Today’s News - Wednesday, December 5, 2018
● At the UN climate summit , UIA President Vonier "urged political leaders to join forces with architects to help turn 'unsustainable' built environment practices around and halt runaway climate change"; UKGBC's Hirigoyen "warned that architects who were slow to act on it would be 'left behind.'"
● King considers the 52 responses to a "recent 'request for interest' on how to revive the most troublesome piers" along San Francisco's Embarcadero, "some grand, others far-fetched - the cross-section says a lot about the perceived needs - and opportunities to reap profits."
● Budds, "an East Bay native, an Oakland A's fan, and an advocate for good urbanism," explains why BIG's plan for a new A's stadium is "a big mistake. Architecturally, the proposal looks neither exciting nor innovative" - and "based on the myth of stadiums as economic drivers. The renderings released are just marketing hype. Oakland deserves better."
● Nitzan-Shiftan offers an insightful - and timely - take on Mumford's "extraordinary" 1970 letter to the mayor of Jerusalem ("published here for the first time") that "remains powerful and problematic" today - "his memorandum is a tour de force. Yet all these years later it is impossible not to register that the rhetoric is as presumptuous as it is stirring, at once admirable and appalling, liberal and paternalistic" (both fascinating reads!).
● Merritt looks into what some struggling congregations are doing with their no-longer-affordable churches ("6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year" in the U.S.!), and profiles the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which is helping them "repurpose their buildings before they go under" (they're not all turning into condos - great story!).
● Plitt reports on Snøhetta's revised plan for Johnson's 550 Madison (a.k.a. AT&T Building): "Unlike the previous design, this one is more respectful of the Postmodern icon's historical importance. But there are still losses" (Burgee and Ritchie consulted).
● The Australian Museum in Sydney taps Cox Architecture and Neeson Murcutt to design its $57.5 million refurbishment "with the view to increase the museum's capacity to host 'blockbuster' international touring exhibitions" (up first, King Tut).
● Friends of the High Line invited 25 artists from five cities to consider what monuments should look like - "New Monuments for New Cities" will be "displayed in industrial reuse spaces" in those cities next year.
● From KCET's "Lost L.A." series, Waldie takes us on a "Fantastic!" tour of "exuberant commercial architecture" in Los Angeles that "was an oversize image of what was inside - the results were often 'tasteless, even horrible,' yet something in them - even at their cheesiest - satisfied (great images!).
● Budds introduces us to The Black Artists + Designers Guild and founder Malene Barnett, taking "on the industry's race problem" by becoming "the go-to resource for people interested in hiring black creatives and, more importantly, publishing and spreading awareness of their work. And it comes at the right time."
● Duddy introduces us to "seven influential and innovative women of the Bauhaus" - they "were not exactly treated as equals to their male peers," but they've left their mark.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: rise Up: Sponsors are cheering on their student/architect teams working to find low-cost, sustainable housing solutions in the rise in the city 2018 design competition - but there are still teams that need sponsorship. Join those who are already reaping the rewards of the partnerships!
Winners all (and lots of 'em!):
● The 5th Annual Women in Architecture Awards honors five trailblazers - "despite the professional challenges women often face, they have become leaders and role models for their peers and emerging designers alike."
● The RIBA Research Medal goes to Chris Hildrey, who "set up ProxyAddress with the aiming of taking postal addresses that are not being used and assigning them to homeless people so they can access vital support services - the project is now moving towards live trials" (Royal Mail is behind it!).
● Eyefuls of The Architect's Newspaper's 2018 AN Best of Design Awards.
● The 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards name final winners - Building of the Year prize goes WOHA Architects.
● Waite weighs in with "who's won what at the AJ Architecture Awards 2018" - Design of the Year went to MUMA.
● Eyefuls of the Dezeen Awards 2018 winners, Christ & Gantenbein/Architect of the Year; Bureau Spectacular/Emerging Architect of the Year, among them (great presentations).
● The Architectural Review's AR Emerging Architecture 2018 awards winners announced, including the new Peter Davey Prize - editors' choice.
● Five winners from NYC, Nanjing, China, Shanghai, Sydney, and Edinburgh who "reimagined Central Park after a fictional eco-terrorist attack" win the University of Pennsylvania School of Design LA+ Journal's ICONOCLAST Design Competition (link to LA+ for great presentation).
● Your eye-candy for the day: The Art of Building photography contest, which "celebrates creativity in the construction industry," brings us the top 12 shots (gorgeous!).
