Today’s News - Thursday, March 8, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 13 (that's about how long it will take us to dig out from under 15 inches of snow - and clear the 30-foot branches that just missed the house and car!).
● ANN feature: Silva's From the Treetops #3 looks at how temporary, multi-disciplinary arts projects are transforming the proverbial "white cube" gallery town of Sacramento by elevating the discourse around what art can be and the potential spaces it could occupy.
● In honor of International Women's Day 2018: Zatarain tells us what happened when she asked male architects: "How would your career be different today if you were a woman? The men's bewilderment was immediately palpable - clearly perplexed, somewhat indignant. It is foolish to think that we can move forward if those in positions of power remain unconvinced that the playing field must be leveled" (a must-read!).
● Parlour editor Clark reflects on the Australian organization's development since 2014 and "what still needs to be done. The good news is that many people and practices listened - but there is still a long way to go."
● A fascinating look at Florence Taylor, Australia's first woman architect, by revisiting Freestone and Hanna's 2008 book "Florence Taylor's Hats": "She was variously a pioneer and a conservative, an egotist and a confidante, a workaholic and a style setter, a ratbag, a philanthropist, a tyrant and a heroine."
● Ponsford talks to five top women in world architecture about "what it will take to break down barriers, and offer words of advice for the next generation of female creatives."
● #PressforProgress: the official International Women's Day 2018 website: "With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated."
● Bernstein, with a few quibbles, cheers Holl's "magnificently luminous" Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University + St. Hill's take on Holl's Maggie's Centre Barts in London: "It has a joyful, uplifting presence - warm and cocooning."
● A great round-up of reports from Brainstorm Design 2018 in Singapore that brought a who's who of the "tribes of the design community together."
● Dickinson will bring together design tribes from Building Beauty in Sorrento, Italy, the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and the University of San Francisco in a live international design event series, beginning next Wednesday.
● An impressive list of honorees in ICAA's 2018 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition.
● The same can be said for the Re-thinking The Future /RTF Sustainability Award winners: "Each is one step forward towards the more sustainable future."
● Gompertz minces no words about BBC Two's "Civilizations" series: too many cooks "over-egged the pudding" - the show "is more confused and confusing than a drunk driver negotiating Spaghetti Junction in the rush hour" (but thumbs-up for the camerawork, at least!).
● Wills cheers Hawthorne's "That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles": "at its core this is an intellectual investigation that culminates with an unexpectedly emotional kicker" with a "charged, if controversial, conclusion."
● "Even the most astute Wright scholars will be surprised" by Hawthorne's "That Far Corner", which "provides compelling evidence that Wright's California designs may not be what they seem" (now streaming on KCET, Amazon, YouTube, Roku, and Apple TV).
● The Architecture + Design Film Festival heads to Los Angeles next week, but there are free sneak-peeks on Saturday during the first Short Films Walk: LA (SFW: LA).
● Beachler, production designer for the mega-hit "Black Panther," explains how the "voluptuous" sets are an "unexpected blend of Hadid and Buckingham Palace" (a rather biting - almost bitter - comments section!).
● Davidson cheers "Aldo Rossi: The Architecture and Art of the Analogous City" at Princeton that "brings to light his poetic legacy. While relatively small," it "nonetheless packs a wallop."
● "In the Public Interest: The Architect's Role and Responsibility," presented by AIA Seattle, "explores architecture's responsibility to the public - and provides avenues for getting involved."
● "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation" at Taubman College in Michigan presents 24 commissioned, experimental drawings that explore the impact of emerging technologies of design and production.
● London's ICA presents "Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture" that includes recent and new investigations into "instances of deferred responsibility by state agencies that have contributed to the deaths of migrants."
