Today’s News - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
● Obituary: French Modernist Paul Andreu, 80: "the architect, designer, engineer, painter, and writer wore many hats."
● Sitz parses selected findings in Arch Record's harassment and gender bias survey in a post-#MeToo world: "Overall, about two-thirds felt the profession is moving too slowly. But the broader cultural awakening does leave some feeling hopeful" (click "Yesterday's News" for ENR's take on the survey results in the construction industry).
● Wainwright seems to have mixed feelings about Mecanoo's arts venue (the biggest on Earth) in Taiwan: "Looking like the colossal love child of a container ship and a whale, writhing above the treetops - by turns galumphing and graceful" (and "a rather bleak, monotonous feeling " in the foyer spaces).
● Kamin, on the other hand, gives two thumbs-ups to Ando's Wrightwood 659, "his quietly brilliant repurposing" of an old Lincoln Park apartment building into "a dazzling gallery" and "Chicago's newest architectural jewel," now hosting "an illuminating show" pairing Ando and Le Corbusier.
● Snøhetta wins the competition to design the new El Paso Children's Museum that will be "lifted off the ground to preserve public space and an interactive garden below" (partner and managing director Elaine Molinar is thrilled to have a project in her home town).
● Poons reports on Houston's data-driven approach to "help it distribute recovery funds more fairly" to Hurricane Harvey's "overlooked victims - next step is to use the data and work with grassroots organizations on the ground" (not all are convinced the report will actually be of much help).
● Capps minces no words in his take on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's new "feel-good photoblog" called "Humans of HUD": "Even though the stories are aiming for inspirational, this parade of people set off my alarms - both in terms of what stories the department is telling and what stories it isn't."
● Ahead of court hearing, we (finally) get to see previously confidential designs and locations for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago by Gang, Adjaye, and DS+R - it "appears to be a proactive (albeit somewhat last minute) move to show greater transparency."
● Birnbaum takes issue with Obama Center advocates who "distort arguments against building in Jackson Park" by making "false statements about those opposed to the confiscation of public parkland - perhaps it's time to ask OPC/Obama Foundation representatives why public parkland must be confiscated" instead of using vacant or city-owned land or land owned by the University of Chicago.
● A look at how some architects are rethinking office building design in Washington, DC, a city suffering from "glass box fatigue."
● Kwun considers Microsoft bringing WZMH Architects to its global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, and "what it could mean for the future of buildings" by embedding IoT into the built environment.
● Foster and other notable names "suspend participation" on the advisory board of NEOM, Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity in light of the "mounting global pressure to investigate what really happened" to Washington Post journalist Khashoggi.
● At a panel debate titled "Is it time to end Archi-speak?" one architect "ticked off peers for 'deceptive' tactics" that "try to conceal uncomfortable facts about projects"; Ijeh, meanwhile, "suggested architects felt they had to use academic words to be taken seriously."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Edward McGraw: Building Abundance: Creating abundance is more than sustainability or resilience, and should be a driving force in architecture.
● ICYMI: ANN feature (deadline looms!): rise in the city 2018: Call for mentors (no fee; deadline: October 31!) and sponsors for an international student competition to design affordable housing in the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa.
Two we couldn't resist:
● Barcelona's Antoni Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia agrees to a €36 million payment "after building for 136 years with no permit" - the funds will go towards infrastructure projects.
● AD talks to pros about 10 fictional architects in film and TV, and whether "these characters could really cut it in the real world" (Mike Brady and Howard Roark included - we pity poor Wilbur Post and his talking horse Mr. Ed).
Winners (and almost winners) all:
● RAIC's 2018 National Urban Design Awards honor 12 projects in nine communities that "reflect a range of ideas about reclaiming and enhancing public space while addressing challenges such as urban density, environmental sustainability, and affordability."
● Shepley Bulfinch and Joel Sanders each takes home a 2018 AIA Innovation Awards for "new practices and technologies that will further enable project delivery and enhance data-centric methodologies in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle."
● An Australian team led by NH Architecture wins the 2018 Land Art Generator [LAGI 2018] design competition with "Light Up" for Melbourne's St Kilda Triangle, Seattle-based Olson Kundig came in second.
● Studio Cadena's "Happy," a "shimmering yellow sculpture," wins Van Alen Institute's Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday competition.
● Four of BD's Architect of the Year winners picked to develop designs for the retail and commercial center of the Allies & Morrison masterplan for Canada Water, a £4 billion regeneration project in south east London.
● The Library of Congress and National Park Service announce the winner of the 2018 Holland Prize for a historic building, structure, or landscape drawing - a survey drawing of Daniel Chester French's studio.
