Today’s News - Wednesday, February 5, 2020
● Leigh weighs in on "why America needs classical architecture" - the GSA's "Design Excellence program's results have been anything but excellent - architects like Mayne and Phifer have no business designing federal buildings. Uncle Sam needs to put classicists to work."
● Taliesin Opinion #4: former Visiting Teaching Fellows García & Frankowski ponder: "Why, at the moment when the school seemed so vivid, the student work so exciting, and the educational programs so transcendental are we facing this fate?" - and offer five points about what will be lost. #5: "Closing the school is an attack on architectural education."
● Taliesin Opinion #5: Students react to the School of Architecture at Taliesin's closing: "To discontinue 88 years of an alternative pedagogical model is at least as destructive as the demolition of a physical architectural masterwork. Beyond losing our school we are losing our home" (click "Yesterday's News" for Taliesin Opinion #1-3).
● The 2020 U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index ranks "the top 100 metro regions around key transportation metrics and for their contribution to greenhouse gases - high-level information for cities aiming to explore policy directions to reduce greenhouse gases."
● Sisson sizes up "how Paris became a cycling success story. The City of Light became the City of Bike, and U.S. cities should take notice. Think big, and don't be afraid to talk about climate change and transportation" (bike use in Paris rose 54% in just one year!).
● Davidson ranks "a baker's dozen" of the "schemes, renderings, misfires, and good intentions" to fix Penn Station over the last 4 decades, listed "from worst to better. 'Best' is still out of reach" (one is "a masterpiece of urbanism by rubber band and wishful thinking").
● Walsh offers 10 examples of how architects have used energy infrastructure "as an artistic platform - a new approach to harvesting energy" that is "lighting up architectural imaginations" (turning NIMBYs into YIMBYs).
● Cole prowls "the dark, dripping sewers of Brussels" ("the capital of passive house architecture") to find out why "the city's energy experts' minds are in the gutter - harnessing the heat of a sewer system" that "could supply up to 35% of the city with completely renewable heat. Other cities have their own pilot schemes."
● Gonchar cheers Gorlin's transformation of Saarinen's Bell Labs in a New Jersey suburb into the 2 million-square-foot Bell Works, "a 'metroburb' containing all the elements of a thriving downtown" that "offers an intriguing model for repurposing America's many vacant office parks - some of which have thrilling architecture."
● Anderton talks to those involved in setting up house for NeueHouse, a shared working space and social club in L.A.'s "storied" Bradbury Building - "a popular filming location for half a century, and a must-see stop for tourists and architecture buffs" noted for its "explosion of balconies and stairs and Victorian elevators."
● A video profile of Robert P Madison, "founder of first black-owned architecture firm in Ohio - and only the 10th registered African-American architect in the nation who reimagined the entire skyline of Cleveland. Despite retiring in 2016, he's still active at 96 years young."
● Ponsford profiles Mphethi Morojele of Johannesburg-based MMA Design Studio, whose Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa, "made him arguably the most influential architect and design thinker of the country's democratic decades" by "combining neuroscience with animism, and layering landmarks and urban infrastructure with emotional nuances."
● Hill parses Beatrice Galilee's inaugural The World Around summit: It was an impressive line-up of speakers, but "the curatorial format needs to embrace interaction - the audience is passive - just watching - turn the annual summits into events for engagement, not just inspiration "
● Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 2-Stage International Design Competition.
● Request for Qualification/RFQ: Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 Architectural Design Competition to redevelop a city block immediately south of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa.
● The Architectural League of New York announces winners of the 2020 Emerging Voices Awards - 8 emerging practices "with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism" (great presentation).
● Winners of the Iceland Volcano Museum competition for "a landing point for visitors to the Hverfjall Volcano" hail from New Zealand, Denmark, and Poland.
● Winners of the Laka Competition 2020: "Architecture that Reacts" hail from the U.S., Italy, U.S./China, and the U.K. (great presentation).
● Keskeys parses the winners of the One Rendering Challenge 2020, whose "winning renderings tell architectural stories in highly intriguing and unexpected ways."
