Today’s News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
● O'Neill delves into what a "Green New Deal" would look like for architecture: The plan is "politically audacious - it aims for 100% renewable energy within 12 years" (in line with the IPCC's warning that the world has about that time to get it right) - "any building not designed to meet net-zero-energy standards is already archaic."
● Jing takes a deep dive into "China's leading 'sponge city' - known as 'the city of a hundred lakes' until most got paved over. Can permeable pavements and artificial wetlands soak it up?"
● Russell parses why "it should not be bad for cities to be rich" - they create wealth and thousands of high-paying jobs. "But they are all unaffordable, afflicted with homelessness, and strangled by traffic. Wealth needn't come at so high a price" ("macabre antics in the White House" included).
● While NYC is using old subway cars to form reefs, Mafi looks at what might be in store San Francisco's old BART trains - "proposals for their second life range from being used for art projects to housing units."
● O'Neill looks at "5 smart designs combating homelessness - creative solutions - and hope - are on the horizon."
● "Fold&Float" is SO? Architecture's prototype for a floating emergency structure "currently in operation at the Earth School satellite at the Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul.
● Kamin takes a seat at Chicago's PBS station to continue his conversation about the 5 starchitect-studded O'Hare Terminal 2 expansion proposals.
● Eyefuls of dhk Architects' public urban park on Cape Town's V&A Waterfront that includes remnants of one of the city's oldest structures - and "conceals a 1,206-bay parking facility."
● Take a look at the "5 must-see architectural wonders in South Africa" (some surprises to us!).
● Fentress and Machado Silvetti are bringing "a lot more lounge-friendly outdoor space" (and a lot more) to the Denver Art Museum.
● KPMB and Gibbs Gage are tasked with transforming Calgary's 1967 Centennial Planetarium into a contemporary art gallery.
● On a sadder (and should be embarrassing) note: Netsch's 1963 U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel "is leaky and corroding" (blamed on value-engineering, what else?). "But repairs have been on hold for months."
● Help Wanted: New Architect of the Capitol to take Stephen Ayers's place in Washington, DC - candidates must have at least 20 years experience among other requirements (though, these days, pay checks could be a bit iffy).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: rise in the city 2018 Update: Student designs for affordable housing in Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa, are in and - hot-off-the-press - winning designs will be prototyped! (A few prized blocks needing sponsors remain.)
● ICYMI: ANN Exclusive: Q&A with Bernhard Karpf, recently named managing principal of Richard Meier & Partners, re: what the new leadership is doing to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.
● Paris-based Maurice Culot of ARCAS Architecture & Urbanism takes home the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Prize (and $200,000); artist-in-the-classical-tradition Carl Laubin takes home the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award.
● The National Institute of Building Sciences celebrates the 2018 Beyond Green Award Winners.
● Call for entries: California Mass Timber Building Competition: $500,000 in grants to fund product testing and permitting in two California municipalities.
● Call for entries: Fast Company 2019 Innovation by Design Awards (with new categories).
● Call for entries: IIDA 46th Annual Interior Design Competition & 27th Annual Will Ching Design Competition.
● Call for entries: ArchiteXX Student films: Women Architects are Everywhere - "films, 1 to 2 minutes long, about women architects, defined expansively."
● Call for entries (looming deadline reminder): eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition.
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Meaghan O'Neill: What Would a "Green New Deal" Look Like for Architecture? The implications of such a plan...extend well beyond the ecological: ...[plan] emphasizes decarbonization, job creation, and social and economic justice, is politically audacious - it aims for 100% renewable energy within 12 years...any building not designed to meet net-zero-energy standards is already archaic...A Green New Deal would inject capital, job training, and manufacturing incentives into the system, accelerating the pace of a green economy. -- Jacob Corvidae/Rocky Mountain Institute; Rives Taylor/Gensler- Architectural Digest
Li Jing: Inside China's leading 'sponge city': Wuhan's war with water: The next 15 megacities #9: Known as ‘the city of a hundred lakes’ until most got paved over, Wuhan has a flooding problem. Can permeable pavements and artificial wetlands soak it up? The 2016 floods were a wakeup call....Wen Mei Dubbelaar...at Arcadis China...says the key is to “give space back to the river &hellip [instead of] fighting the water”... [images]- Guardian (UK)
James S. Russell: It Should Not Be Bad for Cities to be Rich: ...cities create a great deal of wealth and tens of thousands of jobs...But they are all unaffordable, afflicted with homelessness, and strangled by traffic. Wealth needn’t come at so high a price...Might some bigger-picture trends be at work here? ...transportation and housing failures are intertwined...too many still struggle against endemic poverty and joblessness...Congress - stunned into inaction by the macabre antics in the White House - can take the lead at last. And we should expect it to.- JamesSRussell.net
Nick Mafi: San Francisco's Older BART Trains Might Be Turned Into Housing Units: By the summer of 2020, the older trains will be removed from the tracks - and the proposals for their second life range from being used for art projects to housing units. -- Alfred Twu- Architectural Digest
Meaghan O'Neill: 5 Smart Designs Combating Homelessness: From 3D printed houses to flat-pack sleeping pods to community-based apartment complexes: A decade-long trend shows a more positive outlook; overall, homelessness has declined by 13% since 2010. An innovative “housing-first” approach...is partly responsible for the improvement...creative solutions - and hope - are on the horizon. -- Jill Pable/Design Resources for Homelessness; Reed Watts; Mary and David Martin’s Madworkshop; Icon; Leo A Daly ; Studio Twenty Seven Architecture; Community First! Village [images]- Architectural Digest
