: Chicago’s Bid to Reinvent the Corner Store: The South Side neighborhood of Englewood puts a healthy food market at the center of a community-led “urban Marshall Plan” built to combat poverty: ...grocery store...will look a lot different than the other carryouts and bodegas...Go Green Fresh Market will essentially be a miniature supermarket...[will] also host community events...the first part of a...campus of new and adaptively reused buildings encompassing public health, housing, job training, and community and green space...part of a national effort [to provide] more healthy food for vulnerable and food insecure populations... -- Chris-Annmarie Spencer/Wheeler Kearns Architects- Bloomberg CityLab
Flora Samuel: How to talk to non-architects about social value: The new Social Value Toolkit for Architecture should arm you with practical support: ...published by RIBA...The pilot phase was useful...for identifying redundant questions and unintelligible language...It is hoped that the SVT will provide a practical tool for concrete discussions [and] contribute to the development of a range of digital tools. It is for example being used as a starting point for an Innovate UK-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Stantec on building social value into decision-making about land.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Jonathan Hilburg: New Affiliates wants to turn discarded mockups into garden shelters: What happens to high-performance facade mockups after they’ve been tested...Most, unfortunately, are trashed. That’s why the New York-based New Affiliates and architect and historian Samuel Stewart-Halevy have teamed up for Testbeds, a pilot program to divert those mockups from the waste stream and repurpose them as gardening structures...if the Testbeds concept can be replicated...the team hopes to continue exporting remnant mockups to some of the other 550 community gardens [NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s] GreenThumb program oversees. -- Ivi Diamantopoulou; Jaffer Kolb- The Architect's Newspaper
Blair Kamin: As Mayor Lightfoot readies a review of Chicago’s monuments, including three removed Columbus statues, Philadelphia offers edgy alternatives: Mayor...is expected this week to kick off a comprehensive, potentially combustible review of the city’s public monuments and icons...the scope of the review...will be much broader than the Columbus statues...but bring the issue down to specifics and things get messy...Buckle your seat belts, Chicago.- Chicago Tribune
David A. F. Sweet: The Write Stuff: For Nearly 30 Years, Pulitzer-Prize Winner Blair Kamin Has Shaped Opinion About Chicago’s Architecture: ...he replaced a critic who also captured the Pulitzer Prize, Paul Gapp, giving the Tribune close to half a century of top-notch writing about unmatched architectural grandeur in the country. Even the pandemic hasn’t stopped the coverage...“Sometimes unsettled times produce the most interesting stories.”- Classic Chicago Magazine
Julia Gamolina: A Life in Her Work: Pentagram's Paula Scher on Ideas, Invention, and Learning: She talks about being in a place where one can allow mistakes to happen, advising those just starting their careers to pick a place to work where they can truly learn..."The things that make work interesting, and create invention, are accidents. You want to be in a position where you’re capable of making accidents.”- Madame Architect
Julia Gamolina: Genuine Connections: Daria Pahhota on her Roles in Communications and Her Advice to Architects: SOM’s new Global Communications Leader...[previously] served as Chief Communications Officer for BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group...She talks about her life experiences and developed principles that guide her work in communications, advising architects to read the news, and those just starting their careers to form meaningful and genuine relationships.- Madame Architect
Jason Farago: The 1964 Olympics Certified a New Japan, in Steel and on the Screen: The world’s elite athletes would have been in Tokyo right now if not for the coronavirus pandemic. When they went half a century ago, they discovered a capital transformed by design: ...the event I was most excited about was handball. Not for the sport, but for the stadium...the Yoyogi National Gymnasium...1964 Summer Games...crowned Tokyo’s 20-year transformation from a firebombed ruin to an ultramodern megalopolis...Not until 2008 [Beijing Games], would an Olympics so profoundly alter a city and a nation. -- Kenzo Tange; Yoshiro Taniguchi; Yusaku Kamekura; Yoshinobu Ashihara; Kengo Kuma- New York Times
Call for entries: Call for applications: Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize: inaugural prize will focus on the theme of mobility justice; open to university-based or independent authors; honorarium of $7,500 to produce a major work of public scholarship for publication in Places Journal + travel, accommodation, and meals associated with public lecture; a new collaboration between the Princeton Urban Imagination Center and Places Journal; deadline: September 21- Places Journal
From Samoa to the USA: Australian Institute of Architects’ 2020 International Chapter Architecture Awards winners: Koning Eizenberg Architecture, the Institute's 2019 Gold Medal recipient, won four awards...Winners will compete for the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture... -- Kerry Hill Architects; Atelier Luke; Guida Moseley Brown Architects; etc.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Miriam Sitz: See the Winners of the 2020 AIA National Architectural Photography Competition: ...produced by AIA St. Louis Chapter, represent the work of photographers based across the country, shooting projects across the globe. -- Daniel Joseph Allen, AIAS (Chicago); Gerald W. Shonkwiler, AIA (San Diego); Qian Huang, Assoc. AIA (St. Louis); etc.- Architectural Record
Frances Gain/M Moser Associates: Primed for Change: Hybrid flexibility in the workplace: As businesses begin to re-open their offices, they must consider the impact of the last few months on the new skills, attitudes and habits of employees, as well as the hope to continue flexible work policies on a permanent basis...M Moser Associates conducted a survey with more than 500 respondents on employee and business performance during the pandemic...reflects how employees feel and what they expect, but the real question is - what is next? How, when, and how much - do we bring employees back to the office? ...some of the most important findings: Remote Work Has Not Caused Productivity Levels to Suffer; Flexibility is No Longer Negotiable; Don’t Discount the Importance of Design- HR News (UK)
Sophie Davies: Sliding walls, hideable offices: How pandemic could change home design: With more people working remotely, architects are focusing on flexibility and access to outside in their post-pandemic designs: As city dwellers around the globe rethink how they want to live following months of lockdown, architects are reflecting on how flats can be redesigned...But it will take time to make these adjustments. -- Greg Verabian/HKS; Andre Brumfield/Gensler; Edouard Bettencourt/Studio Belem; Carlos Lamela/Estudio Lamela- Thomson Reuters Foundation
Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski: WAI Architecture Think Tank launches critical education platform modeled on Caribbean loudreading: ...[pandemic] has forced many questions to the surface: What is the value of an architecture education? Is the classroom or studio the most conducive space for learning? If not, what is? ...we recently launched the Loudreaders Trade School as a new, free, and accessible platform for education...The texts it holds were compiled from contributing international authors, designers, artists, and thinkers who gather online to loud-read critical discourses...Here, we highlight 12...- The Architect's Newspaper
Jonathan Hilburg: Outdoor dining could become permanent in NYC as architects innovate: The city's outdoor dining program was first sketched out in May when Rockwell Group and the NYC Hospitality Alliance teamed up to create a modular, replicable template for how diners might safely inhabit the sidewalk without impeding pedestrian flow...proposal could make the plan permanent to help eateries weather future waves of coronavirus. -- SHoP Architects; Baltimore’s Design for Distancing project- The Architect's Newspaper
ANN feature: Samuel G. White, FAIA: Additions to Historic Buildings: The Legacy of Paul Spencer Byard: The author of "The Architecture of Additions," published 20 years ago, proposed parameters for evaluating additions to historic buildings - more timely than ever considering the proposed Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal buildings.- ArchNewsNow.com
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