Today’s News - Thursday, November 7, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday. Once again, we were in road-warrior mode and, once again, those pesky technology gods were not pleased. Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, November12.
● ANN feature: Duo Dickinson: The End of Design Movements: We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?
● ZHA's Schumacher and Pratt's Harriss "clash over long-hours culture": He argued that "worrying about exploitation of workers could have a 'paralyzing' effect on companies like his." She argued that "working long hours leads to a decline in productivity and could trigger mental health problems."
● McCaughan considers whether "starchitecture still sell condos" in Miami; the answer is Yes - "both eye-catching design and name recognition are important elements of success - evocative art, architecture and design have become integral to the city's identity."
● Bray reports on "the rise of rooftop farming in space-starved Hong Kong," and the organization "spearheading a movement to turn idle rooftops and urban spaces into farms" (50 so far).
● The Centre Pompidou "rolls the dice on cultural diplomacy" with the Chipperfield-designed Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, opening tomorrow.
● Waldek profiles Shanghai-based X+Living, the "female-led architecture firm turning heads in China" with its "stunning buildings, otherworldly interiors, and funky furniture designs."
● Dorte Mandrup wins the competition to design "The Whale" on the island of Andøya in northern Norway, to be "a new touristic attraction" in "a small town of 2,600 citizens, which happens to be one of the best places in the world for whale watching."
● MODU + Eric Forman Studio wins the 2020 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition with "Heart Squared" - "125 tilted mirrors to reflect the shape of a romantic heart, all inside a steel frame that calls to mind an anatomic heart."
● Call for entries: 2020 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship, open to undergrad and grad students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design entering their final year of study next September.
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Lesson Plan #5: Letter from an architect to the gurus [teachers] and chelas [disciples] of architecture: From India, Shirish Beri writes this special letter out of a restlessness that arises from a genuine concern for the present state of architectural education and profession.
Climate change? What climate change?
● Mitchell of EIT Climate-KIC explains why "cities are a critical player in effective climate action - proving to be great beacons of ingenuity and innovation," but they need more "support to experiment, learn and take bolder steps."
● Carrington reports that the climate crisis has 11,000 scientists warning of "untold suffering. Most countries' climate plans are 'totally inadequate'" - but they do "identify some encouraging signs."
● A look at how some architects in Bangladesh are designing buildings for its worsening monsoon climate: "Good design is essential if these challenges are to be addressed. The solutions are often straightforward" (alas, "Dhaka is in the grip of developers").
● Ending on a good news note: "Italy to become first country to make learning about climate change compulsory for school students" - the education ministry "is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model."
● Marinova mulls Studio Bow-Wow's "Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020" at NYC's Japan Society: "So what is the essence of Japanese architecture today? The answer will vary depending on whom you ask."
● Gibson, meanwhile, talks to Atelier Bow-Wow re: how "major development spurred on by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has greatly reduced opportunities for smaller architecture studios in the city": "'We are totally kicked out' from working in Tokyo."
● Ingalls explores photographer SHAN Wallace's "W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine: Exploring Barriers, Real and Perceived" at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. that surveys "the history and varied meanings of walls throughout the world - her work demonstrates that barriers, no matter how indomitable they seem, can never contain the scope of human imagination."
● Speaking of walls (and a good reason to head to Dubai Design Week next week) "WAL(L)TZ," the Lebanon pavilion by Beirut-based T Sakhi Architects includes "an interactive wall portraying the socio-political barriers in our society through a psychological and physiological journey for its visitors.
● Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto opens a new experimental gallery tonight "with a metaphoric cave installation 'New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking)' - an underground, cave-like, soft utopia" encouraging "self-directed rest and meditation."
● Novakovic has a few quibbles with Lam & Livesey's "Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present," but they ultimately "get it right" - the editors' "curation weaves together a thoughtful narrative," and "the critiques are a credit to the book's importance."
● Glassie gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright": "Hendrickson employs tremendously rigorous research. His is not an effort to exonerate - but to dig deeply into who [FLW] really was" with "persistent and expansive curiosity" that "takes readers beyond Wright in important, revelatory ways."
● An excerpt from Hendrickson's "Plagued by Fire" that considers FLW, "Ernest Hemingway, and the art of omission: What does the "Iceberg Theory" look like applied to architecture?"
