Today’s News - Friday, September 10, 2010
• On the eve of 9/11, we cheer our ever-resilient city (and hope reasonable minds prevail): Kolker considers "the remains of that day wait patiently to be returned to ground zero from a hangar at JFK" and documentarian Steven Rosenbaum's new project, "Engaging Absence."
• Rosenbaum considers why mainstream media seem to get the WTC project wrong: "they continue to miss the important and historic work that is going on. The sacred sky will remain empty - the pools, pavilion, and underground chambers are what matters. And those projects are very much on schedule" (both stories have great images, videos).
• An in-depth look at Louisiana State University's Coastal Sustainability Studio that "combines immediate and long-range solutions with the aim of making the landscapes of New Orleans, the Delta, and the Gulf of Mexico once again resilient and adaptive."
• Coupland and PLANT win competition to design the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa.
• Meanwhile, the City of Ottawa "has thrown down the gauntlet" to the Ontario Heritage Trust, saying it has no say in relocation of the 1914 Horticulture Building as part of the Lansdowne redevelopment.
• Tucson's 200-year-old "White Dove of the Desert" landmark has church leaders "in a race against time" to find money to finish its restoration.
• Stantec continues its buying spree, this time setting its eyes on Burt Hill.
• Call for entries reminder: 58th Annual P/A Awards.
• Weekend diversions:
• New London Architecture presents an amazing(!) model that shows off London 2030, bristling with a forest of glittering new skyscrapers and so much more.
• In NYC, "Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry" on view at The Jewish Museum, and Corbu's "Miracle Boxes" at Pratt's Higgins Hall.
• "Water for a Sustainable City: Hetch Hetchy and San Francisco" at AIASF's Center for Architecture + Design.
• In Florence, Alabama, "Early Works of Architects Hurtig, Gardner and Froelich" features futuristic 1950s architectural designs by Bruce Goff protégés.
• In L.A., Aschheim's "Nostalgia for the Future" offers "singular drawings and architectural installations of eccentric modernist landmarks of Southern California" (great pix).
• Gruber's Part 4 (and final?) take on "Urban Design" (the book): Richard Sommer's essay "is the most spirited defense of the classic (1950s) notion that Urban Design is what's needed to create a coherent city."
• Merkel wanders through Gatje's "Great Public Squares," and finds it "almost as good as being there."
• Higgins' "The Grid Book" suggests "that interdisciplinary design, being the product of a synthesis between nature and geometry, ultimately inspired the birth of a distinctively modernist sensibility."
• "The Man Who Changed Shanghai" chronicles Hudec's life and his impact on the cityscape during its most iconic period.
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Inside the Future 9/11 Reliquary: A year before the memorial opens, the remains of that day wait patiently to be returned to ground zero from a hangar at JFK...Steven Rosenbaum embarked on a new 9/11 project, this one focused on the memorial..."Engaging Absence"...videotaping the construction of the center... [images, video]- New York Magazine
Why The Mainstream Media Gets the WTC Project Wrong: ...as the media and the tourists stand at street level and look up at the sky – they continue to miss the important and historic work that is going on. The sacred sky will remain empty – the pools, pavilion, and underground chambers are what matters. And those projects are very much on schedule. By Steve Rosenbaum -- Michael Arad; Santiago Calatrava [images, slide show]- Mediaite
In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water: Elizabeth Mossop and Jeffrey Carney describe the impetus for the multidisciplinary Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University...now on exhibit at the Venice Biennale — which combines immediate and long-range solutions with the aim of making the landscapes of New Orleans, the Delta and the Gulf of Mexico once again resilient and adaptive.[slide show]- Places Journal
Douglas Coupland designs Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial: "We Were There"...expected to be unveiled in March 2012...at LeBreton Flats, near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. -- PLANT Architect [images]- CBC (Canada)