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ANN feature: Jason A. Silva: From the Treetops #3: Is Art Redefining the Architecture of Sacramento? Temporary, multi-disciplinary arts projects are transforming the proverbial "white cube" gallery town by elevating the discourse around what art can be and the potential spaces it could occupy. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Ana Karina Zatarain: Asking Male Architects: How Would Your Career Be Different Today If You Were a Woman? The men’s bewilderment was immediately palpable. Many stared back at me...clearly perplexed, somewhat indignant...With varying degrees of eloquence but no exception...each arrived at the same cozy conclusion: had they been born female, there would be no difference in their careers today...I expected nuanced responses...Relegating the burden of “women’s issues” solely to women...seems insidiously inefficient. It is foolish to think that we can move forward if those in positions of power remain unconvinced that the playing field must be leveled.- Common Edge
Justine Clark: Parlour and gender equity in Australian architecture: Where to from here? Parlour editor Clark reflects on the organization’s development since the publication of research in 2014 that laid bare the state of gender inequity in Australian architecture, turns an eye to the future, and explains how you can help: ...what still needs to be done, and who will do it? The good news is that many people and practices listened...But all is not all rosy just yet...there is still a long way to go.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man’s job’: Australia’s first woman architect: Florence Taylor was a person of many hats - literally and metaphorically, as Robert Freestone and Bronwyn Hanna reveal in their  book "Florence Taylor’s Hats": “Did her flamboyant femininity work against her credibility as a designer...She was variously a pioneer and a conservative, an egotist and a confidante, a workaholic and a style setter, a ratbag, a philanthropist, a tyrant and a heroine.”- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Matthew Ponsford: Five top women in world architecture: 'Now is our time': As long as there have been cities, women have built them: But today, in the world-leading firms imagining the cities of the future, equality remains a long way off...the architectural world is opening up to change...For International Women's Day 2018, we asked five of the world's leading architects what it will take to break down barriers...and offer words of advice for the next generation of female creatives. -- Amanda Levete/AL_A; Neri Oxman/MIT Media Lab Mediated Matter; Denise Scott Brown/Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates/VSBA; Farshid Moussavi/Farshid Moussavi Architecture/Harvard GSD- CNN Style
International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress: With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated...with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.- International Women
Fred A. Bernstein: 'Magnificently luminous': Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, by Steven Holl Architects: ...has extended a beloved campus with three new buildings: Holl (working with Noah Yaffe as partner-incharge) was a good choice for a campus loved for eschewing architectural homogenisation...his music building is a tour-de-force + Cate St Hill: Maggie’s Centre Barts, London, by Steven Holl Architects: ...conceived as a 'breath of life': It has a joyful, uplifting presence...warm and cocooning... -- Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; jmarchitects [images]- DesignCurial / Blueprint Magazine (UK)
'Bringing the Tribes of the Design Community Together.' Brainstorm Design 2018 in Singapore Closes After Three Inspiring Days. -- Thomas Heatherwick; Nigel Coates; Daan Roosegaarde; Hwang Yu-Ning/Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA); Mark Wee, executive director designate of the Design Singapore Council (SDC); Patricia Urquiola; John Cary/"Design for Good"; Charles Hayes/IDEO; Robbie Antonio/Revolution Precrafted; Harry West/Frog Design; Jonathan Ward/NBBJ; Mark Dytham/Klein Dytham architecture; Norhiko Shinya/Super Potato; Jeanne Liedtka; Liz Ogbu/Studio O; Jim Taylor/Proximity Designs; Alice Rawsthorn; Tom Dixon; Paola Antonelli/MoMA; Ole Scheeren; Fortune/Time/Wallpaper*; etc.- Fortune magazine
Live International Design Event Series: Students at Building Beauty in Sorrento, Italy, are joining with Architecture students at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and the University of San Francisco, to investigate the meaning of designing one’s home, led by Duo Dickinson. March 14 and April 19- Building Beauty
ICAA Announces Winners of the 2018 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition -- Craig Hamilton; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk/DPZ Partners; Stuart Cohen/Cohen & Hacker Architects; Michael S. Smith; Doyle Herman Design Associates; Margize Howell/Peter Kenny/Classical American Homes Preservation Trust/The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation- Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)
