Today’s News - Wednesday, June 26, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday (stuff happens).
● Bliss parses Sidewalk Labs' 1,524-page proposal for its "high-tech urban utopia" in Toronto, "the controversial Quayside waterfront development - and it's a lot bigger - the potential for scope creep may be an even bigger sticking point."
● Pacheco parses "some of the key design features for the building-focused portions of the Quayside proposal" by Snøhetta, Michael Green Architecture, and Heatherwick Studio.
● Meanwhile, China has big plans for a "green-tech megalopolis" linking Beijing and nine other cities with a "master plan to develop the Pearl River Delta into a sustainable innovation hub that also conserves its ecology" (and testing "sponge cities").
● Adam Rogers cheers NYC's "aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws" (a cap-and-trade - sort of) - it's not exactly Soleri's arcology, but it "does treat the buildings a little bit like one - buildings are already engineering marvels; surely they can get even more marvelous."
● Pacheco takes a deep dive into L.A.'s "most transformative urban vision in a generation" on its way to the 2028 Olympics "that will make use of existing or already planned facilities" with the "expectation that L.A. will at least break even on hosting the games" (as it did in 1984).
● Speaking of the Olympics, eyefuls of 3XN & IttenBrechbühl's International Olympic Committee's HQ in Lausanne - "the most sustainable in the world, the architects say."
● Wainwright x 2: He cheers new council housing: "It's back, it's booming - and this time it's beautiful - we may be inching towards a time when public housing is no longer an endangered species but a source of well-designed, high quality homes to be proud of."
● On a lighter note, he's quite taken with the "glamorous" and "risqué" Standard Hotel on London's Euston Road: "America's raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British office block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad. Groovy baby!"
● Fazzare tells the tale of how Foster ended up designing a boathouse for nonprofit Row New York on the Harlem River - "thanks to a fortuitous email chain, and a shared love for crew" (and Bade Stageberg Cox as local partner).
● Byrnes cheers ICON's "clever design updates" to Rudolph's Brutalist Hurley Plaza in Boston that "bring the plaza's most dangerous spaces up to code" and "keep the spirit of Boston's heroic concrete architecture alive, despite its flaws."
● Call for entries: Eco Park Contest (international): propose a new concept for a green recreational area in Venice, Italy (cash prize, no fee!).
● ArchDaily / Strelka Award 2019 to celebrate emerging architects and new ideas that transform the contemporary city.
● Call for entries: Mockett's 34th Annual Design Competition for innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware (cash + royalties; no fee!).
● The Australian Institute of Architects 2019 Gold Medal goes to Santa Monica-based Australian expatriates Koning and Eizenberg + All the 2019 National Prizes.
● Finalists named in the Radical Innovation competition for 2019's most innovative hotel concepts.
● Eyefuls of the Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design / AHEAD Americas 2019 winners.
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Laura Bliss: A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City: Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development - and it’s a lot bigger: After more than a year and a half of controversial public engagement in Toronto, the 1,524-page proposal details numerous facets of a high-tech urban utopia...Some major elements of the project have shifted over time, and so have the targets of the project’s detractors...the potential for scope creep may be an even bigger sticking point...Now it is up to Waterfront Toronto... -- Dan Doctoroff- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Antonio Pacheco: Mass timber and high-tech meet in Sidewalk Labs' vision for Toronto: Snøhetta, Michael Green Architecture, and Heatherwick Studio have unveiled a controversial $1.3 billion plan to reprogram a portion of Toronto's industrial waterfront into a new smart city prototype...Here’s a breakdown of some of the key design features for the building-focused portions of the proposal. [images]- Archinect
With drones, AI and e-vehicles, China crafts green-tech megalopolis: Beijing fosters links between nine cities in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau to forge the world's biggest urban area offering 70 million people a smart, low-carbon lifestyle: ...master plan to develop the Pearl River Delta into a sustainable innovation hub...blueprint is centred on developing the delta in a high-tech way that also conserves its ecology...Cisco is building a "model smart city" in Guangzhou's Panyu district...the delta is testing "sponge cities"...- Place / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Adam Rogers: Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet: When New York City passed an aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws in April, the buzz was, rightly, about the ambition of America’s biggest city putting a lid on its climate-changing ways...the most interesting part...isn’t the cap. It’s the trade - or, rather, the potential for it...skyscrapers will be the entities doing the trading, among themselves...Maybe it’s not exactly an arcology, Paolo Soleri’s notion of a dense megacity built into a single precision-built complex. Not yet. But this...policy does treat the buildings a little bit like one...buildings are already engineering marvels; surely they can get even more marvelous.- Wired
