Today’s News - Thursday, July 27, 2017
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● Marcinkoski takes a deep (very deep - and totally fascinating) dive into the "speculative urbanization" of Africa: "Urban planners are irresponsibly designing risky mega-developments - we cannot excuse the design and planning disciplines from complicity in the consequences of these pursuits."
● Hawthorne parses Santa Monica's "grand bargain" on growth and housing that could be "a model for other cities," but will it satisfy both NIMBYs and YIMBYs?
● Rogers Partners' 9-acre "deck park" over a half-mile stretch of Ga. 400 in Buckhead "could provide a 'steroid shot' to growth, development, and the livability to one of Atlanta's biggest jobs centers (fab new 360-degree view).
● Arieff explains why Silicon Valley is not the tech heaven many think it is: "Weirdly, we're still building corporate campuses like it's the 1950s," and "Nimby-ism exacerbates an already terrible situation."
● Last week, George King Architects' competition-winning "Iron Ring" artwork was announced; this week, the "Welsh government slams the brakes on" its "insulting" and "distasteful" landmark that was intended to commemorate Welsh legends.
● Hurst delves into this year's AJ student survey, and ponders: "Why would anyone choose to study architecture? Architectural education risks becoming little more than a lengthy intellectual indulgence."
● Call for entries: MIT Climate CoLab Proposals to address issues around climate change.
● Call for entries: International Making Cities Livable Design Awards Competition.
● Call for papers: International Making Cities Livable: proposals for the 55th IMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods, in Ottawa next year.
● Call for entries: Expressions of interest to author papers and essays for "Charrette," the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators.
● Lamster gives (mostly) thumbs-up to MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive": "it is at once extensive, an eye-wearying presentation," and "seemingly modest in its ambitions, something one could never say about its subject."
● Smith cheers the Met Breuer's "Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical": "Unsurprisingly, the show has a combative air. You may argue your way through it, but it is an invigorating, illuminating experience."
● For 2 days only in NYC next week: Syracuse Univ.'s "The (Un)Affordable Housing Fair" will "change how you see gentrification" with "provocative ideas that challenge the idea of an affordable city."
● Wainwright is disappointed in the Museum of London's "The City Is Ours," a "maddeningly random show that weighs up some inspired solutions. Sadly it hasn't made much progress on how to make the topic meaningful or engaging."
● Boston's BSA Space tackles "making" with "BUILDing Forward" that demonstrates "the radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields."
● Hatherley takes a long, very deep dive into Therborn's "Cities of Power": it "reaches into an area which globalist studies and Global City listings absolutely refuse to discuss - the influence of ideology on urban planning and architecture."
● Ingalls cheers Johnson's "Essays on the Tall Building and the City": his compelling argument "provides not only a refreshing take on tall buildings, but also the idiosyncratic ground from which these cities spring."
● Martin's "Joy Ride: An Architect's Journey to Mexico's Ancient and Colonial Places" is "a visual odyssey" showing "a creative mind in the throes of absorbing its influences. Some sketches don't go any place in particular; they're joy rides."
● Schwab brings us eyefuls from French photographer Glade's "The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man," that vividly illustrates how the event has "become a testing ground for extreme architecture against the heat and wind of the Nevada desert" (fab photos!).
● Hogan parses Lord's "Miami Beach Elegy," a new video that "shows Miami Beach fighting - and losing to - a rising ocean."
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Christopher Marcinkoski: Urban planners are irresponsibly designing risky mega-developments across Africa: ...urban design “innovation” has been reduced to the occasional quest for hyperbolic architectural form...suggests an inexcusable abdication of responsibility by the urban design disciplines...we cannot excuse the design and planning disciplines from complicity in the consequences of these pursuits. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Christopher Hawthorne: Santa Monica's 'grand bargain' on growth and housing: A model for other cities? ...city is split between two entrenched camps...slow-growth or even no-growth faction...and pro-growth and pro-housing advocates...The city has fashioned a plan for its downtown...promises to speed the approvals process for housing developments...eliminates parking requirements...and boosts the required number of affordable units...- Los Angeles Times
Take a look at new concepts for Buckhead park over Ga. 400: ...business district...voted to fund the next phase of study...9-acre “deck park"...over a half-mile stretch of Ga. 400...overpass...proposal could provide a “steroid shot” to growth, development and the livability to one of the city’s biggest jobs centers. -- Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers [360-degree view]- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Allison Arieff: One Thing Silicon Valley Can’t Seem to Fix: Weirdly, we’re still building corporate campuses like it’s the 1950s: ...signs in front of campuses...unremarkable but symbolic...perhaps the closest representation of the real thing in a region built so heavily on the virtual. In actuality, the real thing doesn’t look so good...does not reflect the innovation that’s driving the region’s stratospheric growth...- New York Times