SO? Architecture Unveils Prototype Floating Emergency Structure in Istanbul: “Fold&Float” is formed of a light, foldable steel...floating structure that depends not on vacant, stable land, but on managing water...prototype...is currently in operation at the Earth School satellite at the Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul, Turkey [images]- ArchDaily
Blair Kamin: A Closer Look at O’Hare Expansion Proposals: Making sense of the proposals in the O’Hare design competition with the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic: ...$8.5 billion expansion plan for Terminal 2...All five proposals include ultra-modern, undulating designs...What’s not included in the plans are many of the details... -- Santiago Calatrava; Jeanne Gang; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)/Arup/Ross Barney Architects/JGMA; Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza; Foster Epstein Moreno [Foster + Partners]; Studio ORD [videos]- WTTW Chicago / PBS
dhk Architects completes public urban park in Cape Town that references historic Amsterdam Battery: Battery Park is a new 12 000 sqm urban park...at a key entranceway to one of Africa’s most visited tourist destinations, the V&A Waterfront...Developed as the nucleus of a larger urban vision for the district, the site includes a park and piazza that effectively conceal a 1 206-bay parking facility... [images]- Africanism.net
Five must-see architectural wonders in South Africa: Innovative architectural designs, when done right, can transform the South African spaces they occupy. Give it new life, as it were. -- Steyn Studio; Helmut Jahn; Murphy Jahn; Stauch Vorster; Thomas Heatherwick; Paragon Architects [images]- The South African
Denver Art Museum’s construction plans include a fancy rooftop and possibly more shared space with the library: Roof decks are increasingly a Big Thing in Denver - as they should be in a city so warm and sunny - and the DAM is getting in on them...there’s going to be a lot more lounge-friendly outdoor space....also adding an outdoor amphitheater...adding about 30,000 square feet of public space... -- Gio Ponti; James Sudler Associates (1971); Fentress Architects; Machado Silvetti [images]- Denverite
Calgary Planetarium to become contemporary art gallery: Built in 1967, the Centennial Planetarium is a significant landmark in Calgary due in part to its brutalist architecture and the concrete dome...Gibbs Gage Architects and KPMB Architects will partner for the design process, which is due to start in the next month. -- McMillan Long and Associates (1967); Contemporary Calgary [images]- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
The Air Force Academy chapel is leaky and corroding. But repairs have been on hold for months: [It] attracts 800,000 visits a year: The leaks and corrosion can be traced to cost-cutting that dictated construction compromises...fixes could cost anywhere from $25 million to $100 million and take up to four years. The chapel will be closed to the public for the duration. -- Walter Netsch/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)- Colorado Sun
Search for New Architect of the Capitol is Underway: ...the Senate Rules and Administration Committee has agreed to bring on an executive search firm to help fill the position: ...Stephen Ayers stepped down in November...candidates must have at least 20 years experience in facilities and construction management; architectural training; and understanding and/or training in historic preservation among other requirements.- Architect Magazine
Maurice Culot named 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate> ..Paris-based architect, urbanist, theorist and critic who was at the forefront of the creation of the modern traditional movement...$200,000 prize honors lifetime contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world....Carl Laubin, a renowned painter in the classical tradition, who will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award. -- ARCAS Architecture & Urbanism- University of Notre Dame News (Indiana)
National Institute of Building Sciences Recognizes 2018 Beyond Green Award Winners. -- WRNS Studio; RE:Vision Architecture; Dow Olympic Movement Initiative: A Low-Carbon Legacy; njIT/New Jersey Institute of Technology Community Microgrids Planning Academy- National Institute of Building Sciences/NIBS
Call for entries: California Mass Timber Building Competition: $500,000 in Grants to fund mass timber product testing and permitting in two California municipalities; eligible project types include commercial, institutional, industrial, mixed-use and affordable multi-unit housing developments; deadline: March 18- California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) / WoodWorks Wood Products Council
Call for entries: Fast Company 2019 Innovation by Design Awards: 21 categories; new: excellent design in education, groundbreaking mobility ideas, and top designs in each major region of the world; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): March 22 (submissions due May 10)- Fast Company
Call for entries: IIDA 46th Annual Interior Design Competition & 27th Annual Will Ching Design Competition for commercial design from firms with 5 or fewer employees (both international); deadline: February 14- International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Call for entries: Student films: Women Architects are Everywhere: films, 1 to 2 minutes long, about women architects, defined expansively. What about this architect's work has inspired / impacted / influenced you or you learned from? deadline: May 31- ArchiteXX.org
Call for entries (deadline reminder): eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition; cash prizes; deadline: January 29- eVolo Magazine
ANN feature: rise in the city 2018 Update: Student Designs for Affordable Housing in Lesotho Shine. A Few Prized Blocks Needing Sponsors Remain: Student designs for affordable housing in Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa, are in and - hot-off-the-press - winning designs will be prototyped!- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Kristen Richards: New Beginnings: Interview with Bernhard Karpf, FAIA, Managing Principal, Richard Meier & Partners Architects: RMP's leadership is working to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.- ArchNewsNow.com
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