Today’s News - Thursday, September 13, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: This morning's preview tour of the Statue of Liberty Museum was postponed, so you get Today's News today instead of tomorrow. Speaking of which...tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, September 18.
● Betsky cheers SPUR's efforts to imagine the San Francisco Bay Area's future with four scenarios that "are believable and interesting, but they don't go far enough. What we need is both more serious research and true visions."
● Finch finds urbanist Kelvin Campbell's "Making Massive Small Change" to be "impressive compendium" of "ideas, tools and tactics" for "bottom-up community approaches to regeneration and urban improvement - building from the bottom up doesn't mean you have to think small."
● Merrick weighs in on Kuma's V&A Dundee: It "is the city's Bilbao - or perhaps 'built prow' - moment" + Kuma's view.
● Glancey parses the four projects vying for RIBA International Prize 2018: "The judges have their work cut out - the shortlist is indeed short," and all are very different, but "equally special."
● Sayer parses "the sordid saga of Eileen Gray's iconic E-1027 House" (a lot of dead bodies included), and efforts to continue its restoration.
● Eyefuls of Italian photographers Conte and Perego's images of the architecture and monuments of post-war Soviet Georgia (wow!): "They tell a lot about an era and its artistic value, an era of creativity and experimentation."
● Keep an eye on these 17 contemporary Brazilian landscape architects who are gaining recognition (very cool).
● Call for entries: NAACP Living Headquarters Design Competition (international - no fee).
● Call for entries: 2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (international - no fee).
● Call for applications for Harvard GSD 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international - $10 fee).
● Applications for Design + Build Workshop in Lombok, Indonesia, working with three local villages that were 90% destroyed after the recent earthquake (spaces filling up!).
● AN picks out highlights from the Detroit Month of Design lineup.
● DS+R's "The Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o'clock" opens on NYC's High Line October 3rd, but best to order free tickets now!
● A good reason to head to China next week: the inaugural six-day Design China Beijing featuring products and conceptual installations from 80 international and domestic design brands and galleries.
● A lotta good reasons to be in London right now! Pownall x 2: She parses 12 must-see exhibitions and events at London Design Festival 2018 (we'll take the "fluorescent, poetry-spouting lion" in Trafalgar Square, thank you).
● She also picks 10 of the best installations at London Design Biennale 2018.
● A headline we couldn't resist: "8 bloody great installations to see at London Design Festival 2018" (including that talking red lion).
● 100% Design 2018 returns "with a revamped and ever more thought-provoking program."
● Moore cheers Iain Sinclair's "Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts": "Easy conclusions are not Sinclair's thing. He nourishes you well on insights. He leaves you gasping with the punch and pungency of his images."
● Hodgetts hails Gannon's "Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech": "It is simply too big and heavy (at nearly 5 pounds), too lavishly produced, and too all-encompassing in its scholarship to join ranks with its intellectual rivals. As a bonus, it's even fun to read!"
● Furman says Gordon's "Arquitectonica" captures the legacy of the Miami-based "architectural practice whose rise was as phantasmagoric and miraculous as the city out of which it emerged."
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Aaron Betsky: Cloudy Visions: SPUR Tries to Imagine the Bay Area’s Future: the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association’s four scenarios are believable and interesting, but they don’t go far enough. What we need is both more serious research and true visions: “briefing paper,” Four Future Scenarios for the San Francisco Bay Area...the authors focus on only two issues, which they blame for all of the Bay Area’s woes: the lack of affordable housing and the sorry state of transportation infrastructure...we must look at trends through a much finer lens.- Architect Magazine
Paul Finch: Building from the bottom up doesn’t mean you have to think small: Sometimes a really big idea can consist of a series of smaller ideas: "Making Massive Small Change" by urbanist Kelvin Campbell...impressive compendium lists ideas, tools and tactics which have been deployed in favour of bottom-up community approaches to regeneration and urban improvement, via multiple examples from around the world...full of pithy quotes which deserve repetition...- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Richard Waite, Mary Douglas & Jay Merrick: V&A Dundee: First look inside Kengo Kuma’s ‘stunning’ museum: Building appraisal by Jay Merrick: Kuma’s central aim was to create a ‘living room’ for Dundee with a two-fold character: hard but already weathered-looking on the outside; soft and warm inside. In broad terms, he has certainly succeeded...The Dundee V&A is the city’s Bilbao - or perhaps ‘built prow’ - moment. + Architect’s view [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Jonathan Glancey: RIBA International Prize 2018: World's best new buildings revealed: A Tokyo music school, a university in Budapest, a pair of tree-covered towers in Milan and a rural school in Brazil have all been shortlisted...The judges have their work cut out...Their shortlist is indeed short, but the other three building projects on it are - if very different from Children Village - equally special. -- Gustavo Utrabo/Pedro Duschenes/Aleph Zero; Brazilian television host Marcelo Rosenbaum/Rosenbaum Arquitetura; Stefano Boeri Architetti; O'Donnell + Tuomey; Nikken Sekkei [images]- CNN Style
Jason Sayer: The Sordid Saga of Eileen Gray’s Iconic E-1027 House: Designed by the Irish architect and designer, the 1929 French Riviera villa was an obsession of Le Corbusier. Previously a ruin, a new crowdfunding campaign aims to continue its restoration: The house certainly had optimistic - and idealistic - beginnings...intended as a peaceful retreat... -- Cap Moderne; Jean Badovici [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Italian photographers document post-war Soviet architecture in Georgia: Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego have captured the architecture and monuments of post-war Soviet Georgia: Many of the buildings are in various states of disrepair; at risk of falling into ruin, or being condemned in place of new developments..."They tell a lot about an era and its artistic value, an era of creativity and experimentation"- Dezeen