RTF Sustainability Awards 2017: Each of the winning projects is one step forward towards the more sustainable future. -- DLR Group; Aecom; Tai Yuan Huang; Zero Energy Design Lab; Innovative Form + Construction Intelligence SUTD; Atelier van Berlo; Li-Wei Kuo; David Kharisma Putra; CAZA; Yamamoto Taiki;y Andrea Tabocchini & Francesca Vittorini; Henning Larsen & Adamson Associates Architects; Nathan Good Architects; Mecanoo architecten; Samantha Ong [images]- Re-thinking The Future (RTF)
Will Gompertz: "Civilisations" on BBC Two: You know how it is with cooking, or painting or sculpting - the art is in knowing when to stop.: It turns out adding that extra "s" has gone and over-egged the pudding...[the show] is more confused and confusing than a drunk driver negotiating Spaghetti Junction in the rush hour. -- Mary Beard; David Olusoga; Simon Schama- BBC (UK)
Eric Wills: Frank Lloyd Wright's Los Angeles Houses Reconsidered: A KCET-TV documentary directed by Christopher Hawthorne makes a provocative argument about the forces that inspired Wright's textile-block houses: "That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles"...an ambitious effort to bring a nuanced piece of architectural criticism to the screen...at its core this is an intellectual investigation...that culminates with an unexpectedly emotional kicker...its charged, if controversial, conclusion. -- Kathryn Smith; Robert Sweeney; Thomas S. Hines [images]- Architect Magazine
Katherine McGrath: New Documentary Shows a Fascinating Side of Frank Lloyd Wright As Never Seen Before: L.A. Times' architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne provides compelling evidence that Wright's California designs may not be what they seem: "That Far Corner"...examines the period he spent working in southern California, and how personal trauma in his life is directly linked to his West Coast rebellious period...Hawthorne's theory has drawn mixed reactions from Wright scholars and architecture historians...But even the most astute Wright scholars will be surprised by [the film]. [images]- Architectural Digest
This month the film capital of the world will get a double dose of the Architecture + Design Film Festival: The first Short Films Walk: LA (SFW: LA) on March 10th includes a full day of FREE screenings with over 24 short films...pop into any of the six participating showrooms...and experience a unique program of films curated by ADFF:L.A. Los Angeles Theatre Center, March 14 - 18- Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF)
Black Panther's "voluptuous" sets are influenced by Zaha Hadid, says production designer: The Afrofuturist architecture featured in hit movie is an unexpected blend of Hadid and Buckingham Palace, according to Hannah Beachler: ...she visited buildings by the late Iraqi-British architect while researching for the film...came up with the design concept for Wakanda's buildings and cities..."Walking through Zaha's buildings, it is the curvature of the walls, it is the materials that you connect with...You always feel intimate in a large space..." [images]- Dezeen
Cynthia Davidson: The Return of Aldo Rossi: An Exhibition Examines the Contributions of the Late Architect: ...brings to light [his] poetic legacy: “Aldo Rossi: The Architecture and Art of the Analogous City,” curated by architectural historian Daniel Sherer...the first retrospective of Rossi’s work in the United States since 1976...While relatively small given the span of Rossi’s productive career, Sherer’s show nonetheless packs a wallop. Princeton University School of Architecture, thru March 30 [images]- Architectural Record
AIA Seattle exhibit shows how architects can serve the public good: Garrett Nelli explores architecture’s responsibility to the public - and provides avenues for getting involved: "In the Public Interest: The Architect’s Role and Responsibility"...research brought him to...sites in Los Angeles, New Orleans, rural Alabama, Haiti, Spain, and Italy...showing the architecture, the surrounding community, and a person impacted...we don’t always “show the work impacted someone who’s not an architect in their daily life.” Center for Architecture & Design, Seattle, thru May 26 [images]- Curbed Seattle
"Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation": Emerging technologies of design and production have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing. The 24 experimental drawings commissioned for this exhibition explore the impact of such technologies...how rules and constraints inform the ways architects document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, thru March 28- University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Ann Arbor, MI)
"Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture": ...presents a selection of recent and new investigations...These address cases including the racist murder of a man in Kassel, Germany by a member of a far-right group, and instances of deferred responsibility by state agencies that have contributed to the deaths of migrants at sea in the Mediterranean. London, thru May 6- Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) (London, UK)
ANN feature: Vladimir Belogolovsky: One-on-One: Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows: "If a product is designed and crafted well, it should not go out of fashion." BassamFellows' "Craftsman Modern" is based on the partners' devotion to Modernist architecture, high-level craftsmanship, and the use of beautiful, natural materials. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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