Today’s News - Thursday, June 6, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies - as we feared, while in road-warrior mode those pesky tech gods kept us from posting yesterday. In the meantime, tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 11.
● ANN feature: Bouras talks to Betsky re: experiment and experience at Taliesin - and beyond: Architecture, according to Betsky, is everything that is about building or buildings: how we design, represent, and discuss them, what they mean, and how they act in our society.
● Betsky, meanwhile, pays eloquent tribute to Stanley Tigerman, "an underappreciated modern master. It could be tempting not to take him seriously. He was a showman, an impish questioner of all received truths and pompous personalities. I soon learned not to be deceived."
● McGuigan & Stephens say farewell to Tigerman, "the revered and irreverent unofficial chief of Chicago architects" with tributes by Stern & Eisenman.
● Morey, executive director & chief curator at L.A.'s a+d museum, brings us a selection of videos of Tigerman lectures going back to 1977 that "look back at the words, images and, thoughts that provided him with the inspiration and motivations for his approach to the discipline."
● "Does the Bauhaus Still Matter?" - Arch Record's fab special section with features by Kentgens-Craig, Stephens, McGuigan, Ronan, Bernstein, and Wainwright (spend some time here!).
● A round-up of "11 mega-developments that will transform Chicago: Go big or go home."
● The American Repertory Theater taps Haworth Tompkins to design its new theater on Harvard's Allston campus, the British firm's first building in the U.S. (no pix - yet).
● Frederic Church's Olana, in Hudson, NY, is offering "untraditional guided tours" led by architects that "explore how architecture, design, and the natural world at Olana resonates with themes that remain relevant in today's cultural landscape."
● Ciampaglia is impressed with the "compelling and contemplative film 'The Proposal' - an atypical architecture documentary" about Barragán by Magid (the conceptual artist who turned a bit of his cremated remains into a diamond) that grapples "with his legacy and who controls it [Vitra] rather than tracking the sweep of his career."
● One we couldn't resist: A look at proposals by Zeckendorf, Pollard, Johnson & Burgee, Ranalli, and George "that would have changed the face of New York City."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Johannes Knoops parses the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019: "Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà" - an architecture of hushed narratives.
TWA Hotel at JFK takes flight - our newest NYC must see!
● Jacobs "booked a room and came away conflicted": "I'm thrilled Saarinen's TWA Flight Center was preserved and restored, and is once again full of life. Yet I remain wary of the nostalgia it conjures - a bittersweet fantasy, a congenial spot for happily ever after."
● Davidson: "Sure, it whitewashes the past some. But can you imagine a better place to have a drink - it's thrilling to see Saarinen's cathedral of flight reopen - looking as pale and bright and smooth as it did 57 years ago."
● Feinstein: The TWA Hotel "pays homage to Saarinen's original vision for the 1962 TWA Flight Center," and is "already the season's buzziest destination."
● Bernstein: Saarinen's "bird-like" TWA Flight Center, "restored and repurposed, often with ingenuity and wit," is now "a spectacular lobby for the new hotel."
● Franklin cheers the new hotel, "a 7-story split structure that humbly perches behind Saarinen's Jet Age-landmark - every detail" of the Flight Center's restoration "was executed with the utmost historic integrity."
● Moonan parses "3 books on Weimar, Dessau, and beyond - one reads as if it were a contemporaneous account," another is a "key primary source for scholars - the Bauhaus journals in English."
● Hardy cheers Conte & Perego's "Soviet Asia: Soviet Modernist Architecture in Central Asia" that "wants to puncture the idea that there is a single, monolithic Soviet architectural style. Slowly but surely, the USSR's architectural legacy is disappearing. What's left, they say, is worth fighting for."
● Rybczynski offers a fascinating excerpt from "Charleston Fancy: Little Houses & Big Dreams in the Holy City" re: how "this small, poor, provincial southern city became a magnet for architecture lovers."
● Walker offers an excerpt from "The Art of Noticing: Rediscover What Really Matters to You" - "5 ways to experience a city differently" (including "Get there the hard way; Read the plaque; Follow the quiet").
● Welton x 2: He cheers Zukowsky & Polley's "Architecture Inside-Out" that "examines 50 of the great buildings on this planet - a perfect introduction for how buildings work, with anecdotal prose and excellent drawings."
● He's thrilled with "McKim, Mead & White: Selected Works 1879 to 1915" - "a gem of a book" that combines "the definitive four-volume monograph" into one book - it's "nothing short of your basic spectacular."
