Today’s News - Thursday, October 19, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days, but we leave you have lots to keep you busy. We'll be back Tuesday, October 24.
● ANN Feature: "rise in the city" Announces Top 10 Artists for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25 (some very interesting things!).
● AIA President Vonier responds to Trump's UNESCO departure.
● Capps considers D.C.'s new $2.5 billion Warf waterfront development and the perils (and some pluses) of "Fast-Casual Architecture": "All in all, it's a fun-if-inoffensive ramble. For the most part, it avoids the most desultory aspects of Fast Casual design" (woonerf included).
● Hawthorne has high hopes for Fisher's Natural History Museum makeover plans, along with the forthcoming Lucas Museum way: "Exposition Park is getting crowded - there's an architectural arms race underway," but the park's "shifting landscape could help point Los Angeles's civic architecture in a new direction."
● King hopes that the powers-that-be do more than just rename San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza: "if city leaders really want the plaza to become an aspirational example of 'San Francisco values,' then let's make it into a better public space."
● Lamster is a bit disappointed in Toyota's new, 100-acre North Dallas HQ aiming for LEED Platinum: it "opted for an aesthetic closer to its own spirit: dependable, efficient and comfortable, if lacking in inspiration" (parking for 6,500+ cars and what sounds like miserable public transit is "green"?).
● Deadline for cities' bid to win Amazon's HQ2 is today, and Moody's lists the 10 most likely (Austin leads the pack, and "and San Jose "ranks ... nowhere").
● What LEED did for buildings, ASLA's Sustainable SITES Initiative will do for landscapes - and not a moment too soon.
● Green: cheers Laurie Olin being the first landscape architect to win the Vincent Scully Prize, and offers some sparkling highlights from Olin's lecture and conversation with James Corner: "Architects are control freaks. It's important to learn their ways of thinking, but then you have to push back."
● A great profile of Kate Orff, the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant."
● One we couldn't resist: Brussat reviews Goldberger's review of Goldhagen's "Welcome to Your World": it "applauds Goldhagen in ways that you might expect when a modernist critic encounters a modernist book."
● Call for entries deadline reminder: 2018 P/A Awards.
● Call for entries: Adelaide Contemporary 2-stage International Design Competition for a contemporary art gallery.
● Call for entries: Iceland Northern Lights Rooms International Architecture Competition.
● Call for applications: Harvard GSD 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international).
● Call for entries: Nominations for Great Places in America: People's Choice.
● Grabar cheers the Queens Museum's "Never Built New York": It's a pick-me-up for architects who build a fraction of what they draw and draw a fraction of what they imagine. Many of the wondrous designs hold a lost middle ground: utopian ideas that took themselves and their role in the public good seriously."
● Hawthorne's take on "PST: LA/LA": "in certain ways is the most ambitious PST effort yet - the shows serve to deepen - and in much-needed ways to complicate - our understanding of the trajectory of Southern California architecture over the last century."
● "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design" at Atlanta's High Museum has the "lofty goal" of making "an ardent, convincing case for the many ways design shapes consciousness" - and succeeds.
● Hill brings us eyefuls of "Scaffolding" at NYC's Center for Architecture, where Shigematsu's design "instills a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential."
● Dawood cheers "Beazley Designs of the Year 2017" at London's Design Museum: Navigating this exhibition "is significantly easier than last year's," with the 62 shortlisted projects "grouped into themes, making them more digestible" - and kudos to Carmody Groarke's "dystopian exhibition space."
● Doha's Qatar Museum's "Driven by German Design" celebrates Germany's greatest design icons since 1945.
Good reasons to hit the road:
● Cleveland, Ohio: Meeting of the Minds 2017, summit "will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders across the globe."
● Ann Arbor, Michigan: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning "Practice Sessions #5" with Ensamble Studio.
● Paris: CityLab Paris 2017: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges, presented by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
● Eindhoven: Dutch Design Week 2017: "Stretch" - stretched over more than 100 locations across the city.
