Today’s News - Thursday, January 24, 2019
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● Schneider finds that, while "energy efficiency has long been the holy grail of sustainable architecture, firms are shifting the discourse to the more multifaceted and preventive realm of resilience," and the metrics of the new RELi certification that "encourage practices that landscape architects have long employed."
● Evitts Dickinson looks at how Singapore's 890-acre, mixed-use Jurong Lake District "relies on smart urban planning to achieve resilience and sustainability. Just don't call it a 'smart' city, at least not to its architects."
● Kamin continues to be concerned about Chicago's Lincoln Yards plan: Aside from a rushed vote to approve being "preposterous," SOM's third go "proposes to split the project into 'character zones.' Character like this we can do without."
● Anderton considers whether car-loving Angelenos will say yes to congestion pricing, and talks with two experts who explain "how it's applied and whether it's viable" in the region - "congestion pricing is the only proven way to alleviate traffic woes. 'Doing nothing is not an option here.'"
● Mattioli visits the new Zoma Museum for contemporary art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - made of salvaged wood and bricks, with walls of mud and straw, it is "a green oasis, an architectural statement opposing the idea that modernity and development come solely in large-scale concrete forms" (great pix).
● Eyefuls of Hong Kong's "striking" Xiqu Centre, the first performing arts centre in the new West Kowloon Cultural District, by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) - so striking, it will be featured on the new HK $100 banknote.
● The Vancouver Art Gallery shows off its finalized design by H&deM and P+W that "combines wood and glass, both inseparable from the history and making of the city" ($40 million donation is good news, too).
● Reut cheers The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide initiative that, since 2003, "has brilliantly avoided compassion fatigue" with "a strategy that enrolls the public in the notion of cultural landscapes without lecturing," and the 2018 theme, "Grounds for Democracy," organized around civil rights.
● 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.
● Gibson profiles some of Mexico's female architects who are finding success "without a male partner," but "it is only in recent years that they have been able to run practices without needing a man to boost their credibility - there is still more to be done."
● Dowdell, the 2019-2020 president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, shares her "ALL in for NOMA 2020" platform: "I would like to see more opportunities for minorities to grow into leadership positions, start their own firms, and build a sustainable legacy for the future."
● Anderton talks to Sekou Cooke, curator of the recently closed "Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture" at NYC's Center for Architecture, "about the bleak urban environments that birthed the hip hop movement, and how hip hop is a providing a magnet for bringing in minorities into the profession of architecture."
● Fluker talks to P+W Principal Zena Howard re: how she led the team designing the National Museum of African-American History And Culture, her love of architecture, and how she advocates for diversity and inclusion within the profession.
● The Associated General Contractors of America launches a "program to diversify the construction workforce aimed at recruiting through vocational training that targets women and minority high school students."
● The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. makes its "Spotlight on Design" lecture series free for students - first up are partners at ZGF speaking on Monday.
● A look inside the "wondrous" (and wild!) new Wisdome Art Park in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District: "You don't need to be high to appreciate this high-tech wonderland, but it surely helps."
● "The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art "reinstates the architectural importance of the 1960s California coast development" designed by Charles Moore and "a slew of Bay Area design greats."
● "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II" at the Cooper Union in NYC explores how "coding as constraint and restriction can impact architectural representation."
● At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Dieter Rams: Principled Design" explores the German industrial designer's 1970s "Ten Principles of Good Design" - and how it "has influenced the industrial design manufacturing and mass production for decades."
● "Faraway So Close: A Journey to the Architecture of Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA, Bangladesh" at the Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, presents the work of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner: "His buildings are exemplary of an architecture that serves society with radical simplicity and poetry."
● At Johannesburg's Spier Light Art Festival, the installation "Folded Skies" by Counterspace uses large-scale colored mirrors that "recreate the iridescent beauty of Johannesburg's toxic sunsets created by the pollution from the city's mine dumps.