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ANN feature: Duo Dickinson: The End of Design Movements: We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?- ArchNewsNow.com
Patrik Schumacher and Harriet Harriss clash over long-hours culture at Dezeen Day: [He] defended architecture's long-hours culture, arguing that protecting students from working too hard could lead to a "socialist kind of world of stagnation"...claiming that worrying about exploitation of workers could have a "paralysing" effect on companies like his...Harriss, dean of New York's Pratt Institute School of Architecture, argued that working long hours leads to a decline in productivity and could trigger mental health problems. -- Zaha Hadid Architects- Dezeen
Sean McCaughan: Does starchitecture still sell condos? Following the crash of 2008, as the city firmly established itself as an international art and design destination...Big names like Zaha Hadid, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Herzog & de Meuron, and Foster + Partners were splashed across glamorous new projects...And they sold well...does investing in design still bring the return that it used to? “Absolutely"...both eye-catching design and name recognition are important elements of success...evocative art, architecture and design have become integral to the city’s identity. -- Frank Gehry; Arquitectonica; Asymptote Architecture; Piero Lissoni; Stantec; Jean Nouvel; Urban Robot Associates- Miami Herald
Marianne Bray: Crops in the clouds: The rise of rooftop farming in space-starved Hong Kong: ...one of the most densely packed cities on Earth...one organisation is spearheading a movement to turn idle rooftops and urban spaces into farms: ...Rooftop Republic to teach a new generation of urban farmers as demand for their skills soars...Founded in 2015, [it] has set up more than 50 urban farms so far...working with developers to include rooftop farms in their design blueprints...will train about 150 urban farmers over the next year.- Place / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Centre Pompidou Rolls the Dice on Cultural Diplomacy, Opening a Partner Location in Shanghai: But the deal comes with strings attached: All the art on show has to be “pre-approved” by the Chinese authorities...Called the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum...housed in a massive venue designed by David Chipperfield. The opalescent glass building is the latest addition to the city’s West Bund “museum mile”...- artnet News
Stefanie Waldek: This Female-Led Architecture Firm Is Turning Heads in China: Based in Shanghai, X+Living not only creates stunning buildings, but also otherworldly interiors and funky furniture designs: “My goals are to bring surprise and happiness to boring daily life and make people be immersed with a whimsical and artistic world,” says Li Xiang.- Architectural Digest
Dorte Mandrup Wins Competition to Design Cultural Building in Norway: “The Whale”, a new touristic attraction...that will tell the stories of the majestic sea creature through art, science, and architecture...on the island of Andøya, a small town of 2600 citizens, which happens to be one of the best places in the world for whale watching...- ArchDaily
Revealing MODU + Eric Forman Studio’s 2020 Times Square Valentine Heart: "Heart Squared" wins the 12th annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition: ...the multi-dimensional, mixed material work will celebrate love and the transformative power of design...125 tilted mirrors to reflect the shape of a romantic heart, all inside a steel frame that calls to mind an anatomic heart...Times Square Arts partnered with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to bring the competition and installation together.- Cool Hunting
Call for entries: 2020 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship: open to undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design entering their final year of study in September 2020; deadline: January 25, 2020- Hart Howerton
Tom Mitchell/EIT Climate-KIC: Why our cities must act as beacons for ambitious climate action: Cities are a critical player in effective climate action, and many are already making headway where others are falling behind: Crowther Lab predicted that 77% of cities around the world will experience dramatic change in climate conditions over the next 30 years...Cities are proving to be great beacons of ingenuity and innovation...need more help...we have yet to provide cities with the kind of support to experiment, learn and take bolder steps...can lead to successful city-level transformation, where states have failed.- Place / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Damian Carrington: Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering': Statement sets out ‘vital signs’ as indicators of magnitude of the climate emergency. Most countries’ climate plans ‘totally inadequate’ - experts: ...urgent changes needed include ending population growth, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, halting forest destruction and slashing meat eating...“But it is not too late.” The scientists identify some encouraging signs...- Guardian (UK)
How architects are designing buildings for Bangladesh’s tropical monsoon climate: They must be able to cope with heavy rainfall, particularly as the effects of climate change worsen: ...by 2050 rising sea levels will have submerged 17% of Bangladesh and displaced roughly 20m people...Good design is essential if these challenges are to be addressed. The solutions are often straightforward...Unfortunately, Dhaka is in the grip of developers who favour expensive, inefficient concrete and glass towers...over traditional techniques and local materials. -- Marina Tabassum/MtA; Rafiq Azam/Shatotto architects; Peter Clegg/Feilden Clegg Bradley; Saif Ul Haque Sthapati- The Economist (UK)
