Today’s News - Wednesday, October 2, 2019
● Myanmar-based journalists Milko & Hammond parse how "the world's largest refugee camp for the Rohingya trapped in Bangladesh is becoming a real city - thanks to infrastructure and design improvements," such as "prototype bamboo and steel frame homes" that - if approved - "could reduce the use of space by between 20% and 40%."
● Ravenscroft parses a self-sustaining orphanage in Tanzania, designed by two Swedish studios, Architects Without Borders Sweden, and Engineers Without Borders Sweden, and "built using local materials with techniques that use locally available skills."
● Zacks reports on the just-ended Detroit Month of Design, where "inclusivity and economic development emerged as top themes - the festival staked out new ground for architecture and design."
● Anderton looks into "what WeWork's implosion means for other co-working spaces. Most don't claim to be rebuilding cities, but they certainly aspire to enhance city life. And they do that in part with their design choices."
● Reiner-Roth, on a brighter note, takes us on a tour of the 4-acre, SelgasCano-designed Second Home co-working space in Hollywood that "proves its competitors have some catching up to do" by setting "a new standard for the co-working building type."
● Grafton Architects wins 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, with co-founders Farrell and McNamara being "the first all-woman pair to be awarded," and only "the fourth and fifth female architects to have won" the medal.
● ASLA announces its 2019 Professional & Student Awards, and a single Landmark Award (great presentations).
● The Cultural Landscape Foundation names its recently-announced $100,000 landscape architecture prize after Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.
● Paul Goldberger's thoughtful and eloquent keynote hits all the right notes re: the new Oberlander Prize, and what it "means for landscape and architecture, and I am not just playing with words here."
It's a Modernism kind of day:
● Palm Springs calls 2019 "The Year of Hugh Kaptur" - this year he "is getting his just due" during the upcoming Modernism Week Fall Preview + Kaptur Plaza's "long and rocky road - the embattled complex" is "now a vibrant community gathering space and viable commercial center," and a Class 1 Historic Site.
● An in-depth profile of 87-year-old Frank Folsom Smith, "the Grand Old Man of Sarasota architecture" being celebrated during the Sarasota Architectural Foundation's upcoming MOD Weekend.
● The fascinating tale of Chu Ming Silveira, the Chinese-Brazilian architect behind Brazil's iconic "Big Ear" phone shelters of the early 1970s - "essential but challenging to design" - she came up with "a simple but clever solution - the future of these classic booths remains uncertain, but they can still provide a space for cellular callers or an acoustic oasis in a sea of city sounds."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Weinstein: "Simon Unwin envisions children in their playful place-making defining architecture's essence in 'Children as Place-makers.'"
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Maxinne Rhea Leighton: What is a Sage? Climate Week and the Design Profession: This is not about fighting climate change. This is about standing with the planet, our communities, our youth.
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Victoria Milko & Clare Hammond: The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Is Becoming a Real City: ...life for the Rohingya trapped in Bangladesh has improved, thanks to infrastructure and design improvements: ...aid workers are busy designing and creating what could become the future for the refugees...two-level prototype bamboo and steel frame homes...If such shelters were rolled out...they could reduce the use of space by between 20% and 40%...Designers in the U.S. are helping to facilitate these dreams for more stable refugee camps...“We don’t want good architecture to normalize a situation that should not be normalized. But we have to be honest about what’s going to happen.” -- Nadyeli Quiroz/John David Wagner/Harvard GSD- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Tom Ravenscroft: Swedish architects create self-sustaining children's centre in Tanzania: Asante Architecture & Design and Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects have collaborated with local workers to create a self-sufficient orphanage in Kingori...Econef Children's Center was created by the Swedish studios, along with Architects Without Borders Sweden and Engineers Without Borders Sweden for Econef - a Swedish-Tanzanian NGO...built using local materials with techniques that use locally available skills...inspired by vernacular architecture in the area...- Dezeen
Stephen Zacks: Inclusivity and Economic Development Emerge as Top Themes at Detroit Month of Design: In looking beyond the city’s central business district...staked out new ground for architecture and design: Everyone is conscious of the broad desire to ensure Detroit’s new energy does not constitute a takeover by upper-middle class, college-educated, predominantly white people...The city being made is far from egalitarian. But efforts toward improvement are more visible than ever...a growing mecca for black design and cosmopolitanism in the Midwest.- Metropolis Magazine
