Today’s News - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
● Colin Marshall makes the case for urban critics - "city criticism should be recognized as distinct and necessary" with "a mandate to keep readers engaged and thinking - by treating the city as one of the very richest, most stimulating subjects available."
● Fleur Macdonald tackles the "Glasgow effect": Life expectancy there "has long been notoriously low, but planners are starting to learn how to make citizens healthier - and happier. If designed well, cities can be good for us."
● Pedersen's Q&A with Prashant Kapoor, architect and World Bank's expert on sustainable design in the emerging markets re: "the challenge of green building in the developing world": "Our work in developing countries has to save money, not just save the planet."
● Hawthorne is part of the Cool Streets LA. Pilot program that "combines several cooling strategies to help lower temperatures" and add shade on the streets of Los Angeles.
● Brussat gives (mostly) thumbs-up to McKeough's "The Return of Golden Age Design" in the NYT with "plenty of passages and quotations that warm the cockles of your peripatetic classicist," but many of the illustrations "can be hard to distinguish from some of the more frisky modernist glass towers" - where are the Sterns, Pennoyers, et al.? (thanks for the h/t to ANN!).
● Lange on MoMA: "The power of the new MoMA comes from the art, not the architecture" - there are "beauty moments," but "the lobby felt like an airport after the apocalypse, or perhaps pre-zombie invasion, tense but ready for the horde - let me act as your critical concierge" with "five itineraries for five different types of visitors."
● Kamin x 2: He cheers the rebirth of Chicago's XXXL-sized Old Post Office, once "considered an irredeemable white elephant": He "came away impressed - after years of false hopes and cockamamie plans" (and oh, the "ball gown-beautiful grandeur" of the lobby!).
● He presents Helmut Jahn's 74-story 1000M tower, a "silvery skyscraper" with "a distinct silhouette," but the "groundbreaking does not guarantee it will be built" - Calatrava's Chicago Spire "site remains a hole in the ground."
● King gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the Golden State Warriors' $1.6 billion arena - "that raucous enclosed oval - both lively and comfortable enough to atone for the confusing, though often satisfying, jumble of spaces within the silvery orb - and an oddly fitting symbol of today's San Francisco" that "delivers not just the glitz - but also self-assured depth."
● Saval delves into how "Shigeru Ban is changing the priorities of architecture" by "designing shelters for the displaced" that "reflects a volatile world - his most important structures require disaster and death in order to exist - the profession is increasingly being discussed as a social mission" that he's been pursuing for decades.
● Beamon reports on NOMA's 2019 conference last week that attracted "about half of all licensed African-American architects in the U.S.," and focused on "design justice and recruiting the next wave of licensed architects" with strategies that "offer a prototype of incentives the profession at large could reproduce."
● Crosbie is shaking things up at U. of Hartford, taking on the sacred cow that is the studio "with a new wrinkle in the 'group project' approach" by having students "swap projects in the middle of the design process - not without the occasional grouse. But they are still talking to me. Sort of."
● Joyner tackles "balancing studio with other classes. It's an unwritten rule: you do whatever it takes to have a great studio project," but "should studio reign over our other studies? Some questions to keep in mind when making such a decision."
● Ciuccarelli, founding director of the Center for Design at Northeastern University, "likens the presentation of information to the creation of a building. Without context, they fall flat" - he "finds himself in a digital, data-centric field, one full of smoke and mirrors. It's begging for an architect's mind."
● Fairs finds a much more pessimistic attitude from Errazuriz, who says the "rise of artificial intelligence means architects are 'doomed' - 90% will lose their jobs as AI takes over the design process. 'The thing is you're not that special'" (become software developers instead).
● Guimapang, on a lighter note, brings us Manifold Garden that uses "parametric design, Escheresque geometries, and architectural narrative" in a "visually tasteful and mesmerizing puzzle game" that "explores complex geometries and mind-bending architecture."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends incorporated into the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.
● Hopkirk reports that Junya Ishigami & Associates has won the inaugural €100,000 architecture prize, the Obel Award for a water garden in Tochigi, Japan, where hundreds of trees "set to be chopped down to make way for a hotel" were transplanted to a rice field + Jury statement.