17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects: Roberto Burle Marx, Rosa Kliass, and Miranda Magnoli are certainly some of the most notable figures...when it comes to the contemporary, these are the names that have been gaining recognition in the last couple years. -- Alex Hanazaki; André Paoliello; Benedito Abbud; Daniel Nunes; Gabriella Ornaghi; Gilberto Elkis; Gil Fialho; Isabel Duprat; Isabela Ono/Julio Ono/Gustavo Leivas; Koiti Mori/Klara Kaiser; Luiz Carlos Orsini; Marcelo Faisal; Mariana Siqueira; Oficina2mais; Plantar Ideias; Renata Tilli; Rodrigo Oliveira- ArchDaily
Call for entries: NAACP Living Headquarters Design Competition (international): Bring Our Vision of An Equity-Based, Regenerative Workspace and Community Hub to Life in Baltimore: Standards we will follow include The Living Building Challenge, the LEED Platinum Certification, the WELL Building Standard; no fee; cash prizes; registration deadline: October 9 (submissions due October 30)- NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Call for entries: 2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (international): projects must be a real place located in the continental United States; $50,000 Gold Medal, four $10,000 Silver Medals; no fee; deadline: December 12- Bruner Foundation
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: deadline: October 28- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Richard Rogers Fellowship
Design + Build Workshop, Lombok 2018 (Indonesia), November 4-17: work with DOME LOMBOK and three local villages that were 90% destroyed after the recent earthquake...a hands on participatory workshop...will result in a new earthbag dome prototype...- Building Trust International (UK)
AN picks out highlights from the Detroit Month of Design lineup: In celebration of Detroit’s designation as the first UNESCO City of Design, the Detroit Design Festival [transitions] from a weeklong event into Detroit Month of Design. thru September 30 -- Design Core Detroit- The Architect's Newspaper
"The Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock": a citywide public engagement project, brings together 1,000 singers from across New York for free performances on the High Line, October 3-7. Co-created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro- The Mile-Long Opera
Design China Beijing 2018: inaugural six-day design trade event presenting products and conceptual installations from 80 leading international and domestic design brands and galleries; September 20-25- Design China Beijing
Augusta Pownall: 12 must-see exhibitions and events at London Design Festival 2018: ...including a flourescent, poetry-spouting lion in Trafalgar Square and a huge tea party...more than 400 events...across 11 designated design districts and also includes a series of landmark projects. September 15-23 [images]- Dezeen
Augusta Pownall: 10 of the best installations at London Design Biennale 2018: ...on show at Somerset House, with entries from 40 countries and territories...theme Emotional States...entries seek to answer big questions about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. September 15-23 -- Arthur Analts; Marjan van Aubel; Flynn Talbot; Tabanlioglu Architects; Cesare Leonardi; Forensic Architecture/Yazda; IKEA Foundation; Nathalie Harb [images]- Dezeen
8 bloody great installations to see at London Design Festival 2018: Alphabet chairs, a life-size flip book and a talking red lion: just a few of the eye-popping installations at this year’s LDF. September 15-23 [images]- Time Out London
100% Design 2018: With a revamped and ever more thought-provoking program, 100% design is set to be an unmissable show...introduces another new feature this year called Design Fresh – alongside the 100% Futures and 100% Forward exhibitions. September 19-22.- designboom
Rowan Moore: "Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts" - healthy building, healthy mind? Iain Sinclair feeds us a rich diet of shrewd insights on contemporary living: The streets and walls of Sinclair City have the odour and texture of things found floating on canals, but are iridescent with unexpected beauty...a personal universe...also breaks new ground by visiting new locations...Easy conclusions are not Sinclair’s thing. He nourishes you well on insights. He leaves you gasping with the punch and pungency of his images.- Observer (UK)
Craig Hodgetts: New Reyner Banham monograph takes readers into the heady times of the ’60s provocateur: Thinking of Todd Gannon’s "Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech" as simply an excellent biography of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers on architecture would be quite off base. It is simply too big and heavy (at nearly 5 pounds), too lavishly produced (by the Getty), and too all-encompassing in its scholarship to join ranks with its intellectual rivals...As a bonus, it’s even fun to read!- The Architect's Newspaper
Adam Nathaniel Furman: The Architects Who Made Miami ‘Magic’: No one has expressed Miami’s glamour, boldness, and precarious beauty quite like Arquitectonica: For an architecture to become synonymous with a place while projecting it to new audiences, it must embody a broader zeitgeist - connecting with international currents of thought...an architectural practice whose rise was as phantasmagoric and miraculous as the city out of which it emerged...That legacy is captured in a new, richly illustrated 400-page book of the firm’s work on its 40th anniversary, written by critic Alastair Gordon. -- Morris Lapidus; Laurinda Spear; Bernardo Fort-Brescia [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
ANN feature: Kristen Richards: 9/11: A Reflection: What has lessened is the almost unfathomable sense of helplessness. While my city – the world – will never be the same, it is challenging and rewarding to be part of an industry that is so important to healing both - and can help them grow greater. -- September 11, 2002- ArchNewsNow.com
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