Merlin Fulcher: Welsh government slams brakes on "insulting" Iron Ring landmark: George King Architects’ competition-winning "Iron Ring" artwork has been put on hold following a protest petition which gained more than 10,000 signatures: ..."distasteful" £395,000 landmark, which had been intended to commemorate Welsh legends. [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Will Hurst: Why would anyone choose to study architecture? This year’s AJ student survey paints a picture of escalating debts for a career path that seems increasingly poor value: Architectural education risks becoming little more than a lengthy intellectual indulgence.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Call for entries: MIT Climate CoLab Proposals to address issues around climate change in 7 categories: Adaptation; Buildings; Carbon Pricing; Energy Supply; Land Use Change: Agriculture, Forestry & Waste; Shifting Attitudes & Behaviors; Transportation; $10,000 Grand Prize; deadline: September 10- MIT Climate CoLab
Call for entries: International Making Cities Livable Design Awards Competition: Designing Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhoods: rojects that emphasize Community, Health, Sustainability, and Equity; deadline: October 31- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
Call for entries: Call for papers: International Making Cities Livable: proposals for the 55th IMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods, Ottawa, Canada, May 14-18, 2018; deadline: October 31- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
Call for entries: Expressions of interest to author papers and essays for "Charrette," the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators, themed: "Flipping the Script: Foregrounding the Architecture Student"; deadline: October 27- Bustler
Mark Lamster: The Frank Lloyd Wright stuff: Revelations from the archive of America’s favorite architect: ..."Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive." An omnibus show, it is at once extensive, an eye-wearying presentation...seemingly modest in its ambitions, something one could never say about its subject...To their credit, curators...have eschewed the idea of an encyclopedic exploration of his career; at MoMA, thru October 1 -- Barry Bergdoll; Jennifer Gray [images]- Dallas Morning News
Roberta Smith: A Polymathic Italian Designer, With Muses and Friends: ...lshow devoted to the design maverick Ettore Sottsass lavishly contextualizes his work, from a red Olivetti typewriter to his role in the Memphis design group: ...he remains a magnificent irritant and an exemplar of originality...Unsurprisingly, “Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical” has a combative air. You may argue your way through it...but it is an invigorating, illuminating experience; Met Breuer thru October 8 [images]- New York Times
"The (Un)Affordable Housing Fair" will change how you see gentrification: Syracuse University’s Gentrification Lab NYC is exhibiting...six provocative ideas that challenge the idea of an affordable city; Syracuse University Fisher Center, New York City, August 3 - 4- The Architect's Newspaper
Oliver Wainwright: "The City Is Ours" - will vertical forests and smart street lights really save the planet? This maddeningly random show weighs up some inspired solutions: Sadly [it] hasn’t made much progress on how to make the topic meaningful or engaging...like a pick’n’mix of school curriculum themes, lacking any sense of direction; Museum of London, thru January 2 [images]- Guardian (UK)
"BUILDing Forward," an exhibition exploring innovation around "making," at BSA Space, Boston: ...demonstrates the future of making and the radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields; thru October 6- BSA Space / Boston Society of Architects/AIA
Owen Hatherley: Comparing Capitals: Göran Therborn’s "Cities of Power"...is explicitly a riposte to the idea of the Global City...an analysis solely of capital cities, as built and inhabited "forms of state formation and their consequences"...reach[es] into an area which globalist studies and Global City listings absolutely refuse to discuss - the influence of ideology on urban planning and architecture...- New Left Review (UK)
Julia Ingalls: Are skyscrapers shaped by local history and culture? This new book argues “yes": ...Scott Johnson argues compellingly in "Essays on the Tall Building and the City" that skyscrapers have become a reflection of their particular region...a book that is not only accessible to young architects but eye-opening to veterans of the profession...provides not only a refreshing take on tall buildings, but also the idiosyncratic ground from which these cities spring. -- Johnson Fain- The Architect's Newspaper
L.A. architect David C. Martin's unusual Mexico travel journal: Part notebook, part travelogue, part architectural history and urban planning primer, “Joy Ride: An Architect’s Journey to Mexico’s Ancient and Colonial Places” is a visual odyssey...his drawings...reveal...a creative mind in the throes of absorbing its influences...Some sketches don’t go any place in particular; they’re joy rides. -- AC Martin [images]- Los Angeles Times
Katharine Schwab: Burning Man Has Become A Testing Ground For Extreme Architecture: Designers descend to try their creations against the heat and wind of the Nevada desert: "The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man" by [French photographer] Philippe Glade...The festival’s transient architecture must meet unusual design requirements.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Mark Hogan: "Miami Beach Elegy": New Chip Lord film shows Miami Beach fighting - and losing to - a rising ocean: ...goes to Florida to explore a place that is already bearing the brunt of rising seas...The continued development of luxury Miami Beach real estate looks absurd in the face of feeble attempts to postpone the inevitable that Lord depicts in the film. -- Ant Farm [trailer]- The Architect's Newspaper
ANN feature: Jason A. Silva: From the Treetops #1: Sacramento: Unheralded City of the Future? Sacramento is on the cusp of something big, building the city's economy around innovation and creativity. But innovation is only worthwhile if put to use. -- Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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