Today’s News - Tuesday, January 8, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy New Year - we're b-a-a-a-c-k!!! Lots to catch up with...
● LaValley offers "13 reasons why an architect's voice is their most important tool. In many ways, architects are fighting to stay relevant in a world that doesn't quite understand the gravity of their purpose and intent."
● Torpy dives into the "debate over Atlanta's new architecture," and the city's planning czar "describing his efforts to jump-start engaging architecture and design in the city. 'I didn't say 'ugly' buildings; I said insulting buildings.' In reality, there are many developers and architects who are trying."
● Davidson x 2: "The High Line has become a tunnel through glass towers" and "an elevated cattle chute for tourists" - aside from Hadid's "lissome star" and a few other architects who "carry off feats of tasteful theatricality, the jostling architecture expresses an aesthetic of self-absorbed preening - a social club for celebrity architects."
● He offers "two cautionary tales" of small neighborhood parks in Manhattan and Nashville: "They harbor no endangered species and embody no distinguished landscape design. But both belong to the public, and elected officials plan to turn them over to developers to build desperately needed housing."
● It's a Hadid kind of day: Hopkirk parses Schumacher's "explosive allegations" that "he was forced to agree to drop practice's name - and claims he was threatened with the sack if he objected to some of his opponents' demands" (he wasn't allowed to speak at her memorial service, either).
● Meanwhile, ZHA "slams Olympic Park scheme," claiming it "will cause 'significant harm' to the design integrity" of its Aquatics Centre - "the proposals treat the venue as an inconvenient neighbor which can be modified at will."
● Down Under, the developer is "forced to ditch" ZHA's £240 million Brisbane towers plan, and is now "looking for new designs for the site after losing a lengthy legal battle."
● We would normally run in Thursday's "Weekend diversions," but the (fab!) show closes Sunday: Stierli and Kulic have put together a video guide of the highlights in MoMA's "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980."
Of gender equity, #MeToo, and the Architecture Lobby's Solidarity Bloc
● Gamolina says it's time to "stop asking where all the female architects are; we're right here. It's time to change this narrative. We need to listen to them, write about them, amplify them, and support them. We are not missing and we will no longer be hidden."
● Zeiger parses "architecture's gender reckoning" in 2018: "#MeToo stripped bare any feel-good assumption that the profession had evolved beyond the Howard Roark model of the heroic architect - the culture of architecture begins in the academy" - and deans weigh in.
● Hagberg Fisher parses a new step in architecture's #MeToo movement: "The Architecture Lobby's Solidarity Bloc offers more than just solidarity - offering resources (job opportunities, networking, referrals, moral support, etc.)" to those "who have been affected by sexual harassment and/or speaking up about it," but "there's still a long way to go."
● Sisson offers "10 challenges that will define cities in 2019," and "the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year."
● It's "important to pay more attention to the nuances of these 7 trends that will shape commercial construction in 2019" (technology; design-build; drones; Gen Z growing up included).
● Schwab on "the architecture trend that needs to die in 2019: No. More. Open. Offices. They're sexist, bad for productivity, and make people miserable."
● Wainwright's take on the best architecture of 2019: "Jean Nouvel gets weird in Qatar."
● Ko offers her take on "the most anticipated buildings set to shape the world in 2019 - set to impress" (a few surprises - to us, at least).
● 10 New Year's resolutions for architects: "1. Sketch more. 3. Listen carefully. 6. Design with humor. 8. Break with programmatic convention. 9. Enter a competition ... and win!"
● Budds looks at "how cities became more equitable in 2018: Architects, politicians, and community leaders tried to design a fairer, more equitable place to live. No single intervention will solve deep-rooted inequalities, but as this year's efforts show, progress is taking place."
● Kolson Hurley explains why "the old narrative of city and suburb is dead; in 2018. As some suburbs draw lines in the sand, others put out the welcome mat."
● Metropolis tapped experts to "articulate the year's biggest takeaways - from resiliency to workplace productivity, diversity, architecture's #MeToo moment, the social and urban ramifications of resilience planning, just to name a few."
● Moore picks 5 projects as the best architecture of 2018 (+ a turkey): "New council housing excelled," but it was "a bit of a flat year, in which the shortlist for the Stirling Prize was criticized for being a bit beige. Whatever a new not-boring style of British architecture might be, it needs to be cleverer than what is, in the end, a distinctly boring case of willy-waving."
● Brussat makes his pick of the best traditional buildings of 2018, and is "dismayed at the preponderance of Deep South cities. Our section of the country had better up our game!"
● Blake, on the other hand, has a rather vitriolic take on the "rise of alt-arch - the meme-strewn corner of the Internet devoted to the far right's fetish for the castellated, the timber-thatched, the Baroque - the alt-arch sets up the straw man of the debased new. It's clear that good architecture, Modernist or not, is not built by philistines."