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Catesby Leigh: Why America Needs Classical Architecture: The design of federal buildings should be guided by the traditional principles that produced our greatest civic landmarks: With the inauguration of the Design Excellence program in 1994, the GSA aimed to raise its cultural profile and has since commissioned scores of buildings from prominent architects...the program’s results have been anything but excellent...GSA’s principles...should be rewritten [and] enforced...architects like Mayne and Phifer are not fundamentally concerned with civic ideals [and] have no business designing federal buildings... our classicists face overwhelming indifference, if not outright opposition...Uncle Sam needs to put these classicists to work... -- David Insinga; Richard Meier; Thom Mayne; William Rawn Associates; Arthur Brown, Jr.; John Russell Pope; Thomas Phifer- City Journal/The Manhattan Institute
Taliesin Opinion #4: Cruz García & Nathalie Frankowski: To close The School of Architecture at Taliesin is to kill the experimental legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright: Why, at the moment when the school seemed so vivid, the student work so exciting, and the educational programs so transcendental are we facing this fate? ...one thing remains unclear: what would be lost if the school closes? ...five points about what will be lost with the closure [the school]...5: Closing the school is an attack on architectural education. -- Aaron Betsky; Chris Lasch- The Architect's Newspaper
Taliesin Opinion #5: Students react to the School of Architecture at Taliesin’s closing: The imminent closure...has left its student body stunned and deeply distraught. To discontinue 88 years of an alternative pedagogical model is at least as destructive as the demolition of a physical architectural masterwork...Beyond losing our school we are losing our home...From our perspective, the destruction of this profound legacy and jewel in the American cultural landscape is a preventable disaster...We are exceedingly grateful to all...who have reached out...However, we feel that there is no replacement for what will be lost in closing the school...- The Architect's Newspaper
Study Measures U.S. Cities on Transportation, Climate Impact: The 2020 U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index by StreetLight Data ranked the top 100 metro regions around key transportation metrics and for their contribution to greenhouse gases: ...data is intended to serve as high-level information for cities aiming to explore policy directions to reduce greenhouse gases.- GovTech.com (Government Technology)
Patrick Sisson: How Paris became a cycling success story - and built a roadmap for other cities: The City of Light became the City of Bike, and U.S. cities should take notice: Plan Velo...will be one of the lasting legacies of Mayor Anne Hidalgo...Think big, and don’t be afraid to talk about climate change and transportation...success in Paris has come in large part from presenting a bold, citywide plan, instead of the gradual way many U.S. cities add such infrastructure, upgrading corridors one at a time...It’s all part of her wider climate policy...providing subsidized public transit for children, expanding public transit, and greening the city with new parks and urban forests.- Curbed
Justin Davidson: Every Plan to Fix Penn Station, Ranked: More than 30 years worth of schemes, renderings, misfires, and good intentions: Fixing Penn has been a fond dream for decades, but each attempt has foundered on the shoals of inertia, conflicting agendas, and shortsightedness...the catalogue of plans has seesawed between thinking big and making do...a baker’s dozen plans...organized from worst to better. “Best” is still out of reach. -- McKim, Mead & White; Adrian Untermyer; Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (now HOK); Rafael Viñoly; SHoP Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); James Carpenter Design Associates; ReThink Studio; Vishaan Chakrabarti/Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); FX Collaborative- New York Magazine
Niall Patrick Walsh: The Powerful New Architecture of Clean Energy: Energy infrastructure has historically been met with a “Not in My Back Yard” response...the architecture of energy infrastructure has traditionally been [in] isolated locations creating little need for architectural beauty... a new approach to harvesting energy has heralded a new architecture to accompany it...lighting up architectural imaginations...10 examples of how architects and designers have used energy plants as an artistic platform to celebrate, and instigate, a greener future. -- Vincenzo Cangemi Architectes; UD Urban Design AB + Gottlieb Paludan Architects; monovolume; Snøhetta; Matteo Thun & Partners; C.F. Møller; Forgas Arquitectes; Manthey Kula Architects; becker architekten; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group- ArchDaily
Laura Cole: Can we heat buildings without burning fossil fuels? ...the dark, dripping sewers of Brussels seem an unlikely place for anything particularly valuable to be hidden...The volume of fluids and, crucially, their temperature are the reason that the city’s energy experts’ minds are in the gutter...Harnessing the heat of a sewer system is just one way of reducing the carbon footprint of heating...[Brussell's] system could supply up to 35% of the city with completely renewable heat ..Other citie...have their own pilot schemes. -- Bere:Architects; Sebastian Moreno-Vacca/A2M Architects- BBC Future Planet (UK)
