Today’s News - Thursday, January 16, 2020
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● ANN feature: Building Abundance #6 by Edward McGraw: Q&A with Binghamton University President Dr. Harvey Stenger: "We have the solutions to climate change and they can be implemented right now" - his hopeful prognosis for the climate crisis.
● "With as many as 10,000 buildings damaged, AIA Puerto Rico chapter kicked into gear immediately behind search and rescue teams to help assess damage - the Puerto Rico Engineers and Surveyors Association is also assisting with the inspections."
● Andrews takes a deep dive into the affordable housing crisis - politicians think public housing is the solution - "but policy experts say it isn't."
● Paybarah reports that Hudson Yards' developer "has backed off a plan that would have put a giant wall next to the High Line" because of the backlash (but claiming reports were misinformation"). "Residents and officials rejoiced" (w/link to Kimmelman's report - if you missed it earlier this week).
● ASLA cheers the introduction of the Residential Energy and Economic Savings/TREES Act incentivizing tree-planting programs, with "special attention to environmental justice and equity concerns by giving priority to projects in underserved and disadvantaged areas."
● Eyefuls (and a video of) Zaha Hadid Architects' exhibition and conference center, ZHA's first building nearing completion for Unicorn Island, a gigantic, ecologically sustainable mixed-use project in Chengdu, China.
● BOMA International, in partnership with ULI and RMI, releases "Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings," the first study of its kind that "offers guidance and strategies for implementing energy efficiency and green leasing measures."
● Gamolina's (great) Q&A with Andrea Steele re: starting her own firm, post-TEN Arquitectos, "juggling multiple identities, and advising young architects to find the learning and the humor in things": "Make new mistakes, not the same ones."
● One we (sadly) couldn't resist: Months after historic flooding, the canals of Venice are nearly dry - "boats and gondolas were beached at the bottom of the canals, which resembled trenches instead of waterways" (with pix to prove it).
● 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.
● Call for entries: 2020 Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards.
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): 8th Annual Architizer A+Awards for Architecture & Products.
● Call fro Nominations: inaugural ASLA Emerging Professional Medal.
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): ASLA Council of Fellows Scholarships: $5,000 + travel to ASLA conference in October.
● Call for Presentations (deadline looms!): 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, Miami Beach, October 2 - 5.
● "State of Extremes" at the Design Museum Holon in Israel includes works by international and Israeli designers and studios that "put a spotlight on how opposites are represented through design - it is political, innovative, critical, and hopeful all at once."
● Mohamed Elshahed, "the architect ensuring Cairo's buildings are never forgotten," has an installation at the UAE's Sharjah Architecture Triennial, and curating "Cairo Modern" at NYC's Center for Architecture in March, based on his upcoming book, "Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide."
● 14 architects and artists have contributed to Mimi Zeiger's "Soft Schindler" at Rudolph Schindler's house in West Hollywood, California, that "takes the fraught relationship between the architect and his wife as its theme" (pink walls ensued).
● In Paris, James Casebere's photographs in "On the Water's Edge" depict "fictional refuges emerging from flooded landscapes to draw attention to the need for humans to respond creatively to the threat posed by rising sea levels" and climate change.
● Rybczynski parses Lam & Livesey's "Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the Present" (with some "quirky" selections), and "the climate-inspired pragmatism of our northern neighbors (and why you should hire a Canadian)."
● LeCavalier cheers Osman's "Modernism's Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America" that explores "the relationship between regulation, data, and the built environment - beyond offering a brilliant reassessment of the emergence of modern architecture, it also, like the best history, illuminates our contemporary condition."
● Ravenscroft cheers Hagan-Guirey's "Le Corbusier Paper Models: 10 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold" - the lesser-known Villa Sarabhai in India, is Hagan-Guirey's favorite" ("you can't help but smile at the inkling of irreverence").