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Benjamin Schneider: In the Face of Climate Change, Architects Must Consider Local Ecology and Social Context: Energy efficiency has long been the holy grail of sustainable architecture, firms are shifting the discourse to the more multifaceted and preventive realm of resilience: RELi certification...metrics encourage practices that landscape architects have long employed...building to the most stringent green-building certifications can’t be the extent of architecture’s response to climate change...even the best-designed green buildings and landscapes can do only so much...if they exist in a larger, energy-guzzling urban matrix. -- Doug Pierce/Perkins+Will; Gena Wirth/SCAPE; Christopher Gates/Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Michael Green Architects [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson: Future Proofing the Smart City: The Jurong Lake District in Singapore relies on smart urban planning to achieve resilience and sustainability: An 890-acre mixed-use development...is primed to capitalize on a future Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail system...includes a revived national garden park along the water...Just don’t call it a “smart” city, at least not to its architects. -- Kees Christiaanse/KCAP; Arup; SAA; S333; Lekker- Architect Magazine
Blair Kamin: Third time not the charm for Lincoln Yards plan. It still needs work despite alderman's hasty approval: While the master plan, now in its third version, is getting better, its potential negative consequences...could be with us for decades. So what’s the point in rushing it to a vote? The impact will be enormous, which makes the rush to judgment...preposterous...stung by criticism that [it] could be as dull as a suburban office park, SOM proposes to split [it] into “character zones"...Yet a close look at the plans shows it is easier to write about character than to create it...Character like this we can do without. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)- Chicago Tribune
DnA/Frances Anderton: Will car-loving Angelenos say yes to congestion pricing? Metro CEO Phil Washington and transportation expert Michael Manville...explain congestion pricing, how its applied and whether it’s viable in a region where alternative options are limited and Angelenos assume a right to drive....congestion pricing is the only proven way to alleviate traffic woes..“Doing nothing is not an option here."- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Guglielmo Mattioli: Addis Ababa’s First Contemporary Art Museum Aims to Revive a Local Architectural Tradition: The Zoma Museum, which features wattle and daub construction, is a collaboration between curator Meskerem Assegued and artist Elias Sime...Zoma is a green oasis, an architectural statement opposing the idea that modernity and development come solely in large-scale concrete forms...compound is designed to be environmentally sustainable. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Revery Architecture [formerly Bing Thom Architects] unveils Hong Kong’s striking Xiqu Centre: ... the first performing arts centre in Hong Kong’s new West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD)...a cultural sanctuary, blending theatre, art and public space for celebration and contemplation...to be featured on the new HK $100 banknote... [images]- Canadian Architect
Vancouver Art Gallery announces $40 million donation and finalized design: ..."combines two materials, wood and glass, both inseparable from the history and making of the city." -- Christine Binswanger/Herzog & de Meuron; Perkins+Will Vancvouver [images]- Canadian Architect
Jennifer Reut: Landslide 2018: The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has many flagship programs, but none has quite the resonance and public impact of Landslide. Since 2003, the campaign has brilliantly avoided compassion fatigue by connecting at-risk sites around a single idea or figure, a strategy that enrolls the public in the notion of cultural landscapes without lecturing..."Grounds for Democracy" is organized around civil rights. [images]- Landscape Architecture Magazine
Eleanor Gibson: Mexico's female architects find success "without a male partner": ...many gaining major international success in recent years. But it wasn't always this way...it is only in recent years that female architects have been able to run practices in Mexico, without needing a man to boost their credibility...despite the recent flurry of press and recognition for female architects, there is still more to be done... -- Frida Escobedo; Fernanda Canales; Tatiana Bilbao; Rozana Montiel; Gabriela Carrillo [images]- Dezeen
Kimberly Dowdell: The Complexion of Legacy in Architecture: The 2019-2020 president of the National Organization of Minority Architects shares her ALL platform and her desire to see diverse communities designed by more diverse teams: I was struck by the absence of African-American-led firms on the recently released ARCHITECT 50...But their lack of representation extends beyond this one list: [They] are outright missing from the profession...“ALL in for NOMA 2020"...I would like to see greater Access, Leadership, and Legacy building in the profession...we also need more opportunities for minorities to grow into leadership positions, start their own firms, and build a sustainable legacy for the future.- Architect Magazine
