Today’s News - Tuesday, December 17, 2019
● ANN feature: Janet Adams Strong reflects on Jean Holabird's "Paper City," the artist's 3D watercolors of NYC buildings that go on view today in a display window of Ralph Walker's 1930 Western Union Building (in NYC).
● Eyefuls of French/Australian team Moreau Kusunoki and Gento's competition-winning design for Powerhouse Parramatta that marks "the largest investment in arts and culture in NSW since the Sydney Opera House - the generosity of space, transparency and lightness of the structure will create a 'sense of joy.'"
● The jury may have cheered the winning Powerhouse design, but some officials call it "a monstrosity on stilts - costly as well as ugly," along with heritage concerns and questioning "the rising price tag for the $1.6 billion museum relocation."
● Aliento, on a brighter note from Down Under, reports that 1,500 engineers and 137 engineering companies and others have signed Australian Engineers Declare, "a commitment to speed up our transition to a low carbon world," even though "it could also mean losing clients - signatories see both a market opportunity and a market imperative."
● Frearson, on a darker note, talks to Snøhetta's Thorsen, who warns that architects must plan for "Armageddon situations. We need to plan for a default situation. It might be adaptive design for a failed future."
● Walker looks back at "how our cities failed us this decade. The 2010s might have crushed our collective urban spirits - but all is not lost" if cities learn from these missteps.
● CTBUH Year in Review - "remarkable for the tall building industry, as it saw 26 super-tall buildings completed, the most in any year" + Project Trends and Predictions for 2020.
● Forbes puts out its Year In Review and a Preview of 2020: "The urbanization of the 'burbs; Architects Declare; Adaptive re-use revolution; Legacies of iconic architects live on;" etc.
● Sisson parses "6 clever urban design ideas that all cities should steal - unlike megaprojects, smaller, more under-the-radar works of 2019 achieved impressive results through smart, surgical changes."
● Wainwright checks in on what's going on with Notre Dame: The "fire prompted an orgy of wallet-waving - and architects rushed out unexpected plans to rebuild the spire. But setbacks and disagreements have left its outcome in doubt."
● Lamster cheers Adjaye's Ruby City in San Antonio, "a rugged architectural jewel - it has the mysterious look of an ancient war machine, abandoned by the archaic people who built it" (with "a bravura architectural moment - tempting gravity").
● Villa-Clarke parses Hong Kong's $2.6 billion K11 Musea retail development, "hailed as an architectural feat," designed by a who's who, that includes a rooftop urban farm and playgrounds. "Shopping just got inspiring."
● Andrews, Budds, Sisson & Walker profile five practitioners who are "putting the public back in public space."
● Gamolina's great Q&A with Alicia Glen, former NYC deputy mayor, re: "loving and supporting urbanism in its many facets, advising those just starting their careers to work for the smartest people in the spaces and places where one can make a difference."
● Blair reports that, "after years of antipathy," the construction industry "puts out the welcome mat for LGBTQ workers" with firms "taking action to stamp out workplace discrimination and prevent the loss of valuable talent" with the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge (already 800+ signatories).
● Stouhi offers "an architectural guide on Bauhaus-inspired projects around the world" (for die-hard fans or just the curious, there's a link to collaborator Google Arts & Culture with miles more!).
● Abrahams, Barrenech, Kristal & Gura profile the 2019 Interior Design Hall of Fame inductees (Firm of Year LTL's "relentlessly brainy trio").
● 2020 CTBUH Award of Excellence Winners in 21 categories - Best in Category winners will be announced in April.
ICYMI - ANN features:
● Dalrymple's Lesson Plan #7: An Implicit Rather than Explicit Model for Teaching Architecture.
● Locktov describes the flood damage wrought on the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, including Scarpa and Botta interventions, and calls for support of fundraising for the restoration of one of Venice's architectural and cultural treasures.
● ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019: 10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests.