Joann Gonchar: Bell Works by Alexander Gorlin Architects: The renovation of a storied Eero Saarinen building in Holmdel, New Jersey, brings a bit of the city to suburbia: ...Bell Labs...an immense mirrored-glass box...threatened with demolition...transformed into a mixed-use facility...a “metroburb”...containing all the elements of a thriving downtown...made economically viable by selling some of the original site’s outlying property for a subdivision of neocolonial houses...despite the unfortunate architectural disconnect...metroburb idea seems to have legs...plans a 170-room hotel on the roof...using prefabricated pods...offers an intriguing model for repurposing America’s many vacant office parks - some of which have thrilling architecture... -- Sasaki, Walker and Associates; Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates; G3 Architecture; IA Interior Architects; NPZ Style+Decor- Architectural Record
DnA/Frances Anderton: NeueHouse moves into the storied Bradbury Building: A storied Victorian-era building in downtown L.A. has opened its doors to a new tenant: the private shared working space and social club NeueHouse. The marvelous Bradbury Building [has] been a popular filming location for half a century, and a must-see stop for tourists and architecture buffs. The Romanesque Revival-style building is noted for its interior...an “explosion of balconies and stairs and Victorian elevators"... -- Linda Dishman/LA Conservancy; Anwar Mekhayech/DesignAgency; Avishay Artsy/DnA: Design and Architecture; Josh Wyatt/NeueHouse CEO- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Pioneering 96-Year-Old African-American Architect Leaves Lasting Legacy: Founder of first black-owned architecture firm in Ohio, Robert P Madison International, and only the 10th registered African-American architect in the nation;;;[he] reimagined the entire skyline of Cleveland with his pre-stressed concrete designs. Despite retiring in 2016, he’s still active at 96 years young. [video]- ENR/Engineering News Record
Matthew Ponsford: How African 'feng shui' can shape the continent's cities of the future: When Mphethi Morojele [MMA Design Studio] began designing Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa...he took the unconventional step of handing over the plans to a group of spiritual healers...to create a sort of "heat map or a spiritual map of the site"...[the park] made [him] arguably the most influential architect and design thinker of the country's democratic decades...He is keen to now connect more analytic and spiritual approaches...combining neuroscience with animism, and layering landmarks and urban infrastructure with emotional nuances... -- David Adjaye;n Diébédo Francis Kéré; Juhani Pallasmaa- CNN Style
John Hill: The World Around NYC: The inaugural The World Around summit...Curated by Beatrice Galilee, the day-long event brought together a strong lineup of architects, artists, designers, and other thinkers...Diversity is key, meaning that anyone watching the presentations...would have seen something new and inspiring...But I'd argue that the curatorial format...needs to embrace interaction...the audience is passive...just watching...in our interconnected age...it's hard to fathom live presentations that do not welcome outside voices or input...turn the annual summits into events for engagement, not just inspiration. -- Elizabeth Diller/Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R); Catherine Ince- World-Architects.com
Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 2-Stage International Design Competition: ...on the Halifax Waterfront; RFQ deadline: February 18- Canadian Architect
Coming Soon: Request for Qualification/RFQ: Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 Architectural Design Competition: redevelop the existing property and buildings that comprise the city block immediately south of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa; endorsed by the RAIC- Canadian Architect
The Architectural League of New York Announce Winners of the 2020 Emerging Voices Awards: ...8 emerging practices...based in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. -- Marc Blouin, Catherine Orzes/Blouin Orzes architectes, Montreal; Andrew Wells, Brandon Dake/Dake Wells Architecture, Missouri; Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral, Andrés Soliz Paz/Escobedo Soliz, Mexico City; Casper Mork-Ulnes/Mork Ulnes Architects, San Fransisco & Oslo, Norway; Olalekan Jeyifous, NYC; Miriam Peterson, Nathan Rich/Peterson Rich Office, NYC; Christopher Marcinkoski, Andrew Moddrell/PORT, Chicago & Philadelphia; Bryan Young/Young Projects, NYC- Architectural League of New York
Iceland Volcano Museum competition results: a multi-purpose exhibition hall with café and informational space, as a landing point for visitors to the Hverfjall Volcano. -- Balint Iszak & Csenge Gyorgyi (New Zealand); Christian Kamp & Adrian Hildrum (Denmark); Artur Chyra & Malwina Wojcik (Poland)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Results of the Laka Competition 2020: “Architecture that Reacts”: architectural, urban, technological, or product design that is capable of dynamic interaction with its social, natural, or built surroundings. -- Safia Dziri, Megan Stenftenagel, Matt Turlock, Emiel Cockx (U.S.); Aasish Janardhanan (Italy); Zhiyi Chen (USA/China); Joseph Shenton (UK)- Laka Foundation
Paul Keskeys: One Rendering Challenge 2020: Competition Winners Announced! The winning renderings tell architectural stories in highly intriguing and unexpected ways: ... 2 top winners...along with 10 fantastic runners-up. -- Carlotta Cominetti/Tamás Fischer/Camelia Ezzaouini; Brandon Bergem/University of Toronto- Architizer
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