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Obituary: French Modernist Paul Andreu, 80: While the architect, designer, engineer, painter, and writer wore many hats, he was best known for his futurist airport designs across the globe...he expanded his reach to China, becoming responsible for the design of several of the world's best cultural attractions in the country...- Architectural Digest
Miriam Sitz: In Architectural Record Survey, 66% of Architects Report Harassment: More than 1,200 people responded, with architects and architectural designers...representing about half the participants. Here, we present selected findings...People responded to harassment in various ways...Overall, about two-thirds of those who responded to the survey felt the profession is moving too slowly...But the broader cultural awakening does leave some feeling hopeful... -- #MeToo- Architectural Record
Oliver Wainwright: Epic scenes: the biggest arts venue on Earth lands in Taiwan: Boasting the largest organ in Asia and four theatres, this enormous performing arts venue invites people to exercise, nap and even break into song: Looking like the colossal love child of a container ship and a whale, writhing above the treetops of Weiwuying park...By turns galumphing and graceful...National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts...is a monumental statement that this plucky nation means business on the international cultural stage. -- Francine Houben/Mecanoo [images]- Guardian (UK)
Blair Kamin: Chicago's newest architectural jewel: Tadao Ando turns an old Lincoln Park apartment building into a dazzling gallery: Wrightwood 659...his quietly brilliant repurposing of a four-story, 1929-30 structure...into exhibition space...first exhibition - an illuminating show, “Tadao Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture"...The space is so good that it compels you to set aside the contradiction of a self-professed anti-elitist architect laboring once more in the service of a wealthy man...Ando enlivens his buildings with natural light, water and nature. -- Gensler; Vinci Hamp Architects; Eric Mumford; Dan Whittaker [images]- Chicago Tribune
Snøhetta Selected to Design El Paso Children's Museum: ...in the city’s Downtown Arts District. The team proposed a vaulted museum lifted off the ground, a design made to preserve public space and an interactive garden below...was one of three finalists alongside Koning Eizenberg Architecture and TEN Arquitectos...$ 60 million project...expected to be completed in late 2021. [images]- ArchDaily
Linda Poons: Reconstructing Hurricane Harvey to Find Its Overlooked Victims: Will Houston’s data-driven approach help it distribute recovery funds more fairly? It’s a new way of gauging the storm...the city is now trying to ensure the limited funds will actually go to the most vulnerable...Fair housing advocates have long criticized FEMA’s process of assessing needs as being unfair, even discriminatory, toward communities of color and low-income groups...Houston hopes the new data will also improve the city’s flood mitigation strategies...The next step is to use the data and work with grassroots organizations on the ground...- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
[ stereotypes and false narratives - getting into the photoblog game ]
Kriston Capps: What HUD Sees: The federal agency [U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] just launched a feel-good photoblog called "Humans of HUD." Just what are these portraits of real-life housing aid recipients telling us? It’s about what you’d expect...features portraits of individuals (these would be the humans) alongside testimonials about their experience with housing aid (that’s HUD)...Even though the stories are aiming for inspirational, this parade of people set off my alarms...On its surface, [it] celebrates the department’s success stories...things get problematic...both in terms of what stories the department is telling and what stories it isn’t....In reality, the affordable housing crisis has only deepened...- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Alternative Obama Center designs, locations revealed ahead of court hearing: The University of Chicago released confidential renderings from Studio Gang, Adjaye Associates, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: The recent move to release the once confidential designs appears to be a proactive (albeit somewhat last minute) move to show greater transparency in advance of Wednesday’s court hearing in response to a lawsuit...Protect Our Parks was granted permission to issue subpoenas to gather information on how Jackson Park became the final site... -- Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects [images]- Curbed Chicago
Charles A. Birnbaum: Obama Presidential Center advocates distort arguments against building in Jackson Park: ...false statements about those opposed to the confiscation of public parkland...park advocates are not trying to “kill” the OPC. In fact, [they] have been supportive of siting the OPC on Chicago’s South Side; however, there is opposition to the confiscation of public parkland, especially since other viable options exist...perhaps it’s time to ask OPC/Obama Foundation representatives why public parkland must be confiscated...This controversy exists because a decision was made not to use vacant or city-owned land and not to use land owned by the University of Chicago... -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF- Chicago Sun-Times
'Glass Box Fatigue': How Architects Are Flipping The Script On D.C. Office Buildings: The movement toward maximizing natural light in offices has led to most buildings using floor-to-ceiling windows, creating the glass box buildings that many architects now bemoan...a recent zoning change...to allow for indoor penthouse space and outdoor terraces on the rooftops... -- WDG Architecture/SHoP Architects; Hickok Cole Architects; Fox Architects/KPF; Baskervill [images]- Bisnow Washington, DC
