Today’s News - Thursday, February 21, 2019
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● ANN feature: Saxon Henry: Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov, the editor and publisher of "Dream of Venice in Black and White," who talks about her creative process and strategies in creating the third book in the "Dream of Venice" trilogy (luscious images!).
● Steven Strauss, who ran economic development strategy for NYC under Bloomberg, offers "lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for Amazon HQ2 - the messy breakup is a cautionary tale and raises many questions."
● A great profile of Professor Christopher Hawthorne, L.A.'s first Chief Design Officer and "the man behind the future of the city," who also teaches at Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy department.
● Wainwright weighs in on Fen Court, "a candy-striped miracle in the central London skies. Squeezed amid the city's garish landmarks is a glorious, free-to-enter roof garden - Eric Parry's pink-blossomed park in the clouds" (we think he likes it).
● One we couldn't resist: A California town launches a "Goat Fund Me" crowd-funding initiative to rent "a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land" ("rentable goat herds book up quickly").
● Call for entries: 2019 RAIC International Prize (formerly the Moriyama RAIC International Prize + $100,000!).
● In honor of the Bauhaus centennial: Call for entries: Beyond Bauhaus - Prototyping the Future, "seeking groundbreaking design concepts that offer creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time."
● Call for entries: ArchiGraphicArts 6 International Contest of Architectural Hand Drawings (no fee!), sponsored by Archplatforma.ru and Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing (Berlin).
● Call for entries: BAM! Berlin Art Museum of the architectural and urban heritage of Berlin, open to students and young graduates.
● Call for entries: ACSA/AIA 2018-2019 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century International Student Design Competition (no fee).
● Call for entries: HOME: The Idea of Home (no fee), sponsored by Building Beauty/Sant'Anna Institute.
● Call for nominations: ArchDaily 2019 Building of the Year Awards in 15 categories.
● Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Is This Tomorrow?" in London: "It's weird how the architecture of extreme wealth and extreme hedonism is typically wrapped in cool glass. This exhibit takes the wrappers off."
● Sayer, on the other hand, finds that "Is This Tomorrow?" offers a "pessimistic view of what the future may be. Despite offering genuine moments of intrigue and asking tough questions, one leaves wishing it was 1956 again."
● In Barcelona, "Lina Bo Bardi Drawing" bears "witness to the importance of drawing in all the stages of her multifaceted career" (fab pix!).
● MacMillan cheers touring "The Whole World a Bauhaus," making its only U.S. stop at the Elmhurst Art Museum, that "shines the movement's light on the world" and Chicago.
● The travelling "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" puts down roots in Palm Springs just in time for Modernism Week (and stays planted until April 19).
● Howarth brings us eyefuls of Desert X's "colorful and provocative installations set against the arid landscape of California's Coachella Valley," east of L.A.
● Brussat reviews Rybczynski's review of Stevens Curl's "Making Dystopia" in two parts, with link to Part 1: "The opinion of this book by America's most celebrated architecture critic is decidedly surprising - his review is mostly, and most importantly, about what 'Making Dystopia' gets right").
● Tremonti's Q&A with "Man in the Glass House" author Lamster from inside Philip Johnson's CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto: "I think he's, in some ways, very genuinely sorry for his foolish behavior. But on the other hand..."
● Stefanovic finds Ringer's "The Material City" to be "a deep-dive into urban density; a celebration of the Australian architects and designers whose work addresses this growing phenomenon," with "interesting case studies and thoughtful essays."
● Hopkins (mostly) cheers British preservationist Insall's "Living Buildings: Architectural Conservation, Philosophy, Principles and Practice" that is "part manual, part theory of conservation. There are moments of the book that jar. But the underlying message remains fresh."
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ANN feature: Saxon Henry: Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov: The editor and publisher of "Dream of Venice in Black and White" talks about her creative process and strategies in creating the third book in the "Dream of Venice" trilogy. [images]- ArchNewsNow
Steven Strauss: Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2: Did Amazon stop needing New York, or did New York drive it away? As cities across America compete for jobs, the messy breakup is a cautionary tale: ...saga holds many lessons and raises many questions, starting with: Why did Amazon deserve a discount? Bait-and-switch is a lousy economic development policy. Celebrate the companies that pay full freight.- USA Today
As LA’s first Chief Design Officer, professor Christopher Hawthorne is the man behind the future of the city: He does not need a crystal ball to see the future of Los Angeles. As a professor in Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) department...he teaches about the urban design and architectural history of Los Angeles, while as chief design officer he puts his expertise into practice, overseeing the city’s major civic architectural projects.- The Occidental (Occidental College, Los Angeles)
Oliver Wainwright: Fen Court - a candy-striped miracle in the central London skies: Squeezed amid the City’s garish landmarks is a glorious, free-to-enter roof garden borne of public-private dealmaking - so what’s the catch? Sometimes the planning system just works...it is as close to being public as the roof of any private building can get. No reservation is needed, no purchase must be made...But this result didn’t come easy...Fen Court is one of the most well-crafted buildings the City has seen for some time...Eric Parry’s pink-blossomed park in the clouds. [images]- Guardian (UK)
California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention: Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land: 200 goats can clear about an acre per day,..target of $30,000 will pay rental fees for herds of grazing goats to tend to the most vulnerable 30 acres...rentable goat herds book up quickly...- Route Fifty