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Michael LaValley: 13 Reasons Why an Architect’s Voice Is Their Most Important Tool: It’s not the T square or the pencil, the drafting table or even the computer. An architect is responsible for both the protection of the public as well as the protection of their profession. The road has been difficult to maintain...In many ways, architects are fighting to stay relevant in a world that doesn’t quite understand the gravity of their purpose and intent.- Architizer
Bill Torpy: Dud spuds? The debate over Atlanta’s new architecture: Department of City Planning czar Tim Keane said he was misunderstood in a recent news story describing his efforts to jump-start engaging architecture and design in the city. “I didn’t say ‘ugly’ buildings; I said insulting buildings"...In reality, there are many developers and architects who are trying...two driving and competing forces in construction. There’s the model that says: Get in quick, spend as little as possible and get out. Or there’s this: Spend more money, build with quality and succeed in the long term. -- David Hamilton; Eric Kronberg [images]- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Justin Davidson: The High Line Has Become a Tunnel Through Glass Towers: And the views now belong to a few very rich neighbors: ...serves as an elevated cattle chute for tourists: ...even if you understood that preserving an industrial relic would change the city all around it...you still would not have been prepared for today’s scrum of construction...What makes those duds look even worse is their proximity to Zaha Hadid’s 520 W. 28th Street, the lissome star...A few other architects do carry off feats of tasteful theatricality...For the most part...the jostling architecture...expresses an aesthetic of self-absorbed preening. The area has become a social club for celebrity architects... -- Avinash K. Malhotra Architects; Soo K. Chan; COOKFOX; Morris Adjmi; Bonetti Kozerski Architecture; Roman and Williams; Thomas Heatherwick; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; GDS- New York Magazine
Justin Davidson: When a Developer Comes for Your Little Neighborhood Park: In Nolita and Nashville, two cautionary tales: If it’s not absolutely locked down as green space, it can become a building site: Combined, [Church Street Park & Elizabeth Street Garden] cover less than an acre. They harbor no endangered species and embody no distinguished landscape design...But both belong to the public, and in each case, elected officials plan to turn them over to developers to build desperately needed housing...Even a miniature wedge of parkland is more than just an empty lot; it is a microcosm of urban life. -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF- New York Magazine
Elizabeth Hopkirk: Patrik Schumacher's explosive allegations hit High Court: Zaha Hadid’s business partner claims he was forced to agree to drop practice’s name - and alleges animosity clouded fellow executors’ judgment: Legal papers...reveal an extraordinary tussle for control of Zaha Hadid Architects...claims he was threatened with the sack if he objected to some of his opponents’ demands [and] he wasn’t allowed to speak at her memorial service in September 2016.- BD/Building Design (UK)
ZHA slams Olympic Park scheme over Aquatics Centre ‘demolitions’: ...claiming the East Bank development will cause ‘significant harm’ to the design integrity of its 2014 Stirling Prize-nominated Olympic venue next door..."With almost a million visitors every year...the venue deserves to be protected and enhanced by new developments. Instead the proposals...treat the venue as an inconvenient neighbour which can be modified at will..." -- Allies and Morrison- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Developer forced to ditch Zaha Hadid Architects’ Brisbane towers plan: Sunland Group...is looking for new designs for the site...after losing a lengthy legal battle over the original plans...£240 million project was unveiled four years ago...a local resident appealed against the 2015 planning approval, setting in motion a series of decisions that ultimately saw the planning application rejected. [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
An Expert Guide through MoMA's "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980": Martino Stierli (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA) and Vladimir Kulic (Guest Curator and Architecture Historian) have presented a 7-minute-long video guiding viewers through the highlights of the exhibition...Tracing the genesis of the architectural movement; a post-war, utopian vision of a new society to which architecture played a central role. [video, images]- ArchDaily
Julia Gamolina: Stop asking where all the female architects are; we’re right here: It’s time to change this narrative. I no longer want to hear people asking, “Where are all the women architects?”...We need to listen to them, write about them, amplify them, and support them in combating the issues our industry faces in order to change this situation...Show their successes, their reinventions of practices, and how they forged their own paths...We are not missing and we will no longer be hidden. -- Madame Architect; FXCollaborative.- The Architect's Newspaper
Mimi Zeiger: Year in Review 2018: Architecture’s Gender Reckoning: How the hard work of #MeToo is decidedly less swift and less spectacular than any celebrity takedown: Architecture has often lagged behind critical cultural shifts: It’s a discipline surprisingly leaden in spite of generally progressive intentions. But #MeToo stripped bare any feel-good assumption that the profession had evolved beyond the Howard Roark model of the heroic architect...the culture of architecture begins in the academy... -- Deborah Berke/Yale School of Architecture; Robert A.M. Stern; Mohsen Mostafavi/Harvard GSD; Jonathan Massey/University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning- Metropolis Magazine
Eva Hagberg Fisher: A Next Step in Architecture's #MeToo Movement: The Architecture Lobby's Solidarity Bloc offers more than just solidarity. It offers the chance for a new job: ...individuals and firms sign up, publicly offering their resources (job opportunities, networking, referrals, moral support, etc.) to architectural workers who have been affected by sexual harassment and/or speaking up about it. So far, 21 firms and individuals...have joined...offers a real way forward...there’s still a long way to go to fight harassment and abuses of power.- Architect Magazine
Patrick Sisson: 10 challenges that will define cities in 2019: From homelessness and housing to big tech and budgets, the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year: Last year, pundits from Richard Florida to Deborah and James Fallows talked about the power of localism, how local governments...represent innovation, collaboration, and progress. At the same time mayors and local leaders are trying and testing new ideas, urban growth, especially when it comes to inequality, has created challenges and setbacks for growing cities.- Curbed
7 trends that will shape commercial construction in 2019: ...for those trying to glean more information about what's around the corner to predicate ways it could affect the safety of their workers and the health of their bottom lines, it's important to pay more attention to the nuances of these big trends.
