Today’s News - Tuesday, July 16, 2019
● Paletta explains how "resilience is in the process of vaulting into mainstream consciousness" because of "a greater awareness among architects and experts - and the public - of the need to take action" in "battling a flooded future."
● Pak considers embodied carbon to be "the blind spot of the buildings industry," and the "need to rapidly scale up the number of embodied carbon policies" (not just operational energy efficiency) "if we want to have any chance of hitting our climate targets" (Vancouver is a good model).
● Piper takes a deep - and fascinating - dive into "the legacy of black architects in Detroit," and their "many notable contributions" - but in an 84% black city, there are only 5 or 6 black-owned architecture firms, he ponders whether "the optimistic, civic-minded legacy of Detroit's mid-century black architects have run aground on the economic and racial realities of 21st century life."
● The design collective Disarming Design from Palestine has plans for the first design school in the West Bank for Palestinian designers and international students, hoping "to establish a critical design program concentrating on the impact of design in a conflicted and politicized reality."
● Betsky brings home lessons about Chinese architecture at the Jinggang Mountain Museum of the Revolution that "serves as a useful case study" that helps us "understand the fundamentally different attitudes towards space, materials, and iconography that are at work in Chinese architecture."
● Sitz cheers Kéré's first permanent work in North America - a new pavilion at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana: "Xylem" is "a surprisingly intimate structure - a serene place of respite - sitting inside imparts a strong sense of being alone in, and embraced by, the spectacular landscape" (pix by Iwan Baan).
● Thorpe gives thumbs-up to Kéré's "captivating, hypnotic and meditative" timber pavilion at Tippet Rise - "the trees used for Xylem were dead already; standing corpses feasted on by mountain beetles."
● Kamin returns from Venice "with a fresh take on Chicago's Venetian Gothic dazzler" that is Henry Ives Cobb's 1893 Chicago Athletic Association: Its "exoticism reflects Venice's glory days. It was (and is) architecture for masters of the universe" - but "one that is uniquely American."
● Litt likes the look of Foster's $449 million addition to the CWRU-Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus, but "for all its fine architectural qualities, it has an overbearing presence - if they can heal the city through design and health care, it may come to be viewed as a beacon of hope and access instead of a symbol of big medicine."
● Cheers for S9's vision for the "beleaguered" Underground Atlanta, "a tired tourist attraction and former nightlife mecca" soon to sport workforce housing, an LGBTQ club, a trendy hotel, and more.
● Lamster brings us "the epic tale" of Ant Farm's 1970s "trippy Texas icon that defies polite description - it rose from the swampy earth - truly something to behold, a glowing visitor from a more libertine galaxy" (but hardly livable). "The question is what to do with it" (warning: Don't bother hunting for it" - if hungry alligators don't get you, the caretaker may shoot you).
● Brussat parses the New Statesman's apology to Roger Scruton - "the latest turn in L'Affair Scruton. No less than beauty, fairness has long been absent from the world of architecture. Time to bring it back."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Taylor cheers "Bauhaus Beginnings" at the Getty Research Institute that is so impressive, the president of Germany wondered, "How can there be so much great Bauhaus material outside of Germany?"
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Salingaros: "Signs versus Symptoms": A Reply to the Open Letter from British Architecture Students Calling for Curriculum Change: Asking for radical reforms in architectural education, this courageous appeal could help this latest effort be taken seriously, and not simply dismissed, as previous cries for reform have been.
● Call for entries: AR New into Old awards 2019 (international): innovative ways buildings are adapted and remodeled to welcome new contemporary uses.
● Call for entries: The One Drawing Challenge: create a single drawing that tells the story behind a complex piece of architecture (prize: cash + cool goodies!).
● Call for entries: BWAF Built by Women Los Angeles map & exhibition at the Architecture + Design Museum (open internationally, but work must be in the L.A. Metropolitan area).
● The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies 2019 International Architecture Awards honor over 120 projects from 41 nations (link to full presentations).
● The 7th Annual Architizer A+Awards winners include 222 industry stars and emerging talents (link to full presentations).
