Today’s News - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
● The Coldefy & Associes team wins the National Pulse Memorial and Museum competition with a design that "will tower above downtown" Orlando with a circular museum center that "will be visible for miles," and "completely change the face" of the city's SoDo District.
● Architect and filmmaker Chow explains why "we need to tell America's best story" at Expo 2020 Dubai, but "we are at a crisis point to create a world-class pavilion" after years of "pure private-sector funding" that's been nothing but "a recipe for trouble" - we now have a chance to "engage the world in the wonder we inspired when we did things right."
● Wainwright reports on a new generation of architects who are fed up with "low pay, shocking hours and cut-throat competition - and thinks the time is ripe for change," so they've unionized!
Climate change? What climate change?
● Shearer tackles "the paradox of security" in terms of "ecological security": "Placing ecological issues into national security discussions allows the degradation of an ecosystem to be framed as a casualty of some other - often beneficial - intention. (from Shearer's chapter in "Design with Nature Now").
● Rajkovich reports on the results of a multi-year study out of his university lab that studies climate change and buildings: "Architects and engineers will need to reevaluate their standard practices. Leadership from the professions can help convert recent research on climate change and the building sector into badly needed action."
● A new (frightening!) report from ClimateCentral.org finds "global vulnerability to sea level rise is worse" than we thought, with "new figures revealing that coastal elevations are significantly lower than previously understood" (yikes!).
● Rohrich, on a slightly more optimistic note, looks at "how cities are rebuilding to be more resilient to natural disasters - architectural firms are already retrofitting individual buildings within their communities."
In other news:
● Sambiasi outlines 7 takeaways from the 2nd Architecture of the Future Conference, and the "architectural considerations that are shaping future cities" (our fave: #7 Extraterrestrial architecture).
● Colomina takes a deep dive into how, "far from being a temple to rationality, the Bauhaus as a 'cauldron of perversions' - the question is whether so-called perversions are twists of architecture or its very engine" (fascinating read!).
● Davidson and Saltz "both spent a lot of time considering the expanded and reworked MoMA," and here, share and compare their observations in a lively conversation: "The first issue is hunger - the joyful part of the experience is that it feels like a big-city museum."
● Horton parses how Johnson Fain looked to "Gothic architecture and algorithms to solve" the solar heat-gain problem in its renovation of the Johnson & Burgee-designed Crystal Cathedral: "'We always had in mind that there was a major cultural and aesthetic mission to be accomplished here,' sayeth Scott Johnson. Mission accomplished."
● Rosenblum x 2: He cheers Koning Eizenberg's transformation of an 1890 Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, "built to look centuries old from the start," into a new MuseumLab for the Children's Museum, where "the peeling away of architectural finishes works as a technical and aesthetic adventure."
● On a darker note, he minces no words about a new condo complex in Pittsburgh that "grabbed a huge swath of land and dressed it in the architecture of thoughtless and cynical profiteering" - it's "placeless," and some of the "facades are creepy, not charming. It's alarming that these buildings are so bad" (ouch!).
● Renderings released of Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture's Western Sydney International Airport that includes "landscaping and undulating wooden ceilings inside that nod to the surrounding Australian bushland."
● Carmody Groarke, RE-ST, and TRANS Architectuur Stedenbouw to create DING - Design in Ghent, an extension to Design Museum Ghent, "the only museum dedicated to design in Flanders" that includes 16th and 18th century buildings and a 1992 wing.
● Fuzzy "screenshots by anonymous" give us our first look at Foster's JPMorgan Chase super-tall HQ, to replace the soon-to-be demolished 270 Park Avenue.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: McGraw brings us Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance: Schools are more than conduits of knowledge. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.
