Today’s News - Thursday, May 23, 2019
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● ANN feature: Susanne Angarano: Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers: Design strategies that are driven by an understanding of place, community, and full intentionality can achieve abundance.
● Davidson takes an eloquent dive into "the evolving cultural density of Grand Avenue" and how, 16 years later, the "ebullient building" that is Gehry's Disney Hall "is still spinning off energy, and the neighborhood around it is still being born."
● Before reviewing performances, Ross parses The Shed, and whether it can "inject culture into Hudson Yards," where the "buildings resemble skyscrapers that have been expelled from other cities and deposited here, their mismatched angles gesturing in an aesthetic void" - HY "has a prematurely dated air, like one of yesterday's forgotten tomorrows."
● On a brighter note, JPW Architects' Parramatta Square 6 & 8, Western Sydney's largest commercial development, gets underway.
● Montague reports on the growing concern about the future of Lester Collins's 1981 Hirshhorn Museum garden as the museum taps Sugimoto to redesign it with a large performance space in the center.
● O'Sullivan, on a brighter note, cheers plans to create Paris's largest gardens, by Gustafson Porter + Bowman, around the Eiffel Tower "that will create an unbroken spine of greenery a mile long across the city."
● Stinson parses "the refreshingly simple and deceptively complex architecture of SO-IL" that "revels in playful material conceits that leave no two projects looking quite of a type."
● Court documents "reveal warring executors agreed to rebrand" ZHA practice - but disagree on motive - Schumacher accepts that he consented to drop the name "Zaha Hadid" from the practice" (no mention of any potential new names).
● Baker checks out how "museums are making the most of" the Bauhaus' 100th anniversary: "By highlighting the design school's function of teaching and learning, institutions like Harvard and new designers like Addenda Architects might just propel Bauhaus' importance into the next century."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Bernstein's beautiful obit of Pei, who "was as urbane as his best buildings: "If there's one thing I know I didn't do wrong, it's the Louvre."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Weinstein's review of "Buildings and Almost Buildings - nARCHITECTS" by Bunge and Hoang that "wryly showcases their journey to create 'almost buildings.'"
More praise for Pei:
● Manfredi considers Pei "a master who used the symbolism of form to tell stories and communicate ideas. Because he made harmony within conflicting domains of artistic discipline, public narrative, and human empathy, he created the greatest portfolio of buildings of the late 20th century" (with "never a line or curve wasted").
● Tributes to Pei by Rob Rogers, Trussell Porter, Suckle, Gorlin; O'Herlihy, Speaks, Heintges, and Ogawa. "His belief that architecture can enrich human life at every scale was profound."
● Diane Sawyer's 60 Minutes interview with Pei in 1987, "while he was building the addition to the Louvre" - when asked "how he thought the French would react to his audacious design, he said, 'I was sure that I would be kicked out of town.'"
● Art historian Allen finds Lamster's "The Man in the Glass House" to be "an absorbing new biography - there's quite a bit of devil in all those details"; Lamster balances it all "with a flair Johnson might very well admire" ("he was barely competent and always had serious backup help").
● Lamster, meanwhile, cheers "The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture" - "a welcome reminder of his intelligence and flair for the mot juste. He was tough when the city failed to meet his standard, but generous and insightful when it did."
● Newhouse hails Hines's "Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 1951-1986," a "meticulously researched account" of how he gave the MoMA's A&D department "a new purposeful cohesiveness. Drexler's career is a tale of triumph and tragedy."
● Pedersen's great Q&A with Goldberger re: "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City": His "premise is a good one: Ballparks do parallel trends in American urbanism" ("If Hudson Yards had only had a baseball stadium, it would have been much better," sayeth PG).
● A great Q&A with Locktov re: "the mesmerizing 'Dream of Venice' books, the city, and the responsibility of creators in the age of overtourism," and "refusing to present Venice as a fleeting bucket-list destination."
● Marshall cheers how photographer Greenberg revives "the lost urban art of looking closely" in "Codex New York: Typologies of the City" that "takes a close, almost forensic look at New York City. It's about the street equivalent of water towers - things that visitors and residents have walked past, oblivious, until someone said, 'Look!'"
● Italian photographers Conte and Perego's "Soviet Asia" captures "the largely unknown modernist buildings that shaped the area's urban development between 1955 and 1991," which they hope "will expose the architectural realities of a less-explored side of Soviet Modernism."