Antonio Pacheco: Before the 2028 Olympics, L.A. embarks on its most transformative urban vision in a generation: ...billed [as] a no-frills affair that will make use of existing or already planned facilities...a symbolic capstone for a variety of ongoing urban and regional metamorphoses...L.A. 2028 will not be possible without the completion of several key initiatives...ongoing expansion of [the county’s] mass transportation network and the planned expansion and renovation of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)...expectation that L.A. will at least break even on hosting the games. -- Jon Jerde; Deborah Sussman/Paul Prejza/Sussman/Prejza; HED (Harley Ellis Devereaux); HKS Architects; AECOM; Gensler; Corgan- The Architect's Newspaper
The Olympics' new Swiss HQ is both eco-friendly and symbolic: ...in Lausanne...the most sustainable in the world, the architects say...over 95% of the materials from the buildings being replaced were reused or recycled, and the building scores highly against three major sustainability certifications...Reflecting the legacy of the Olympics, the building was designed to convey a sense of movement...staircases are inspired by the five Olympic rings... -- 3XN Architects; IttenBrechbühl [images]- CNN Style
Oliver Wainwright: Council housing: it's back, it's booming - and this time it's beautiful: Tiled stairwells, lush balconies, curvy roofs and coloured bricks - after a four-decade hiatus, council housing is sweeping Britain, with quality and design now a priority: ...the commercially-led nature of some of the plans has raised eyebrows...[but] we may be inching towards a time when public housing is no longer an endangered species but a source of well-designed, high quality homes to be proud of. -- Matthew Lloyd Architects; David Chipperfield; Sydney Cook; Neave Brown; Benson and Forsyth; PRP architects; Peter Barber; Hawkins Brown; Mae architects- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Take me to the Boom Boom Room! Inside the risqué hotel for 24-hour party people: America’s raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British office block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad complete with...leftie library - and rooftop baths. Groovy baby! Maligned for years as the concrete “egg box” of Euston Road, the old council headquarters have been reborn as the glamorous Standard Hotel...where other hotels put the Gideon Bible, here you’ll find condoms and ibuprofen...the vision to reuse such a massive concrete edifice should be applauded. -- Shawn Hausman Design; Orms architects; Archer Humphryes Architects- Guardian (UK)
Elizabeth Fazzare: Norman Foster Is Designing a Rowing Boathouse for a Non-Profit on the Harlem River: The structure by the starchitect for nonprofit Row New York will unite sport and academic functions under the same roof for the first time: ...thanks to a fortuitous email chain, and a shared love for crew...a 16,000-square-foot riverside facility...will sit at the shoreline in Sherman Creek Park... -- Foster + Partners; Bade Stageberg Cox; Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects [images]- Architectural Digest
Mark Byrnes: Can This Flawed Brutalist Plaza in Boston Be Fixed? The chain-link fences are finally down at long-closed Government Services Center, thanks to some clever design updates: ...[Hurley Plaza] design changes have been made not only for safety, but to keep the spirit of Boston’s heroic concrete architecture alive, despite its flaws...clever interventions that play off Paul Rudolph’s trademark corduroy-concrete facade treatments, in an effort to bring the plaza’s most dangerous spaces up to code...what should be done with the intensely dramatic, expressive spaces inside is unclear. -- M.A. Dyer; Desmond & Lord; Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott (1970s); Stephen Moore/ICON Architecture [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Call for entries: Eco Park Contest (international): propose a new concept for a green recreational area in Venice, Italy; no fee; cash prize; deadline: September 9- Desall.com: MetaFin
ArchDaily / Strelka Award 2019: to celebrate emerging architects and new ideas that transform the contemporary city...will emphasize projects that bring about positive change and deal with acute urban challenges (projects must be in specific countries); deadline: July 10 [via e-flux]- ArchDaily / Strelka KB / Strelka Institute
Call for entries: Mockett's 34th Annual Design Competition: innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware; open to professionals & students; First Place winners receive $1,000 + royalties for 15 years; no fee; deadline: September 3- Doug Mockett & Company
Australian Institute of Architects 2019 Gold Medal: Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg/Koning Eizenberg Architecture: ...they have produced work of dignity...[and] tirelessly fought to improve the situation of...typically underprivileged communities...The firm has not relied solely on architectural commissions to make a difference to the world + 2019 National Prizes -- Tim Ross; Helen Lochhead; Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living; Vivian Mitsogianni/M @ Studio Architects/RMIT; Sobi Slingsby; Bobbie Bayley & Owen Kelly; Julius Egan- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Radical Innovation competition finalists - 2019's Most Innovative Hotel Concepts -- Cooper Carry Architects; SB Architects; Danny Forster & Architecture; Ruslan Mannapov & Airat Zaidullin (student winners)- John Hardy Group / Dezeen
Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design / AHEAD Americas 2019 winners: ...now progress to compete [for] AHEAD Global in 2021. -- David Rockwell; ASH NYC; Quinn Evans Architects; Stonehill Taylor; Rockwell Group; Wick Architecture & Design; Night Palm Design; LAND Design Studio; Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos; Patrick Mulberry Architect; ChampalimaudDesign; Flank Architects; AvroKO; NINE dot ARTS; HKS; Rottet Studio; Sydell Group; Studio Jacques Garcia; Eaton Workshop; Parts & Labor Design; Booth Hansen Architects; Simeone Deary Design Group; Alizée Freudenthal; Anacapa Architecture; Geremia Design- AHEAD / Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design
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