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Winning Pulse nightclub memorial, museum design will tower above downtown: National Pulse Memorial and Museum set to open in 2022: ...features a reflecting pool encircling the Pulse building with a palette of 49 colors lining the water basin and radiating out toward the public spaces...circular museum center will be visible for miles...will completely change the face of the Orlando SoDo District...will be built at the site of the Pulse nightclub. -- Coldefy & Associes; RDAI; HHCP Architects; Xavier Veilham; dUCKS sceno,;Agence TER; Laila Farah- WKMG News 6 (Orlando, Florida)
Mina Chow: We need to tell America’s best story in the Middle East: With Expo 2020 Dubai only one year away, we are at a crisis point to create a world-class pavilion...As an architect and documentary filmmaker who filmed America’s abandonment of World’s Fairs through poor architectural design efforts in "Face of a Nation," it is vitally important for me to share how a disintegration we’ve ignored for decades negatively impacts our American image abroad...Debacles at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and 2015 Milan World Expo are evidence enough that pure private-sector funding is a recipe for trouble...Going to the World’s Fair with design excellence is...an opportunity to engage the world in the wonder we inspired when we did things right. -- SPACES- The Architect's Newspaper
Oliver Wainwright: 'It's in complete crisis' - architects form trade union amid fury and despair over exploitation: Low pay, shocking hours and cut-throat competition spell misery in a profession with few safeguards: ...the reality of working as an architect can be a bleak prospect. It’s not hard to see why so many of them wear black, as if in permanent mourning for the lives they once had...a new generation...has had enough, and thinks the time is ripe for change...have formalised their union as a section of the United Voices of the World...UVW will support the Section of Architectural Workers (UVW-SAW)- Guardian (UK)
Allan W. Shearer: The Paradox of Security: Humanity may eventually have no choice but to design the planet for our survival. But we need to find a fit with nature and not fit nature through the totalizing narrative of “ecological security": In defending ourselves from threats...we need to consider whether the means of defense will ultimately destroy our relationships with what we seek to protect...Security is a relatively new theme in design discourse...But we should not embrace the concept without considering the consequences...Placing ecological issues into national security discussions...allows the degradation of an ecosystem to be framed as a casualty of some other - often beneficial - intention. (adapted from Shearer's chapter in "Design with Nature Now") -- Ian McHarg; Kongjian Yu- Places Journal
Nicholas Rajkovich: As the climate changes, architects and engineers need to design buildings differently: At the University at Buffalo, I lead a laboratory that studies climate change and buildings...a multi-year study...architects and engineers will need to reevaluate their standard practices...Our report builds on other documents from green building organizations...Leadership from the professions can help convert recent research on climate change and the building sector into badly needed action.- The Conversation
Report: Flooded Future: Global vulnerability to sea level rise worse than previously understood: ...rising sea levels could within three decades push chronic floods higher than land currently home to 300 million people...new figures are the result of an improved global elevation dataset...revealing that coastal elevations are significantly lower than previously understood...threat is concentrated in coastal Asia and could have profound economic and political consequences within the lifetimes of people alive today.- Climate Central
Zoe Rohrich: How cities are rebuilding to be more resilient to natural disasters: Cities, residents and businesses across the U.S. and the world are seeking ways to end the expensive cycle of rebuilding after natural disasters...Rebuild by Design...hosts multiple innovative design competitions...The goal: to rethink how cities and buildings are designed and offer real-world protections against natural disasters and climate change...for every $1 invested in disaster mitigation, $6 can be saved in future disaster recovery...Build Change is on a mission to make disaster-resilient infrastructure commonplace and accessible to the world’s hardest-hit areas...architectural firms are already retrofitting individual buildings within their communities. -- Jonathan Marvel; Design Jones- PBS