Aileen Kwun: Microsoft is betting on the future of buildings: ...just brought an architecture firm to its IoT lab...here’s what it could mean for the future of buildings: ...it would partner with WZMH Architects to bring the firm to its global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs...marks the company’s first major investment in an architecture firm, and represents a deeper ambition to embed IoT into the built environment. -- Quasar Consulting Group; Stephenson Engineering; C3PoE- Fast Company
Norman Foster and other leaders suspend participation in Saudi Arabian megacity: ...architects and design leaders on the advisory board of NEOM, a $500 billion megacity project...The project posits modern architecture as a key part of what it means to live in the future...With state department officials, major corporations, and media partners withdrawing from the conference where NEOM was announced last year and mounting global pressure to investigate what really happened to Khashoggi, it remains to be seen what impact this will have on any of the numerous deals and projects that have already been set into motion... -- Carlo RattiMIT Senseable Cities Lab; Tim Brown/IDEO; Dan Doctoroff/Sidewalk Labs; Jonathan Ive/Apple- The Architect's Newspaper
‘Don’t be sneaky in public consultations,’ architects told: Architect ticks off peers for ‘deceptive’ tactics: ...founder of We Made That...Holly Lewis ticked off fellow architects and their clients who try to conceal uncomfortable facts about projects...Ike Ijeh suggested architects felt they had to use academic words to be taken seriously...“But we shouldn’t think simple language is bereft of intellectual thought...That’s the triumph of language to convey something complicated in a simple way.” -- Maria Fedorchenko/AA; Steve Sinclair/Fourth Space,- BD/Building Design (UK)
Sagrada Familia agrees €36 million payment after building for 136 years with no permit: ...has agreed to pay instalments to the city authorities...Work started on the UNESCO-listed basilica in 1882, but it never received an official permit...mayor Ada Colau tweeted in celebration of the "historic agreement" that took two years of negotiation, along with breakdown of the infrastructure projects the money will be used to fund...70% of the basilica is complete...It is due to be completed in 2026, 100 years after Gaudí died.- Dezeen
Was The Brady Bunch's Mr. Brady Actually a Good Architect? From Mike Brady to Howard Roark to Aidan Shaw...10 fictional characters' design skills on- and offscreen: Considering what's actually depicted isn't always accurate, AD spoke with experts - from interior architects to furniture designers - to find out if these characters could really cut it in the real world. -- Chris Grimley; Shirley Blumberg/KPMB Architects; Adrian La Tona/Integrated Design Solutions; Jane Greenwood/Kostow Greenwood Architects; Barry Goralnick; Michael Poris/McIntosh Poris Associates; Steven South/Interior Architects; etc.- Architectural Digest
Projects in nine communities receive 2018 National Urban Design Awards: The 12 projects...reflect a range of ideas about reclaiming and enhancing public space while addressing challenges such as urban density, environmental sustainability, and affordability. -- PUBLIC WORK/City of Toronto; civiliti and julie margotdesign; AECOM; Nine Yards Studio; Bryce Clayton/University of Waterloo; DAOUST LESTAGE and ABCP; Lemay; etc.- RAIC / Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
2018 AIA Innovation Awards Honor Two Design Projects: ...new practices and technologies that will further enable project delivery and enhance data-centric methodologies in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle, from design, to construction and through operations. -- Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab/Shepley Bulfinch; Stalled!/Joel Sanders [images]- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
NH Architecture team wins the 2018 Land Art Generator [LAGI 2018] design competition: ...5th biennial international ideas competition for large-scale works of public art that also produce clean energy..."Light Up" is a lightweight tensile structure formed of some 8,600 solar panels...Winning second place was Seattle-based design practice Olson Kundig, for "Night and Day: St Kilda Hydro-Solar Generator"... -- RMIT Architecture; Ark Resources; John Bahoric Design [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Studio Cadena’s "Happy" wins Van Alen Institute’s Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday competition: A shimmering yellow sculpture will pop against Manhattan’s Flatiron building as its backdrop this holiday season...will be on display...starting November 19th...Other finalists include Agency-Agency, Brandt : Haferd, MODU, N H M D, Office III, P.R.O., and Wolfgang & Hite. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
AYA [Architect of the Year] winners picked to develop designs for key Canada Water site: BD and British Land invite architects to work up designs for the retail and commercial centre of the Allies & Morrison masterplan: ...£4bn...regeneration project in south east London...masterplan...includes 3,000 new homes, offices, leisure, public spaces and a new retail centre... -- Coffey Architects; Reiach and Hall; Soda Studio; Mikhail Riches [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Library of Congress [and National Park Service] Announces 2018 Holland Prize Winner: ...Leicester B. Holland Prize honoring historic building, structure or landscape drawing. A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic Preservation [NTHP]...Honorable mention [for] student team of Stephan Umierski and Dylan Sylvestor, advised by Professor Gregory Herman of the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. [link to images]- retrofit magazine
ANN feature: Edward McGraw: Building Abundance: Creating abundance is more than sustainability or resilience, and should be a driving force in architecture. -- Ashley McGraw Architects [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: rise in the city 2018: Call for Mentors and Sponsors: Students are already busy working on their submissions for an international competition to design affordable housing in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa. Now, mentors and sponsors are needed.- ArchNewsNow.com
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