Today’s News - Wednesday, December 6, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday - the internet gods had other ideas (maybe they like making editors cry).
● Stern pens a most heartfelt tribute to Vincent Scully, who "taught generations of students to see the world through the lens of human tradition and experience," but he was "more than a teacher. Never harsh in his judgments, but not mealy-mouthed either."
● Flamer is just as heartfelt re: Scully: "Groundbreakings are common in architecture. Groundbreakers are rare." He "taught with such passion, it rose to Yale drama school-level performance art."
● Budds parses a new study that explores ways to tackle climate change in the age of Trump: "Fix housing."
● It seems tackling climate change is up to us since the Gang of Trump has disbanded "one of the last federal bodies that openly talked about climate change in public."
● Filarski offers one way: he's part of a group of Rhode Island architects training for rapid response to disasters.
● The New London Plan has architects seeing the "beginning of a renaissance" with its "new emphasis on design review and analysis" + RIBA responds.
● Moore has more to say re: the New London Plan that might give the suburbs "a starring role" - making them "denser could make them better. It depends completely on how it's done."
● Doig parses Vancouver's new "doozy" of a housing plan "(trigger warning, NIMBYs)."
● Framlab has a doozy of an idea to house the homeless: create "vertical land" by building clusters of honeycomb-like pods on the blank sides of buildings.
● Brussat cheers Sussman and Ward's "thrilling new report on how biometric technologies assess human taste in architecture. Most people have a more sophisticated ability to judge architecture than the experts."
● Armstrong calls for opening "our sealed-off lives to semi-permeable architecture" by using organic construction materials (mycelium, microalgae, and bioreactors included).
● Budds delves into LMN's "collaboration" with algorithms that "played an essential, irreplaceable role" in creating in the University of Iowa's new Voxman School of Music - "move over starchitects, algorithmic architecture is officially mainstream."
● CLT takes center stage in a design collaboration that brings "America's first large-scale, mass timber interactive learning project" to the University of Arkansas with a "cabin the woods" concept for new residence halls.
● 2018 outlook: "Economists point to slowdown, AEC professionals say 'no way.'"
Let there be culture!
● Hall Kaplan continues to mince no words about what he thinks of Zumthor's LACMA "design disaster": if the "willful ways of civil serpents" are allowed, it will be "a landmark to be mocked for the ages, a bad L.A. joke" (public comment open until December 15).
● Betsky sees Beijing's 798 Factory as "one of the greatest accidental public spaces to emerge since the turn of the millennium. Why don't we have this in our country?"
● Alter cheers Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick's "totally tubular, totally mind-blowing repurposing of grain silos" in Capetown that "demonstrates how they be tuned into architectural wonders. I have often had trouble with his work, but after this, all is forgiven."
● ICA Miami's new home by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos "has all the right angles - a building where contemporary art meets modern architecture."
● Calgary's 2017 Mayor's Urban Design Awards honor "urban fragments, housing innovation, and civic design" (and pop-ups!).
● Eyefuls of the winners of The Architect's Newspaper's 2017 AN Best of Design Awards in "a whopping 42 categories."
● The Amber Road Trekking Cabin competition for a rest cabin along the Latvian Baltic coast picks winners.
● Winners of the Pape Bird Observation Tower competition have "the capacity to become an important architectural landmark and observational tool" for a Latvian nature park.
● Stand-out students win the 2017 Fentress Global Challenge to envision an airport of the future.
● The Royal Society of Arts' RSA Royal Designers for Industry 2017 revealed.