Soledad Sambiasi: 7 Architectural Considerations that are Shaping Future Cities: ...2nd edition of the Architecture of the Future Conference, curated by Kyiv-based architect Dmytro Aranchii...the largest European conference held on emerging technologies... 1. Climate Change; 2. Disruptive Technologies; 3. New Construction Materials; 4. Urban Density; 5. Big Data and Human Behavior; 6. Co-working and Co-living; 7. Extraterrestrial architecture- ArchDaily
Beatriz Colomina: Far from Being a Temple to Rationality, the Bauhaus Was a “Cauldron of Perversions”: ...how the Bauhaus harbored deeply transgressive ideas and pedagogies: Bauhauslers were engaged with everything that escapes rationality: sexuality, violence, esoteric philosophies, occultism, disease, the psyche, pharmacology, extraterrestrial life...the question is whether so-called perversions are twists of architecture or its very engine...Women sustained the Bauhaus but were diminished within it.- Metropolis Magazine
Two Critics - Art and Architecture - Compare Their MoMA Experiences: ...Justin Davidson and Jerry Saltz both spent a lot of time considering the expanded and reworked Museum of Modern Art. After multiple visits...they shared and compared their observations: "...it still amazes me that the suits who make the museum’s real-estate deals sold MoMA short again...I’m thrilled to say that [MoMA] is now almost big enough"..."I noticed a handful of trouble spots - none of which were obvious until the crowds arrived...The first issue is hunger...the joyful part of the experience is that it feels like a big-city museum"... -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Gensler- New York Magazine
Guy Horton: Let There Be Shade: A PoMo Church Looks to Gothic Architecture and Algorithms to Solve its Solar Problem: A renovation of the Phillip Johnson and John Burgee-designed Crystal Cathedral adds algorithmically-modeled shades to protect the congregation from the sun: Technically, we were attempting to address an array of challenges,” says Scott Johnson, “but we always had in mind that there was a major cultural and aesthetic mission to be accomplished here.” Mission accomplished. -- Johnson Fain; Francis Krahe & Associates- Metropolis Magazine
Charles Rosenblum: The New MuseumLab: Past Transformed for Future: At nearly 130 years old, the building is an antique, but the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny...was built to look centuries old from the start...The transformation of the old library into MuseumLab seems inevitable in hindsight. The emphasis on “making” takes the hands-on ethos of the Children’s Museum previously existing Makeshop space and elaborates it...the unfinished appearance is a unique synthesis of necessity and artistry...the peeling away of architectural finishes works as a technical and aesthetic adventure. -- Smithmeyer and Pelz (1890); Koning Eizenberg Architecture- Pittsburgh Quarterly
Charles Rosenblum: The 201 Arsenal Condominiums grabbed a huge swath of land and dressed it in the architecture of thoughtless and cynical profiteering: ...it’s especially horrifying that the dominant feature of the Lawrenceville panorama seen from Tryp is the 201 Arsenal...They are a dreadful and sprawling blot on what should be a postcard city view...it’s a placeless suburban shopping center, and some of the off-street townhouse facades are creepy, not charming...It’s alarming that these buildings are so bad...- Pittsburgh City Paper
Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture reveal visuals of Western Sydney International Airport: ...modelled on traditional Australian architecture and natural landscapes...has been designed...for a rural 1,780-hectare site in the city's new Western Parkland City region...landscaping and undulating wooden ceilings inside that nod to the surrounding Australian bushland...will include developing the design to maximise natural light, ventilation and water recycling.- Dezeen
Carmody Groarke, RE-ST and TRANS Architectuur Stedenbouw to create extension to Design Museum Gent: Named DING - Design in Ghent...the only museum dedicated to design in Flanders, currently comprises three buildings: an 18th-century town mansion, a wing built in 1992 and third building...that dates back to the 16th-century...underutilised spaces within the existing buildings will also be updated to make them more useable.- Dezeen
First Look at JPMorgan Chase’s Future Supertall Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, in Midtown East: Demolition preparation...continues to make headway...first renderings of Foster + Partners Architects’ planned headquarters...The supertall is apparently set to stand 1,425 feet...would make it the third-tallest building by roof height in New York...set to yield about 2.5 million gross square feet of newly built space... -- Adamson Associates- New York YIMBY
ANN feature: Edward McGraw: Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance: Schools are more than conduits of knowledge. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.- ArchNewsNow.com
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