Today’s News - Thursday, June 20, 2019
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A creative placemaking kind of day:
● Worth spending time with: "'For Whom, By Whom' - a series of articles about how creative placemaking can expand opportunities for low-income people living in disinvested communities."
● Cheers to the 7 "outstanding fellows" receiving the inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship "for their efforts to transform cities" (each will get $150,000 "to advance their work").
● Lebanese-Polish sisters of T Sakhi studio "create public spaces using Beirut's security infrastructure - two interventions provide places to sit down" in a city with "few attractive places where people can gather and enjoy spending time outdoors."
● Griffiths cheers Jasper Morrison curating a collection of designer benches for the inaugural Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale in Finland that "emphasizes the principles of diversity and sustainable development" ("an antidote to the endless design fairs," sayeth he).
● Meanwhile, the winning designs by young designers in the London Festival of Architecture's City Benches competition "brighten London's Cheapside" (we love the giant sleeping whippet!).
● Bucknell gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Ishigami's Serpentine Pavilion - "an undulating slate-clad mass held aloft by a forest of impossibly thin poles" - its "delicacy belies its structural muscle - equal parts breathtaking and frightening" (too bad compromises had to be made).
● The story behind Kuma's affinity with Yusuhara on the island of Shikoku that he's helped make "a secret destination for architecture buffs" - the "seeds" of the "recent development, imagined by arguably the world's most sought-after architect were planted long ago."
In other news:
● Pacheco reports that changes to Graves' Portland Building "have been so transformative as to effectively nullify the iconic postmodern tower's historical significance," and will likely be delisted from the state and National Register of Historic Places.
● Brussat parses Betsky's recent "bark at the Bauhaus" in Architect "that seems just a bit rough on the old school. Is that a twinge of jealousy I detect?"
● Sisson reprises the oral history of Gray's E.1027 - "the legendary modernist building, its reopening, and the controversy that remains to this day."
● Martyn Evans reminds us that Pride Month is "a reminder for us all to be a bit more humane. Thoughtless language and design can exclude people who are different - this is not just an issue for LGBT+ people."
● Speaking of Pride Month, brief profiles of "7 architects who raise the pride and design flag high" by "forwarding the cause of design" and "doing their bit for the LGBTQ community."
● One we couldn't resist: 12 images of what New York, London, and other major cities almost looked like (an airport atop the Thames River next to Parliament?!!?).
● A great reason to be in or head to L.A.: the 9th annual LA Design Festival, themed "Design with Purpose," celebrates the city's breadth and legacy in architecture, fashion, graphics, industrial design, and other disciplines.
● Lange luxuriates in nature at Raymond Jungles' "remix" of Burle Marx at the New York Botanical Garden's "Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx" - a "lush and dramatic pastiche" that inspires.
● At UPenn School of Design in Philly, "Design With Nature Now: Five Themes, 25 Projects" takes "as its point of departure Ian McHarg's landmark book 'Design With Nature'" (1969) that "surveys 25 dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape architecture around the world."
● Plensa's (stunning) nearly 25-foot-tall elongated head of a woman covering her eyes takes center stage at Rockefeller Center along with 13 international artists as part of the inaugural Frieze Sculpture.
● "Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey" at Hancock Shaker Village, MA, "captures the results of the Shakers' efforts in 10 large-scale watercolors," and "offers an opportunity to understand the Shakers' beautifully minimalist structures, furniture and domestic objects in an entirely new way."