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ANN feature: Building Abundance #6: An Interview with Dr. Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University: "We have the solutions to climate change and they can be implemented right now." So says Stenger. Read on to learn more about his hopeful prognosis for the climate crisis. By Edward McGraw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C- ArchNewsNow.com
Groups Help Puerto Rico With Earthquake Relief Efforts: With as many as 10,000 buildings damaged...the American Institute of Architects’ Puerto Rico chapter kicked into gear immediately behind search and rescue teams to help assess damage...AIA Puerto Rico will be putting together training for its safety assessment program Friday, with the goal of getting more volunteers to assist with the initiative...Puerto Rico Engineers and Surveyors Association is also assisting with the inspections.- Associations Now
Jeff Andrews: Affordable housing is in crisis. Is public housing the solution? Democrats on the left have proposed a huge expansion of public housing, but policy experts say it isn’t the answer: ...could other measures - such as expanding Section 8 vouchers for private housing rentals - be more effective at creating affordable housing in integrated neighborhoods?- Curbed
Azi Paybarah: They Were Going to Build a Wall at Hudson Yards. Then Came the Backlash: The developer of Hudson Yards has backed off a plan that would have put a giant wall next to the High Line: Related said it had long understood that “our open space needs to work well with the High Line and the Hudson River.” Any talk about them intending to build a wall was simply “misinformation.” Residents and officials rejoiced at the announcement. -- Michael Kimmelman; Robert Hammond- New York Times
ASLA Applauds Introduction of TREES Act: The Residential Energy and Economic Savings Act...incentivizes tree-planting programs...pays special attention to environmental justice and equity concerns by giving priority to projects in underserved and disadvantaged areas...ASLA worked closely with congressional staff in drafting language for this legislation...- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
The first building of Zaha Hadid Architects' 'Unicorn Island' nears completion in Chengdu, China: ...67-hectare site will provide a huge mixed-use program...developed as an ecologically sustainable civic, business and residential center for China’s technology and research sectors...to accommodate 70,000 researchers, office staff, residents and visitors...also developed to enhance the wellbeing of its community by integrating generous amounts of green areas and wetlands.- designboom
New Report Details How to Unlock Hidden Value in Class B and C Office Buildings: Research Reveals Energy Efficiency and Green Leasing Measures Could Boost Savings: BOMA International [releases] new research report created in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI)...The first study of its kind, "Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings" offers guidance and strategies for implementing energy efficiency and green leasing measures... [link to report]- Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
Julia Gamolina: Achieving Alignment: Andrea Steele on Testing the Waters, Design Excellence, and Sharing Learning: ...she talks about her experience starting offices and juggling multiple identities, advising young architects to find the learning and the humor in things: "Sometimes that learning is learning to laugh. Make new mistakes, not the same ones." -- Andrea Steele Architecture (ASA); Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos; TEN + W; Barbara Wilks/W Architecture & Landscape Architecture- Madame Architect
Venice canals nearly dry, months after historic floods: ...after suffering some of its worst floods in more than 50 years, its famous canals have now dried up, leaving them unnavigable thanks to low tide. The boats and gondolas that draw millions to the city each year were beached at the bottom of the canals, which resembled trenches instead of waterways...- FOXNews.com
Call for entries: 2020 Radical Innovation Awards: Professional & Student categories: Radical Hospitality Design, Concept or Product, either new or existing (no entry fee for students); finalists in the Concept/Design category will be flown to New York City to compete in a live event in fall 2020; cash prizes; deadline: April 23- John Hardy Group / Global Allies
Call for entries: 8th Annual Architizer A+Awards for Architecture & Products (international); deadline: February 14- Architizer