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Robert A.M. Stern: How Vincent Scully Changed Architecture: The Yale scholar taught generations of students to see the world through the lens of human tradition and experience: But [he] was more than a teacher...[He] made the battle for the soul of modern architecture seem like a conversation among reasonable people...encouraged many young architects to become preservation activists...Never harsh in his judgments, but not mealy-mouthed either...- New York Times
Obituary by Keith Flamer: Yale Architecture Icon Vincent Scully, 97: Groundbreakings are common in architecture. Groundbreakers are rare...taught 60-plus years at Yale and is revered as the most "influential architecture teacher ever," as once described by Philip Johnson....[he] taught...with such passion, it rose to Yale drama school-level performance art...explored architecture’s human effect on culture, as a force behind New Urbanism...also a champion of the historic preservation movement...- Forbes
Diana Budds: To Tackle Climate Change In The Trump Era, Fix Housing: A new study suggests that changing how and where we build housing could reduce carbon emissions: a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT suggests three strategies focused on our homes and cities to make up for all the laws Trump is cutting: change urban development patterns, make housing more energy efficient, and make cars more environmentally friendly.- Fast Company / Co.Design
U.S. Disbands Group That Prepared Cities for Climate Shocks: Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems..."was one of the last federal bodies that openly talked about climate change in public"...the latest in a series of federal climate-related bodies to be altered or terminated since President Donald Trump took office...[He] has called climate change a "hoax"...""This was the federal government’s primary external engagement for resilience in the built environment"- Bloomberg News
Kenneth J. Filarski: Preparing for devastation: The value of disaster scenario exercises: Thanks to a training exercise called Vigilant Guard, a group of Rhode Island architects is ready for rapid response: ...found out firsthand that a training exercise is the best way to prepare...we encourage the disaster response community to keep an eye out for disaster scenario exercises taking place in your own community or state - and participate in them. -- FILARSKI/Architecture+Planning+Research; Rhode Island Architects and Engineers Emergency Response Task Force 7 (RI AEER TF-7)- AIArchitect / American Institute of Architects
Architects hail London Plan as 'beginning of a renaissance': Emphasis on retaining architects and design review applauded: The new emphasis on design review and analysis...shows the mayor has embraced the ambition of improving design quality...the problem with the current plan was not that its policies were wrong but that they were hard to enforce. + RIBA’s response. -- Russell Curtis/RCKa; Phil Coffey/Coffey Architects; Barbara Weiss/Skyline Campaign; Charlie Whitaker/3DReid; Alireza Sagharchi/Stanhope Gate Architecture; Ian Blake/Morse Webb Architects; Julie Hirigoyen/UK Green Building Council (UKGBC); Ben Derbyshire- BD/Building Design (UK)
Rowan Moore: Finally, the suburbs might have a starring role: The mayor of London’s plan to solve the housing crisis could benefit everyone: Suburbia...is the most pervasive urban invention of modern times...new London Plan...will guide the planning decisions of the city’s boroughs...hopes to encourage smaller-scale developers and lower-cost housing...this might mean building on gardens or building at four storeys instead of two...making suburbs denser could make them better...It depends completely on how it’s done...- Observer (UK)
Will Doig: Vancouver’s “Radical” Housing Plan Makes Waves: As policy initiatives go, it’s a doozy: There are 248 pages of provocative proposals...involves densifying areas that are currently stocked with single-family homes, restricting property ownership by nonpermanent residents and creating zones of rental-only housing...The 10-year strategy calls for (trigger warning, NIMBYs) the “transformation of low-density neighborhoods.”- Next City (formerly Next American City)
'Homed' project could house New York's homeless in clustered, honeycomb-like pods: ...a new project aims to capitalise on the city's surplus of "vertical land," by building clusters of...3D printed hexagonal housing modules, to be built on the side of existing buildings using a scaffolding framework...clusters can also be disassembled and relocated...Nobody's using this wall, why not make it into a home? -- Andreas Tjeldflaat/Framlab [images]- Mashable
David Brussat: Our eyes poke back at mods: A thrilling new report on how biometric technologies assess human taste in architecture...by architect and researcher Ann Sussman [and] Janice M. Ward...Most people have a more sophisticated ability to judge architecture than the experts. This is why adults feel a greater comfort and joy in traditional rather than modernist architecture...architects often argue that people just don’t “understand” why modern architecture is superior to traditional architecture. They simply need to be re-educated. Well, good luck with that!- Architecture Here and There
Rachel Armstrong: Let’s open our sealed-off lives to semi-permeable architecture: How might our lives improve if we allow buildings to interact more with the surrounding environment? ...engineers have developed organic construction materials that have various degrees of permeability...The real impact of living architecture will be to introduce a new palette of structural and functional systems that change how we think about sustainability and resource management within the built environment. -- David Benjamin/The Living- Aeon Magazine (UK)