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ANN feature: Effie Bouras: Aaron Betsky: Experiment and Experience at Taliesin - and Beyond: Architecture, according to Betsky, is everything that is about building or buildings: how we design, represent, and discuss them, what they mean, and how they act in our society.- ArchNewsNow.com
Aaron Betsky: An Underappreciated Modern Master: He recounts the ways that Stanley Tigerman was a truly great architect: It could be tempting not to take him seriously. He was a showman, an impish questioner of all received truths and pompous personalities. His favorite mode was sarcasm delivered with a twinkle in his eye (a cliché that suited him like no one else). I soon learned not to be deceived...For all those who have missed the beauty and importance of his work...I would say, look again... -- Margaret McCurry; Archeworks- Architect Magazine
Obituary by Cathleen McGuigan & Suzanne Stephens: Farewell, Mr. Chicago: Stanley Tigerman, 1930-2019: ...the revered and irreverent unofficial chief of Chicago architects...His personality was embedded in his architecture - much of it playful and much of it reflecting his deep humanism... -- Tigerman McCurry Architects; Archeworks; Eva Maddox; Robert A.M. Stern; Peter Eisenman- Architectural Record
Obituary by Anthony George Morey: Looking Back at the Words of Stanley Tigerman, the Man who Shaped Chicago Architecture: ...had one of the most prolific impacts on a wide variety of architectural and cultural platforms of his generation...we take the time to look back at the words, images and, thoughts that provided him with the inspiration and motivations for his approach to the discipline. [videos]- Archinect
Does the Bauhaus Still Matter? A Special Section Celebrating the Bauhaus Centennial: Margret Kentgens-Craig: "The Bauhaus Centennial: Origin Story"; Suzanne Stephens: "Talking About the Bauhaus: Rosemarie Haag Bletter, Barry Bergdoll, and Mary McLeod"; Stephens & Cathleen McGuigan: "Women of the Bauhaus: Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Catherine Bauer Wurster, and Aline Saarinen"; John Ronan: "The Next Bauhaus"; Fred A. Bernstein: :Architects Reflect on the Bauhaus at 100" (Claire Weisz/WXY; Juergen Riehm; Meijin Yoon; Helmut Jahn; Robert A.M. Stern; Will Bruder; Tom Kundig; Deborah Berke; Craig Hodgetts); Oliver Wainwright: "Bauhaus Museum by Heike Hanada"; Haus Party: Events Celebrating the Bauhaus- Architectural Record
11 megadevelopments that will transform Chicago: Go big or go home: ...bold plays to turn long-vacant brownfield sites, obsolete industrial corridors, and underutilized historic buildings into megadevelopments. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Perkins+Will; Pelli Clarke Pelli; Jeanne Gang; bKL Architecture; Gensler; Goettsch Partners; Antunovich Architects; Brook Architecture; Nia Architects; Terry Guen Design Associates; Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects- Curbed Chicago
ART hires renowned British architectural firm to design Allston theater: The American Repertory Theater has hired Haworth Tompkins to design the theater it’s planning on Harvard University’s Allston campus...will be its first building in the United States...will collaborate with Boston-based ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge [and] theater consultancy Charcoalblue.- Boston Globe
Architects on Olana Tours: ...untraditional guided tour series will explore how architecture, design, and the natural world at Olana resonates with themes that remain relevant in today’s cultural landscape... join some of the world’s leading architects for a tour of the Main House at Olana and see Frederic Church’s construction and design from the architect’s perspective. -- Barry Bergdoll- HudsonValley360
Dante A. Ciampaglia: A New Film Probes the Legacy of Luis Barragán: Jill Magid’s compelling and contemplative film "The Proposal"...is an atypical architecture documentary...Barragán haunts every frame, but this is more a document of Magid grappling with his legacy and who controls it rather than tracking the sweep of his career...[film] argues that the more perverse bargain is a society’s acceptance of a corporation’s control of an artist’s legacy...might be the only kind of film about Barragán that can be made right now, given Vitra’s IP control.- Architectural Record
A totem in Times Square: New York as it might have looked - in pictures: From an airport in Midtown stretching 144 blocks to a neoclassical civic centre entirely covering Roosevelt Island, here are some proposals that would have changed the face of New York City. -- William Zeckendorf; Calvin Pollard; Philip Johnson John Burgee; George Ranalli; Thomas J George [images]- Guardian Cities (UK)
Karrie Jacobs: The Seductive Fantasy of Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal: ...long-vacant Flight Center...reborn as part of a new hotel. [She] booked a room and came away conflicted: The revival...is clearly an attempt to monetize the joie de vivre of the early jet age...mid-20th-century nostalgia informed by 21st-century Instagram-driven placemaking...represents an appealingly exotic vision of the past...can also be read as a monument to blissful ignorance...The old terminal now looks conspicuously new...I’m thrilled [it] was preserved and restored, and is once again full of life...Yet I remain wary of the nostalgia [it] conjures...built for a past that only barely existed and for a future that didn’t want it...a bittersweet fantasy, a congenial spot for happily ever after: Saarinen’s very own Camelot. -- Richard Southwick/Beyer Blinder Belle; Lubrano Ciavarra Architects; Stonehill Taylor- Architect Magazine