Back off on building, city tells Ontario Heritage Trust: Provincial body told it has no power to stop relocation of the Horticulture Building as part of the Lansdowne redevelopment...Even if the decision is made to keep the [building] in place...it would still have to be dismantled temporarily to allow a parking garage to be built underneath...would compromise its heritage value. -- Francis Sullivan (1914)- Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
Lack of funds endangers Arizona's "White Dove of the Desert" landmark: In a state where so much is new, Mission San Xavier del Bac is an elegant reminder of old Arizona. The more than 200-year-old building...east tower is in dire shape...church leaders are in a race against time as they try to find money to finish the restoration. -- Bob Vint/Vint & Associates Architects [slide show]- Arizona Republic
Burt Hill acquired by Stantec: ...Pittsburgh area’s largest architect firm is being acquired by the largest architecture firm in Canada...would accompany another recent acquisition of...Anshen + Allen, adding 800 staff to the 10,000-employee company. As part of a larger plan to acquire nine architecture firms this year...- Pittsburgh Business Times
Call for entries reminder: 58th Annual P/A Awards (U.S., Canada, or Mexico); deadline: October 8- Architect Magazine
London 2030: Modelling the future: A forest of glittering new skyscrapers bristles from the City of London, the completed Olympic Park transforms the East End and the £17bn Crossrail line straddles the metropolis at last. This is London 2030. But made entirely of Perspex. -- New London Architecture [images]- BBC
"Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry" on view at The Jewish Museum through October 31...“If you really want to go back into the past, why not do fish?” [images]- The Jewish Museum (NYC)
"Le Corbusier — Miracle Boxes" shows the architect in all his weird glory at Pratt’s Higgins Hall Auditorium through Oct. 15...follows the complete genealogy of ideas and design of [his] public buildings...- YourNabe.com (NYC)
"Water for a Sustainable City: Hetch Hetchy and San Francisco" at the Center for Architecture + Design comprehensively investigates how the city’s water system has been organized to adapt to the larger urban fabric....through October 29- AIA San Francisco
Exhibit features futuristic '50s architectural designs: "Early Works of Architects Hurtig, Gardner and Froelich"...not only creative and futuristic works from the 1950s, but also impressive pieces of art...at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence, Alabama...James Gardner and Norman Froelich, once students of...Bruce Goff. [image]- TimesDaily (Alabama)
Deborah Aschheim: Nostalgia for the Future: ...singular drawings and architectural installations of eccentric modernist landmarks of Southern California that embody a discourse about memory, place, and the unfulfilled promises of our future. [images]- Edward Cella Art + Architecture
A Coherent Metropolis? More in Response to the Book "Urban Design": ...Richard Sommer essay entitled "Beyond Centers, Fabrics, and Cultures of Congestion: Urban Design as a Metropolitan Enterprise"...is the most spirited defense in Urban Design of the classic (1950s) notion that Urban Design is what's needed to create a coherent city... By Frank Gruber- Huffington Post
Map Quest: Jayne Merkel wanders through Robert Gatje's "Great Public Squares," which is almost as good as being there...makes you want to get on a plane and revisit every historic square you have ever seen - and then go to the ones you’ve missed in slightly out-of-the-way places...a book only an architect could have written... [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Grid Jumper: The building blocks of life, and everything else, turn out to be just that in Hannah B. Higgins' new book "The Grid Book"...suggests that interdisciplinary design, being the product of a synthesis between nature and geometry, ultimately inspired the birth of a distinctively modernist sensibility. By T.A. Horton/Kohn Pedersen Fox- The Architect's Newspaper
Ladislav Hudec: The Architect Who Made Shanghai: The film “The Man Who Changed Shanghai” chronicles Hudec’s life and his impact on the cityscape during its most iconic period. In his 30-year career, all but one of [his] 65 structures was in China.- Wall Street Journal
-- OMA/Office for Metropolitan Architecture: The Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, Italy
-- Exhibition: "Re-loved" - Chris Bosse/LAVA, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
-- Paul Andreu Architecte: National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China
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