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Architects ‘crucial’ part of solution, UN climate summit told: The president of the International Union of Architects (UIA) has urged political leaders to join forces with architects to help turn ‘unsustainable’ built environment practices around and halt runaway climate change: Thomas Vonier...said architecture and design were a ‘crucial part of the solution’ to problems created by humans...Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)...warned that architects who were slow to act on it would be ‘left behind’. -- COP24- The Architects' Journal (UK)
John King: Ideas to redevelop S.F. piers - some grand, others far-fetched - flow in to port: More than any thoroughfare in San Francisco, the Embarcadero brings together the elements that make today’s city so compelling...If fresh proof is needed, consider the 52 - fifty-two! - responses to...recent “request for interest” on how to revive the most troublesome piers along the 3-mile way...No matter how functional or far-fetched, the cross-section says a lot about the perceived needs - and opportunities to reap profits...-- Hassell- San Francisco Chronicle
Diana Budds: A plea to save the Oakland Coliseum: Don’t build a BIG mistake: ...the Oakland Athletics revealed the latest chapter in its saga to build...a waterfront ballpark...big mistake - and I say this as an East Bay native, an A’s fan, and an advocate for good urbanism. Architecturally, [the] proposal looks neither exciting nor innovative. It’s as if BIG slapped together all of its old ideas...Inaccessibility and inconvenience should have been a non-starter...proposal is based on the myth of stadiums as economic drivers and represents a dying era of Starchitecture that’s preoccupied with authored objects. The renderings released are just marketing hype. Oakland deserves better. -- SOM (1966); BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Gensler; James Corner Field Operations.- Curbed San Francisco
Alona Nitzan-Shiftan: Memorandum on the Plan for Jerusalem: Decades ago Lewis Mumford argued passionately that Jerusalem should become a world city, both de-politicized and de-nationalized. His argument remains powerful and problematic: [In] 1970, [he] wrote a letter to Teddy Kollek, the mayor of Jerusalem. In this extraordinary document...one of America’s leading urban historians makes a passionate argument about the future of the holy city...To Mumford, the 1968 Jerusalem master plan exhibited...disciplinary hubris...“our analytic, over-compartmentalized, ‘scientific’ approach...As always Mumford is erudite and eloquent; his memorandum is a tour de force. Yet all these years later it is impossible not to register that the rhetoric is as presumptuous as it is stirring, at once admirable and appalling, liberal and paternalistic.- Places Journal
Jonathan Merritt: America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches: Religious communities often face a choice: Sell off the buildings they can no longer afford, or find a way to fill them with new uses: ...6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year in America - and that number will likely grow...struggling congregations face a choice: Start packing or find a creative way to stay afloat. Closure and adaptive reuse often seems like the simplest and most responsible path...Calling it quits isn’t the only option...Some are moving upstream of the crisis, opting to repurpose their buildings before they go under. -- Missional Wisdom Foundation- The Atlantic
Amy Plitt: Snøhetta unveils new, ‘preservation-first’ design for 550 Madison revamp: ...has retooled its renovation of Philip Johnson’s postmodern landmark: And unlike the previous design, which replaced a chunk of the ground-level facade with an undulating glass curtain wall, this one is more respectful of the Postmodern icon’s historical importance...the biggest change...is to the privately-owned public space (POPS)...new vision would open it up, with an airy glass canopy and plenty of seating....changes were done in consultation with John Burgee and Alan Ritchie...But there are still losses... [images]- Curbed New York
Cox Architecture, Neeson Murcutt to design redevelopment of Australian Museum: ...appointed for the $57.5 million refurbishment of Australia’s oldest museum...in Sydney...will see museum storage space facilities converted into exhibition spaces, with the view to increase the museum’s capacity to host “blockbuster” international touring exhibitions...will be completed in time for the museum to host the largest Tutankhamun exhibition to ever leave Egypt, "Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh"...in 2021. [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
What Should Monuments Look Like Now? 25 Artworks Reveal Some Ideas: A public art project by the nonprofit Friends of the High Line asked for contemporary monuments. Images of the designs will tour five cities: ...in the U.S. and Canada next year, to be displayed in industrial reuse spaces...Five artists, or groups of artists, from each of the five cities involved in "New Monuments for New Cities" were invited...to create a poster or projection of their ideal monument. The same 25 designs will travel to each location: Houston; Austin, Tex.; Chicago; Toronto; and New York.- New York Times
D.J. Waldie: Fantastic! - L.A.’s Architecture of Dreams: Once upon a time in Los Angeles, you could get a hot dog from a hot dog and a tamale inside a tamale...mimetic architecture...Not all the exuberant commercial architecture was an oversize image of what was inside...Chinese shrines, Art Deco ziggurats, and domed mosques pumped gasoline...Material dreams like the imitative Tail o' the Pup...are collectively called programmatic architecture, where form willfully ignores function...But the taste for dreamscapes went deeper than novelty buildings...the results were often “tasteless, even horrible,” yet something in them - even at their cheesiest - satisfied...The benign climate, excellent highways and the skills of Hollywood designers were material causes of our architecture of fakery. Our fondness for it is harder to explain. [images]- KCET.org (California)
