Today’s News - Wednesday, January 4, 2017
• A sad way to start the news day: Quito pens a thoughtful tribute to Lella Vignelli that is so much more than a dry obit (please read!).
• Bernstein reports on a panel discussion re: can environmentalists keep environmentalism alive during a Trump presidency? (we can only hope!)
• The other side of the coin: a new survey shows a "surge in optimism" among U.S. engineering firms that are "enthusiastic about Trump."
• Taylor-Hochberg offers a fascinating round-up of how deans of architecture schools "are responding to Trump and what they were telling their students."
• Von Koenig ponders Zellner's Free School of Architecture initiative that "opens up more questions than gratifying answers. But how many questions are too many questions when it's students' education at stake?"
• In the U.K, architecture and design schools are warned that they could "hit the wall" because of Brexit: it's leading to "a 'brain drain' of teaching staff and a drop in student numbers," meaning "creative businesses could suffer a skills shortage."
• It is unclear whether the EU will allow British cities to vie to be European Capital of Culture 2023 once Brexit's Article 50 kicks in.
• Musca explains how "fake news" on social media "could set Los Angeles down a dangerous path" with an odious, "aggressive piece of legislation" that "should have urbanists sweating."
• Makovsky, on a brighter note, cheers Taipei's success as World Design Capital 2016 in a showcase of some of "the city's pioneering, design-led urban strategies."
• Hosey "spent months pondering, visiting, and looking" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, resulting in "four different ways of seeing the museum: historical, political, cultural, and environmental" (plan to spend some time here!).
• An unexpected deal between Hong Kong and Beijing will result in a branch of Beijing's Palace Museum to be built in HK's West Kowloon Cultural District, designed by Rocco Yim.
• King cheers a proposal to build a floating pier topped off with a fire station on San Francisco's Embarcadero: it "would be a novelty - and a relatively trouble-free one at that, at least on paper."
• Pedersen queries Washburn, NYC's former Chief Urban Designer, re: his "storefront urban design initiative" in his own home - he "is surely the most impressively-credentialed urban planner to ever set up shop in [Brooklyn's] scruffy Red Hook."
• One of the most eloquent tributes we've ever read to a "sublime slab of the 1960s" by the Smithsons, as The Economist bids farewell to its "formative home": "Over the years the building has shaped The Economist in several ways, some good, some less so."
• London can bid farewell to Heatherwick's Routemaster as Mayor Sadiq Khan cancels orders for the (not much-loved) bus, with the funds used for better purposes (like keeping fares from going up).
• Butcher parses a passel of surveys to figure out why there's a talent shortage, especially among women, in the A/E/C industry, and what can be done: "Look in the mirror. Maybe it is the firm that is the real problem, not the lack of talent."
• Welton cheers landscape architect Hoversten taking the helm at North Carolina State University's College of Design.
• File this under oh-no-not-another-one! After 19 years, the Austin American-Statesman lets go its only (and one of our fave) arts critic, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, to be replaced with freelancers who "aren't likely to replace her sense of mission."
• On a happier note: Eyefuls of the Inspireli Awards 2016 winners.
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Obituary: Anne Quito: A legendary husband-and-wife design team fought to get her equal credit for 40 years: “If she says it’s wrong, I don’t even argue because I know she’s right"...Lella Vignelli, 82...rarely got the spotlight she deserved despite her husband’s efforts. She passed away peacefully in New York City on Dec. 21...Massimo Vignelli was Lella’s first and last champion.- Quartz
Fred A. Bernstein: Keeping environmentalism alive during a Trump presidency: What now? Will environmentalists be able to make any headway in the next four years? ..."is it going to be completely antagonistic?"...could there be common ground...If the federal government steps away from enforcing environmental regulations, the onus may shift to state and local governments.- The Architect's Newspaper
Engineering Firms Enthusiastic About Trump: Surge in optimism noted among U.S. engineering firm leaders: ...according to the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Engineering Business Index (EBI)...“We finally have a president who understands business!”...Some respondents, however, expressed reservations...- Builder magazine
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg: Deans List Special: How Architecture School Leaders are Responding to Trump: ...we've been reaching out to academic leaders from across the U.S. to hear how they were handling Trump's presidency - and what they were telling their students. -- Hernan Diaz Alonso/SCI-Arc; Amale Andraos/Columbia University GSAPP; Mohsen Mostafavi/Harvard Graduate School of Design; Jonathan Massey/California College of the Arts; Nader Tehrani/Cooper Union; Sarah Whiting/Rice School of Architecture- Archinect
Gretchen Von Koenig: Peter Zellner's New Architecture School Promises Free Tuition (and a Radical Curriculum). But Will It Work? ...the Free School of Architecture (FSA)...initiative opens up more questions than gratifying answers - and that, he sometimes inadvertently suggests, is the point...But how many questions is too many questions when it’s students’ education at stake?- Metropolis Magazine
Design schools will "hit the wall" due to Brexit, warns The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design: ...has led to a "brain drain" of teaching staff and a drop in student numbers...warns that universities will be forced to shut down...leading to warnings that creative businesses could suffer a skills shortage.- Dezeen