● Surface Travel Awards 2019, the 3rd annual "celebration of the year's most attention-grabbing efforts in travel and design that take bold risks and push conceptual - and physical - boundaries."
● In a continuing tribute to 2019 Gold Medalists Koning and Eizenberg, ArchitectureAU asked "colleagues, peers and collaborators to speak to the practice's diverse portfolio of sensitive and thoughtful public projects."
● KOKO Architects wins the competition for Tallinn's Central Market in Estonia that will include a market and office and apartment blocks - and will be car-free.
● Estudio Aisenson + ASN/nOISE's Bridge+Boulevard proposal for Buenos Aires Expo 2023 wins first place in an international competition.
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Colin Marshall: 'A way of learning from everything': the rise of the city critic: In our increasingly urban world, perhaps city criticism should be recognised as distinct and necessary: But what is city criticism - or rather, what isn’t it? ...it isn’t architecture criticism, not in the sense of treating structures like sculptures...city critics should write about everything...a mandate to keep readers engaged and thinking in the long term by treating the city...as one of the very richest, most stimulating subjects available. -- Alex Bozikovic; Alissa Walker; Iain Sinclair; Walter Benjamin; Lewis Mumford; Jane Jacobs; Reyner Banham; Jan Morris; Robert Venturi; Denise Scott Brown; Steven Izenour; Ada Louise Huxtable; Ian Nairn; Karrie Jacobs; Owen Hatherley; Nikil Saval; Shawn Micallef- Guardian Cities (UK)
Fleur Macdonald: The 'Glasgow effect' implies cities make us sad. Can the city prove the opposite? Life expectancy...has long been notoriously low, but planners are starting to learn how to make citizens healthier - and happier: ...radical urban planning decisions...made not just the physical but the mental health of Glasgow’s population more vulnerable to the consequences of deindustrialisation and poverty...unintended legacy of some urban planning exacerbates the already considerable challenges of living in a city...living in a city can alter our brain’s architecture, making it more vulnerable to this type of social stress...If designed well, cities can be good for us...“Reclaiming the land for community is definitely the way forward."- Guardian Cities (UK)
Martin C. Pedersen: Prashant Kapoor: The Challenge of Green Building in the Developing World: A talk with the World Bank’s expert on sustainable design in the emerging markets: Washington, D.C.-based architect...led the development of EDGE, a green building assessment tool [and] the EDGE certification program, a lower-cost alternative to LEED: "I’m working on...“Green Urban Development” (GUD)...a master planning tool....takes into account the environmental efficiencies of mixed-use planning, location, transportation options, [etc.]...also developing a planning tool called EPIC (Environment Positive Innovation Cities)...our work in developing countries has to save money, not just save the planet."- Common Edge
Mayor Garcetti Launches Pilot Program to Decrease Street Heat: Much of the project involves the use of cool pavement, which is designed to lower the temperature of street surfaces: Cool Streets LA...combines several cooling strategies to help lower temperatures while adding shade...plans to plant trees...build bus benches with shade structures, expand cool rooftops, provide hydration stations...6 "cool-neighborhood projects" are slated to be complete by 2021. -- Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne- NBC Los Angeles
David Brussat: Good news from Big Apple: The New York Times...article that...is sure to uplift the status of beauty on the architectural scene, in that city and elsewhere. “Bygone Romance Makes a Return” (“The Return of Golden Age Design” online), by Tim McKeough...There are plenty of passages and quotations that warm the cockles of your peripatetic classicist...All music to my ears, of course...But I looked through the illustrations...The bulk...seem to be takeoffs on Art Deco, which, if dumbed down, can almost be hard to distinguish from some of the more frisky modernist glass towers...There are probably quite a number of buildings designed by architects such as Robert A.M. Stern...Peter Pennoyer and other classicists ...if it really wants to cause a stir, the [NYT] should feature some of them.- Architecture Here and There