● StudioAC is the 2019 RBC Canadian Emerging Designer competition winner; it teamed with World Changers to design a mobile shower.
● Chicago's Disruptive Design competition winner is an (affordable?) two-flat bungalow with the "flexibility to meet the needs of the homeowner throughout their life" - and will be built (another report says a runner-up has "already been approached by developers interested in building their home").
● Winners announced in the Rome Collective Living Challenge for affordable co-living concepts in Rome that offer both affordability and community.
● Cheers to the ASLA 2019 Honors recipients and new honorary members!
● ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design's "Keep Your Cool" wins the 2019 Cool Gardens Competition for a garden installation - the summer version of Winnipeg's Warming Huts program.
● Winners in the Gauja National Park Footbridge Competition for Latvia's largest national park hail from Australia, Lebanon, Italy, and the U.K.
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Anthony Paletta: Battling a Flooded Future: As flooding increases across the country, architects and policymakers are strategizing ways to contain the deluge: ...flooding has afflicted far more than the usual geographic suspects...the only silver lining might be a greater awareness among architects and experts - and the public - of the need to take action. Resilience, which until recently was represented by academics or the occasional forward-minded planner, is in the process of vaulting into mainstream consciousness as a result...architects have a vital role to play. -- Illya Azaroff/+LAB Architects; David Waggonner/Waggonner & Ball; David Watson/EarthRise Design; Shawn Gillen/DFD Architects- Architect Magazine
Anthony Pak/Priopta: Embodied Carbon: The Blindspot of the Buildings Industry: ...we are constructing the equivalent of an entire New York City every month for the next 40 years...why aren’t we thinking about the environmental impacts associated with the materials used to construct those buildings? ...we cannot ignore embodied carbon if we want to have any chance of hitting our climate targets...we need to rapidly scale up the number of embodied carbon policies...EDGE...like LEED, but designed to be much simpler so as to encourage broad adoption, including in developing countries...to date, our industry has focused heavily on operational carbon...This needs to change, and it needs to change fast...Advocate for incorporating embodied carbon on your projects... -- Embodied Carbon Catalyst; Advancing Net Zero; Architecture 2030- Canadian Architect
Matthew Piper: Designing the future: The legacy of black architects in Detroit: While black architects have made many notable contributions...racial and economic barriers have prevented them from greater participation, both historically and in the present...the reasons for this are many...black architects continue to face challenges...In addition to Hamilton-Anderson and SDG, there are just three or four small, black-owned architecture firms currently operating in...an 84% black city...Has the optimistic, civic-minded legacy of Detroit’s mid-century black architects run aground on the economic and racial realities of 21st century life? -- Howard Sims/Harold Varner/Sims-Varner & Associates (now SDG Associates); Roger Margerum; Kimberly Dowdell/HOK; National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA); Saundra Little/Karen Burton/Noir Design Parti; Donald White/Francis Griffin/White and Griffin; Nathan Johnson; Aubrey Agee; Madison and Madison; Hamilton-Anderson Associates- Curbed Detroit
Design collective Disarming Design from Palestine plans first design school for the West Bank: ...offering courses for Palestinian designers, and residencies for international students to learn about craft from the region..."You should rethink the idea of the academy and avoid the traditional idea of the modern, white building and the fancy design culture," explained Annelys De Vet...the group hope to establish a critical design program concentrating on the impact of design in a conflicted and politicised reality. -- Raed Hamouri.- Dezeen
Aaron Betsky: The Past Through Red-Colored Glasses: Lessons about Chinese architecture at the Jinggang Mountain Museum of the Revolution: ...honors those who helped develop the Communist state...The experience is of a collection of images, texts, and scenes that are arranged like a script without a movie or a building plan without a structure. Yet the site still seems to be effective...serves as a useful case study in that it helps us to understand the fundamentally different attitudes towards space, materials, and iconography that are at work in Chinese architecture.- Architect Magazine