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ANN feature: Janet Adams Strong: New York Unpacked: Reflections on Jean Holabird's "Paper City": The artist's 3D watercolors of New York City buildings go on view today in a display window of Ralph Walker's former Western Union Building (1930).- ArchNewsNow.com
Moreau Kusunoki and Genton win Powerhouse Parramatta International Design Competition: ...will mark the largest investment in arts and culture in NSW since the Sydney Opera House...re-connects the river with the city...jury commended the proposal for its elegant design and strong identity...the generosity of space, transparency and lightness of the structure will create a ‘sense of joy’...- World Architecture Community
Winning design for new Powerhouse Museum revealed: The design by architectural team Moreau Kusunoki and Genton has been called ‘a monstrosity on stilts’ by its detractors: ...saying it was costly as well as ugly...Naomi Milgrom praised the building’s "architecture and structural expression...will significantly extend the civic link and reinforce the important relationship of the city to the river"...heritage concerns...location has been criticised, with some noting the risk of flooding in the area...questioned the rising price tag for the $1.6 billion museum relocation...- ArtsHub (Australia)
Willow Aliento: Engineers ready to miss out on projects as they join the Declare movement: ...it means a commitment to change the way engineers do business. It could also mean losing clients...More than 1,500 individual Australian engineers and 137 engineering companies, consultancies and organisations have signed Australian Engineers Declare, a commitment to speed up our transition to a low carbon world and to address the biodiversity emergency...need to encourage clients to embrace low-carbon solutions...signatories see both a market opportunity and a market imperative. -- Architects Declare Australia; Lizzie Webb- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Amy Frearson: Architects must plan for "armageddon situations" says Snøhetta's Kjetil Trædal Thorsen: ...a pioneer of eco-friendly architecture...recently pledged to make all its buildings carbon negative within 20 years...[he] said...it is unlikely that the building industry will be able to change fast enough to reverse the impact of global warming..."We need to plan for a default situation. It might be adaptive design for a failed future"...with agricultural land threatened by flooding, food production might become an essential component of new buildings..."Nobody recognises embodied energy and its relationship to food production"- Dezeen
Alissa Walker: How our cities failed us this decade: We let big tech take over and dragged our feet on climate, but it’s not too late for change: The 2010s might have crushed our collective urban spirits - but all is not lost. Think of this list as the Ghost of Christmas Future coming back to warn cities everywhere of the potential missteps they might avoid...Future to avoid in the 2020s: Trillion-dollar disasters; Creative Class III: The Reckoning; Geofenced social media blackout zones; Blanket ADU [Accessory Dwelling Unit] bans; etc.- Curbed
Tall Buildings in 2019: Another Record Year for Supertall Completions: CTBUH Year in Review: The year was remarkable for the tall building industry, as it saw 26 supertall buildings (300 meters or taller) completed, the most in any year. This is the second year in which this record was established, besting 18 supertalls in 2018...Key Worldwide Market Snapshots; Project Trends: Transit-Oriented Developments; Project Trends: Skybridges; Predictions for 2020- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Real Estate And Architecture Year In Review And A Preview of 2020: A push for safe school design; Sustainability the new norm in real estate; The urbanization of the ’burbs; Architects declare action on climate change; Amenities arms race to continue; Adaptive re-use revolution; Wright designs added to UNESCO World Heritage List; Cities becoming less car-friendly; Legacies of iconic architects live on -- AIA/American Institute of Architects; Illya Azaroff/+Lab; I.M. Pei; Phil Freelon- Forbes
Patrick Sisson: 6 clever urban design ideas that all cities should steal: These small, smart innovations are worth building on in 2020: ...unlike the megaprojects, can provide pilot opportunities to solve issues of transportation access, equity, and affordability...smaller, more under-the-radar works of 2019, which achieved impressive results through smart, surgical changes. -- Snøhetta; John Ronan Architect; SOM; Perkins + Will; Curtis + Ginsberg Architects- Curbed
Oliver Wainwright: The Notre Dame fire prompted an orgy of wallet-waving. Is the cathedral now rising from the ashes? The wealthy pledged millions of euros and architects rushed out unexpected plans to rebuild the Parisian cathedral spire. But setbacks and disagreements have left its outcome in doubt. -- Norman Foster/Foster + Partners; UMA; Studio NAB; Mathieu Lehanneur; Philippe Villeneuve; Jean Nouvel; Jean-François Cabestan- Guardian (UK)
Mark Lamster: The hottest new building in Texas is a chunky red museum imagined by a salsa heiress: San Antonio’s Ruby City is a rugged architectural jewel: ..demonstrates David Adjaye's gift for boldly manipulating architectural mass and volume. It is a tough building...it has the mysterious look of an ancient war machine, abandoned by the archaic people who built it. This is not entirely accidental... -- Linda Pace Foundation- Dallas Morning News
