Today’s News - Tuesday, October 2, 2018
● ANN feature: Julie D. Taylor: Venice in Three Parts - Part 1: As a first-timer to La Biennale di Venezia, I was awed, delighted, and enchanted at the spectacle of architecture in so many expressions.
● Hawthorne delves into Venturi's complex legacy: "Even as he ushered in a freer, less doctrinaire architectural culture, he helped pave the way for a white, male, and clubby profession to close ranks against the outside world, and grow clubbier still."
● Chakrabarti says "many modern cities feel cold, austere, and anonymous. He advocates for designing more vibrant and inclusive cities that are reminiscent of the scale of older cities" (with link to TED's Building Humane Cities series).
● Budds takes a deep dive into WXY's new master plan for the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard that "is reinventing architecture - no precedents for the type of building the Navy Yard needed existed, so the architects went to the drawing board."
● Oatman-Stanford delves into "how San Francisco planned its own housing crisis. Few realize how profoundly the city's physical form has been shaped by its planning department, whose best intentions have been overshadowed by efforts to appease the city's wealthy, well-connected homeowners" (fascinating read).
● Toronto approves BIG's "pixileted complex" that Ingels refers to as "Habitat 2.0" (an ode to Safdie's Habitat 67).
● Schwab parses a factory building in India "designed to flood" with a ground-level "void" that doubles "as a recreational area when the monsoon rains stop."
● Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation taps Winstanley Architects & Planners as the executive architect - once a site has been selected (hopefully on the National Mall), "the firm will kick off a design competition."
● Concerned architects form the Pro Paimio Committee "to appeal to any future owners to commit to preserving the original architecture, interiors, and furnishings" of Aalto's iconic Paimio Sanatorium (link to petition).
● Brussat cheers Justin Shubow of the National Civic Art Society, "one of the nation's most talented advocates for beauty," being appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts: "The world of classical architecture, allied with the intergalactic universe of beauty, will be pulling for you."
● The World Architecture Festival announced the WAFX Prizes 2018 on World Architecture Day (yesterday) - the 10 winners address "the world's most pressing ecological and societal challenges."
● In honor of World Architecture Day 2018, ArchDaily editors pick their favorite stories and projects, such as "50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know"; "What it Means to Build Without Bias: Questioning the Role of Gender in Architecture"; "What It's Like to be an Architect who Doesn't Design Buildings" (and more!).
● A look at "how the VR headsets used for gaming are changing the architecture industry. Something that was once viewed as a pricey luxury is being used at architectural firms of all sizes."
● Abdolhamidi parses "an ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind: Iran's wind catchers," which "can reduce indoor temperatures by around 10 degrees" (though their "origin is a subject of dispute between Iran and Egypt").
● One we couldn't resist: Re-imagining the Empire State Building in 9 Different Architectural Styles (we'll keep the original).
● Call for entries: 66th Annual Progressive Architecture - P/A Awards.
● Call for entries (registration deadline looms!): City of Dreams Pavilion 2019 (the pavilion will be on Roosevelt Island next year).
● Call for entries: Developer Request for Qualifications/RFQ for Hazelwood Green, a 178-acre former steel mill site in Pittsburgh, PA.
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ANN feature: Julie D. Taylor: Venice in Three Parts - Part 1: As a first-timer to La Biennale di Venezia, I was awed, delighted, and enchanted at the spectacle of architecture in so many expressions.- ArchNewsNow.com
Christopher Hawthorne: Robert Venturi Made Architecture Less Rigid, Yet More Clubby: He advocated for new styles, but not new voices: By “both-and,” he meant an architecture that could pursue multiple, even seemingly opposed strategies at the same time, that could be playful and deeply ambitious or historically minded but also new...suggested a new pluralism...But the phrase turned out to have its limits...he helped pave the way for a white, male, and clubby profession to close ranks...and grow clubbier still...Denise Scott Brown was only the most visible casualty of Venturi’s heroism...architecture today still looks and feels a lot like 1966...making sense of his influence can be a tricky business.- The Atlantic
Vishaan Chakrabarti: How Can We Design More Welcoming Cities? Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Building Humane Cities: He says many modern cities feel cold, austere, and anonymous. He advocates for designing more vibrant and inclusive cities that are reminiscent of the scale of older cities. -- Practice for Architecture and Urbanism/PAU [video; link to series]- NPR / National Public Radio
Diana Budds: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is reinventing architecture - and itself: A new master plan and rezoning calls for three “vertical manufacturing” buildings, increased public access, and more educational programming: ...includes three new buildings totaling 5.1 million square feet...expected cost is $2.5 billion...divides the 300-acre Navy Yard into districts...No precedents for the type of building the Navy Yard needed existed, so the architects went to the drawing board...“the appeal...might not be enough to sustain some companies given a very imminent threat: climate change. -- WXY; ORG [images]- Curbed New York
Hunter Oatman-Stanford: Demolishing the California Dream: How San Francisco Planned Its Own Housing Crisis: Few realize how profoundly the city’s physical form has been shaped by its planning department, whose best intentions have been overshadowed by efforts to appease the city’s wealthy, well-connected homeowners. [images]- Collectors Weekly