Call for entries: 2019 RAIC International Prize (formerly the Moriyama RAIC International Prize) recognizing great architecture anywhere in the world that transforms society and promotes justice, respect, equality, and inclusiveness; CAD $100,000 prize; deadline: April 26- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Call for entries: beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future (international): design concepts that offer creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time; deadline: March 31
seeking groundbreaking design concepts that offer creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time.- Germany - Land of Ideas / Deutschland - Land der Ideen
Call for entries: ArchiGraphicArts 6 International Contest of Architectural Hand Drawings; no fee; sponsored by Archplatforma.ru and Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing (Berlin)
deadline: April, 20- ArchDaily
Call for entries: BAM! Berlin Art Museum of the architectural and urban heritage of Berlin: open to students and young graduates; cash prizes; earlybird registration (save money!): April 14; regular registration deadline: June 9 (submissions due June 20)- ArchMedium
Call for entries: 2018-2019 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century International Student Design Competition; no fee; cash prizes; open to students from ACSA member schools around the world
registration deadline: April 3 (submissions due May 22)- Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) / AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)
Call for entries: HOME: The Idea of Home: its universality, its deep idiosyncrasy, its protection; space should be 70 sq m (750 sq ft), on a flat, exisiting sitein any locale; (no fee); preliminary design deadline: March 15- Building Beauty/Sant'Anna Institute
Call for entries: Nominations for ArchDaily 2019 Building of the Year Awards in 15 categories; deadline: March 4- ArchDaily
Rowan Moore: "Is This Tomorrow?" Back to the future as architecture meets art: Whitechapel Gallery, London, revisits its groundbreaking 1950s exhibition ["This Is Tomorrow"], pairing architects with artists to present changing visions of what’s to come: ..it’s weird how the architecture of extreme wealth and extreme hedonism is typically wrapped in cool glass. This exhibit takes the wrappers off...The show avoids obvious messages, however true they might be: Trump Is Bad, say, or Data Capitalism Is Scary. thru May 12- Observer (UK)
Jason Sayer: Andrés Jaque, David Adjaye, and others paint a bleak vision of tomorrow in London: ...recalls the exhibition of 63 years ago. Instead of being laced with new ideas fuelled by the optimism..."Is This Tomorrow?" takes a more pessimistic view of what the future may be...Maybe the Whitechapel Gallery is showing its age - once young and full of hope, now it’s moaning about how bad everything is and how much worse it will get, and not doing it too eloquently either. The original, the emphatic, "This Is Tomorrow" endures more than half-a-century on; the pessimistic, Is This Tomorrow? might not last so long. Despite offering genuine moments of intrigue and asking tough questions, one leaves wishing it was 1956 again. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Lina Bo Bardi’s Relationship with Drawing Explored by the Fundació Joan Miró’s Exhibition: :"Lina Bo Bardi Drawing," the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of drawing in the life and work of the Italian-born Brazilian architect...bearing witness to the importance of drawing in all the stages of her multifaceted career...curated by architect Zeuler Rocha Lima. Barcelona, thru May 26- ArchDaily
Kyle MacMillan: Bauhaus centennial exhibit shines art movement’s light on world, Chicago: ...internationally touring show "The Whole World a Bauhaus"...will make its only American stop at the Elmhurst Art Museum....Because the museum’s campus incorporates a structure designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it has an important link to the celebrated school....show contains more than 400 selections. thru April 20 [images]- Chicago Sun-Times
Exhibition on Landscape Architect Dan Kiley Opens for Palm Springs Modernism Week: The traveling photography exhibit, "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley," showcases 45 photos of 27 projects by the renowned Modernist landscape architect. Palm Desert Center, thru April 19 -- Charles Birnbaum/The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Dan Howarth: California's Desert X returns with colourful and provocative installations: ...set against the arid landscape of California's Coachella Valley...include a huge orange block and a rainbow-like arch...Spread across the valley east of Los Angeles...offer moments of colour, pause and reflection in remote locations... thru April 21 [images]- Dezeen
David Brussat: Rich building, poor building: Before retiring the subject of Witold Rybczynski’s review of James Stevens Curl’s "Making Dystopia," let me return to the critic’s remarks about the failures of modern architecture. [link to Part 1 of review: The opinion of this book by America’s most celebrated architecture critic...is decidedly surprising...his review is mostly, and most importantly, about what "Making Dystopia" gets right.- Architecture Here and There
Anna Maria Tremonti: The dark side of Philip Johnson: how the famous architect helped the Nazis in WW II: Johnson has buildings in cities across Canada, U.S. - including Toronto's CBC Broadcasting Centre. Q&A with Mark Lamster, author of The Man in the Glass House": "I think he's, in some ways, very genuinely sorry for his foolish behaviour. But on the other hand opportunistic and cynical about it, which is sort of the two sides of the coin that Johnson always plays."- CBC (Canada)
Stephanie Stefanovic: "The Material City," edited and curated by Ron Ringer, is a deep-dive into urban density; a celebration of the Australian architects and designers whose work addresses this growing phenomenon in innovative and exemplary ways...This certainly is a hefty book. It looks and feels impressive...and over 530 pages of content...has a bit of everything; interesting case studies, thoughtful essays and building product recommendations. [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Owen Hopkins: A British preservationist considers: How do you keep a building alive? "Living Buildings: Architectural Conservation, Philosophy, Principles and Practice" by Donald Insall: Part manual, part theory of conservation, this book’s chief proposition is that buildings are not fixed or static entities but are “living” things...There are moments of the book that jar...But the underlying message remains fresh.- The Architect's Newspaper
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