DnA/Frances Anderton: Hip-Hop's Newest Art Form: Architecture: ...Sekou Cooke...curator of "Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture"...at the AIA New York Center for Architecture...[he] talks] about the bleak urban environments that birthed the hip hop movement, about the ways in which some artists and architects are starting to deploy hip hop-inspired tactics...hip hop’s connection to the city of Wakanda in "Black Panther" [and] how hip hop is a providing...a magnet for bringing in minorities into the profession of architecture...- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Dominique Fluker: How This Architect Led The Design Of The National Museum Of African-American History And Culture: Zena Howard is an award-winning principal architect at Perkins+Will...also an advocate for diversity within the architecture profession...Q&A re: her love of architecture, how she felt designing the Smithsonian Institution's NMAAHC in Washington, D.C. and the need for diversity and inclusion within the architecture field. -- The Freelon Group; Adjaye Associates; Davis Brody Bond; SmithGroup- Forbes
AGC/Associated General Contractors of America launches program to diversify construction workforce: ...aimed at recruiting...through vocational training that targets women and minority high school students...Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Institute, [said] that the emphasis should be on programs that encourage, or even require, contractors to partner with minority- and women-owned businesses, not just hire them as subcontractors.- Construction Dive
National Building Museum makes lecture series free for students: Its “Spotlight on Design” lecture series...by leaders in the field...will kick off with a presentation from partners at ZGF Architects on Monday, January 28.- The Architect's Newspaper
Inside the Wondrous New Wisdome Art Park in DTLA: The latest in mind trip entertainment, a new 35,000-square-foot art park called Wisdome, emerged in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District...five fully immersive, 360-degree domes, each touting multidimensional, multisensory experiences...You don’t need to be high to appreciate...this high-tech wonderland, but it surely helps. Kinda like Lasarium in the ’70s and ’80s, the eye-popping presentation provides a place to relax, zone out and let your mind journey to other realms. [images]- LA Weekly
SFMOMA Brings Charles Moore’s Sea Ranch Unit 9 to Life, 100 Miles South: A new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reinstates the architectural importance of the 1960s California coast development: “The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism"...a deep-dive exhibition about the...development...conceived in the 1960s by developer Al Boeke and a slew of Bay Area design greats...also features 100-plus objects... thru April 28 -- Joseph Esherick; William Turnbull; Donlyn Lyndon; Lawrence Halprin; Barbara Stauffacher Solomon; Iwan Baan- Architectural Digest
Exhibition Images explore how Coding can Impact Architectural Representation: "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II" will examine how “emerging design and production technologies impact the ways in which architects engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing"...imagines coding as constraint and restriction which can intensify the search for new opportunities in representation, rather than hinder them. Cooper Union, NYC, thru February 23 -- Digital Craft Lab/California College of the Arts (CCA); Aranda Lasch; Höweler + Yoon; Outpost Office; Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY; Heather Roberge/murmur [images]- ArchDaily
Dieter Rams' Prolific Portfolio to be Celebrated at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: "Dieter Rams: Principled Design" explores the German industrial designer's influence on the history of industrial design and mass production: ...based on "Ten Principles of Good Design" - a set of ideological guidelines developed by Rams in the late 1970s that has influenced the industrial design manufacturing and mass production for decades...Rams receives the PMA's 27th Collab Design Excellence Award....thru April 14 [images]- Architect Magazine
"Faraway So Close: A Journey to the Architecture of Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA, Bangladesh": ...first comprehensive European exhibition at the Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, presents the work of Chowdhury...who received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 for the Friendship Centre on the flood plains of Gaibandha in northern Bangladesh...his buildings are exemplary of an architecture that serves society with radical simplicity and poetry. [images]- Aedes Architecture Forum/Aedes Architekturforum (Berlin)
"Folded Skies": installation mimics the light created by Johannesburg's mine dust: Large-scale coloured mirrors recreate the iridescent beauty of Johannesburg's toxic sunsets in this installation by architecture studio Counterspace...formed of three structures made of interlocking two-metre-high mirrors, tinted to match the light created by the pollution in the city's mine dumps...the architects are hoping to install the mirrors on a mine dump in Johannesburg. Spier Light Art Festival thru January 31 [images]- Dezeen
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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