Today’s News - Wednesday, August 2, 2017
● A look at how "density woes and lack of space" are forcing "skyscraper-averse cities" to overcome "their fear of heights" - but a big question is: "what does the community get in exchange for allowing taller height?"
● Hume cheers zoning changes that "give new life to Toronto's 'apartment neighborhoods'" to allow shops and services: "the worry is that the scheme could be manipulated simply as a money-making opportunity for building owners."
● Lahznimmo Architects and Aspect Studios offer a big plan to transform HMAS Platypus, a derelict submarine base in Sydney Harbor that has been closed to the public for more than 140 years (a "clip-on" staircase included).
● Stephens offers some very interesting "thoughts on Walter Benjamin, sprawl-watching in the desert, and the work of architecture in the age of mechanical reproduction."
● Kimmelman spent a few days traveling the Crossrail route, "a megaproject meant to bind London together. But in the wake of Brexit, it may signal the end of an ambitious era."
● On a brighter note, AIA Tennessee's urbanSTITCH initiative finds a "treasure in a sunken Memphis rail ravine" in the Edge District that could be "a rails-to-amphitheater and gathering spot to encourage tourists to experience all of the neighborhood, not just the building that Elvis made famous."
● Zatarain's great Q&A with Tatiana Bilbao, who has spent more than 10 years on a project that combines architecture and art that is helping to transform one of Mexico's most violent cities.
● Rechter's landmarked 1960s hotel on Israel's seafront is brought back to life by Rechter fils in "a tale of art and architecture" that "harkens back to its glory days" (beautiful!).
● Berman & Rayman pen an op-ed making the case to save an "elegant" cast-iron building (once the de Koonings' home and studio): "Other cities create replicas of past grandeur to attract visitors. New York has the real thing - and should preserve it."
● Cheng pens a "response to an animated missive" by NSW "chief bean counter" re: saving Sydney's Sirius tower: his "reasoning is like that of a greedy child throwing a tantrum over an ice-cream cone dropped on the pavement while hoarding a freezer full of Golden Gaytimes" (a popular popsicle).
● Martin weighs in on the Sirius situation, and "why heritage protection should include social housing" for "its striking architectural form and in its connection to that remarkable period in Sydney's social history."
● Some notable architects, writers, and historians back a bid to save Southwark tube station - "the biggest architectural sensation of their kind since the Moscow Underground."
● Sisson kicks off "The Modernist Next Door," a month-long (daily!) series "celebrating postwar architecture beyond the clichés and the coasts," with a profile of Vladimir Ossipoff: "Hawaii's midcentury maestro."
● The 8 winners of the 4th annual Center for Active Designs Excellence Awards "are an array of projects that promote wellness through design."
● Five designs from Australia, U.S., and New Zealand win the LA+ IMAGINATION Design Ideas Competition to create a new island no bigger than one square kilometer.
● The two winners of the Arch League's 2017 Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants will be heading to Greece and France.
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Ending Skyscraper Stagnation: Density Woes, Lack Of Space Force U.S. Cities To Look Up: ...skyscraper-averse cities...are overcoming their fear of heights...Transit-oriented development has led the charge...“What are the public benefits and what does the community get in exchange for allowing taller height?”- Forbes
Christopher Hume: Zoning changes give new life to Toronto's ‘apartment neighbourhoods’: Hundreds of apartment highrises...were built with assumption that residents "would drive where they wanted to go, so services weren’t necessary”: New regulations mean that the green space...can now be used for small shops, daycare facilities, doctors’ offices, markets, gardens...the worry is that the scheme could be manipulated simply as a money-making opportunity for building owners.- Toronto Star
Derelict submarine base in Sydney Harbour to be redeveloped: ...a proposal for the $23.8 million transformation...HMAS Platypus has been closed to the public for more than 140 years...sites were initially planned to be sold for commercial redevelopment, community backlash resulted in...the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, which has a mandate to open the sites up for public use... -- Lahznimmo Architects; Aspect Studios [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Josh Stephens: The Work of Architecture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Some thoughts on Walter Benjamin, sprawl-watching in the desert, and the primacy of the land: ...the moment I visited my first Tucson tract home development...in the most unassuming, offensive landscape, I discovered that...for all the sameness of the homes, each one retained an essential uniqueness.- Common Edge
Michael Kimmelman: London’s New Subway Symbolized the Future. Then Came Brexit: Crossrail is a megaproject meant to bind London together. But in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, it may signal the end of an ambitious era: I spent a few days traveling the Crossrail route, trying to decipher what it might mean for London. - [images]- New York Times
