Today’s News - Tuesday, October 24, 2017
● We are deeply saddened to learn we've lost a dear friend and colleague, Kirsten Kiser (a.k.a. Kiki; a.k.a. KK), founder of ArcSpace.com. Martinussen, CEO of the Danish Architecture Centre, has penned a most thoughtful tribute to "a great Dane."
● Finch pays tribute to Avery and Marks, "such vibrant contributors to the world of the built environment, and of ideas generally. Free-thinkers need to be cherished."
● Adjaye on a roll: along with Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter + Bowman, his firm wins the UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition with a proposal to create "a living place, not just a monument to something of the past."
● Renderings for Adjaye's new spy museum in Manhattan, opening this December, show it to be "a small town within a building" ("programmatic details are still cryptic" - and the $39 entry fee for adults is steep!).
● Bevan explains why Foster's Bloomberg HQ in London "is a triumph": aside from it being greener than green, it's "sexy inside and sophisticated all round. Even the public realm is genuinely public" (a "group-hug strategy" included).
● Wainwright x 2: he reports from the $3bn Astana Expo, and how starchitects built the Kazakhstan capital - "an assorted collection of pyramids, golden cones and bulging mirrored towers, lined up like a row of awards in a particularly gaudy trophy cabinet."
● He has a lively conversation with "the rebel architect" Liz Diller re: gentrification, "corporate baubles," and the future of London's Centre for Music: "DS+R's design will have to serve as the crucial bait" in a private fundraising plan. "Whatever the outcome, it is likely to confound all expectations of what a concert hall might be."
● Sisson parses the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's "comprehensive" affordable housing and inclusionary zoning study that examines "what is and isn't working - the first step in research that offers guidance and helps shape more thoughtful policy."
● Arieff ponders "designing a more inclusive city," saying that "keeping people out has become a defining feature of far too many public places," which includes anti-homelessness strategies: "Do we really want to criminalize sitting? We already have."
● Kolson Hurley delves in the amazing saga of "the forgotten crusade of Morris Milgram," an early developer of multiracial suburbs: his "motivations were idealistic - his projects seem prescient - ongoing experiments, at once mundane and brave, for how to knit together a divided America house by house, street by street."
● Kurutz parses how "once so chic and swooshy, freeways are falling out of favor. Jane Jacobs told you so!" Buffalo's Scajaquada Corridor "redesign could serve as a model for other highway tear-downs" (last 2 graphs are telling).
● R Street Institute's Murray talks about "how to make private-public partnerships in Infrastructure really work: "PPPs hold big promise for projects in urban America - if Congress eliminates regulations and perverse incentives."
● An e-mail trail gives us a look behind efforts to build Trump's border wall prototypes that "show a confusing and haphazard bidding process that was rushed, and qualified candidates may have been overlooked for the sake of speed" (we wouldn't want any of them in our backyard!).
● Kamin looks at how "stairs are again center stage," with bleacher-type seating transforming buildings (and creating "a full employment act for spine surgeons").
● Charney explains why you can't "judge a building by its walls. Architecture is about space, and how it feels - it's by design."
● A look at "how Scandinavian Modern design took the world by storm - and remains relevant today."
● Need proof? Head to Manhattan for Swedish Design Moves New York, launching today, that will investigate different takes on Democratic Architecture with installations, conversations and charrettes at the Center for Architecture and Van Alen Institute.
● A Ryerson University team wins the bid to update FLW's 1911 Banff Pavilion plans, the first step in rebuilding the lost gem.
● Winners of the 2017 Rifat Chadirji Prize: Rebuilding Iraq's Liberated Areas: Mosul's Housing Competition hail from Poland and France, with the Top 20 entries hitting the road in a traveling exhibition.
● Eyefuls of the Zumtobel Group Award 2017- Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment winners.
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Obituary: Kent Martinussen: Vale/In memory of Kirsten Kiser – founder of arcspace: a great Dane, an architecture entrepreneur...ever engaged and tireless front-runner of modern communication, exposure and dissemination of contemporary international architects and their works... it was with her deep insight into architecture and a lovable, sweet, and hyper generous personality that she really won the hearts and confidence of so many great international architects...