Justin Davidson: TWA Takes Flight Again, Without Leaving the Ground: Sure, it whitewashes the past some. But can you imagine a better place to have a drink when your flight is delayed? For years, Eero Saarinen’s propeller-age TWA Flight Center sat forlornly at JFK like a pinioned bird, vacant, shabby, and useless...So it’s thrilling to see Saarinen’s cathedral of flight reopen as the lobby of MCR’s $265 million TWA Hotel, looking as pale and bright and smooth as it did 57 years ago...Maybe mid-century retro chic is really just a design lover’s version of MAGA.- New York Magazine
Laura Feinstein: The TWA Hotel’s Interiors Aim to Recapture Midcentury Glam: The newly unveiled hotel pays homage to Eero Saarinen’s original vision for the 1962 TWA Flight Center while providing plenty of enticing food, drink, and relaxation options: ...already the season’s buzziest destination...a midcentury Modern time capsule...a chance for everyone - from weary travelers to design buffs - to immerse themselves in the golden age of aviation. -- Beyer Blinder Belle; Stonehill Taylor; Lubrano Ciavarra Architects; Pentagram; INC Architecture & Design- Metropolis Magazine
Fred A. Bernstein: TWA Hotel at JFK Gives New Life to Eero Saarinen’s Flight Center: Completed in 1962 and abandoned in 2001, Eero Saarinen’s bird-like building...now serves as a spectacular lobby for the new hotel: ...received the blessings of some 14 preservation groups [and] the Finnish ambassador to the U.S...restored and repurposed, often with ingenuity and wit. -- Beyer Blinder Belle; INC Architecture & Design; Lubrano Ciavarra Architects; Stonehill & Taylor- Architectural Record
Sydney Franklin: Flying High Again: The new hotel is a 7-story split structure that humbly perches behind Eero Saarinen’s Jet Age-landmark, the TWA Flight Center...revered terminal [reopens] as the hotel’s lobby and reception after being closed to the public for over 18 years...every detail...was executed with the utmost historic integrity thanks to...Richard Southwick, who’s worked on the site for 25 years. -- Lubrano Ciavarra Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle; Stonehill Taylor; INC Architecture & Design; Thomas Juul-Hansen; Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects- AN Interior (The Architect’s Newspaper)
Wendy Moonan: Three Books on Weimar, Dessau, and Beyond: "The Spirit of the Bauhaus, translated from the French catalogue L’Esprit du Bauhaus" by Ruth Sharman reads as if it were a contemporaneous account; "Bauhaus Journal 1926–1931, facsimile edition": A key primary source for scholars, this is the first publication of the Bauhaus journals in English; "Bauhausbücher 1, 2, 5, and 8"- Architectural Record
Michael Hardy: Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture: Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego...new book "Soviet Asia: Soviet Modernist Architecture in Central Asia"...[they] want to puncture the idea that there is a single, monolithic Soviet architectural style...In some cases, the photographers arrived to photograph a building only to find that it had already been demolished...Slowly but surely, the USSR's architectural legacy is disappearing. What's left, they say, is worth fighting for. [images]- Wired
Witold Rybczynski: How Charleston Became a Magnet for Architecture Lovers: Somehow this small, poor, provincial southern city became a must-see for tourists all over the world: There was the dance craze, of course. The Charleston was the popular dance of the 1920s...How did [the] city become a pioneer in historic preservation? ...old-line Charleston elites resisted change, and modernization largely bypassed the poor city. This had the effect of preserving the streets and buildings...the nostalgic aesthetic provided the foundation for the economic revival of the city as a major destination... [excerpt from "Charleston Fancy: Little Houses & Big Dreams in the Holy City"]- The Daily Beast
Rob Walker: The art of noticing: five ways to experience a city differently: When you learn to recognise the beauty in ruins and weeds, you’re really getting somewhere: Real engagement with your environment also means noticing things that are not necessarily charming at all: Look for ghosts and ruins; Get there the hard way; Eat somewhere dubious; Read the plaque; Follow the quiet [from "The Art of Noticing: Rediscover What Really Matters to You"]- Guardian Cities (UK)
J. Michael Welton: An Inside-Out Look at Architecture: What better way to understand a structure than to look at it through isometric drawings? That’s the thinking behind "Architecture Inside-Out" by John Zukowsky and Robby Polley...to examine 50 of the great buildings on this planet...A perfect introduction for how buildings work, with anecdotal prose and excellent drawings...- Architects and Artisans
J. Michael Welton: McKim, Mead & White: The Monograph: ...a gem of a book that started as a gift...Scott Hartman made a donation to Princeton Architectural Press...the definitive four-volume monograph...new book...combines all four volumes...nothing short of your basic spectacular..."McKim, Mead & White: Selected Works 1879 to 1915" -- Hartman-Cox Architects; Charles Follen McKim; William Rutherford Mead; Stanford White; Richard Guy Wilson; Leland Roth- Architects and Artisans
ANN feature: Johannes M.P. Knoops: Martin Puryear ... artist, sculptor, and possibly architect? The U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019: "Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà" - an architecture of hushed narratives.- ArchNewsNow.com
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