UK cities vie to be European Capital of Culture 2023 despite Brexit: It is not yet known whether the EU will proceed with letting the UK host after Article 50 has been triggered. However, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's announcement suggests it is proceeding under the assumption that a UK city will host the event in 2023.- BBC
Thomas Musca: Misled Millennials: How Fake News Could Set Los Angeles Down A Dangerous Path: ...the electorate will vote on an aggressive piece of legislation, one which has been dangerously misrepresented on social media...would place an immediate two-year-long moratorium on most new development...an energized irrational minority...can defeat an unenthusiastic, levelheaded majority...[its] new momentum and lackadaisical opposition should have urbanists sweating.- Metropolis Magazine
Paul Makovsky: Made in Taipei: Taipei's designation as this year's World Design Capital...is a recognition of the city's pioneering, design-led urban strategies: Under the theme “Adaptive City: Design in Motion,” [it] is demonstrating why cities must be able to adapt to citizens’ demands and raise their standard of living through design thinking...Even Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, weighed in on the importance of design... -- International Council of Societies of Industrial Design [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Lance Hosey: Ways of Seeing A Museum: ...the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC...I spent months pondering, visiting, and looking, trying to see it more clearly...[my] reflections offer four different ways of seeing the museum: historical, political, cultural, and environmental; “The Hidden History of Cities”; “The Space of Resistance”; “African American Architecture Criticism“; “The Greenest Museum in Washington” -- David Adjaye; Max Bond; Philip Freelon; Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR [images]- Huffington Post
Hong Kong will build branch of Beijing's Palace Museum: Deal signed to show Imperial treasures in new West Kowloon museum: The 30,500 sq. m museum will be funded with a $450m donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club...will likely have a contemporary style as it will be designed by Rocco Yim... -- Rocco Design Architects- The Art Newspaper (UK)
John King: Floating pier considered as site for key Embarcadero fire station: SF’s Fire Department might have the answer for how best to ride out sea level rise: build a pier that floats and top it off with a two-story fire station...would be a novelty - and a relatively trouble-free one at that, at least on paper...Once there’s a team on board and a design in hand, the real work begins...- San Francisco Chronicle
Martin C. Pedersen: Q&A: NYC’s Former Chief Urban Designer Sets Up Shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn: Alexandros Washburn is surely the most impressively-credentialed urban planner to ever set up shop in scruffy Red Hook...attempting to help create a citizen’s voice that can articulate some community-based alternatives to [two] threats..."What we are doing right now is the kind of leg work that should be done in any neighborhood that needs to change."- Common Edge
The Economist bids farewell to a formative home: Goodbye 25 St James’s Street: When The Economist hired them...Peter and Alison Smithson had built only a suburban house in Watford and a school in Norfolk...This sublime slab of the 1960s is the only home it has ever known...Over the years the building has shaped The Economist in several ways, some good, some less so...We do...want to bring something of the tower to our new home in the Adelphi - a modernised Art Deco building...- The Economist (UK)
London mayor stops orders for Thomas Heatherwick's Routemaster bus: Sadiq Khan first suggested his plan...during his own election campaign...the funds will instead go towards upgrading the city's existing fleet with the latest sustainable technologies. [images]- Dezeen
Scott Butcher: There's A Talent Shortage - So Why Are We Chasing Away Half the Potential Workforce? Women Continue to Face Myriad Challenges in the A/E/C Industry: Based upon...various surveys, here’s some things that firms should begin doing immediately: Understand that there is a problem...look in the mirror. Maybe it is the firm that is the real problem, not the lack of talent.- ENR/Engineering News Record
J. Michael Welton: A landscape architect takes helm at North Carolina State University’s College of Design: A change agent, Mark Hoversten is known also for merging fundraising and entrepreneurial qualities in charismatic and personable ways...There are also new trends to incorporate into the school’s agenda.- News & Observer (North Carolina)
Not Very Statesman-like: The daily of record's release of Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, its only full-time arts critic, isn't getting good reviews: Aside from the sheer volume of writing...(a whopping 250 articles or so a year), the critic has a unique strength coming from 19 years on the beat, not only reporting but actively shaping the cultural landscape with access to the wide and the long views...Unassisted freelancers aren't likely to replace [her] sense of mission.- Austin Chronicle (Texas)
Results: Inspireli Awards 2016: ...1,052 competitors from 99 countries and more than 300 universities...Competitors from Italy, Japan and Iran became the winners and the competitor from France won in the public voting. -- Giacomo Garziano; Daiki Watanabe; Magdalena Tröbinger; Somayeh Ravanshadnia; Saïd Belmir [images]- International Union of Architects (UIA)
Zaha Hadid Architects: Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: ...melds local traditions with innovative geometries, creating an architectural manifestation of the Institute's ideals of opportunity, pluralism, creativity and tolerance. By Jason Dibbs [images]
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