Paul Finch: Avery and Marks: design champions who have left us too early: Bryan Avery and David Marks should be cherished as much for their independence of thought as for their design brilliance: ...such vibrant contributors to the world of the built environment, and of ideas generally. Free-thinkers need to be cherished. -- Avery Associates Architects; Marks Barfield- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects, and Gustafson Porter + Bowman win UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition: Jury praised the winning team’s proposal to create “a living place, not just a monument to something of the past”...honourable mentions to heneghan peng architects and Sven Anderson, and Diamond Schmitt Architects. [images]- Malcolm Reading Consultants / UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation
Adjaye Associates Unveils Renderings for New Spy Museum in New York: Called SPYSCAPE, the espionage-themed Manhattan museum will open this December: ...located in Midtown just blocks from Carnegie Hall and MoMA, was conceived as “a small town within a building” with exhibitions housed in discrete weathering steel pavilions...Programmatic details for the unaffiliated New York institution are still cryptic... [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Robert Bevan: Bloomberg HQ: why Norman Foster's design is a triumph of green design and a lesson in good manners for future development in the Square Mile: ...a long-overdue turn in the City’s planning direction...Instead of a skyscraper we have a luxurious groundscraper...stakes claim to being the greenest large office building on the planet, achieving a record 98.5% [BREEAM score]...the best new office building in the City for many years...Even the public realm is genuinely public. ..sexy inside and sophisticated all round... -- Foster + Partners [images]- Evening Standard (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: "Norman said the president wants a pyramid": how starchitects built Astana: Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices...have piled in in a bid to help Kazakhstan’s dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, build himself a trophy city: ...an assorted collection of pyramids, golden cones and bulging mirrored towers, lined up like a row of awards in a particularly gaudy trophy cabinet..."Las Vegas meets Disneyland on nationalist steroids.” + Gallery: The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings. Frank Albo/"Astana: Architecture, Myth and Destiny"; Norman Foster/Foster + Partners; Kisho Kurokawa; Manfredi and Luca Nicoletti; Micael Calatrava/Calatrava Grace; Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Askhat Saduov [images]- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Meet Liz Diller, the rebel architect behind MoMA, the High Line and now a home for Simon Rattle [Centre for Music]: She talks about fuelling gentrification - and why arts buildings have to be more than corporate baubles: "We’ve never stopped being rebellious"...shift from fringe radicals to powerful players...hasn’t been an easy one...government withdrew funding...a private fundraising plan...for which DS+R’s design will have to serve as the crucial bait. Whatever the outcome, with Diller at the helm, it is likely to confound all expectations of what a concert hall might be. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro- Guardian (UK)
Patrick Sisson: Affordable housing and inclusionary zoning study examines paths to inclusive communities: A comprehensive new study looks at the policy landscape, and begins to analyze what is and isn’t working..."Inclusionary Housing in the United States: Prevalence, Impact, and Practices" by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy...the most comprehensive study of its kind...the first step in research that offers guidance and helps shape more thoughtful policy. -- Emily Thaden/Ruoniu Wang/Grounded Solutions- Curbed
Allison Arieff: Designing a More Inclusive City: Keeping people out has become a defining feature of far too many public places: ...public seating has been removed...anti-homelessness strategy...Yet keeping people away...or failing to offer any place to sit at all...Is it really the goal to make our cities feel unwelcoming? Do we really want to criminalize sitting? We already have...Tools of exclusion aren’t new, but we are gaining a much more comprehensive understanding of the innumerable ways they are being deployed. -- “The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion" by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca and Georgeen Theodore/Interboro; Build a Better Block; Gehl Institute- New York Times