Modular; Technology; Design-build; Drones; Gen Z growing up; etc.- Construction Dive
Katharine Schwab: This is the architecture trend that needs to die in 2019: No. More. Open. Offices: ...a slew of new research suggested open-plan spaces are actually remarkably bad for workers...Here’s why it’s so detrimental - and how companies can take action: They’re sexist, bad for productivity, and make people miserable; The furniture market is already responding...- Fast Company / Co. Design
Oliver Wainwright: Masters and machines: the best art and architecture of 2019: Jean Nouvel gets weird in Qatar. -- 6a architects; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group & SLA Architects; Carmody Groarke; Jean Nouvel; Feilden Fowles; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Mikhail Riches architects; Olafur Eliasson- Guardian (UK)
Stella Ko: The most anticipated buildings set to shape the world in 2019: ...set to impress, with a number of groundbreaking designs and engineering feats...From New York to Beijing... -- Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); Snøhetta; Co-Arc International Architects; Zaha Hadid Architects; Heike Hanada/Benedict Tonon; Steven Chilton Architects; Reinier de Graaf/OMA; Jean Nouvel [images]- cnn
10 New Year’s Resolutions for Architects: 1. Sketch more. 3. Listen carefully. 4. Be a social catalyst. 6. Design with humor. 8. Break with programmatic convention. 9. Enter a competition ... and win!- Architizer
Diana Budds: How cities became more equitable in 2018: Architects, politicians, and community leaders tried to design a fairer, more equitable place to live: Architects are centering the conversation about equity on housing - and leaders in government are, too...cities aren’t waiting around to take action...Public space is factoring into the health equation...the architecture and design professions also examined their own practices to achieve equity within their ranks...No single intervention will solve deep-rooted inequalities, but as this year’s efforts show, progress is taking place.- Curbed
Amanda Kolson Hurley: 2018 Was the Year of the Complicated Suburb: The old narrative of city and suburb is dead; in 2018, the spaces outside of cities were revealed in their full complexity: A century and a half after Frederick Law Olmsted laid out one of the first planned American suburbs in Riverside, Illinois...we haven’t fully mapped the contours of modern suburbia - not just who lives there and why, but the role that suburbs play in politics and society...As some suburbs draw lines in the sand, others put out the welcome mat.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Year in Review 2018: 9 Lessons from Architecture, Design, and Cities: Metropolis tapped experts from across the design world to help articulate the year's biggest takeaways - from resiliency to workplace productivity, diversity, and beyond: ...there have been revelations around architecture’s #MeToo moment, the social and urban ramifications of resilience planning, and the return of sustainable plastics, just to name a few. -- Janette Kim/California College of the Arts; Debika Ray; Mimi Zeiger; Christopher Hood/Advanced Workplace Associates; Justin Garrett Moore/NYC Public Design Commission; Aaron Betsky; Eddie Blake; David Huber; Jen Murphy- Metropolis Magazine
Rowan Moore: Best architecture of 2018: New council housing excelled, while brutalism’s popularity underlined the timidity of much current architecture: ...a bit of a flat year, in which the shortlist for the Stirling prize was criticised for being a bit beige...Whatever a new not-boring style of British architecture might be, it needs to be cleverer than what is, in the end, a distinctly boring case of willy-waving. Top 5 + a turkey -- Roger Scruton; Norman Foster/Foster + Partners; Amin Taha; Peter Zumthor; McInnes Usher McKnight Architects; Ptolemy Dean; Peter Barber- Observer (UK)
David Brussat: Best trad buildings of 2018: Your diligent compiler of 2018 trad had been dismayed at the preponderance of Deep South cities in this write-up. Our section of the country had better up our game! -- David M. Schwarz Architects; Robert A.M Stern Architects; McCrery Architects; Hartman-Cox Architects; Duncan Stroik; Cooper Johnson Smith; S/L/A/M Collaborative; Studio Sofield [images]- Architecture Here and There
Eddie Blake: Year in Review 2018: Rise of the Alt-Arch: The “alt-arch” is the meme-strewn corner of the Internet devoted to the far right’s fetish for the castellated, the timber-thatched, the Baroque, the architecture of authority: Like an angry and confused drunk posing as a wine connoisseur, @ArchitecturalRevival conceals vicious politics behind a civil veneer of traditional architecture...a metastasized development of an older tendency exemplified by the polemics of Léon Krier...In disseminating a false dichotomy of traditional and modern, the alt-arch sets up the straw man of the debased new...It’s clear that good architecture, Modernist or not, is not built by philistines.- Metropolis Magazine
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