Today’s News - Thursday, November 5, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, November 10 (maybe we'll know who the next president will be by then?). In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe.
● ANN feature: astudio's Richard Hyams kicks off the new series Building for the Next Generation. #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.
● Gunts reports good news: BIG is leading an impressive team to design a new "cascading" student center for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; the bad news: it entails demolishing Williams & Tsien's 2001 three-building arts complex, the Mattin Center.
● Milwaukee suburbs "tout their historic districts" that are also high-traffic shopping districts, but their dilemma: businesses "are not permitted to remodel historic features to meet modern ADA accessibility standards" (some have ramps in back, but no signs at the front entrance).
● Timothy A. Schuler delves into the initiatives and designers who are embracing "fire as the ecological and cultural force that it is" - 'living with water' has become mainstream. There is potential for practitioners to begin treating fire the same way - as an organizing framework. Call it pyrologic urbanism."
● Julia Gamolina's great Q&A with Susan T. Rodriguez re: her years with Polshek/Ennead, striking out on her own, and her advice for young architects "I still find it astonishing how we can make a lasting, permanent imprint on the world and what a huge responsibility it is - commit and get things done."
● Now open for voting: Inaugural ArchDaily 2020 Architectural Visualization Awards - "your votes will result in 750 visualizations being filtered down to just 30."
● The NYC Public Design Commission announces 11 winners of the 38th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design - "projects exemplifying how good design serves communities."
● The Fundació Mies van der Rohe announces the 2nd Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture is awarded to the production of the documentary "[On Set with] Lilly Reich" by Valencian architects Laura Lizondo Sevilla, Débora Domingo Calabuig, and Avelina Prat García.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Dave Hora kicks off a new ANN series: Nature of Order: Christopher Alexander's work and its importance in shaping a healthy, living world (based on a program by Sorrento, Italy-based Building Beauty).
Weekend diversions + Page-turners:
● Sign up for the Open House Worldwide Festival, November 14-15 - a weekend of free events on the future of cities with architects, designers, urbanists, and citizens in over 40 cities - live-streamed non-stop for 48 hours.
● Kathryn Shanks' Q&A with Vienna-based artist and critic Walter Seidl, curator of "Spaces of No Control" now on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, where "visitors can explore what it means to exist in and interact with public spaces increasingly controlled by an elite few."
● Kamin's (non)review of Reardon's "The Loop: The 'L' Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago" - a "deeply researched and vividly written" book that "reminds us that the fate of the Loop elevated tracks and the historic Loop are an essential part of Chicago's identity."
● Zoovia Hamiduddin cheers Diana Darke's "Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe" - an "engaging, eye-opening, and meticulously researched book on architecture and politics" that exposes "the imperial mindset of the Europeans."
● Betsky x 2: He goes "in search of a new vernacular" via a "series of books that spotlight the postwar emergence of Modernist housing. The most comprehensive is Benjamin & Sabatino's 'Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975'" + "Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone": "I am not sure that he ever made Houston modern - but he certainly built some of the most interesting examples of Modernism there."
● His search continues: "Of Barns and Palaces: John Yeon, Northwest Architect" by J.M. Cava spotlights the "self-trained, high-society architect in Portland, Ore" + "Triangle Modern Architecture" by Victoria Ballard Bell spotlights "Modernist architects who worked in North Carolina. Their influence was, in the end, limited" and "not a true vernacular. It is time to ask the question again: What would be a true American vernacular?"
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ANN feature: Richard Hyams: Building for the Next Generation #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.- ArchNewsNow.com
Edward Gunts: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group will replace Johns Hopkins University’s Mattin Center with a cascading complex: $200-million-to-$250 million student center expected to open on the...Homewood campus in Baltimore by the fall of 2024...will replace...three-building arts complex designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects [in 2001]...location...has been controversial...Williams and Tsien made a public plea for Hopkins to consult with them and incorporate their buildings into the new center, but that ultimately seems to not have happened. -- Shepley Bulfinch; Rockwell Group; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates- The Architect's Newspaper
In Waukesha, preserving the city's historic spaces comes at the cost of accessibility: In suburban Milwaukee, places like Waukesha and Greendale tout their historic districts... located in high-traffic shopping districts where the original structures are exempt from following accessibility standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]...The conflict between preservation and accessibility is common along Waukesha's bustling Main Street, where about 40 businesses, within two historic districts, are not permitted to remodel historic features to meet modern accessibility standards.- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Timothy A. Schuler: Friendly Fire: It's time for designers to embrace fire as the ecological and cultural force that it is: ...cities across the country have, over the past 15 years, learned to “live with water"...The idea of living with water is mainstream. Now, there are glimmers of a similarly paradigmatic shift taking place around another destructive force: fire....There is potential...for practitioners to begin treating fire the same way they do water - as an organizing framework. Call it pyrologic urbanism, or “living with fire"...just as many waterfront parks function simultaneously as civic and stormwater infrastructure, open space networks can reduce wildfire risk if managed appropriately. -- ArcDR3 (Architecture and Urban Design for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience) Initiative; Hitoshi Abe/Jeffrey Inaba/David Jimenez Iniesta/UCLA xLAB; Scott Streeb/Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA); Stephanie Grigsby/Design Workshop- The Architect's Newspaper