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ANN Feature: "rise in the city" UPDATE: Top 10 Artists Announced for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25: Lesotho, Africa, comes to NYC through art created and donated by architects, designers, artists, and sponsors from around the world. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
AIA Responds to Trump's UNESCO Departure: President Thomas Vonier calls for continued support of architecture and preservation efforts: ...outlines the American Institute of Architects' hope that the current government can continue its global preservation beyond UNESCO and seek out other opportunities to recognize the importance of architecture on a global scale.- Architectural Digest
Kriston Capps: The Problem With 'Fast-Casual Architecture': Washington, D.C., has a huge new waterfront development that’s fun, popular, and easy on the eyes. Is anything wrong with that? ...the Wharf, the new $2.5 billion waterfront development...master plan calls for chaos...[It] is a hodgepodge, in the best sense of the word...One weekend in...appears to be working...All in all, it’s a fun-if-inoffensive ramble...For the most part, the Wharf avoids the most desultory aspects of Fast Casual design... -- Stan Eckstut/Perkins Eastman; SHoP Architects; ODA; Morris Adjmi; Rafael Viñoly; Michael Vergason; SmithGroup JJR; Handel Architects; WDG Architecture [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Christopher Hawthorne: With Lucas Museum on the way, Natural History Museum plans another makeover: Exposition Park is getting crowded...first step in a 10-year plan...It would be overstating the case to say that there’s an architectural arms race underway...plan is...emblematic of significant shifts in Los Angeles urbanism...the shifting landscape of [the park] could help point [L.A.'s] civic architecture in a new direction... -- CO Architects; Mia Lehrer and Associates (2013); Ma Yansong/MAD Archiects; Frederick Fisher & Partners Architects [images]- Los Angeles Times
John King: Justin Herman Plaza needs more than name change: ...[the plaza] is in the spotlight not for its forlorn condition, but for its problematic name...His legacy includes the demolition of more than 1,000 homes and businesses...and the displacement of the largely African American families...Not all is dismal...But there’s no earthly reason you would want to be there...if city leaders really want the plaza to become an aspirational example of “San Francisco values,” then let’s make it into a better public space. [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Mark Lamster: Toyota's new Plano headquarters is an architectural Camry: Safe but boring: ...100-acre campus...aims toward LEED Platinum...It is...reasonable to ponder whether the campus...poorly served by public transit can be considered "green"...Silicon Valley...has spawned the new generation of backward-looking corporate design...a development not short on hypocrisy...campuses pretend toward urbanism...but of a hermetic kind...Toyota opted for an aesthetic closer to its own spirit: dependable, efficient and comfortable, if lacking in inspiration. -- Corgan; Office of James Burnett [images]- Dallas Morning News
Moody’s lists the 10 most likely cities for Amazon’s HQ2 - and San Jose ranks ... nowhere: ... Austin, Texas, comes in first. The Texas capital ranks No. 1 in the business-environment category and No. 2 for quality of life...Austin just happens to be the headquarters of Whole Foods Market, which Amazon bought recently...also on the Moody’s list as apt sites: Atlanta; Philadelphia; Rochester, New York; Pittsburgh; New York City; Miami; Portland, Oregon; Boston, and Salt Lake City.- Business Insider
What LEED Did for Buildings, Sustainable SITES Initiative Will Do for Landscapes - and Not a Moment Too Soon: Rather than compete with one another, SITES and LEED...are designed to cooperate in creating greater opportunities to transform properties and strengthen the vitality of communities and ecosystems as a whole. -- U.S. Green Building Council/USGBC; American Society of Landscape Architects/ASLA- retrofit magazine
Jared Green: Laurie Olin Wins Vincent Scully Prize; ...the first landscape architect to win this prestigious prize...expressed his joy in creating democratic spaces for people. He was interviewed by James Corner, ASLA, founder of Field Operations, a former student of his. Some highlights from the wide-ranging lecture and conversation...“Architects are control freaks. They have to be...It’s important to learn their ways of thinking, but then you have to push back.” [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
For the first time, MacArthur Foundation has given ‘genius’ award to a landscape architect: Kate Orff’s firm, SCAPE, has an impressive portfolio of ecologically driven projects...If landscape architects cleave into two types, the place maker driven by aesthetics and the environmentalist urban designer, Orff falls squarely into the second camp...her belief that urban revitalization...should work to bring more social equity and a sense of ownership to poorer citizens.- Washington Post
David Brussat: Goldberger & Goldhagen: ...a review by Paul Goldberger of a book by Sarah Williams Goldhagen..."Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives"...applauds Goldhagen in ways that you might expect when a modernist critic encounters a modernist book...She is preaching to the choir. To anyone not in the choir, Goldberger’s review reads like a string of gag lines. I’m sure that Goldhagen’s book offers an even greater trove of delights.- Architecture Here and There
Deadline reminder: Call for entries: 65th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards: 2018 P/A Awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation; entries must have been commissioned for compensation by clients; deadline: October 27 (late entry sumbssion deadline: November 3; extra fee applies)- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition: 2-stage competition for a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park; AU$90,000 Stage Two honorarium for each of up to six teams; First stage deadline: November 24- Malcolm Reading Consultants / Government of South Australia