Diana Budds: The Black Artists + Designers Guild takes on the industry’s race problem: “There are no more excuses for how our work and voices aren’t represented,” says founder Malene Barnett: “I shouldn’t have to open a magazine and say, ‘Oh, they featured another black designer'...I’m doing the homework the media should have done. I’m not going to wait for them to do it"...collective aims to become the go-to resource for people interested in hiring black creatives and, more importantly, publishing and spreading awareness of their work...The glaring lack of diversity and inclusion in creative industries is a longstanding problem...[the Guidl] comes at the right time.- Curbed
Lindsay Duddy: An Introduction to Seven Influential and Innovative Women of the Bauhaus: ...an exceptional yet lesser-known aspect of the Bauhaus is that the early 20th-century experimental German art school was one of the first educational institutions that would openly accept qualified women...[they] were not exactly treated as equals to their male peers, but [it] was the beginning of a wave of modern female artisans who made significant, yet not as recognized contributions to the Bauhaus movement. -- Anni Albers; Gunta Stolzl; Marianne Brandt; Margarete Heymann; Gertrud Arndt; Benita Koch-Otte; Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp (Hermine Louise)- ArchDaily
Fifth Annual Women in Architecture Awards Honors Trailblazers: ...despite the professional challenges women often face, [they] have become leaders and role models for their peers and emerging designers alike. -- Design Leader: Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; New Generation Leader: Lisa Iwamoto, IwamotoScott Architecture; Activist: Peggy Deamer, Peggy Deamer Architect; Innovator: Upali Nanda, HKS; Educator: Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Tech School of Architecture- Architectural Record
Homelessness project wins RIBA Research Medal: Chris Hildrey, of Hildrey Studio, set up ProxyAddress with the aiming of taking postal addresses that are not being used and assigning them to homeless people so they can access vital support services...to tackle the catch-22 situation whereby when rough sleepers lose access to a permanent postal address they risk being cut off...the project is now moving towards live trials...- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Announcing the winners of the 2018 AN Best of Design Awards: ...expanding the contest to a whopping 45 categories... -- Building of the Year: SCHAUM/SHIEH; Public: Marble Fairbanks; Urban Design: Only If & One Architecture & Urbanism; Infrastructure: Lake|Flato Architects & Matsys; Healthcare: CO Architects; Landscape - Public: WEISS/MANFREDI; Education: NADAAA; Adaptive Reuse: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Digital Fabrication: COOKFOX Architects; Young Architects Award: SPORTS; etc.- The Architect's Newspaper
2018 World Architecture Festival Concludes, Naming Overall Winners: Building of the Year award...went to Singapore-based WOHA Architects for its work on Kampung Admiralty, a mixed-use retirement village. -- Sebastian Monsalve + Juan David Hoyos; Camilo Moraes; dePaor; Benthem Crouwel Architects; Studio Gang; JAC Studios; Batlle i Roig Arquitectura; Pawel Paniczko; Atelier Deshaus; Tzannes- Architectural Record
Richard Waite: Who’s won what at the AJ Architecture Awards 2018: 23 awards were given out: The biggest prize of the night, the Design of the Year, went to MUMA’s Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery...Architect of the Year title was handed to...Glasgow-based Collective Architecture, whose Barmulloch Residents Centre won the Public Building of the Year...Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) picked up two gongs... [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Dezeen Awards 2018 Winners: Christ & Gantenbein/Architect of the Year; Bureau Spectacular/Emerging Architect of the Year; Matthew Mazzotta/Architecture Project of the Year; Casson Mann/Civic and Cultural Interior of the Year/Interior Project of the Year; Studio Roosegaarde/Design Project of the Year; studio i29/Interior Designer of the Year; Atelier NL/Designer of the Year; Spacon & X/Emerging Interior Designer of the Year; Envisions/Emerging Designer of the Year [images]- Dezeen
AR Emerging Architecture 2018 awards winners revealed: Carla Juaçaba Studio from Brazil received the coveted £10,000 prize...presented a selection of projects, including their chapel for the Pavilion of the Holy See at this year’s Venice Biennale...two Highly Commended practices: Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter...and Yu Momoeda Architecture...introduced the Peter Davey Prize...editors’ choice...awarded to Aulets Arquitectes... [images]- Architectural Review (UK)
Architects Reimagine Central Park After a Fictional Eco-Terrorist Attack: ...a post-apocalyptic Central Park... left “Bill Di Blastoff” looking for a more democratic, ecological, and beautiful plan: University of Pennsylvania School of Design LA+ Journal’s ICONOCLAST Design Competition is an example par excellence of architects digging into the weeds of creativity, quite literally. -- Axis Mundi Design, NYC; Chuanfei Yu, Jiaqi Wang, and Huiwen Shi/South East University, Nanjing, China; Song + Minzhi, Shanghai; e8urban, Sydney; Tiago Torres-Campos, Edinburgh [images]- Hyperallergic
Photo contest celebrates creativity in the construction industry: The Art of Building photography contest has announced the top 12 shots...The competition [is] run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)...with a cash prize of £3,500 for the winner. [images]- BBC News
ANN feature: rise Up - be part of the solution for Africa's housing crisis: Sponsors are cheering on their student/architect teams working to find low-cost, sustainable housing solutions - but there are still teams that need sponsorship. Join those who are already reaping the rewards of the partnerships!- ArchNewsNow.com
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