Today’s News - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
● Liz Brogden of Queensland University of Technology says that "architects should train in post-disaster and humanitarian design," and argues that "there is a lack of exposure to this area of practice in architects' formative years."
● Baldwin offers case studies that are "exemplars in resilient design," complete with "details, building-products and novel specifications."
● Boston taps SCAPE for its Resilient Boston Harbor flood-protection project to "increase access to Boston's 47-mile shoreline and waterfront, while better protecting the area from flooding" (depressing "diagrams of a worst-case scenario show a significant amount of Boston underwater by 2070").
● A program at the recent ASLA conference tackled "women's leadership in landscape architecture" - while more are entering the field, they "face a number of gender-related hurdles, compounded by the male-dominated culture of the larger construction industry."
● A (brief) look at the women architects building in NYC: "Architecture in New York was once a boys club. Fortunately, women are now impacting the city's skyline like never before."
● A fascinating look at Beverly Willis's first commission designed for a client with multiple sclerosis, built 30 years before ADA guidelines existed.
● Moore profiles "city-shaper" Portman, "the Atlanta architect known for his 'Jesus moments' - when visitors would look up and exclaim 'Jesus!'" - he "remade his home town in ways few get to" ("I'm the Medici to my own Leonardo").
● He's part of Guardian Atlanta week, with reports on who will survive gentrification, lost historic buildings - "what's gone and what might be next," and more (scroll down for easy links to all features).
● Paletta profiles the 91-year-old Katselas, the architect "behind Pittsburgh's Modernism": His "airport is now being destroyed by people with no imagination. No one called. They think that I'm too old or that I've died. You'd think if the architect had designed the goddam thing you'd at least ought to ask him a question."
● H&deM offer their revised design for Berlin's Museum of the 20th Century, to be built alongside the Mies's Neue Nationalgalerie (comments section a must: "If the idea was to make Mies' building look prettier, then they achieved it" - "Mies 1 - HdM 0").
● Philippi has a fab conversation with Turrell, who "discusses life in cities, being a Quaker, and of course light - the kind that you might 'only know from dreams'" (fab photos, too!).
● One we couldn't resist: Chengdu, China, has "a science fiction-like plan" that "aims to put a second moon in space to illuminate streets, despite an earlier failed attempt by Russia" (with photo of model).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Edward McGraw/Ashley McGraw Architects: 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.
● Call for entries: International Competition for Conceptual Planning & Design of Jizhou High-speed Railway Station Area (registration deadline looms; no fee (that we can tell), and big cash prizes for winners and shortlisted!).
● Call for entries: Women in Architecture Awards 2019 (international): Architect of the Year + Jane Drew Prize + Ada Louise Huxtable Prize (no fee).
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Architects should train in post-disaster and humanitarian design, says QUT/Queensland University of Technology academic: Liz Brogden has called on industry professionals to upskill and “help fill a gap” in post-disaster and humanitarian architectural knowledge to improve outcomes for displaced people...in "Resettlement Challenges for Displaced Populations and Refugees"...she argues that there is a lack of exposure to this area of practice in architects’ formative years...- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Eric Baldwin: How Architects Can Adapt for Our Climate Crisis: Resilient design has emerged as a key focus in architectural practice: ...architects and manufacturers are now focusing on sustainable and integrated specs...[a] look at how to specify details and products...The following exemplars in resilient design explore these systems through details, building-products and novel specifications. -- Centerbrook Architects & Planners; The Miller Hull Partnership; Charles Wright Architects [images]- Architizer
SCAPE contributes to Resilient Boston Harbor flood-protection project: ...to help improve the city's coastal defenses in preparation for the effects of a warming climate...It will increase access to Boston's 47-mile shoreline and waterfront, while better protecting the area from flooding. A selection of at-risk buildings will be raised and flood-adapted, while a series of elevated landscapes, pathways and protective parks will be constructed along the low-lying shore...diagrams of a worst-case scenario show a significant amount of Boston underwater by 2070... -- Arcadis; Nitsch Engineering [images]- Dezeen
