Today’s News - Wednesday, January 6, 2021
● A sad way to start the day: Julie Lasky pays eloquent tribute to Jack Lenor Larsen, who "clothed the windows and furnishings of sleek modern towers as if they were fashion models" and "influenced major cultural figures" ("an adventurous colorist - he befriended the yellow family").
● Madeleine Luckel pays tribute to Paige Rense, who "led Architectural Digest to new heights over the course of her 35-year tenure - she imbued its pages with star wattage on all possible fronts."
● Bill Millard talks to architectural leaders who speak of the Biden-Harris administration "in tones of relief, hope, and urgency. Turning crisis into opportunity has rarely been so imperative."
● Martin Pedersen's Q&A with Raphael Sperry, president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, re: AIA altering its Code of Ethics on prison design: "It's so great to see powerful new advocates expanding on that message and making it much stronger."
● Rowan Moore: x 2: Why Trump is wrong in thinking only traditional buildings are beautiful + Lethal mistakes re: COVID-19 + His number's up: Philip Johnson.
● He talks to 95-year-old cellist - and Holocaust survivor - Anita Lasker-Wallfisch re: why she "believes that plans for a UK Holocaust memorial are 'counter-productive'. What matters most is education - there is a need for something more than remembrance" (she says it's also "in the wrong place").
● Justin Davidson explains why New York should use Guadalajara's biggest market "(part Port Authority Bus Terminal, part Johnson Wax Headquarters)" as a model "to create a large-scale, wide-open, democratic shopping space in the urban fabric."
● Schuler talks to Tillett, Schwendinger, and others re: the bright - and dark - side of "smart" streetlights - and the role lighting designers and landscape architects have "to keep the psychosocial effects of lighting" from slipping "down the list of considerations" so public lighting doesn't "revert to being the sole domain of state power and the police."
● Welton x 2: He profiles Black architects in North Carolina who "have created a series of sparkling buildings in the public realm, not just in their design, but in their celebration of diversity and inclusion."
● He profiles Durham architect Zena Howard. The late Phil Freelon recruited her in 2003, and passed her "the practice baton" - her "inquisitive mind and a perceptive eye" result in "design that delivers a positive impact on people's lives."
● Rochester, NY's first Black architect, Thomas W. Boyde, Jr., "built a legacy fit to be studied. Now it will be. His legacy, intact but faint 40 years after his death in 1981, will be burnished" ("Still in 2020, there is only one Black licensed architect in town").
● Roger Sands talks to bevy of hospitality architects re: emerging hotel design trends in light of "the new normal" to "ensure the safety and well-being of both guests and staff."
● Jane Margolies delves into "a new tool in treating mental illness: building design. The new approach feels particularly timely, given the surge in mental health issues created by the pandemic."
● The Architects Foundation names the 2021 Richard Morris Hunt Prize recipients who will receive a travel fellowship to France to study innovations in historic preservation.
Looking forward, looking back:
● Lizzie Crook rounds up "12 of the most interesting architecture projects that are slated for completion in 2021 (some surprises to us!).
● Giulia Ricci rounds up the 10 best architecture projects of 2020.
ICYMI x 3 ANN features:
● Peter Gisolfi: Consider the Place.
● Trahan Architects & Spackman Mossop Michaels' design for the renewal of Luther George Park in Springdale, Arkansas.
● Duda & Paine: Predicting the Unpredictable - 2021 Workplace Trends.