Angelina Villa-Clarke: Hong Kong’s New K11 Musea Brings Satisfaction To Shoppers Through Art And Culture: ...on the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour-front...[US$2.6 billion] retail development is shining a spotlight on the city’s waterfront region in more ways than one...hailed as an architectural feat as well as being the heart of a new cultural hub...10-storey complex...boasting top-level certified green-building design, extensive greenery, rooftop urban farming...and over 50,000sq ft of living walls...Shopping just got inspiring. -- Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); James Corner Field Operations; OMA; David Gianotten; Monstrum; LAAB; Speirs + Major; EDGE Design- Forbes
Jeff Andrews, Diana Budds, Patrick Sisson & Alissa Walker: They’re putting the public back in public space: Meet five practitioners who want our shared spaces to be a resource for those who use them: The architect who’s confronting climate change; The urban designers who bring the community in; The architect making playgrounds reflect how children actually play; The urbanist with a plan for the LA River; The architect who uses performance to open up public space. -- Bryony Roberts; Studio Ludo; Mia Lehrer; Mark Johnson/Civitas; Pamela Conrad/CMG Landscape Architecture.- Curbed
Julia Gamolina: City Geek: Alicia Glen on Loving New York and Playing All Sides: [She] is a nationally recognized expert in urban development, infrastructure finance, job creation, and housing policy...created and serves as the Chair of women.nyc...Most recently, she was named the Chair of the Trust for Governors Island...[she] talks about loving and supporting urbanism in its many facets, advising those just starting their careers to work for the smartest people in the spaces and places where one can make a difference.- Madame Architect
Scott Blair: After Years of Antipathy, Construction Puts Out Welcome Mat For LGBTQ Workers: Protections against discrimination remain incomplete from state to state: For years, construction workers have faced the risk of being ostracized, bullied or fired over their sexual orientation or gender identity...a growing number of firms are taking action to stamp out workplace discrimination and prevent the loss of valuable talent,,,actively recruiting and retaining LGBTQ+ employees...CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge...800+ signatories...in an effort to make entering the trades less traumatic for future prospects, industry groups have initiated programs to make worksites more inclusive. -- Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange (Qu-AKE); Build Out Alliance; Building Equality; @LGBTConstruct; Jackie Richter; Guillermo Díaz-Fañas/WSP; Peter J. Davoren/Turner; Steve Edwards/Black & Veatch- ENR/Engineering News Record
Dima Stouhi: An Architectural Guide on Bauhaus-Inspired Projects Around the World: ...has been influencing generations of architects and designers for 100 years. The school was a lot more than modernist designs and primary colors, it was a movement with a political, social, and cultural impact, led by some of the most notable figures in the field. -- Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; Mies van der Rohe; Walter Gropius; Marcel Breuer; Herbert Bayer; Fritz Benedict; Max Bill; Alex Cvijanovic; Hans Bandel; Heike Hanada; Paul Klee; Renzo Piano; Johannes Brinkman; Arieh Sharon; Shlomo Liaskowski; Charles and Ray Eames; Habib Rahman; Harry Seidler- ArchDaily
Charlotte Abrahams, Raul Barrenech, Marc Kristal & Judith Gura: 2019 Interior Design Hall of Fame Inductees -- India Mahdavi; Rick Joy/Studio Rick Joy; LTL Architects (Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis); Paula Wallace/Savannah School of Design/SCAD (Special Leadership Award)- Interior Design magazine
2020 CTBUH Award of Excellence Winners in 21 categories: Best Tall Buildings; Urban Habitat - Single Site Scale & District/Master Plan Scale; Renovation; Interior Space; Construction; Structural Engineering; MEP Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Façade Engineering; Fire & Risk Engineering -- Zaha Hadid Architects; Moshe Safdie; RMJM; SOM; Bates Smart; Aedas; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; CetraRuddy Architecture; Foster + Partners; etc.- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
ANN feature: Dr. Theodore Dalrymple: Lesson Plan #7: An Implicit Rather than Explicit Model for Teaching Architecture: I would institute an annual prize, with substantial cash awards, for architecture students who would be given the task of designing a building that surpasses an iconic monstrosity in ugliness.- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: JoAnn Locktov: Scarpa and Botta Interventions Severely Damaged in Venice Floods: Fondazione Querini Stampalia initiates fundraising for restoration of its architectural and cultural treasures.- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019: 10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests. -- Friederike Hollander & Nina Wiedemeyer; Austin Williams; Jane Hall; Philip Jodidio; Izabela Cichonska, Karolina Popera, & Kuba Snopek; Don Barasch; Charles Lockwood & Patrick W. Ciccone w/ Jonathan D. Taylor; Rowan Bain; Ben Stevens; Philip Jodidio & Aga Kahn Historic Cities Programme- ArchNewsNow.com
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