The Low Line: Architects see treasure in sunken Memphis rail ravine: A team of architects see potential in turning a sunken, vacated rail right-of-way, which now divides the Edge District, into...a rails-to-amphitheater and gathering spot...to encourage those tourists to experience all of the neighborhood, not just the building that Elvis made famous... -- Sarah Hadskey/SAM Studio; Trey Kirk/HBG Design; Rogean Cadieux-Smith/Derek Hukill/brg3s; Wayne Williams/Workshop: Architecture- Commercial Appeal (Memphis)
Karina Zatarain: A Success Story of Architecture and Art in One of Mexico's Most Violent Cities: ...Tatiana Bilbao has been participating in...[a] project in the city of Culiacán...Jardín Botánico Culiacán...now home to...pieces by...James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Graham...Q&A re: the [project]...the social responsibility of an architect when working with unfamiliar communities, and the advantages of presenting contemporary art outside of the "white box"... [images]- ArchDaily
A historic hotel reclaims its cultural past in Zichron Yaakov: Built by award-winning architect Yaakov Rechter and renovated by his son Amnon Rechter, the Elma Arts Complex harkens back to its glory days: The refurbishing of this landmarked [1960s] building is a tale of art and architecture, and of the generations that ensured it would be protected and used appropriately. -- Ranni Ziss [images]- Times of Israel
Andrew Berman & Eric Rayman: A Bit of New York City History at Risk: Other cities create replicas of past grandeur to attract visitors. New York has the real thing - and should preserve it: ...the elegant structure in which de Kooning and his wife, Elaine, lived and painted may soon be gone...Does New York really have enough “similar” cast-iron buildings so that these 151-year-old [Lorillard] buildings are not deserving of protection? -- Griffith Thomas (1860s); Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation/GVSHP- New York Times
Linda Cheng: Saving Sirius has nothing to do with sexiness or leftist ideology, it’s the rule of law: The value of architecture is clearly lost on the state’s chief bean counter...NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s reasoning is like that of a greedy child throwing a tantrum over an ice-cream cone dropped on the pavement while hoarding a freezer full of Golden Gaytimes [popular popsicle]. -- Tao Gofers (1979)- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Chris Martin: Saving Sirius: why heritage protection should include social housing: The heritage significance...lies both in its striking architectural form and in its connection to that remarkable period in Sydney’s social history...the case prompts us to consider how heritage is protected, and how social housing fits in...even if listed, Sirius might not be completely safe. -- Tao Gofers (1979)- The Conversation (Australia)
Leading architects, writers and historians back bid to save Southwark tube station - a modern "architectural sensation": ...urging the Secretary of State for Culture Karen Bradley to assess the architectural quality of 11...stations - all opened to critical acclaim in 1999...describe the new Jubilee stations, as "the biggest architectural sensation of their kind since the Moscow Underground." -- MJP Architects/MacCormac, Jamieson, Prichard (1999); Will Alsop; Michael and Patty Hopkins; Ian Ritchie; Chris Wilkinson & Jim Eyre; Marcus Binney; Ken Powell; Jonathan Glancey- SAVE Britain's Heritage
Patrick Sisson: The Modernist Next Door: ...a series celebrating postwar architecture beyond the cliches and the coasts. These profiles, running every weekday in August, will highlight the often-forgotten regional architects who created modern designs in the second cities, suburbs, and small towns...Aug. 1: Vladimir Ossipoff: Hawaii’s midcentury maestro...- Curbed
Etsy Headquarters and Veneto, Italy, Among Winners of Center for Active Design's Excellence Awards: The results are an array of projects that promote wellness through design: ...shining a light on eight individuals, projects, and companies that are successfully...proving the power of good design. -- Gensler; Marpillero Pollak Architects; Perkins+Will; Hoefer Wysocki Architects; Dr. James Sallis; etc.- Architectural Digest
LA+ IMAGINATION Design Ideas Competition Winners Announced: 5 entries from Australia, U.S., and New Zealand; to create a new island no bigger than one square kilometer. -- Jacky Bowring; Bradley Cantrell (University of Virginia)/Fionn Byrne (University of British Columbia)/Emma Mendel (Nelson Byrd Woltz); Noel Schardt + Bjoern Muendner (Freischaerler Architects); Neeraj Bhatia, Cesar Lopez + Jeremy Jacinth (The Open Workshop); Tei Carpenter, Arianna Deane + Ashely Kuo (Agency-Agency) [images]- LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture (University of Pennsylvania)
Going Places: The Architectural League of New York announces 2017 Deborah J. Norden Fund recipients: ...travel grant is awarded to students and recent graduates... -- Kevin Malawski/EwingCole; Priyanka Shah/Grimshaw Architects- The Architect's Newspaper
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