Call fro entries: Nominations for the inaugural ASLA Emerging Professional Medal: nominee must be a landscape architect within the first 10 years of their career; deadline: February 7- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Call for entries: ASLA Council of Fellows Scholarships: $5,000 + travel to ASLA conference, Miami Beach, October 2 - 5, for up to four students; applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are Student ASLA members and 3rd- to 5th-year undergraduates (graduate students not eligible); deadline: February 1- Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)
Call for Presentations: 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, Miami Beach, October 2 - 5: select from 14 tracks that represent topics most relevant to the practice of landscape architecture and cross-sector collaborations today; deadline: January 23- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Can our differences unite us, asks new design exhibition: "State of Extremes" at Design Museum Holon includes over 70 works by international and Israeli designers and studios: ...[show] puts a spotlight on how opposites are represented through design...exhibit is political, innovative, critical, and hopeful all at once...touching on political, environmental, social and scientific ideas...proves that these extremes are what make our society cohesive and colorful at the same time. thru May 9 -- Aric Chen; Maya Dvash; Azinta PlantengaTadafs Maksimovas; Lucy McRae; Stephan Bogner; Phillip Shmitt; Jonas Voig- ISRAEL21c
Cementing Cairo’s place in history: the architect ensuring the city's buildings are never forgotten: "If the buildings are not documented or photographed, it’s like they never existed at all," says Mohamed Elshahed: "Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide"...a rebuke against how we think of heritage. It explores 226 buildings...They are not necessarily masterpieces...all architecturally interesting...Elshahed curating "Cairo Modern" exhibition at the New York Centre for Architecture, March 26 - July 11...currently in the UAE...as part of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. -- Zaha Hadid; Muhammad Ramzy Omar; Charles Ayrout- The National (Abu Dhabi)
"Soft Schindler" installation of works by architects and artists contrasts modernist at The Schindler House, West Hollywood, California: ...takes the fraught relationship between the architect and his wife as its theme...14 architecture studios and artists add softness to or contrast with the  house...curated by architecture critic Mimi Zeiger, who...came up with the idea after learning about the relationship between Schindler and his wife Pauline... thru February 16- Dezeen
James Casebere's photographs depict fictional refuges emerging from flooded landscapes: ..."On the Water's Edge" to draw attention to issues relating to climate change and, in particular, the need for humans to respond creatively to the threat posed by rising sea levels...abstract refuges reference the work of...Herzog & deMeuron, Japan's Akihisa Hirata and Costa Rican firm Studio Saxe...In particular, Paul Rudolph... Galerie Templon, Paris, thru March 7- Dezeen
Witold Rybczynski: A Brief History of Recent Canadian Architecture: ...on the climate-inspired pragmatism of our northern neighbors (and why you should hire a Canadian): "Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the Present" [Elsa Lam, Graham Livesey, editors] is a bulky little tome...essays by 17 different authors...its selections can be quirky...makes for a somewhat perplexing bouillabaisse...One trend...Canada did not foster a traditionalist movement...Canadian architects have generally toed the Modernist line, preferring to leave radical experimentation to others...If you want a flashy clickbait building, hire one of the usual suspects; if you want something well-put-together that does the job over the long haul, get a Canadian.- Architect Magazine
Jesse LeCavalier: "Modernism's Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America" reveals how regulatory governance has shaped American architecture: Thermostats, refrigerators, dioramas, slide rules...are some of the elements Michael Osman scrutinizes...the ways...an emerging regulatory imagination at the turn of the 20th century shaped...the relationship...between regulation, data, and the built environment - especially relevant in our current political and technological moment...beyond offering a brilliant reassessment of the emergence of modern architecture, also, like the best history, illuminates our contemporary condition. -- Aggregate; Albert Kahn- The Architect's Newspaper
Tom Ravenscroft: Marc Hagan-Guirey uses kirigami to recreate Le Corbusier's buildings in paper: ...for his book "Le Corbusier Paper Models: 10 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold"...contains some of the Swiss-French architect's best known buildings...Of all the buildings in the book it is the lesser-known Villa Sarabhai in India, which is Hagan-Guirey's favourite..."you can't help but smile at the inkling of irreverence."- Dezeen
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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