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“For Whom, By Whom,” a series of articles about how creative placemaking can expand opportunities for low-income people living in disinvested communities...generously underwritten by the Kresge Foundation.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Seven outstanding fellows chosen for their efforts to transform cities as part of inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship: ...recognizes leaders, experts, and practitioners who have created or influenced great public spaces that strengthen community engagement and connection...will each receive $150,000 in recognition of their contributions and to advance their work. -- Anuj Gupta/Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia); Chelina Odbert/Kounkuey Design Initiative (Los Angeles); Eric Klinenberg/NYU/Rebuild by Design; Erin Salazar (San Jose); Kathryn Ott Lovell/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation; Robert Hammond/High Line; Walter Hood/Hood Design- Knight Foundation
T Sakhi creates public spaces using Beirut's security infrastructure: ...studio founded by Lebanese-Polish sisters Tessa and Tara Sakhi wanted to introduce changes to Beirut's urban topography that make its public spaces more engaging...two interventions, Lost in Translation and Holidays in the Sun, that both provide places to sit down...there are few attractive places where people can gather and enjoy spending time outdoors...The various security barriers are unsightly and have negative connotations, which T Sakhi aimed to reverse by giving them an alternative and more civic purpose.- Dezeen
Alyn Griffiths: Jasper Morrison curates collection of designer benches for 2019 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale [Finland]: ...has enlisted 18 designers...placing public benches along the banks of the Fiskars River...Social Seating...installed ahead of the event's inaugural edition...festival emphasises the principles of diversity and sustainable development...the biennale format offers an opportunity to explore the less commercial aspects of design..."an antidote to the endless design fairs and design weeks which have proliferated in recent years"...the bench also reflects the biennale's theme "coexistence." thru September 15- Dezeen
City Benches by young designers brighten London's Cheapside: A giant sleeping whippet and a bright red sundial are among the playful street furniture...the seats are the winning designs of the City Benches competition held by the London Festival of Architecture (LFA)...created in response to the theme..."Boundaries"... thru June 30 -- Anna Janiak; Astrain Studio Architects; Delve Architects/DragonSmoke Construction; Armor Gutiérrez Rivas/Atelier La Juntana; Sarah Emily Porter; James Trundle [images]- Dezeen
Alice Bucknell: Junya Ishigami’s Stone-Canopied Serpentine Pavilion: ...an airy space for contemplation, though the project was hampered by building regulations and the question of unpaid intern work: ...[he] has conjured an undulating slate-clad mass held aloft by a forest of impossibly thin poles...the nimble structure feels at once like a swooping wing and a solemn raincloud...[Its] delicacy belies its structural muscle...equal parts breathtaking and frightening...“design solutions,” while necessary to achieve planning permission, place a chokehold on his ideas of “free space”...and will complicate movement throughout the pavilion...raw creation exudes a sense of mute tranquility... -- AECOM [images]- Metropolis Magazine
This Japanese Town Has Become a Secret Destination for Architecture Buffs: Kengo Kuma is behind the rural town's revitalization: ...Yusuhara...on the island of Shikoku...the recent development, imagined by arguably the world’s most sought-after architect...the seeds of renewal were planted long ago...So what brought Kuma here? [He] first developed an affinity for Yusuhara during the 1990s...he became reacquainted with the traditional wood-and-thatch architecture...- Condé Nast Traveler
Antonio Pacheco: Portland Building is no longer historically significant: A new audit...presents an alarming view into the contentious renovations [of] the Michael Graves-designed building...changes...have been so transformative as to effectively nullify the iconic postmodern tower's historical significance...Preservationists and PoMo lovers have been up in arms...Portland will have to pursue local landmark status once the building is delisted from the National Register of Historic Places if it wants to preserve some sort of historical status... -- DLR Group- Archinect