Alexandra Lange: Navigating the new MoMA: The expanded Museum of Modern Art is so big, you may need GPS, and you’ll definitely need a snack: ...it’s a hydra...snaking upward in three strands...behind surfaces that are grandly and blandly fine...The power of the new MoMA...comes from the art, not the architecture...lobby felt like an airport after the apocalypse, or perhaps pre-zombie invasion, tense but ready for the horde...I could tell you in detail about beauty moments...Now we have circulation with very little charm, and a grand space that is vestigial, purposeless...What you need is a map, an elevator, and a plan. Or you could let me act as your critical concierge. Here are five itineraries for five different types of visitors... -- Yoshio Taniguchi; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Gensler; Cesar Pelli- Curbed
Blair Kamin: An exclusive look inside Chicago’s Old Post Office as the nation’s largest reuse project greets its first tenants: You never know how a building, especially one sized XXXL, is really going to work...came away impressed and hopeful that this massive structure...is about to reconnect with its environs and revitalize them...has been modernized (and, you might say, millennialized) without sacrificing its historic character...an architectural sleeping giant has finally stirred after years of false hopes and cockamamie plans...seems destined to become a new commercial hub...as recently as a few years ago...considered an irredeemable white elephant. -- Graham, Anderson, Probst & White (1921-30s); Gensler; Wiss Janney Elstner Associates; McGuire, Igleski & Associates- Chicago Tribune
Blair Kamin: A Helmut Jahn-designed tower - the largest condo building launched in Chicago since the recession - breaks ground on South Michigan Avenue: Called 1000M, a reference to its address...832-foot, 74-story...silvery skyscraper would have a distinct silhouette, flaring outward as it rises...groundbreaking does not guarantee that 1000M will be built...Santiago Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire...site remains a hole in the ground...- Chicago Tribune
John King: A bit of a jumble, the Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center still scores for the fans: The best thing about...the new $1.6 billion [arena] is...that raucous enclosed oval...both lively and comfortable enough to atone for the confusing, though often satisfying, jumble of spaces...within the silvery orb...an odd blend of sophistication and spectacle, open arms and economic divides - and an oddly fitting symbol of today’s San Francisco...a genuinely inviting addition to the Mission Bay landscape. That’s no easy task...delivers not just the glitz that professional sports now demands, but also self-assured depth. -- SHoP Architects; Manica Architecture; Gensler; Pfau Long/Perkins+Will; SWA- San Francisco Chronicle
Nikil Saval: Shigeru Ban Is Changing the Priorities of Architecture: Rather than going from one high-profile commission to the next, the architect has an alternative focus: designing shelters for the displaced: Ban's work is rooted in empathy and charity, but it reflects a volatile world, and his most important structures require disaster and death in order to exist...the profession is increasingly being discussed as a social mission. But Ban has been doing it for several decades...[he] expressed pleasure about the growing number of students...interested in doing work that had public benefit...disasters will continue to preoccupy him. -- Voluntary Architects Network- New York Times T Magazine
Kelly Beamon: NOMA’s 2019 Conference Offers Lessons in Design Justice and Recruiting the Next Wave of Licensed Architects: Titled "Believe the Hype: A Global Collective of Industry Change Agents," the program attracted nearly all of the National Organization of Minority Architects’ 1,300 professionals - and about half of all licensed African-American architects in the U.S...The low number...which has hovered around 2% of the industry total for three decades - is the biggest issue NOMA is facing...NOMA’s strategies offer a prototype of incentives the profession at large could reproduce... -- Kimberly Dowdell/HOK; Zena Howard/Perkins+Will; Michael Ford- Architectural Record
Michael J. Crosbie: Project Swap: A Design Studio Experiment Tests Ideas of Authorship and Collaboration: Asking architecture students to swap projects in the middle of the design process produces some interesting insights: Recently, I have been experimenting with a new wrinkle in the “group project” approach...To their credit, the students got into it, though not without the occasional grouse. ..Some students were genuinely thrilled about the new developments their original designs were taking; others preferred not to watch...a new group of students...groaned...But they are still talking to me. Sort of.- Common Edge