Miriam Sitz: Francis Kéré’s New Pavilion Opens at Tippet Rise in Montana: Fishtail, MT, is a very small place - its population is listed as 478 - but everything else about it is immense: Within this extraordinary setting, a surprisingly intimate new structure...offers a vantage point from which to connect with the great western landscape..."Xylem"...2,100-square-foot circular structure of wood and steel is a serene place of respite...his first permanent work in North America...sitting inside Xylem imparts a strong sense of being alone in, and embraced by, the spectacular landscape... -- Laura Viklund/Gunnstock Timber Frames- Architectural Record
Harriet Thorpe: Francis Kéré adds uplifting timber pavilion to the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana: You might not see it at first...But when you do, [his] timber pavilion will pull you closer...Xylem...an intimate, informal structure for people to enjoy a deep experience with nature, start up conversations and be inspired by the space itself...captivating, hypnotic and meditative. -- Cathy & Peter Halstead; Chris Gunn/Gunnstock Timber Frames- Wallpaper*
Blair Kamin: Back from Venice, with a fresh take on Chicago’s Venetian Gothic dazzler at 12 S. Michigan: ... Chicago Athletic Association...I’ve always loved this building, which opened in 1893...and reopened in 2015 as a superpopular hotel. Now I love it more...has the most exotic facade in the mighty wall of buildings that line Grant Park. That exoticism reflects Venice’s glory days...It was (and is) architecture for masters of the universe...Venice offers an object lesson in making memorable places...The Athletic Association is real, too, but it’s a different kind of reality: one that is uniquely American... -- Henry Ives Cobb- Chicago Tribune
Steven Litt: Is CWRU-Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus end of big-box era as Clinic shifts focus? ...the perception will be that the $449 million building - for all its fine architectural qualities - is adding to the chilly gigantism that pervades the Clinic’s 165-acre campus...[it] has been shifting...toward greater sensitivity to its surroundings...For all its excellence, the Samson Pavilion has an overbearing presence that makes it a potentially troubling statement...if they can...heal the city through design and health care, [it] may come to be viewed as a beacon of hope and access instead of a symbol of big medicine. -- Norman Foster/Foster + Partners; DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Announced at Underground Atlanta: workforce housing, LGBTQ club, trendy hotel: It’s the clearest vision for beleaguered downtown property’s revival to date: ...a tired tourist attraction and former nightlife mecca...four-block redevelopment in one of Atlanta’s oldest sections...expect a mix of street retail that’s aimed at Georgia State University’s growing student population. -- S9 Architecture- Curbed Atlanta
Mark Lamster: The epic tale of the House of the Century, the trippy Texas icon that defies polite description: When [it] rose from the swampy earth back in the early 1970s, it arrived as a vision of the future, a biomorphic experiment in modern living...Today...its future is a subject of concern and conjecture...it was truly something to behold, a glowing visitor from a more libertine galaxy...it looked more like a Dr. Seuss character than a work of design...There was just one problem: You could hardly live in it...The question is what to do with it...to secure the house for another century, it’s time to look back at its past. It’s quite a view. -- Doug Michels; Chip Lord; Ant Farm; Richard Jost- Dallas Morning News
David Brussat: The apology to Sir Roger: The New Statesman...British rag has apologized at last for using monkeyed quotes from an interview to defame Sir Roger Scruton...the post was filled, at least temporarily, by a very sensible person - Nicholas Boys Smith, head of Create Streets...That should wrap up this succinct response to the latest turn in L’Affair Scruton, except to regret that it is also the latest turn in the politicization of architecture. The style wars - which will and should continue until beauty resumes its rightful place in the design of buildings and cities - have long shown signs of a division between conservative traditionalists and liberal modernists. This is unfortunate...No less than beauty, fairness has long been absent from the world of architecture. Time to bring it back.- Architecture Here and There
Call for entries: AR New into Old awards 2019 (international): innovative ways buildings are adapted and remodelled to welcome new contemporary uses; earlybird deadline (save money!): July 26 (submission due September 6)- The Architectural Review/AR (UK)
Call for entries: The One Drawing Challenge: create a single drawing that tells the story behind a complex piece of architecture; $2,500 prize money + goodies; deadline: August 9- Architizer