BIG's pixelated complex of "peaks and valleys" for Toronto gains approval: ...verdant mixed-use complex, reminiscent of Moshe Safdie's experimental Habitat 67 housing in Montreal, has been approved for Toronto...Ingels referred to his King Toronto building as "Habitat 2.0"...will include a central courtyard and "the potential for urban farming"...will also integrate heritage buildings on the site into its envelope. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- Dezeen
Katharine Schwab: This building designed to flood is a glimpse of things to come: A factory in India has a “void” that can hold 185,000 gallons of water, doubling as a recreational area when the monsoon rains stop: Though it’s not immediately obvious, Sameep Padora and Associates’s design is tailored to the cycle of flooding...akin to resilience strategies in the Netherlands, where the Dutch government has deliberately created public squares - or even sports fields - that can act like floodplains...doing double duty as public space and stormwater management. [images]- Fast Company
Search is on for site honoring war on terrorism service members: D.C.-based Winstanley Architects & Planners was named as the executive architect...The firm's first order of business will be selecting a spot to build so architects interested in proposing designs can lay out memorials that would fit into the landscape...once a site has been selected, the firm will kick off a design competition... Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation/GWOT- Washington Examiner
Alvar Aalto’s iconic Paimio Sanatorium under threat as new buyer sought: Architects fight for preservation: Since 2014, it has operated as a rehabilitation center for children...Recent photos prove that [it] is in good condition; the historic building has even been nominated to be become a UNESCO World Heritage Site...concerned architects has formed the Pro Paimio Committee to appeal to any future owners to commit to preserving the original architecture, interiors, and furnishings...show your support...by signing the appeal, here. [images]- Curbed
David Brussat: Justin Shubow to U.S. arts board: ...Trump has placed one of the nation’s most talented advocates for beauty on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts...Yes! Make America Beautiful Again! ...Shubow has an even bigger policy voice now, and good policy is a very fungible jurisdiction. Both the memorial to [Eisenhower] and Penn Station projects have been taken up by the National Civic Art Society...Congratulations, Justin! The world of classical architecture, allied with the intergalactic universe of beauty, will be pulling for you. -- Frank Gehry- Architecture Here and There
WAFX Prizes 2018 Winners Address The World’s Most Pressing Ecological And Societal Challenges: [Ten] winning projects are selected as "future projects"...Paul Finch: "Rather than being purely ‘pie in the sky’ conceptual work, each is firmly grounded in reality..." -- Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Nikken Sekkei; 70F Architecture; Tabanlioglu Architects; Sheltainer; IF (Integrated Field); Savage Dodd Architects/UrbanWorks; Studio Gang; Shma Company; Sebastian Monsalve + Juan David Hoyos [images]- World Architecture Festival (WAF)
World Architecture Day 2018: Our Editors Celebrate with their Favorite Stories and Projects: 50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know; What it Means to Build Without Bias: Questioning the Role of Gender in Architecture; What It’s Like to be an Architect who Doesn’t Design Buildings; etc.- ArchDaily
How the VR headsets used for gaming are changing the architecture industry: ...the costs of virtual reality technology has gone down while its capabilities continue to advance. Something that was once viewed as a pricey luxury is being used at architectural firms of all sizes...The biggest perk is that it makes the design to construction phase move faster... -- BDG Architects; Schimberg Group- Tampa Bay Times (Florida)
Shervin Abdolhamidi: An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind: Iran’s wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region’s harsh desert environment: Studies have shown that wind catchers can reduce indoor temperatures by around 10 degrees. Studies have shown that wind catchers can reduce indoor temperatures by around 10 degrees...[The] can be found across the Middle East and Egypt, as well as in Pakistan and India...The wind catcher's origin is a subject of dispute between Iran and Egypt- BBC (UK)
Re-imagining the Empire State Building in 9 Different Architectural Styles: A classic of Art Deco design, it’s so iconic that it is hard to imagine it looking any other way. But what would it look like as a Renaissance or Gothic construction? [images]- ArchDaily
Call for entries: 66th Annual Progressive Architecture - P/A Awards: all entries must be commissioned by paying clients for execution, and must have a completion date after January 1, 2019; deadline; October 26 (deadline for late entries: November 2)- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: Proposals for City of Dreams Pavilion 2019: design and construct an architectural pavilion in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island; registration deadline: October 15 (submissions due October 30)- FIGMENT/ENYA/AIANY/SEAoNY
Call for entries: Developer Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Forge New Ideas for Sustainable Development at Hazelwood Green: New Ideas for Sustainable, Mixed-use Development at Hazelwood Green; 178-acre former steel mill site on the river in Pittsburgh, PA; deadline: November 19- Hazelwood Green (Pittsburgh)
ANN Feature: INSIGHT: Deborah Fritz & Rebecca McDuffie: Essentials to Repurposing & Reinvigorating Old, Outdated, or Abandoned Campus Buildings: Some see repurposing existing buildings as limiting and lackluster compared to new construction, but magic can happen when the essence, character, and value of an existing building is re-imagined as flexible and sustainable for future use.- ArchNewsNow.com
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