Italy to become first country to make learning about climate change compulsory for school students: The lessons will be built into existing civics classes, which will have an "environmentalist footprint"...In addition, sustainable development will appear in more traditional subjects, such as geography, maths and physics...the entire ministry "is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model."- CNN
Elissaveta Marinova: 50 Years of Japan's Changing Architectural Landscape: Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a new exhibition at the Japan Society in New York examines how the country's architectural language has changed...since the country last hosted the games: So what is the essence of Japanese architecture today? The answer will vary depending on whom you ask...In Tokyo, as portrayed by the "Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020," hybrid architecture permeates the city, lending it a unique style. thru January 26, 2020 -- Momoyo Kaijima/Yoshiharu Tsukamoto/Atelier Bow-Wow- Architectural Digest
Eleanor Gibson: "We are totally kicked out" from working in Tokyo, says Atelier Bow-Wow: Major development spurred on by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has greatly reduced opportunities for smaller architecture studios in the city...has forced many...to look for work outside the city..."They want a big firm, a corporate firm...There's no chance for independent architects. ...Yoshiharu Tsukamoto; Momoyo Kaijima spoke to Dezeen about the architectural climate at the opening of "Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020" at New York's Japan Society. The studio curated and designed the showcase...- Dezeen
Julia Ingalls: The Many Lives of Detroit’s Berlin Wall: In 1941...Detroit finished construction on a six-foot-tall, half-mile-long wall...that would keep an African American neighborhood physically segregated...to “preserve property values"...when the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles asked SHAN Wallace to photograph the area for "W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine: Exploring Barriers, Real and Perceived," she discovered that the structure had taken on unexpected meanings in the interim...[show] explores the history and varied meanings of walls throughout the world...her work demonstrates that barriers, no matter how indomitable they seem, can never contain the scope of human imagination. thru December 29- The Architect's Newspaper
Abwab: Lebanon pavilion: "WAL(L)TZ" by T Sakhi Architects: The Beirut-based architecture and design studio responds to this year’s theme - learning - with an interactive wall portraying the socio-political barriers in our society through a psychological and physiological journey for its visitors.- Dubai Design Week
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design Introduces New Experimental Gallery: ...with a metaphoric cave installation "New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking)"...conceived to engage the city and the University of Toronto community alike in an underground, cave-like, soft utopia...visitors encouraged to make use of the cave’s soft infrastructure,...to engage in self-directed rest and meditation...aimed at demonstrating that idling...is not lost, unproductive time, but...vital to our survival and evolution. thru April 30, 2020 -- Richard Sommer; Pillow Culture- Canadian Architect
Stefan Novakovic: New Anthology Tackles Half a Century of Canadian Architecture: Edited by Elsa Lam and Graham Livesey, "Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present"...takes a stab at understanding what we built - and why we built it...Throughout, the deftness of [the editors'] curation weaves together a thoughtful narrative...the critiques...are a credit to its importance.- Azure magazine (Canada)
John Glassie: A look at the forces - and tragedies - that shaped Frank Lloyd Wright: ...it seems the architect never stopped working on his greatest creation: himself...[In "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright"] Hendrickson employs tremendously rigorous research to interrogate the myths that hang around his larger-than-life subject. His is not an effort to exonerate...but to dig deeply into who [FLW] really was...The title...refers not only to the terrible ways in which literal fire kept coming after Wright...but the extent to which he was burned by the events of his life and sometimes by his own actions...persistent and expansive curiosity...takes readers beyond Wright in important, revelatory ways.- Washington Post
Paul Hendrickson: On Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, and the Art of Omission: What Does the “Iceberg Theory” Look Like Applied to Architecture? No single piece of Wright architecture moves me more...sitting these days in Unity Temple...has helped me to find, or re-find, the person who I think Frank Lloyd Wright truly was. [excerpt from "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright"]- Literary Hub
ANN feature: Lesson Plan #5: Letter from an architect to the gurus [teachers] and chelas [disciples] of architecture: From India, Shirish Beri writes this special letter out of a restlessness that arises from a genuine concern for the present state of architectural education and profession, as well as that of our society.- ArchNewsNow.com
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