Today’s News - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
● Elbein takes a deep dive into the growing popularity of mass timber skyscrapers that have "a particular utopian appeal among a certain set of architects and designers," but it "depends on something that is disappearing: a steady climate and forests - can we grow enough trees to keep pace?" (fascinating - spend the time on this one!).
● Kamin rates "Chicago's "remarkable collection of new public spaces by the three 'E's: They're better on entertainment and ecology than equity - they've had a greater impact on daily life than knock-your-eyes-out buildings that have gone up," but "they sometimes emerged as disruptive forces - accelerants for gentrification and displacement."
● Dallas landscape architect Kevin Sloan explains how, "if Chicago can rewild its river, we can too," but it seems "Dallas can't find the will to do," even though rewilding "is sweeping the world - you and I are the ones who can do it."
● Litt lauds Cleveland's Red Line Greenway trail that "shows great promise, despite ugly duckling start - it will benefit more than 50,000 residents in poor and middle-class neighborhoods" (not all are thrilled).
● Recently released data shows NYC ferries have "been a plaything of the rich almost from the jump. Ferries help the poor? That's rich."
● Moore, on a brighter note, cheers OMA's Brighton College Sports and Science Centre ("for jocks and nerds") - "Hogwarts meets George Lucas. You would not expect it because no English private school has built anything quite like this before" (with a few quibbles).
● FMZD "imagined a vertical street to replace the traditional packed shopping mall" in transforming a concrete structure in Tehran into a "contextual" mall.
● Breuer's building in New Haven, Connecticut, to become a boutique hotel and conference center that "celebrates the design of the tower," be "all-electric," and the first in the U.S. to meet Passivhaus standards.
● Welton walks us through the evolution of the Carolina School of architecture that started with "a chance encounter between Frank Harmon and Harwell Hamilton Harris" that "became the genesis of our own genre of regional modernism," and parses "three generations of Carolina modernists leaving their imprints on the Triangle for decades to come."
● Mafi rounds up "the 11 most anticipated buildings of 2020 - while we are still searching for the sky's upper limits, new focus has narrowed on designing eco-friendly structures, and more affordable housing."
● A great round-up of "the best-designed travel destinations for 2020 in Kampala, Marrakech, Los Angeles, Brussels, Belgium, Tbilisi ("welcome to the new Berlin"), Glasgow, Tokyo, and Zurich.
● Glancey introduces us to the John Laing photo archive that captures "a bygone era when builders wore jacket and tie to work," now being digitized by Historic England - with the first batch available online this week.
● The Chicago Architecture Center's "Girls Build" program is "aimed at inspiring young girls interested in science, engineering and technology."
● ICYMI: ANN Feature: David Brussat: Lesson Plan #8: Petition of the British Architecture School Inmates: Students are taught how to tinker with computers and plug into a corporate design culture that aids and abets precisely what drives the petitioners to seek reform.
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Saul Elbein: Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood? Wood products that are nearly as strong as steel are going into more high-rises, locking up carbon. But can we grow enough trees to keep pace? Mass timber has a particular utopian appeal among a certain set of architects and designers...depends on something that is disappearing: a steady climate and forests...threatened by the very climate crisis that makes carbon-sucking buildings seem appealing...promises to replace a material that releases huge amounts of carbon...don’t just use less carbon than concrete or steel, they lend themselves better to modern architecture. -- John Klein/MIT; cross-laminated timber (CLT); glu-lam; LVL - aminated veneer lumber- National Geographic
Blair Kamin: Rating Chicago’s latest wave of parks and public spaces by the three 'E’s: They’re better on entertainment and ecology than equity: Beginning with the triumphant opening of Millennium Park in 2004, a remarkable collection of new public spaces has sprung up...they’ve had a greater impact on daily life than knock-your-eyes-out buildings that have gone up in the same period...And yet...they have sometimes emerged as disruptive forces, acting as accelerants for gentrification and displacement...Despite such flaws, the new parks and public spaces are a major achievement...Yet there’s a catch... -- Frederick Law Olmsted; Alex Krieger; Sally Chappell/"Chicago’s Urban Nature"; Carol Ross Barney; Ernie Wong/site design group; Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; Maurice Co- Chicago Tribune
Kevin Sloan: How rewilding available land in Dallas could make us happier, healthier and wealthier: If Chicago can rewild its river, we can too: Chicago is doing what Dallas can’t find the will to do. The Wild Mile...is turning a mile-long section of the polluted Chicago River into a wildlife sanctuary...an example of a larger phenomenon that is sweeping the world: rewilding...With the bad news of devastated ecologies, increasing climate change, declines in bird populations, mass extinctions, etc., rewilding can be an important part of the solution. And you and I are the ones who can do it. -- Blair Kamin; Kevin Sloan Studio- Dallas Morning News
Steven Litt: Red Line Greenway trail shows great promise, despite ugly duckling start: Trees need to be cut. Stumps need to be pulled. Earth needs to be moved. Despite such raw beginnings, new trails in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County...are vibrant sources of regional pride...The greenway...will benefit more than 50,000 residents in poor and middle-class neighborhoods scarred by railroad lines and Interstate 90. -- Michael Baker International; Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge- Cleveland Plain Dealer