Amanda Kolson Hurley: “Housing Is Everybody’s Problem”: The Forgotten Crusade of Morris Milgram: Concord Park was [his] initial venture as a professional homebuilder. His motivations were idealistic: He wanted to prove that multiracial suburbs were not only practical but also superior to segregated developments...his projects seem prescient - ongoing experiments, at once mundane and brave, for how to knit together a divided America house by house, street by street. -- William H. Roberts/Wallace, McHarg, Roberts & Todd; Montgomery & Bishop; Louis Kahn; Harry Duncan; Margaret Lancaster Duncan; Fred and William Keck/Keck & Keck [images]- Places Journal
Steven Kurutz: Once So Chic and Swooshy, Freeways Are Falling Out of Favor: Several cities face pressure to tear down the 1960s-era mega-roads and reinstate pedestrian-friendly streets. Jane Jacobs told you so! One of the groups leading the new charge is Congress for the New Urbanism...biennial list called “Freeways Without Futures"...[Buffalo's] Scajaquada Corridor redesign could serve as a model for how to approach other highway tear-downs, including the plan to demolish the Robert Moses-built Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx. [images]- New York Times
William Murray/R Street Institute: How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work: PPPs [private-public partnerships] hold big promise for projects in urban America - if Congress eliminates regulations and perverse incentives: ...global construction industry is highly inefficient...Part of the reason for these cost overruns are redundant environmental regulations that extend the permitting process unnecessarily by years and sometimes decades.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Behind efforts to build prototypes of Trump's border wall, emails show a confusing and haphazard process: "This shows me the government still does not know what they want"...six companies were chosen to build a total of eight border wall prototypes. But experts and companies who submitted bids agreed – the border wall bidding process was rushed, and qualified candidates may have been overlooked for the sake of speed. [images]- USA Today
Blair Kamin: From Spanish Steps to the new Apple Store, stairs provide spatial drama: ...stairs are again center stage - part of a growing design trend that has seen bleacher-type seating transform buildings in Chicago and around the world...they’re popping up with increasing frequency. Here are five examples from the Chicago area. -- Foster + Partners; KPMB Architects; A+I; Wight & Co.; Studio Gang [images]- Chicago Tribune
Noah Charney: Don’t judge a building by its walls: Architecture is about space, and how it feels: Why do some rooms feel dazzling, while others oppress? It’s by design: Being inside a great building should make you feel great, through a combination of admiration, awe, airiness and coziness (in the sense of feeling at home), characteristics that might be considered mutually exclusive.- Salon
How Scandinavian Modern Design Took the World by Storm: With a focus on craftsmanship, materials, and clean lines, the philosophy behind the style remains relevant today: Emerging in the 1950s alongside the modernist movement in Europe and America, [it] prioritized democratic, affordable, and sleek furnishings and interiors...Then as now, furnishings and clean, multi-use spaces tout little adornment but come off as inviting, not stark, and elegant yet accessible. -- Mette Aamodt/Aamodt/Plumb; Finn Juhl; Hans Wegner; Arne Jacobsen; Vernor Panton [images]- Architectural Digest
Swedish Design Moves New York: Sweden presents a thematic program investigating different takes on Democratic Architecture...installations, conversations and charrettes addressing global contemporary challenges of architecture and urbanity; at the Center for Architecture and Van Alen Institute, October 24-28- Swedish Design Moves
Ryerson University Team Wins Bid to update 1911 Frank Lloyd Wright Banff Pavilion Plans: Located within Banff National Park in Alberta, the pavilion was the last of only two Wright designs in Canada...Updating the drawings is critical to the next phase of the Pavilion’s revival. When complete, they will be used in the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative’s land amendment application... -- Francis Conroy Sullivan; Yew-Thong Leong [images]- Ryerson University (Canada)
Winners announced: 2017 Rifat Chadirji Prize: Rebuilding Iraq’s Liberated Areas: Mosul’s Housing Competition: a prototype for affordable housing for the post-Daesh Mosul, which can be easily replicated...exhibitions showcasing the Top 20 entries...will be held in Amman, Baghdad, Boston, Beirut, Milan, and London. -- Anna Otlik (Poland); Mariia Chorna and Oleksandr Kostevych (Poland); Vincent Callebaut Architectures (France) [images]- Tamayouz Excellence Award
Zumtobel Group Award 2017- Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment Winners -- Michael Maltzan Architecture (U.S.); UNStudio (Netherlands); Arturo Vittori (Italy); TeamMinus (China) [images- Zumtobel Group
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
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