Sean Joyner: Balancing Studio With Other Classes: In architecture school, everything takes second place to studio. It’s an unwritten rule: you do whatever it takes to have a great studio project, and if your other classes fall by the wayside, then so be it. Is this a well-placed tendency? Perhaps it depends on what we believe architecture school is here for...should studio reign over our other studies? In the end, it is up to you if you’re going to skip class or not...Some questions to keep in mind when making such a decision:- Archinect
This data designer doesn’t trust the numbers. Here’s what he’s doing about it: Paolo Ciuccarelli...professor of design and the founding director of the Center for Design at Northeastern. "We need more context for data...and that’s where my background in architecture will help - a lot"...there’s an air of ambiguity to the fields [of] information design, and...“communication design"...he likens the presentation of information to the creation of a building...both...should relate to the context for which they’re created...Without context, they fall flat...finds himself...in a digital, data-centric field, one full of smoke and mirrors. It’s begging for an architect’s mind.- News@Northeastern University (Boston)
Marcus Fairs: Rise of artificial intelligence means architects are "doomed" says Sebastian Errazuriz: 90% of architects will lose their jobs as AI takes over the design process, according to designer..."It's almost impossible for you to compete...The thing is you're not that special...Architecture as an artistic practice is the only one that will survive and it will be developed by a tiny elite"...He advised architects to instead become software developers. -- Wallgren Arkitekter; BOX Bygg- Dezeen
Katherine Guimapang: Parametric design, Escheresque geometries, and architectural narrative all wrapped into a video game: Architecture's influence in video game design has reached new heights...providing architects and video game designers the ability to blend digital computation, mesmerizing graphics, and unforgettable worlds gamers can explore and get lost within. Manifold Garden is one such example...This visually tasteful and mesmerizing puzzle game...explores complex geometries, "unusual physics," and mind-bending architecture. -- William Chyr- Archinect
Elizabeth Hopkirk: Junya Ishigami wins €100,000 architecture prize: First winner of Obel Award: ...picked for his Art Biotop Water Garden in Tochigi, Japan...transplanted hundreds of trees to a rice field after they were set to be chopped down to make way for a hotel...this year’s [Obel theme] was “welfare through architecture” + Jury statement- BD/Building Design (UK)
Surface Travel Awards 2019: 3rd annual celebration of the year’s most attention-grabbing efforts in travel and design...that take bold risks and push conceptual - and physical - boundaries. -- Hall of Fame - Legend: Norman Foster, Foster + Partners; Travel Designer of the Year: Yabu Pushelberg; NANO Design; Hank Scollard/Julie Pearson/Reed Hilderbrand; Gachot Studios/Kraemer Design Group; Saulius Miktas; Claudia Muñoz/Estudio Macías Peredo; Nina Maritz Architects; Heliotrope Architects/Price Erickson Interiors; Snøhetta; GamFratesi; Martin Brudnizki Design Studio; FormaFatal and Machar & Teichman; Snarkitecture; Jaime Hayon; Constantin Brodzki/Going East; Yuji Yamazaki; John Pawson; etc.- Surface magazine
The architecture of the everyday: Continuing our tribute to 2019 Gold Medallists Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, we asked [their] colleagues, peers and collaborators to speak to the practice’s diverse portfolio of sensitive and thoughtful public projects. -- Frances Anderton/DnA: Design and Architecture/KCRW; Jane Werner/Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; Tom Kvan/Aurin, University of Melbourne; Paolo Tombesi/University of Melbourne/Institute of Architecture at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL); Grant Marani/Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Nathan Bishop/Koning Eizenberg Architecture- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
KOKO Architects design wins competition for Tallinn's Central Market: will include a market, office and apartment blocks...A square will be created inside the quarter, linking the market and the rest of the buildings. The area will be car-free.- ERR / Eesti Rahvusringhääling / Estonian Public Broadcasting News
Bridge+Boulevard Proposal for Buenos Aires Expo 2023 Wins International Competition: Under the theme of “Science, Innovation, Art, and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence”, Buenos Aires will host the Expo 2023. Estudio Aisenson + ASN/nOISE won the first prize...- ArchDaily
ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends that Design Workshop incorporated into the planning and design of the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.- ArchNewsNow.com
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