Call for entries: Iceland Northern Lights Rooms International Architecture Competition: design a guest house experience that allows visitors to watch the splendor of the Northern Lights directly from the comfort of their own beds; cash prizes; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): December 8 (submissions due May 18, 2018)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Call for entries: Call for applications for Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international): 3-month residency at the Wimbledon House, London + travel expenses + $10,000 stipend; open to accomplished practitioners and scholars working in fields related to the built environment; deadline: November 14- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Richard Rogers Fellowship
Call for entries: Nominations for Great Places in America: People's Choice: We all have places dear to our heart. APA invites planners and community members everywhere to select their own; deadline: October 27- American Planning Association (APA)
Henry Grabar: The Imaginary Apple: Queens Museum’s "Never Built New York," an exhibition of the city’s architectural paths not taken...It’s a pick-me-up for architects who...build a fraction of what they draw and draw a fraction of what they imagine. At this reliquary in Queens, these faded diagrams - noble and ignoble, logical and inane - spring to life...we also lost something when we abandoned the register of thought that pervades [the show]...Many of the wondrous designs...hold a lost middle ground: utopian ideas that took themselves and their role in the public good seriously; thru February 18, 2018 -- Sam Lubell; Greg Goldin- Slate
Christopher Hawthorne: The Return of Pacific Standard Time: what the latest iteration of this exhibition series reveals about the hall-of-mirrors cultural relationship between L.A. and Latin America: “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA"...in certain ways is the most ambitious PST effort yet...exploring the historical roots of this north-south relationship is also, unmistakably, a political act...the shows serve to deepen - and in much-needed ways to complicate - our understanding of the trajectory of Southern California architecture over the last century. -- Getty Foundation- Architect Magazine
Design offers unique insight into identity in “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” at the High Museum of Art: Its lofty goal is to convey the richness of African design and creativity in a mere 135 objects...Organized by Vitra Design Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, [it] makes an ardent, convincing case for the many ways design shapes consciousness...A transportive collection of design, ideas and objects that advocate for an Africa blending a difficult history and a visionary future; thru January 7, 2018 [images]- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
John Hill: "Scaffolding" at the Center for Architecture, NYC: The projects, ranging from Aldo Rossi's Teatro del Mondo to a recent project by Assemble...are mounted on armatures that clearly recall the exhibition's subject...exhibition design..."instilling a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential." thru January 18, 2018 -- Greg Barton; Shohei Shigematsu/OMA [images]- A Daily Dose of Architecture/Archidose
Sarah Dawood: Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 at the Design Museum: Navigating the 2017 exhibition is significantly easier than last year’s. The 62 shortlisted projects have been grouped into themes, making them more digestible...Carmody Groarke has designed a dystopian exhibition space...themes include: Innovators, “risk-taking” projects that are free from commercial constraint; Activists, projects that recognise and address current political and social issues...Builders, building projects created by architectural practices. thru January 28, 2018 [images]- Design Week (UK)
Germany’s greatest design icons celebrated in major exhibition in Doha: As a highlight of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture...Qatar Museums opened the "Driven by German Design"
brings together different design disciplines including architecture, graphic design, product design, automotive design, fashion and furniture design...since 1945; thru January 14, 2018 [images]- The Peninsula (Doha, Qatar)
Meeting of the Minds 2017, Cleveland, Ohio, October 23-25: 11th annual summit will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders across the globe...identify innovations that can be scaled, replicated and transferred from citytocity and sectortosector...intensive immersion in thought leadership and crosssector partnership building.- Meeting of the Minds
"Practice Sessions #5": part of the University of Michigan's "Third Century Initiative"...Over a five-year period, ten architectural practices will be invited to Taubman College to run a practice session.n; Taubman College, Ann Arbor, MI, October 23 - 27 -- Débora Mesa/ Antón García-Abril/Ensamble Studio- University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
CityLab Paris 2017: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges: a celebration of cities and city life...brings together mayors from around the world, along with urban experts, business leaders, artists and activists. Presented by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, October 22-24- The Atlantic
Dutch Design Week 2017: "Stretch": presents work and ideas of more than 2500 designers...exhibitions, events, etc. in more than 100 locations across the city; Eindhoven, the Netherlands, October 21-29- Dutch Design Week
ANN feature: Apurva Bose Dutta: "Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos": The architectural journalist talks about how and why her first book came together, and highlights some of the thoughtful voices she encountered.- ArchNewsNow.com
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