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Obituary by Julie Lasky: Jack Lenor Larsen, Innovative Textile Designer, 93: He blended ancient techniques and modern technology to weave fabrics that are in the collections of MoMA and the Louvre...: He rejected offers of an academic career to open his own textile business in 1952 in New York City, where he clothed the windows and furnishings of sleek modern towers as if they were fashion models...He also influenced major cultural figures...an adventurous colorist...he befriended the yellow family...Rigorous standards, elegant comportment and an easy way among influential people...closely associated with the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine...led the committee that invited Edward Larrabee Barnes to design the campus...- New York Times
Obituary by Madeleine Luckel: Paige Rense, Longtime Editor of Architectural Digest, 91: Rense led the magazine to new heights over the course of her 35-year tenure: ...she imbued its pages with star wattage on all possible fronts...did not ignore the ample talent within the interior design and architectural fields...She regularly updated the annual AD100 list - which continues to be a key benchmark of success for designers today... Lee Mindel: “The world of art, architecture, landscape, and design has lost one of its founding members..."- Architectural Digest
Bill Millard: Bettin' On Biden? The country is at an inflection point. Will the president-elect make the most of it? ...architectural leaders speak of the incoming administration in tones of relief, hope, and urgency...Turning crisis into opportunity has rarely been so imperative...Views on what the AEC industries can expect...range from granular policy recommendations to comprehensive rethinking of systems and values...the global COVID moment is “a pause button” revealing “our resiliency or lack thereof"...changes will call for imagination on the part of architects, planners, and owners. -- Heidi Creighton/Buro Happold; Jonathan Marve/Marvel Architects/Resilient Power Puerto Rico; Christiana Moss/Studio Ma; Vishaan Chakrabarti/PAU; Lance Jay Brown/Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism/AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Edward Mazria/Architecture 2030; Brian Swett/Trent Lethco/Arup; Carmi Bee/RKTB Architects; Tomas Rossant/Ennead; Jonathan F.P. Rose; Jonathan Kirschenfeld/Institute for Public Architecture- The Architect's Newspaper
Martin C. Pedersen: Why the AIA Finally Decided to Alter Its Code of Ethics on Prison Design: Q&A with Raphael Sperry, who helped lead the effort: ...the culmination of almost a decade of intense lobbying by Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and its president: "I can’t think of a better example of a clear change than what AIA has just done...ADPSR called for a prison design boycott and development of alternatives to incarceration in 2003. It’s so great to see powerful new advocates expanding on that message and making it much stronger." -- Design As Protest; AIA New York; Smithgroup; Designing Justice + Designing Spaces- Common Edge
Rowan Moore: Donald Trump thinks only traditional buildings are beautiful. He’s wrong: Architects must do more to engage with the public...: America has beautiful and popular non-traditional structures...and it has crude and soulless classical buildings + Lethal mistakes + His number’s up: Philip Johnson- Observer (UK)
Rowan Moore: Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: 'No memorial can come anywhere near what happened': The [95-year-old] cellist believes that plans for a UK Holocaust memorial are ‘counter-productive’. What matters most...is education...The memorial, she says, is in the wrong place...[she] questions the £100m cost - “an unbelievable amount of stupid money spent on what, exactly?”...Her opposition is not...because she thinks that the Holocaust should be forgotten...constricted site of the gardens has led to the omission of an auditorium, classrooms and other elements...there is a need for something more than remembrance.- Observer (UK)
Justin Davidson: What New York Should Learn From Guadalajara’s Biggest Market: A way to create a large-scale, wide-open, democratic shopping space in the urban fabric: Mercado Libertad (or Mercado San Juan de Dios) is a hive of the city’s social life, its commercial heart...from this distance and at this moment, it also feels like a wellspring of inspiration...like entering a roofed, three-tiered metropolis...with scarcely a wasted inch...If real-estate investors are looking for a new/old, less expensive or exclusionary way to get people buying, selling, and noshing, they might forget about copying Europe and make a field trip to Guadalajara instead. -- Alejandro Zohn- Curbed New York
Timothy A. Schuler: The Dark Side of Light: Sensor bundles integrated into streetlights can measure everything from traffic flow to ambient noise...gunshot detection software...a dream from a law enforcement standpoint has raised the hackles of watchdog groups and privacy advocates...connected luminaires will have profound implications for the future of the public realm...lighting designers and landscape architects...can play a...role...If the psychosocial effects of lighting slip down...the list of considerations...Does public lighting revert to being the sole domain of state power and the police? -- Linnaea Tillett/Tillett Lighting Design Associates; Leni Schwendinger/International Nighttime Design Initiative; Arup; Planning4Places; Supernormal- Landscape Architecture Magazine / American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
