Today’s News - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
● An impressive list of 10 architects will design chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale that will then "be deployed around the world, in places that are in need of these spaces of worship."
● Birnbaum doesn't oppose the Obama Presidential Center, but posits that "there is no need to destroy one significant cultural legacy in order to celebrate another" by siting it in Chicago's Jackson Park. "Why is it so difficult to show understanding for a significant work of landscape architecture?"
● The NSW Government Architect "recognizes the need to improve streetscape design - looking to promote good design through a range of initiatives" (architects cheer).
● Dickinson ponders why the AIA took "a pass on Postmodernism" by not giving a Twenty-five Year Award to any building: "Great buildings were most assuredly built from 1982 to 1992. They couldn't find one?"
● More on the Dubai Frame, the "gold-plated observation tower" whose design, Donis claims, was stolen from him: "(The case) definitely needs to be discussed to prevent this from happening again" (lots of pix, too).
● Davidson considers the saga of Manhattan's once-controversial Time Warner Center, the "two-headed skyscraper with its cool urbanity and high-gloss prisms" is "an immense improvement on what might have been" (considering the alternatives - one, a 137-story tower proposed by a certain Trump).
● Ban's first U.K. project gets a green light - a cross-laminated timber, 5-story single-family home near Tower Bridge.
● Keniger parses Hassell and Populous's International Convention Centre Sydney and its three "decorated boxes in the spirit of Robert Venturi's 'decorated sheds'" - losing the original buildings "should serve to ensure that we continue to press for the wider community's appreciation of the signature buildings of its city."
● Bernstein cheers Toole's "show-stopping" series of arches in the Miami Design District "that transform an alley into an inviting and intriguing cloister" with "a texture that rewards close inspection."
● Eyefuls of Mamou-Mani's 2018 Burning Man Temple that, "for many is the most sacred space at the event" (and gives a nod to Isaac Asimov).
● A conversation with Chakrabarti re: global warming, a housing crisis, and increased gentrification: "I think what people fear with new development is an erosion of identity and a sense of placelessness."
● Renn talks to Schumacher: "is Zaha Hadid's successor the most hated man in urbanism? He argues he has been misunderstood - he was naive to believe that such radical views would not prompt a backlash."
● The Urban Land Institute receives a gift from Hines to support the creation of the Women's Leadership Initiative to "increase the number and visibility of women in real estate leadership roles."
● Case in point: Forest City New York CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin is stepping down to start a new development firm "in a major shake-up in the city's development community."
● The Tamayouz Excellence Award launches the Women in Architecture and Construction Award to honor women in the industry across Near East and North Africa region.
● The Save Our Sirius foundation launches the "Sirius People" video series, leading off with Brutalist icon's architect Tao Gofers.
● Architectural historians are in demand, vetting homes designed by famous architects: "A post-purchase debunking of a house sold on the merits of its architect can wipe out the building's value, akin to a forged artwork" (check out link to a supposed Paul Rudolph - could he really "have designed a sprawling estate with teal terraced roofs and a helipad"?).
● Two we couldn't resist: Kwun parses a new line of fake concrete wallpaper that "creates an instant Brutalist look. Eat your heart out," Corbu.
● Prada taps Koolhaas, H&deM, and others and "thrown its 2018 fall menswear collection back to the 90's."
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10 Architects to Design Chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale: The designers have been instructed that their chapels must be able to be relocated so that they can be deployed around the world, in places that are in need of these spaces of worship. -- Smiljan Radic; Carla Juaçaba; Javier Corvalán; Sean Godsell; Eva Prats & Ricardo Flores; Eduardo Souto de Moura; Francesco Cellini; Norman Foster; Andrew Berman; Teronobu Fujimori- ArchDaily
Charles A Birnbaum: There is no need to destroy one significant cultural legacy in order to celebrate another: The Obama Presidential Center...proposed siting in Chicago's Jackson Park will both remove acres of public land and blight Fredrick Law Olmsted's historic landscape design: ...a design intervention completely antithetical to Olmsted's intent. We know that because Olmsted said so....Why is it so difficult to show understanding for a significant work of landscape architecture? -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF; Calvert Vaux; Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Michael Van Valkenburg Associates- Dezeen
NSW Government Architect recognises need to improve streetscape design: Peter Poulet is looking to promote good design in the built environment through a range of initiatives involving councils and the building design community...Lack of government regulation is seen as one of the reasons, with architects and designers calling for reforms to existing planning rules.- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Duo Dickinson: Did the AIA Take a Pass on Postmodernism? The organization recently refused to give a Twenty Five Year Award to any building.: Great buildings were most assuredly built from 1982 to 1992...They couldn’t find one? What a shame...Maybe you cannot celebrate the past now if you are unsure of where you are going in the future.- Common Edge
Dubai Frame: Emirate's controversial mega structure opens: ...gold-plated observation tower...A museum on its lower floor recounts Dubai's journey from a sleepy fishing village to global destination...There's just one problem. Mexican-born architect Fernando Donis claims the idea...was stolen from him...the legal battle will continue...But he also hopes to gain further recognition...as well as financial compensation...Donis added: "(The case) definitely needs to be discussed to prevent this from happening again."- CNN Style