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ANN feature: Susanne Angarano: Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers: Design strategies that are driven by an understanding of place, community, and full intentionality can achieve abundance.- ArchNewsNow.com
Justin Davidson: How Disney Hall has transformed a downtown L.A. neighborhood and the city beyond: LAT invited [him]...to cast his eye on the evolving cultural density of Grand Avenue: 16 years after Frank Gehry’s marvel opened...[it] is still spinning off energy, and the neighborhood around it is still being born...incorporates the landscape that Gehry’s predecessors on Bunker Hill resented. -- Welton Becket; Arthur Erickson; Rafael Moneo; Arata Isozaki; Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer; Yasuhisa Toyota; Diller Scofidio + Renfro- Los Angeles Times
Alex Ross: The Shed Attempts to Inject Culture Into Hudson Yards: How will the new arts venue consort with the capitalist behemoth surrounding it? The main buildings resemble skyscrapers that have been expelled from other cities and deposited here, their mismatched angles gesturing in an aesthetic void...has a prematurely dated air, like one of yesterday’s forgotten tomorrows. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Rockwell Group- New Yorker
Parramatta Square 6 & 8 Under Construction: Western Sydney’s largest commercial development...formally known as the residential Aspire Tower & then later announced as a commercial skytower...the largest CBD commercial office building in Australia by Gross Floor Area, even exceeding the Barangaroo International Tower in the Sydney CBD. -- Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW Architects) [images]- Build Sydney (Australia)
Zach Montague: A Hirshhorn Museum Garden Redesign Looks Forward. Others Look Back: Some fear that the landscape architect Lester Collins’s modernist vision from 1981 will be lost: ...the garden has become the subject of intense interest among aficionados of landscape architecture and Washington history...The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)...designated the garden as an at-risk landscape as part of its Landslide program...As conceived, the plan would add a large performance space in the center of the garden...But the degree to which this would diminish Collins’s imprint is not yet clear. -- Gordon Bunshaft; Charles Birnbaum; Hiroshi Sugimoto- New York Times
Feargus O'Sullivan: Paris Will Create the City's Largest Gardens Around the Eiffel Tower: The most famous space in the city is set to get a pedestrian-friendly redesign that will create the city’s largest garden by 2024: ...Gustafson Porter + Bowman had been selected from 43 applicants...turned into a pedestrianized garden, stringing together a set of two new public squares and restored parkland that will create an unbroken spine of greenery a mile long across the city.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Liz Stinson: The Refreshingly Simple and Deceptively Complex Architecture of SO-IL: [Its] buildings skew modern and clean-lined, but they revel in playful material conceits that leave no two projects looking quite of a type: There comes a time in an architect’s career when he or she crosses the boundary separating “emerging” and established...“I think we can ‘emerge’ until we’re 60"...From the outset, they approached their work with a curator’s mindset...“We’re very attracted to projects with a public component and to clients who want to think about the future.” -- Florian Idenburg; Jing Liu; Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); Bohlin Cywinski Jackson [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Plan to drop Zaha Hadid's name revealed in court papers: Documents reveal warring executors agreed to rebrand practice - but disagree on motive: ...Patrik Schumacher accepts that he consented to drop the name “Zaha Hadid” from the practice...court papers do not mention potential future names for ZHA - but Companies House lists Schumacher as a director of Studio 9 Employee Trust Ltd...Brian Clarke, Lord Palumbo and Rana Hadid deny “unjustifiable hostility” and “personal animus” towards Schumacher...denies supporting the change of name so that he could trade under his own name.- Building (UK)
Sam Baker: Bauhaus' 100th Anniversary Opens Museum Doors: A plethora of books and exhibits are capitalizing on [its] legacy...From shows about female Bauhaus students to architecture, design and education in the Netherlands...to numerous other exhibits...museums are making the most of the school's anniversary...Bauhaus Museum [in Weimar]...was designed with the city's past "ambivalent relationship" to Bauhaus in mind...Another museum in...Dessau, Germany is set to open in September...By highlighting the design school's function of teaching and learning, institutions like Harvard and new designers like Addenda Architects might just propel Bauhaus' importance into the next century. -- Heike Hanada- Forbes