New York City knew ferries have been for the rich since day one, documents reveal: Ferries help the poor? That’s rich. Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted that his administration’s heavily-subsidized ferry service would help poor New Yorkers get around, but newly revealed data shows it’s been a plaything of the rich almost from the jump - figures the city sat on for months...internal survey...found that the median rider’s income ranges between $100,000 and $150,000...The average income of a New York City bus commuter is under $30,000...- New York Post
Rowan Moore: Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre - Hogwarts meets George Lucas: In a departure from the gothic image of English private schools, [the] new building, designed by OMA, is an expression of global ambition: You would not expect it because no English private school has built anything quite like this before...“We are not too good at pitched roofs,” says Ellen van Loon...There’s a secret romance within the building’s severity...that connects it...to its gothic forebears, based on the pleasure of exploring its complicated inner landscape...There are a few cavils. -- Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture; Hopkins; Eric Parry; Allies and Morrison; George Gilbert Scott- Observer (UK)
FMZD Transforms an Existing Concrete Structure in Tehran into a Contextual Shopping Mall: The Tehran Eye...consisted of redesigning a façade and reorganizing a large existing structure into an integrated entity in the city...Farshad Mehdizadeh Design imagined a vertical street to replace the traditional packed shopping mall.- ArchDaily
Marcel Breuer building in Connecticut sold to become hotel: ...developer and architect Bruce Becker [of] Becker and Becker, purchased the Pirelli Tire Building in New Haven from [IKEA] for $1.2 million (£1 million)...intends to create a boutique hotel and conference centre that celebrates the design of the tower...completed in 1970...to make the hotel zero net energy..."all-electric" and the first in the U.S. certified with low-energy design standard, Passivhaus.- Dezeen
J. Michael Welton: The Carolina School: Distinct Modern Architecture in the Triangle: A chance encounter between Frank Harmon and Harwell Hamilton Harris became the genesis of our own genre of regional modernism...Harmon began to investigate principles Harris had learned from Rudolph Schindler...part of a larger, cutting-edge cadre of regional modernists...follow similar principles, but like artists, they work from their own palettes...I expect to see these three generations of Carolina modernists leaving their imprints on the Triangle for decades to come. Others will follow...The result will be place-making that’s unlike any other, anywhere else on earth. -- Ellen Cassilly; Arielle Schechter; Vinny Petrarca/Katherine Hogan/onic Design/Build; Matt Griffith/Erin Lewis/in situ studio; Robby Johnston/Craig Kerins/Raleigh Architecture Company; Larry Scarpa/Brooks + Scarpa; Marlon Blackwell; Don Kranbuehl/Clark Nexsen- Walter magazine (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Nick Mafi: The 11 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2020: In the words of architect Robert Venturi, we believe these buildings will allow you to “see familiar things in an unfamiliar way”: ...while we are still searching for the sky’s upper limits with our buildings, new focus has narrowed on designing eco-friendly structures, and more affordable housing... -- Zaha Hadid Architects (Dubai); Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (New York City); Ma Yansong/MAD Architects (Paris & Beijing); Annabelle Selldorf (Beijing); Annabelle Selldorf/Selldorf Architects (Beijing); Herzog & de Meuron (Hong Kong); Studio Gang (Chicago); Steven Holl Architects (Houston); OMA (Manchester, U.K.); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Colorado Springs); Kengo Kuma (Tokyo)- Architectural Digest
Brave new world: the best-designed travel destinations for 2020: From treetop cycle paths to a micro hotel, we guide you through new design marvels around the globe: Kampala, Uganda: a tour of tropical modernism; Marrakech, Morroco: where the ancient meets the modern; Los Angeles: new frontier town for design; Brussels, Belgium: take a ride through outdoor art; Tbilisi, Georgia: welcome to the new Berlin; Glasgow, Scotland: DIY and the spirit of innovation; Tokyo, Japan; Zurich, Switzerland: cutting-edge and cool precision. -- Doreen Adengo; Manuel Herz; Studio KO; Paul Sinoir; Tom Parker/Fettle Design; Eames; Frank Lloyd Wright; Axel Vervoordt; Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Hiroe Tanaka/Trunk Atelier; Kume Sekkei; David Chipperfield Architects; Le Corbusier- Observer Design (UK)
Jonathan Glancey: These photos show the can-do spirit that rebuilt postwar Britain: Photographs from the John Laing archive capture a bygone era when builders wore jacket and tie to work: ...[he] treated his staff - 10,000 strong by the mid-'50s - as an extended family and... recorded their achievements in loving detail. From at least 1910, photographers were hired to document the making of each new [building]...company entrusted the John Laing Photographic Collection, comprising 230,000 images, to...Historic England...This week, around 2,000 of these pictures [are] available to the public...first batch of around 10,000 images...part of a new initiative called Breaking New Ground...- Telegraph (UK)
"Girls Build" program inspires next wave of Chicago female architects: At the Chicago Architecture Center, a new program is inspiring future female architects in the city...aimed at inspiring young girls interested in science, engineering and technology..."We've tackled anything from affordable housing and what does affordability mean, urban planning, parks and green spaces,” CAC manager Angela Esposito said.- WGN-TV (Chicago)
ANN Feature: David Brussat: Lesson Plan #8: Petition of the British Architecture School Inmates: Students are taught how to tinker with computers and how to plug into a corporate design culture that aids and abets precisely what drives the petitioners to seek reform.- ArchNewsNow.com
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