Today’s News - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
● UK's Prince William is dedicating $65 million to create the Earthshot Prize, a "Nobel-like prize for the environment," to be awarded annually to five people, organizations or groups for solutions to five environmental objectives - each winner will receive $1.3 million. Nominations open November 1.
● Hannah Wood speaks to an impressive group of "practitioners and educators taking on the challenge of adapting to the climate emergency - striving to embed climate principles into their practice and organizations."
● Lina Liakou of Resilient Cities Network & Piero Pelizzaro, Milan's chief resilience officer, on how to tackle "a resilient recovery - the road to better cities after COVID-19" - they outline why and how cities must "integrate the four dimensions of urban resilience."
● Ravenscroft reports on Foster's speech at the UN Forum of Mayors in Geneva: "'Is Covid-19 going to change our cities? The answer is no'" - but it "could lead to more sustainable buildings, a 'renaissance' for urban farming and a 'new future' for monorails -"cities will prove their resilience and appeal - they will bounce back stronger and better.'"
● Aggi Cantrill parses Berlin's pop-up bike lanes, created during the pandemic, that have become "a flashpoint in the city's efforts to reshape its transport system - the bike lanes - and the resistance to them - represent an intensification of an ongoing push to transform Berlin from a car-dependent city."
● Barbiroglio parses "Air," a project by architects in Barcelona - "an unprecedented mapping of the city that shows the impact of air pollution on the health of citizens and their vulnerabilities" - a proposal to represent Catalonia at the Venice Biennale (postponed to 2021).
● Nate Berg uses reports of 1,000 birds crashing into Philadelphia buildings in one night ("no one knows why") to report on the efforts, progress, and challenges in designing bird-safe buildings.
● UPenn's Weitzman School of Design launches a new historic preservation initiative - the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites that "first began at the end of 2019 with the establishment of a partnership with the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University."
● Gretchen Wilkins, Head of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, "says that in the face of an uncertain future, radically open architecture schools could foster whole new types of creative practice" - as Cranbrook did when it opened in 1932. "Perhaps all every school needs is a great big barn."
● Charles Holland's letter to a young architect ("he should probably develop some other hobbies"): "I have but three pieces of advice for you - #4. Don't listen to old people's advice."
● Stephen Hicks talks to LGBTQI+ architects re: how "workplace norms are changing - but how inclusive is the profession? Visibility is costly when architects aren't sure how they will be perceived" (happy endings for those profiled here).
● Pedersen's Q&A with Frances Anderton re: leaving KCRW (boo hoo!), the upcoming Olympics, L.A. River improvements, mass transit, and LACMA controversies that bookended her DnA show: "And they're more or less the same controversy! It is ironic..."
● Ravenscroft brings us eyefuls of SANAA's first project in Australia: Sydney Modern - an extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales "designed to contrast the existing 19th-century neo-classical buildings" (and includes an underground World War II oil tank converted into an art space).
● Link to eyefuls of the 3 winners of Chicago's Winter Dining Challenge that include "modular cabins with radiant heat, modular blocks with seats and heat, and modified kotatsus that serve as heated tables" - the initiative includes a $500,000 grant program to help Chicago restaurants fund "winterizing" their outdoor spaces.
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UK's Prince William launches Nobel-like prize for the environment: ...dedicating $65 million to create...Earthshot Prize will be awarded annually to five people, organizations or groups for solutions to the five "earthshot" objectives...the hope is to have at least 50 solutions to problems within each of five areas by 2030...Each winner will receive £1 million ($1.3 million)...Nominations will open on November 1...- CNN World
Hannah Wood: Architects take Climate Action! Archinect speaks to practitioners and educators taking on the challenge of adapting to the climate emergency: ...striving to embed climate principles into their practice and organizations. -- Matthew Barnett Howland/Dido Milne/CSK Architects; Architects’ Declare; Clara Bagenal George/London Energy Transformation Initiative; Billy Fleming/Stuart Weitzman School of Design McHarg Center; Scott McAulay/ Anthropocene Architecture School- Archinect
Lina Liakou & Piero Pelizzaro: A resilient recovery - the road to better cities after COVID-19: From health to the environment, solutions must recognize how the systems that support urban life are inextricably linked: The pandemic has exposed all the problems we were not paying enough attention to...Our health and wellbeing, economy and society, infrastructure and environment, and leadership and governance - the four dimensions of urban resilience - cannot be improved in isolation...Cities must pursue responses that integrate the four dimensions of resilience.- Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Tom Ravenscroft: "Is Covid-19 going to change our cities? The answer is no," says Norman Foster: ...but could lead to more sustainable buildings, a "renaissance" for urban farming and a "new future" for monorails..."it has merely hastened, accelerated trends...that were already apparent before the pandemic...He compared the current coronavirus pandemic with previous crises...which led to improvements in building standards and health-driven architecture..."cities will prove their resilience and appeal - they will bounce back stronger and better..." -- Foster + Partners- Dezeen