Julia Gamolina: Design's Responsibility: Susan T. Rodriguez on Curiosity, Collaboration, and Lasting Imprints: Q&A re: her years with Polshek / Ennead and striking out on her own, advising young architects to bring the best of who they are to the task: What has surprised you the most? "One of the biggest surprises was that in making public architecture you inherently become a public person. Getting good at that is essential!...I still find it astonishing how we can make a lasting, permanent imprint on the world and what a huge responsibility it is...commit and get things done." -- Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership); STR|A·D studio- Madame Architect
ArchDaily's 2020 Architectural Visualization Awards are Now Open for Voting: ...your votes will result in 750 visualizations being filtered down to just 30 – representing the best in each visualization category: Exterior, Interior, and Conceptual. First stage deadline: November 18; final round : November 25- ArchDaily
NYC Public Design Commission Announces Winners of the 38th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design: PDC [Public Design Commission] members selected 11 winning projects exemplifying how good design serves communities. -- Vicki Been; Signe Nielsen; Justin Garrett Moore; Melissa Calderon; Garrison Architects; S9 Architecture; Marvel Architects; Abel Bainnson Butz; LevenBetts; Scape Landscape Architecture; Olalekan Jeyifous; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects; Allied Works Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; CDM Smith; NV5; Mark Reigelman II; Ikon.5 Architects; Arup; SWA/Balsley; Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism- Architect Magazine
2nd Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture awarded to the production of the documentary "[On Set with] Lilly Reich" by Valencian architects Laura Lizondo Sevilla, Débora Domingo Calabuig, and Avelina Prat García: ...will deal with the contextual limitation of the professional field and the recognition of Lilly Reich’s work through...two contrasting arguments: what she contributed (what was done) and what was explained about her (what was narrated). A story that puts two timelines in parallel - that of her production and that of her historical representation...- Mies van der Rohe Foundation / Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Open House Worldwide Festival - November 14-15: A weekend of free events on the future of cities. With contributions from architects, designers, urbanists and citizens in over 40 cities across the network, we will tackle the most important issues facing our built environments across the world, from the climate crisis to housing; transport to post-pandemic design...non-stop 48 hour livestream will be free to watch...- Open House Worldwide
Kathryn Shanks: Austrian Cultural Forum New York: "Spaces of No Control": ...originally "Spaces of Control," focusing on the control and curation of cityscapes, but...shifted...for the majority of city-dwellers, access to or restriction from their environment is out of their hands, which has both a physical and psychical impact...visitors can explore what it means to exist in and interact with public spaces increasingly controlled by an elite few. thru January 10, 2021- Casper Magazine (Australia)
Blair Kamin: ‘Rolling Thunder:’ The Loop ‘L’ tracks shaped downtown Chicago and unified a divided city. They still matter today, a new book reminds us: ...deeply researched and vividly written..."The Loop: The ‘L’ Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago" by Patrick T. Reardon... If the book has a hero, it’s Charles Yerkes...[who] should rank with Daniel Burnham and Richard J. Daley as one of the most consequential shapers of Chicago, Reardon argues. Why? Because the Union Loop...was a powerful centralizing force...[book] is nothing if not timely. It reminds us that the fate of the Loop elevated tracks and the historic Loop are deeply interconnected. Both are an essential part of Chicago’s identity and require constant attention and reinvention. -- John Alexander Low Waddell- Chicago Tribune
Zoovia Hamiduddin: Europe's Cultural Appropriations: Diana Darke’s "Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe" is an engaging, eye-opening and meticulously researched book on architecture and politics lays bare how some of Europe’s most iconic architecture was borrowed from the Middle East and early Islam...From Christopher Wren to John Ruskin, from Antoni Gaudi to Le Corbusier - all have acknowledged the influence of Islamic architecture. What Darke euphemistically terms “misinformation”...the imperial mindset of the Europeans she has exposed- Dawn.com (Pakistan)
Aaron Betsky: In Search of a New Vernacular: a series of books that spotlight the postwar emergence of Modernist housing: The most comprehensive of these is Susan Benjamin and Michelangelo Sabatino’s "Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975"...the qualities of these modern structures often stood in sharp contrast to the style of neighboring houses, as the book’s photographs clearly demonstrate...Sabatino collaborated on (with Barrie Scardino Bradley and Stephen Fox), "Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone"...he built a successful practice with his idiosyncratic designs...I am not sure that Barnstone ever made Houston modern, as the title implies, but he certainly built some of the most interesting examples of Modernism there.- Architect Magazine
Aaron Betsky: In Search of a New Vernacular Redux: John Yeon, Triangle Modernism, and the difficulty of building an architecture of its place: "Of Barns and Palaces: John Yeon, Northwest Architect" by J.M. Cava...features the work of Yeon, a self-trained, high-society architect in Portland, Ore. "Triangle Modern Architecture" by Victoria Ballard Bell...spotlights the group of Modernist architects who worked in North Carolina...Their influence was, in the end, limited. For starters, [they] worked for the commissioning elite...This was not...a true vernacular...It is time to ask the question again: What would be a true American vernacular? -- Henry Kamphoefer; G. Milton Small Jr.; Harwell Hamilton Harris; George Matsumoto; Eduardo Catalano- Architect Magazine
ANN feature: Dave Hora: Nature of Order #1: Christopher Alexander's work and its importance in shaping a healthy, living world: There is an undercurrent of the idea that architecture, when carried out with processes that Alexander presents in "The Nature of Order," can indeed lead to a more whole and humane society.- ArchNewsNow.com
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