Diana Budds: This Building Is A Collaboration Between Architects And Algorithms: While algorithms have been used by architects to create mind-boggling facades...the application of generative design to acoustics is a compelling example of how algorithms can help produce more functional (and often less expensive) architecture...[They] played an essential, irreplaceable role in both the design and construction of the University of Iowa’s new Voxman School of Music...Move over starchitects, algorithmic architecture is officially mainstream. -- Stephen Van Dyck/LMN Architects; Neumann Monson Architects [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Design collaboration brings mass timber residence halls to the University of Arkansas: ...America’s first large-scale, mass timber interactive learning project...Working off of a “cabin the woods” concept, 708-bed Stadium Drive Residence Halls...are a pair of snaking buildings joined in a central plaza... -- Leers Weinzapfel Associates; Modus Studio; Mackey Mitchell Architects; OLIN [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
2018 outlook: Economists point to slowdown, AEC professionals say ‘no way’: Multifamily housing and senior living developments head the list of the hottest sectors heading into 2018, according a survey of 356 AEC professionals: ...if the early prognostications are any indication, 2018 is shaping up to be a little less rosy for the nonresidential and multifamily construction markets.- Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Sam Hall Kaplan: LACMA Design Disaster Stirs an "Outrage": The present LACMA might be fractured and flawed...But it can and does work for viewing art, which, really, is what a museum is about...This protracted public problem also most likely will be after the glad-handing perpetuators of this colossal boondoggle are gone on to new hustles and fraudulent fame...if allowed to be built, [it] is going to be a social, environmental and architectural disaster, a landmark to be mocked for the ages, a bad L.A. joke...The public has until December 15 to comment... -- Peter Zumthor- City Observed
Aaron Betsky: Art is Making a City Work in China, so Why Can’t it do so in the United States? 798 Factory in Beijing is one of the greatest accidental public spaces to emerge since the turn of the millennium...Why don’t we have this in our country? ...has already been widely copied in Chinese cities...a series of workshops crammed together around remaining gas tanks and leftover equipment...places where production has become art...798 Factory is as good a model as I know.- Architect Magazine
Lloyd Alter: Thomas Heatherwick does totally tubular, totally mind-blowing repurposing of grain silos: ...in Capetown, South Africa, [he] has not just raised the bar for silo conversions, he has changed it forever...Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA..."the world's tubiest building"...So many cities have silos, and many are under threat. The wonder of this project is that it demonstrates how they [be] tuned into architectural wonders...I have often had trouble with Heatherwick's work, but after this, all is forgiven. -- HeatherwickStudio [images]- TreeHugger
ICA Miami’s new home has all the right angles: Institute of Contemporary Art Miami...just unveiled its new home...in the heart of the Miami Design District...The light and airy building is a constellation of metal triangles and glass panels...a building where contemporary art meets modern architecture. -- Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos [images by Iwan Baan]- Wallpaper*
Calgary's urban fragments, housing innovation and civic design winners revealed: Music halls, public plazas, pedestrian pathways and retail pop-ups among 2017 Mayor's Urban Design Awards. -- the marc boutin architectural collaborative; Nyhoff Architecture; Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes; PFS Studio; Scatliff + Miller + Murray; 5468796 Architecture; Marshall Tittemore Architects; MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects; Snøhetta; DIALOG Design; Hindle Architects; Allied Works Architecture; Kasian Architecture [images]- CBC news (Canada)
Here are the winners of the 2017 AN Best of Design Awards: ...a whopping 42 categories. -- Studio Gang; Weiss/Manfredi; Carrier Johnson + CULTURE; Bruner/Cott Architects; Steven Holl Architects; Ennead Architects; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; ichael Graves Architecture & Design; Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects; Oza / Sabbeth Architecture; SO-IL/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Marpillero Pollak Architects; Undisclosable; LEVER Architecture; The Living; BNIM; Bates Masi + Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); REX; mcdowellespinosa architects; MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY- The Architect's Newspaper
Winners announced: Amber Road Trekking Cabin competition for a rest cabin along the Latvian Baltic coast. -- Scott Grbavac/Andreea Cutieru/;Santiago Carlos Peña Fiorda (Denmark); Lukasz Palczynski/Jan Szeliga/Antoni Prokop (Poland); Lukasz Palczynski/Jan Szeliga/Antoni Prokop (Poland); Robert Brown/Carly Martin/Jincheng Jiang (Australia); Roman Leonidov/Pavel Sorokovov/Fiantseva Svetlana (Russia) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Winners announced: Pape Bird Observation Tower competition: Each has the capacity to become an important architectural landmark and observational tool for the Pape Nature Park, Latvia: -- Berta Risueño Muzás/Manuel Pareja Abascal (Spain); Jeffrey Clancy (U.S.); Simon Barret/Hugo Ramos-Guerrero/Tom Mestiri/Chloé Meyer (France); Reza Aliabadi/Arman Ghafouri - Azar (Canada) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Pasaules Dabas Fonds / World Wide Fund for Nature
2017 Fentress Global Challenge winners: ...competition challenged students to envision an airport in the year 2075. -- Thomas Smith (UK)/University College London; John Cyril Isaac (Philippines)/University of Santo Tomas; Jia Hua Yapp (Malaysia)/Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; Claudio Nieto Rojas (Mexico)/School: Architectural Association, London [images]- Fentress Architects
RSA/Royal Society of Arts’ Royal Designers for Industry 2017 revealed: Designer Morag Myerscough, architect Alison Brooks and urban planner Mike Rawlinson/City ID have been given the award this year, while structural engineer Tristram Carfrae/Arup has been named as the master of the charity’s RDI faculty for 2017.- Design Week (UK)
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