Aggi Cantrill: Pop-Up Bike Lanes and the Fight Over Berlin’s Streets: New spaces created during the pandemic are coming under attack from politicians and the auto industry, while cycling advocates say the changes don't go far enough: ...a flashpoint in the city's efforts to reshape its transport system...Like many cities, Berlin is accelerating a redesign of its urban spaces as residents take to cycling and walking to avoid confined buses and subways... efforts to create more permanent bike lanes - and the resistance to them - represent an intensification of an ongoing push to transform Berlin from a car-dependent city...The debate...has thrown light on the challenges found in catering to the needs of different groups.- Bloomberg CityLab
Emanuela Barbiroglio: Architects In Barcelona Use Data To Make Air Pollution Visible: ...project Air, an unprecedented mapping of the city that shows the impact of air pollution on the health of citizens and their vulnerabilities. As a result of the research, 12 urgent measures have been identified...Born as a proposal to represent Catalonia, in Spain, at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (postponed to 2021)...research for Air began in 2019 and pushes the boundaries of the theme ‘How will we live together?’. “In fact,” says the curator Olga Subirós, “we have read this question in a very radical way, as ‘How will we survive together?’” -- Institut Ramon Llull; Mar Santamaria/Pablo Martínez/300.000 Km/s studio- Forbes
Nate Berg: 1,000 birds crashed into Philadelphia buildings overnight. No one knows why: Birds commonly fly into the sides of buildings, but design changes can help: It’s a problem even Congress is trying to address...passed $1.5 trillion House bill, the Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2019 requires new and renovated public buildings to use materials and facade designs aimed at reducing bird collisions... now awaiting attention in the Senate, where its prospects are unclear. Some citie...have passed ordinances requiring the use of bird-safe materials...many architects have begun to implement bird-safe features in their designs...One challenge is the availability and cost of bird-friendly materials. -- Studio Gang; Renzo Piano; FXFowle- Fast Company / Co.Design
The Weitzman School of Design launches a center for civil rights sites preservation: ...a new historic preservation initiative...the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS)...led by...Randall Mason, an associate professor in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at [University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia] and former director [of the school’s] nonprofit community engagement and consulting arm, PennPraxis...CPCRS first began at the end of 2019 with the establishment of an 18-month partnership [with] the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University...- The Architect's Newspaper
Could a radically open architecture school help graduates invent jobs? Australian educator Gretchen Wilkins, Head of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, says that in the face of an uncertain future, architecture schools could foster whole new types of creative practice.: Higher education is at its best a place...for open experimentation and discovery of pathways and practices that we didn’t see going in, rather than for fulfilling prerequisites for predestined jobs coming out...When Cranbrook opened, the focus could not have been on preparing graduates for jobs - this was 1932 and there were no jobs. Rather, students had to invent jobs by making work. Whole new types of creative practice emerged...today...architecture school may be the best place to make that idea a reality. Perhaps all every school needs is a great big barn.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Charles Holland: letter to a young architect:Holland runs a practice as well as teaching and writing about architecture. He should probably develop some other hobbies: Dear Young Architect, I have but three pieces of advice for you: PS 4. Don’t listen to old people’s advice.- Architectural Review (UK)
Stephen Hicks: Out in Architecture? Workplace norms are changing, but how inclusive is the profession for LGBTQI+ architects? As architecture catches up to the broader society, the visibility of out LGBTQI+ architect...has the potential to revolutionize the profession, but it can still be difficult for someone to openly be gay or transgender...Visibility is costly when architects aren’t sure how they will be perceived...Outing oneself...can yield different results depending on the architect’s race, the firm’s leadership, the state’s civil rights legal protections, and the presence of allies and advocates within a specific company. -- Julia Oderda/VCBO Architecture; Amy Braun/HMC Architects; Kevin Johnson/SmithGroup; Devin Davis/Vocon; Larry Paschall/Spotted Dog Architecture- AIArchitect / American Institute of Architects
Martin C. Pedersen: Frances Anderton on Leaving KCRW, DnA, and What Comes Next: Q&A re: about the decision to step away from the station, her hopes for continuing the design dialogue, and the current state of things in Los Angeles: The whole span of the show [DnA] is bookended by LACMA controversies. "And they’re more or less the same controversy! ...it is ironic..."- Common Edge
Tom Ravenscroft: SANAA reveals Sydney Modern art gallery expansion: ...an extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales...overlooks Sydney Harbour...Designed to contrast the existing 19th-century neo-classical buildings...a series of rectangular pavilions...step down a hill towards Woolloomooloo Bay...interlocked pavilions will be connected by a large, multi-level atrium that will have views towards Sydney Harbour...a World War II oil tank...will be converted into a 2,200-square-metre underground art space..[project is] SANAA's first in Australia. -- Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa- Dezeen
Chicago’s Winter Dining Challenge Winners Announced, Restaurateurs Remain Skeptical: Who’s going to pay to heat these cabins? The winning ideas are modular cabins with radiant heat, modular blocks with seats and heat, and modified kotatsus that serve as heated tables...Each will receive a $5,000 cash prize....a new $500,000 grant program that’s designed to help Chicago restaurants fund “winterizing” efforts in their outdoor spaces...created in partnership with restaurant association and...DoorDash. -- ASD | SKY; Neil Reindel/Perkins&Will; Ellie Henderson/Purohit Navigation- Eater Chicago
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