Justin Davidson: The Megamall-Hotel-Condo-Concert Hall That Ate New York City: Time Warner Center and the West Side it made: ...two-headed skyscraper clad in dusky glass...lording it over Columbus Circle...represents the partial triumph of two opposite forces: big-money development and civic activism...neighborhood naysayers hung in there so long that they learned to shape the development rather than just opposing it...with its cool urbanity and high-gloss prisms...an immense improvement on what might have been. -- Moshe Safdie; David Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Robert A.M. Stern/Costas Kondylis; Gary Handel/James Polshek; James Carpenter; Rafael Viñoly [images]- New York Magazine
Pritzker Prize-Winning Shigeru Ban Receives Planning Approval for His First UK Project: Designed in collaboration with Waugh Thistleton Architects, the five-story [single-family] Southwark House in London will be framed in cross-laminated timber...sited on the edge of Potters Fields Park near the Tower Bridge...topped by a roof terrace covered by a translucent timber-and-steel canopy. [images]- Architectural Digest
Michael Keniger: Enriching presence: ICC Sydney: The International Convention Centre Sydney complex, designed by Hassell and Populous...part of the revitalization of Sydney's Darling Harbour...three elements...are decorated boxes in the spirit of Robert Venturi’s “decorated sheds"...The loss of the original convention and exhibition buildings...should serve to ensure that we continue to press for the wider community’s appreciation of the signature buildings of its city... -- Philip Cox Richardson Taylor & Partners; John Andrews (1988); Ancher Mortlock and Woolley (1999) [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Fred A. Bernstein: This Student Created a Show-Stopping Installation in Miami's Design District: Daniel Toole: ... a series of arches that transform an alley...into an inviting and intriguing cloister...the arches have a texture that rewards close inspection. But even more than their surfaces, it is their graceful shapes that draw attention...Toole to do a second project: outfitting another Design District alley in folded planes of rusted steel. -- Duany Plater-Zyberk Associates; Sou Fujimoto; Aranguren + Gallegos; Jürgen Mayer H.; SB Architects [images]- Architectural Digest
French architect will use robotic tools to build Burning Man Temple: While some people are fearful that robots are going to take over our jobs, not Arthur Mamou-Mani...London-based architect...behind a number of large-scale art installations at Burns past..."Galaxia," a nod to...science fiction works by Isaac Asimov. This year's Burning Man theme is "I, Robot," named for one of Asimov's most well-known short story series...The Temple...for many is the most sacred space at the event. -- Fab.Pub [images]- Reno Gazette Journal )Nevada)
Architect and Urbanist Vishaan Chakrabarti’s Vision for Brooklyn Connects the Future to the Past: ...he has become a prominent voice in the debate over how our cities will be constructed in the face of global warming, a housing crisis, and increased gentrification..."I’m much more interested in what is the existing fabric of a place and how do you build upon that...I think what people fear with new development is an erosion of identity and a sense of placelessness." -- SHoP Architects; Practice for Architecture and Urbanism/PAU [images]- Brownstoner
Aaron M Renn: Patrik Schumacher: 'I've been depicted as a fascist': He has proposed eliminating social housing and privatising streets – so is Zaha Hadid’s successor the most hated man in urbanism? He refuses to back down on his proposals, but he admits the backlash took him by surprise...He doesn’t shy away from quarrelling with architecture critics...and has argued that government should no longer fund art and architecture schools...He argues he has been misunderstood...he was naive to believe that such radical views would not prompt a backlash.- Guardian (UK)
Urban Land Institute Receives Gift from Hines to Increase the Number and Visibility of Women in Real Estate Leadership Roles: ...Women’s Leadership Initiative has received a $90,000 gift...to support the creation of the WLI Hines Innovation Grants...- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
'Unleashed' MaryAnne Gilmartin Leaves Forest City: ...has left her post as Forest City New York CEO in a major shake-up in the city's development community...to form L&L MAG, a new development firm...She will serve as CEO...said that she was unsure if she is the first-ever female co-founder and CEO in the city, but she could not think of anyone else.- Bisnow.com
Tamayouz launches award for women in architecture and construction across NENA [Near East and North Africa] region: Tamayouz Excellence Award, which serves to promote architecture for and from Iraq and the greater Middle East, has just launched its Women in Architecture and Construction Award..."when you start recognising women for their efforts in the industry, it makes a positive difference." -- Ahmed Al-Mallak- designMENA (Middle East)
Tao Gofers among interviewees on awareness-raising ‘Sirius People’ video series: ...the Sirius building again lost its bid for heritage protection. And again, the Save Our Sirius (SOS) foundation...has, in response, taken up arms against the government to keep the Brutalist icon standing...Gofers dives into the back-and-forth of the initial proposal...- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Wanted: Architectural historians to vet homes designed by famous architects: A post-purchase debunking of a house sold on the merits of its architect can wipe out the building’s value, akin to a forged artwork...Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and other preservation groups have tried to thoroughly vet the claims that come their way... -- Paul Revere Williams; Julia Morgan; Paul Rudolph- The Architect's Newspaper
Aileen Kwun: Fake Concrete Wallpaper Creates An Instant Brutalist Look: These trompe l’oeil wallpapers are better for the environment and gentler on your wallet than the real thing. Eat your heart out, Le Corb? Calling all fans of Brutalism, you’ll rejoice–or recoil–at this new offering: a collection of “concrete-effect” wallpaper patterns that give the term paper architecture another, very literal, meaning...22 designs...Most conspicuous are the collection’s series of mural photographs showing detail shots of real-life Brutalist sites. [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron venture into fashion design for Prada: Prada has thrown its 2018 fall menswear collection back to the 90’s, with a fashion show in Milan that put utilitarian black nylon front and center...French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic were all invited to interpret the material through an industrial lens to create a unique item for the collection. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
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