David Brussat: Betsky barks at the Bauhaus: Amid the centennial of the Bauhaus compound...Aaron Betsky has written a piece for Architect that seems just a bit rough on the old school. Is that a twinge of jealousy I detect? ...[he] cannot resist comparing the Bauhaus to his Taliesin West. First, though, he erroneously locates their supposed roots in the arts and crafts movement - which...had nothing to do with modern architecture...Craft and its sensibility did not last long at the Bauhaus, and was jettisoned by Frank Lloyd Wright when he abandoned his Prairie Style for more modernistic design schemes.- Architecture Here and There
Patrick Sisson: A House is a machine for memory: Restoring Eileen Gray’s E.1027: The oral history of the legendary modernist building, its reopening, and the controversy that remains to this day: In 2015, Curbed spoke with...scholars, artists, and preservationists who were involved in either the...restoration...or related projects that chronicle Gray's life and career to get a better sense of what it took to reopen this legendary building, and how questions and controversy remain... -- Joseph Rykwert; Jennifer Goff; Zeev Aram; Mary McGuckian; Caroline Constant; Marco Antonio Orsini; Michael Likierman; Renaud Barres; Pierre-Antoine Gatier [images]- Curbed
Martyn Evans: Pride is a reminder for us all to be a bit more humane: Thoughtless language and design can exclude people who are different: ...30 years ago, I don’t think l’d have readily talked openly about being gay. I never wanted to hide it...but there is a world of difference between being out and feeling at home and comfortable in the everyday workplace...In so many work situations it’s much less about intention and more about naïve thoughtlessness...this is not just an issue for LGBT+ people... -- U+I: Regeneration Rethought- BD/Building Design (UK)
LGBTQ Community: 7 Architects who raise the pride and design flag high: In the spirit of the Pride Month, we decided to take a look at individuals from the field who are forwarding the cause of design and their community: ...they also believe in doing their bit for the LGBTQ community. -- Jane Greenwood/Kostow Greenwood Architects; Tom Guy/Guy Piper Architects; Gauthier Destenay/A3 Architecture; Nate Berkus; Ben Campkin/Bartlett School of Architecture; Jürgen Mayer H/J. Mayer H. Architect- Architectural Digest India
12 photos that show what New York, London, and other major cities almost looked like, based on old city designs: Cities all over the world feature breathtaking architecture and innovative designs, but skylines and city streets could have looked very different than they do today. -- Barratt London; NetCredit; George Ranalli; Calvin Pollard; Robert Moses; Marc L'Italien; Frank Lloyd Wright; Virgil Bogue [images]- Business Insider
A Golden Opportunity to See the Los Angeles Arts Community on Display: The 9th annual LA Design Festival ["Design with Purpose"] hailing the city’s legacy in architecture, fashion, graphics, industrial design, and other disciplines: L.A. has one of the most vibrant contemporary design scenes in the nation. The festival celebrates the breadth of this community. June 20-23- Hyperallergic
Alexandra Lange: Natural wonder: The exuberant career of the Brazilian designer brings the oft-overlooked field of landscape architecture to the foreground: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx” - the largest exhibition ever put on at the New York Botanical Garden, and the first to display an entire outdoor garden...Raymond Jungles was called in to create a Burle Marx remix...a lush and dramatic pastiche...it is impossible not to be inspired to make something, plant something, or paint something after getting a peek into the abundant aesthetic world of Burle Marx. thru September 29 [images]- Curbed
"Design With Nature Now: Five Themes, 25 Projects": Taking as its point of departure Ian McHarg's landmark book Design With Nature (1969), [the show] surveys 25 dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape architecture around the world...and traces the development of his ecological approach to design. Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, June 21–September 15- University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Giant Head Sculpture Takes Over Rockefeller Center for Frieze New York: Jaume Plensa is one of 14 international artists displaying their work in the historic New York plaza as part of the inaugural Frieze Sculpture...stunning contribution, "Behind the Walls," is a nearly 25-foot-tall elongated head of a woman covering her eyes. thru June 28 [images]- My Modern Met
"Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey": ...captures the results of the Shakers’ efforts in 10 large-scale watercolors...exhibition offers an opportunity to understand the Shakers’ beautifully minimalist structures, furniture and domestic objects in an entirely new way...“When I’m looking at [Shaker] architecture, essentially I’m looking at light itself,” said Prey. Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock, MA, thru November 11- Hancock Shaker Village
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