Design with Nurture: Women’s Leadership in Landscape Architecture: ...an increasing number of women have entered the field...However, women landscape architects face a number of gender-related hurdles...compounded by the male-dominated culture of the larger construction industry...only 36% of ASLA members and just 20% of ASLA fellows are women. -- Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF); Adam Greenspan/PWP Landscape Architecture; Michelle Arab/Olson Kundig; Akiko Ono/Shades of Green Landscape Architecture; Michelle Crowley/Crowley Cottrell- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
The women architects building a new NYC skyline: If she builds it... Architecture in New York was once a boys club. Fortunately, women are now impacting the city’s skyline like never before. -- Francoise Raynaud/Loci Anima; Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; Nancy Ruddy/CetraRuddy; Zaha Hadid- New York Post
Accessible Design Before ADA: Beverly Willis' First Architectural Commission: The 90-year-old architect is considered an early pioneer of both adaptive reuse construction and of utilizing computer software for architectural usages. It should come as no surprise then, that her first built work was groundbreaking in its own right as well: a single-family home [Robertson Residency] designed for a client with multiple sclerosis, built 30 years before handicap guidelines existed. [images]- Archinect
Rowan Moore: 'Disneyland for adults': John Portman's dizzying interior legacy: The Atlanta architect known for his ‘Jesus moments’ - when visitors would look up and exclaim ‘Jesus!’ - remade his home town in ways few get to: ...the city appears, unnamed [in films and TV series], as the setting for omnipotent rulers and dark deeds...to convey megalomania, dystopia and disorientation. This cinematic Atlanta was shaped by one man in particular...The hotels, malls and offices that from the early 1960s started to define the downtown...development was a means to achieve his artistic goals...“I’m the Medici to my own Leonardo”...He was a city-shaper... [images]- Guardian Cities (UK)
What is Guardian Atlanta week: ...reports from the fascinating unofficial capital of America’s ‘new south’: ...it often feels as if Atlanta has all the ingredients to be to the 21st century what Chicago was to the 20th – a quintessential American city of its era...celebrating its triumphs and reckoning with its challenges: " Nowhere for people to go: who will survive the gentrification of Atlanta? ...the first US city to build public housing - and the first to knock it all down.." + " The lost city of Atlanta: ...known as a city where they would knock down a historic building to put up a parking lot. We look at what’s gone and what might be next."- Guardian Cities (UK)
Anthony Paletta: The Face Behind Pittsburgh’s Modernism: Tasso Katselas was prolific in his home city for the second half of the 20th century, but his work remains underappreciated: ...perhaps best known in the region for a variety of lower-income housing he constructed in the 1960s and a number of large civic and cultural projects he designed in the 1990s...Pittsburgh International Airport...“The airport is now being destroyed by people with no imagination...No one called or would listen to our suggestions. They think that I’m too old or that I’ve died&hellip You’d think if the architect had designed the goddam thing you’d at least ought to ask him a question.” -- TKA Architects; Gerard Damiani; Rami el Samahy/"Imagining the Modern: Postwar Urbanism and Architecture in Pittsburgh" [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Herzog & de Meuron unveils revised design for Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin: ...set to be built alongside the Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie...The long barn-like structure with perforated-brick facades will occupy the last remaining undeveloped area of land in Berlin's Kulturforum – a cultural district located near Potsdamer Platz. [images]- Dezeen
Anne Philippi: James Turrell interview on 'the light inside people': "Everyone has a light in them and we come together to find that light in us again and again": Turrell discusses life in cities, being a Quaker, and of course light - the kind that you might "only know from dreams." [images]- designboom
Chinese city to launch man-made moon to light up skies: Chengdu aims to put a second moon in space to illuminate streets, despite an earlier failed attempt by Russia on the Mir space station: ...unveiled a science fiction-like plan to launch what’s known as an illumination satellite, or “artificial moon,” in two years...“bright enough to replace street lights in the city"...testing the illumination satellite started years ago ... [image]- Asia Times
Call for entries: International Competition for Conceptual Planning & Design of Jizhou High-speed Railway Station Area; (big) cash prizes for winners and shortlisted; registration deadline: October 28 (submissions due January 15, 2019)- Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine / People’s Government of Jizhou District / CBC (China Building Center)
Call for entries: Women in Architecture Awards 2019 (international): Architect of the Year + Jane Drew Prize + Ada Louise Huxtable Prize; no fee; deadline: December 3- The Architects' Journal (UK) / The Architectural Review (UK)
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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