J. Michael Welton: These Black architects in North Carolina turn to design to make their voices heard: ...have created a series of sparkling buildings in the public realm, not just in their design, but in their celebration of diversity and inclusion. There’s a common thread among many of the designers I spoke with: Phil Freelon...these Black architects and designers have encountered racial injustices in subtle and overt ways...[they] choose optimism over cynicism...and succeed because they care about people and places...they’re working to make the Triangle a more functional, vibrant and beautiful place. -- The Freelon Group; Perkins & Will; Edwin Harris/Terry Canada/Billy Askey/Evoke Studio; Victor Vines/Robert Thomas/Vines Architecture; Andre Johnson Architect; Alicia Hylton-Daniel/Hylton Daniel Design + Construction; Niki McNeill Brown/Single Bubble Pop- News & Observer (North Carolina)
J. Michael Welton: Durham architect [Zena Howard] stands at the top of the Triangle’s Black architecture community: The late Phil Freelon recruited her to join his Durham-based firm 2003...In 2014, the Freelon Group merged with Perkins & Will...he already had passed the practice baton on to Howard, who embraced his groundbreaking practice of “Remembrance Design"...In L.A., the result is Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile stretch...11 parks, and a series of permanent art exhibits...the product of an inquisitive mind and a perceptive eye - with design that delivers a positive impact on people’s lives. -- Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group- News & Observer (North Carolina)
Justin Murphy: Rochester's first Black architect built a legacy fit to be studied. Now it will be: Thomas W. Boyde Jr. was an architect but also an engineer at heart, and that meant resolving problems with certainty...the designer of hundreds of houses, offices, stores and community buildings...His legacy, intact but faint 40 years after his death in 1981, will be burnished...through a $30,000 "cultural preservation survey"...too much attention has been paid to his race and not enough to his work...Much has changed...but much has stayed the same...Still in 2020, there is only one Black licensed architect in town. -- Christopher Brand/Bero Architecture; Troy Williams/LaBella Associates; Jennifer Takatch/Architectura; Falon Uloth- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York)
Roger Sands: Hospitality Architects Outline Emerging Hotel Design Trends: In order to adjust to the new normal, innovative architects are now creating designs that ensure the safety and well-being of both guests and staff. Several prominent architects recently offered their opinions concerning the new design world of the hospitality industry. -- Clay Markham/CallisonRTKL; Robyn Novak/NELSON Worldwide; JoyceLynn Lagula/Wilson Associates; Dwayne MacEwen/DMAC Architecture; David Shove-Brown/David Tracz/ //3877; Griz Dwigh/GrizForm Design Architects; Shay Lam/TPG Architecture; JCJ Architecture- Forbes
Jane Margolies: A New Tool in Treating Mental Illness: Building Design: Research into the health effects of natural and man-made surroundings is spurring the development of psychiatric facilities that feel more residential: ...with welcoming entrances, smaller living units within larger buildings and a variety of gathering spaces. Nature plays a big role...The new approach... feels particularly timely, given the surge in mental health issues created by the pandemic...Demand for treatment has soared...there is no one-size-fits-all design solution...safety measures are crucial...it is more expensive...But advocates say the upfront expenditure may result in savings down the road... -- WRNS Studio; Francis Murdock Pitts/Architecture+; Shary Adams/HGA; Richard Dallam/NBBJ; Angela Mazzi/GBBN- New York Times
Architects Foundation Names 2021 Richard Morris Hunt Prize Recipients: The winners will receive a travel fellowship to France to study innovations in historic preservation: Prize has been fostering and supporting cross-cultural professional exchange between France and the United States since 1990. U.S. design professionals study in France, and French design professionals study in the U.S. during alternating years. -- Jonathan Bell; Gregoire Holeyman/Barnstar Architects- Architect Magazine
Lizzie Crook: Twelve buildings to look forward to in 2021: From a coastal library by MAD to an adaptive reuse project by Tadao Ando, we've rounded up 12 of the most interesting architecture projects that are slated for completion... -- Adjaye Associates; SANAA; Thomas Heatherwick; Niney et Marca Architectes; Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects & Gottlieb Paludan Architects; Fosters + Partners; Snøhetta; MVRDV; Holloway Studio; Herzog & de Meuron; Zaha Hadid Architects- Dezeen
Giulia Ricci: Best 10 architecture projects of 2020: A selection buildings and interventions...from the challenges of density to the experiments in materiality, from reclaiming space for the public realm to building as a tool for inclusion. -- Lina Ghotmeh; Steven Holl Architects; Álvaro Siza/COR Arquitectos; Sophie Delhay architecte; Studio Anna Heringer; Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven & Julian Harrap Architects; Unparelld'arquitectes; Christ & Gantenbein; Albertfaus Architecture; Studio Zhu-Pei- Domus
ANN feature: Peter Gisolfi: Consider the Place: The idea of place is a much freer, more far reaching, and potentially more inspiring understanding of setting than one that simply extols the virtues of contextual design.- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Trahan Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels reveal their design for the renewal of Luther George Park in downtown Springdale, Arkansas: The project is made possible by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation'sDesign Excellence Program.- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Turan Duda, FAIA & Jeffrey Paine, FAIA: Predicting the Unpredictable - 2021 Workplace Trends: Several emerging trends will improve our ability to navigate the future with employee health and wellness in mind.- ArchNewsNow.com
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