Call for entries: BWAF Built by Women Los Angeles map & exhibition of work in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area at the Architecture + Design Museum for the AIA 2020 Conference in L.A., May 14-16, 2020. Categories: Architecture, including renovations; Landscape Architecture; Interiors; Infrastructure/Engineering; Urban Design/Landscape; Development and Construction Projects; deadline: October 15- Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF)
2019 International Architecture Awards Winners: Over 120 projects have been recognized...the awards are organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies...winners hail from 41 nations [link to full presentations] -- SAMOO Architects; Warren and Mahoney Architects; DIALOG; Henning Larsen; BVN; fjmt; ZGF Architects; Elliott + Associates Architects; Louise Braverman Architect; CHROFI; Pininfarina; Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); Tzannes; TERROIR; Revery Architecture- ArchDaily
7th Annual Architizer A+Awards Winners: ...honoring the best architecture, spaces, and products from across the globe. This year’s winners...includes 222 renowned industry stars and emerging talents. -- MASS Design Group; Studio Stockholm; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; C Cubica Arquitectos; Richard Meier & Partners; NPDA studio; Koichi Takada Architects; Steyn Studio; Heatherwick Studio); Mecanoo; SUP Atelier; etc.- Architizer
Design Exchange (DX), in Partnership with RBC Foundation, Names StudioAC the 2019 RBC Canadian Emerging Designer Competition Winner: Founded in 2015, Studio for Architecture & Collaboration is an interdisciplinary architectural practice with an initiative to produce impactful architecture... -- Andrew Hill; Jennifer Kudlats- Canadian Architect
After design competition, architect will get to build vision for new [affordable] Chicago two-flat: The iconic Chicago bungalow...is getting a new look. More than 100 architects across the world submitted projects...The Disruptive Design competition was launched by the Chicago Housing Policy Task Force...Adaptable House [by Greg Tamborino/Perkins+Will] won the top prize...a modern take on a worker’s cottage that has the flexibility to meet the needs of the homeowner throughout their life. -- Joel Huffman/Vertu Architecture & Design; Georgi Todorov/Pappageorge Haymes + Petya Patrova/Pierre-Yves Rochon- Curbed Chicago
Rome Collective Living Challenge results: ...concepts for affordable co-living in Rome, one that would offer both affordability and community. -- Karin Frykholm/Lisa Fransson/Rron Bexheti (Sweden); George Guida (Italy); Philip Kolevsohn (South Africa)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / ARCHHIVE Books
ASLA announces the 2019 Honors recipients [and] the induction of six honorary members. -- Carol Franklin/Andropogon Associates; Douglas Reed/Reed Hilderbrand; Kimberlee Douglas/Studio Gaea; Lee-Anne Milburn/California Polytechnic University; Julie Hensley; Sally Jewell; Patricia O'Donnell/Heritage Landscapes; Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF); Senator Sheldon Whitehouse- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design Wins 2019 Cool Gardens Competition: Manitoba’s annual summer installation, Cool Gardens, is a public exhibition located in Winnipeg and Brandon that features contemporary garden and art installations..."Keep Your Cool" frames the sky with layers of interwoven cord that emulate cloud formations...Cool Gardens intends to mirror the Winnipeg Warming Huts program, and takes place from July until the end of September.- Canadian Architect
Gauja National Park Footbridge Competition results: ...jury favoured those that offered experiential new ways of discovering Latvia's largest national park. -- Abraham Fung (Australia); Paul Kaloustian (Lebanon); Michel Boucquillon & Donia Maaoui (Italy); Mackintosh School of Architecture (UK)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia
ANN feature: Julie D. Taylor: Beginning the Bauhaus: "Bauhaus Beginnings" at the Getty Research Institute lives up to its name - it is so impressive that, after a preview tour, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wondered, "How can there be so much great Bauhaus material outside of Germany?"- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Nikos A. Salingaros: "Signs versus Symptoms": A Reply to the Open Letter from British Architecture Students Calling for Curriculum Change: Asking for radical reforms in architectural education, this courageous appeal could help this latest effort be taken seriously, and not simply dismissed, as previous cries for reform have been.- ArchNewsNow.com
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