David P. Manfredi: How I.M. Pei mastered the big idea: Nowhere is Pei’s architectural legerdemain on greater display than in Boston, which he helped transform from a rundown city into an innovation center Boston and beyond: ... a master who used the symbolism of form to tell stories and communicate ideas...There is never a line or curve wasted...unafraid to break the rules...an unashamed modernist...Because [he] made harmony within conflicting domains of artistic discipline, public narrative, and human empathy, he created the greatest portfolio of buildings of the late 20th century... -- Elkus Manfredi Architects- Fast Company
Architects Pay Tribute to I.M. Pei: "His belief that architecture can enrich human life at every scale was profound." -- Rob Rogers/Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers; Lo-Yi Chan; Ted Trussell Porter/Ted Porter Architecture; Abby Suckle; Alexander Gorlin; Lorcan O’Herlihy; Michael Speaks/Syracuse University; Robert Heintges; Kathy Ogawa/Ogawa/Depardon Architects- Architectural Record
The 60 Minutes Interview: I.M. Pei: ...in 1987, while he was building the addition to the Louvre...Diane Sawyer asked him how he thought the French would react to his audacious design. Pei said, "I was sure that I would be kicked out of town."- CBS News 60 Minutes
Brian T. Allen: Sparks of Genius: "The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century": Mark Lamster has written an absorbing new biography of the architect and tastemaker...there’s quite a bit of devil in all those details...Technically, he was barely competent and always had serious backup help. He was a master of seeing the big picture. Lamster balances that big picture, the small touches, and much in between with a flair Johnson might very well admire.- National Review
Mark Lamster: Architecture critic David Dillon pilloried McMansions; we take on its successor, the 'Uptown Special': ...a new collection of Dillon's writing, "The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture," is a welcome reminder of his intelligence and flair for the mot juste...admirably assembled and introduced by Kathryn Holliday...[He] was tough when the city failed to meet his standard, but generous and insightful when it did.- Dallas Morning News
Victoria Newhouse: "Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 1951-1986" by Thomas S. Hines: This meticulously researched account relates how...the curator and director...gave the influential Architecture and Design department of New York’s MoMA “a new purposeful cohesiveness.” More compelling is Hines’s behind-the-scenes revelations of the pitfalls of insider museum politics...Drexler’s career is a tale of triumph and tragedy.- Architectural Record
Martin C. Pedersen: Q&A with Paul Goldberger on "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City": ...looks at a particularly American building type as a lens for looking at the broader culture of cities. [His] premise is a good one: Ballparks do parallel, to a remarkable degree, trends in American urbanism...Q&A re: a whole slew of magical ballparks, both living and long gone..."If Hudson Yards had only had a baseball stadium, it would have been much better."- Common Edge
Dream of Venice in Black and White: A Q&A with Publisher JoAnn Locktov: How do you show your love for a city that’s already being loved to death? Refusing to present Venice as a fleeting bucket-list destination, the mesmerizing “Dream of Venice” books capture the spirit of the city...[She] talks about the books, the city, and the responsibility of creators in the age of overtourism.- Passion Passport
Alex Marshall: Believing Is Seeing: The Lost Urban Art of Looking Closely: "Codex New York: Typologies of the City" by photographer Stanley Greenberg [introduction by Karrie Jacobs] takes a close, almost forensic look at New York City: What I came to understand was that I was seeing inside [his] mind, and that is what made the photos interesting...It’s about the street equivalent of water towers, things that ...visitors and residents have walked past, oblivious, until someone said, “Look!”- Common Edge
Marianna Cerini: Soviet Modernism: Exploring Central Asia's ornate architectural style: Most of these constructions display...a different take on the standard socialist architecture of the former eastern bloc..."Soviet Asia," is setting to document...Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego captured the largely unknown modernist buildings that shaped the area's urban development between 1955 and 1991...[They] hope their book will expose the architectural realities of a less-explored side of Soviet Modernism. -- Alessandro De Magistris [images]- CNN Style
ANN feature: Obituary by Fred A. Bernstein: I.M. Pei, 1917 - 2019: Pei was as urbane as his best buildings: ...designed scores of widely admired - and a few not-so-widely admired - buildings during his 70-year career...“If there’s one thing I know I didn’t do wrong, it’s the Louvre.”- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Book Review on the Day of a Book Launch Party for nARCHITECTS: "Buildings and Almost Buildings - nARCHITECTS" by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang wryly showcases their journey to create "almost buildings."- ArchNewsNow.com
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