DnA/Frances Anderton: What WeWork’s implosion means for other coworking spaces: CEO Adam Neumann, whose erratic behavior had raised concerns among shareholders...boasted that he was in the business of changing world consciousness - and cities...Marissa Gluck recommends being skeptical of tech companies like Uber, Lyft and WeWork that preach the gospel of redesigning cities...Coworking space in Los Angeles has grown by 500% since 2008. It occupies over 3 million square feet...Most don’t claim to be rebuilding cities but they certainly aspire to enhance city life. And they do that in part with their design choices. -- Bjarke Ingels; Dror Benshetrit; Selgascano- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Shane Reiner-Roth: AN tours the SelgasCano-designed Second Home coworking space in Hollywood: ...co-working remains a developing phenomenon, and there is still much to learn about the kinds of environments that best support the practice. One company that seems ahead of the curve is Second Home...proves that its competitors have some catching up to do. Every seat within the 90,000-square-foot complex feels like the best place to open a laptop and get to work...sets a new standard for the co-working building type... -- Paul Revere Williams (1964)- The Architect's Newspaper
Grafton Architects wins 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders...are the first all-woman pair to be awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. They are the fourth and fifth female architects to have won the prestigious award in a partnership...Approved personally by the Queen, the [medal] is the highest architecture honour in the UK...- Dezeen
ASLA Announces 2019 Professional & Student Awards: ...represent the highest honor in the profession of landscape architecture...36 Professional Award winners...a single Landmark Award [SmithGroup]... [and] 26 Student Award winners represent the bright future of the landscape architecture profession...- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
$100,000 landscape architecture prize named after Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: The Cultural Landscape Foundation announced today that Canadian landscape architect...chosen as the namesake of its new international prize...now dubbed the Oberlander Prize...TCLF is in the process of raising $4.5 million to endow the prize forever and has received individual commitments of $10,000 each from donors within its 100 Women Campaign.- The Architect's Newspaper
Paul Goldberger’s Keynote Strikes Perfect Chord for New Oberlander Prize: ...a rousing address to an audience gathered at the Canadian Consulate in New York City on October 1, 2019, when the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize was officially announced: "...even more important than its implications for the field of landscape architecture is what this prize means for landscape and architecture, and I am not just playing with words here...So as we celebrate Oberlander’s remarkable career with this prize, [TCLF] is also making a statement about the essential interrelationship of landscape and cityscape, of town and country, of rus in urbe."- The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)
2019: The Year of Hugh Kaptur: His work dots the desert landscape including one building bearing his name, and this year the Palm Springs architect is getting his just due: [He] will be featured in...four events during Modernism Week Fall Preview, October 17-20...Kaptur Plaza [formerly Tahquitz Plaza] has had a long and rocky road to its present status. Demolition...was very narrowly avoided...the embattled complex has been granted a Class 1 Historic Site...now a vibrant community gathering space and viable commercial center... -- Peter Moruzzi/ModCom; Susan Secoy Jensen/Secoy Architects- Palm Springs Life
For Architect Frank Folsom Smith, the 1966 Plymouth Harbor Retirement Center Was the Project of a Lifetime: He recently turned 87...He looks every inch of what he is - the Grand Old Man of Sarasota architecture. You can see his work all over town, all over the country, in fact...began his career in Sarasota in the early 1960s, when a group of gifted young architects were creating buildings in a modernist style that would come to be known as the Sarasota School of Architecture...being celebrated during the Sarasota Architectural Foundation’s MOD Weekend, Nov. 8-10.- Sarasota Magazine (Florida)
Answering the Call: The Architect Behind Brazil’s Iconic “Big Ear” Phone Shelters: ...public phones began to roll out nationwide in the early 1970s...essential but challenging to design...Chu Ming Silveira needed a solution that would be inexpensive to make and maintain, offer shelter to phones and their users, resist damage, look good...she would develop a lightweight fiberglass shell...Acoustically, it was a simple but clever solution...Aesthetically, [she] drew on contemporary inspiration from...the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen...the future of these classic booths remains uncertain, but even if the devices inside cease to be used, they can still provide a space for cellular callers or an acoustic oasis in a sea of city sounds.- 99% Invisible
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Who Isn't a Born Architect? Simon Unwin envisions children in their playful place-making defining architecture's essence in "Children as Place-makers."- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Maxinne Rhea Leighton: What is a Sage? Climate Week and the Design Profession: This is not about fighting climate change. This is about standing with the planet, our communities, our youth.- ArchNewsNow.com
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