Today’s News - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
● Ravenscroft- reports that Milan's Salone del Mobile furniture fair is postponed because of the coronavirus - ditto the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt, and the Design Shanghai and Festival of Design in China.
● On to brighter news: Simek cheers the "20-minute neighborhoods" trend (15 minutes in Paris - see "Yesterday's News") that "could solve many of Dallas' urban problems in one fell swoop" - though, with sprawl written into the city's DNA, would it work?
● Reiner-Roth reports on "Resilient Houston," a "multi-billion-dollar resiliency master plan pushed forward thanks to the recent appointment" of Chief Resilience Officer Aho (who helped craft L.A.'s resiliency plan).
● Toussaint x 2: How New Orleans nuns are working with Waggonner & Ball to "turn their convent into a 25-acre beautiful, flood-preventing urban wetland" that "will be one of the country's largest urban wetlands" - though not yet built, it is looked at as a model project for other cities.
● She brings us NH Architecture's Burwood Brickworks shopping center in Melbourne being "touted as the most sustainable in the world," boasting a rooftop farm, renewable energy generation, wastewater recycling - and "aiming to achieve Living Building Challenge certification."
● Barragan hopes Pershing Square news that "the concrete 'fortress'" in L.A. is "'officially' headed for a makeover we've been waiting for" - but "transforming the park in phases leaves the project in a vulnerable position."
● Simek cheers the news that DS+R has been tapped to re-imagine Frank Lloyd Wright's 1959 Kalita Humphreys Theater, a "long-neglected architectural gem" in Dallas.
● Stephens' post-occupancy evaluation of Tod Williams Billie Tsien's makeover of Centerbook's Hood Museum at Dartmouth College that "drastically altered Charles Moore's venerated artifact" - the "flow" is much better. "Even so, nothing is perfect."
● FXCollaborative has towering plans for a supertall to rise above Macy's Manhattan flagship (with Nordstrom's flagship now nestled into AS+GG's suptertall Central Park Tower a new trend to save retail, perhaps?).
● The artist known as Mr. Brainwash is turning Meier's 1996 - now vacant - Paley Center in Beverly Hills into his own museum - it already has all the amenities expected in a museum, "from a library to, of course, a gift shop."
● Polyzoides of Moule & Polyzoides Architects (and CNU co-founder) is appointed dean of Notre Dame's School of Architecture.
● Q&A with OMA's Shigematsu re: "the future of urban landscapes and the difference between iconic spaces and iconic architecture" ("he thinks architecture needs a refresh").
● Welton brings us eyefuls of Hollyhock House's new digital archive of FLW's "aspirational and inspirational masterpiece - what would Wright think? 'I would say he would be absolutely tickled pink because he was such a self-promoter,'" sayeth curator Herr.
● One we couldn't resist: Seoul to improve living conditions for 1,500 households living in semi-basement apartments depicted in "Parasite."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #6: Charrette: The word has evolved and taken on a new meaning. Some Beaux-Arts terms have retained their original meanings - "atelier" is often used as a pretentious substitute for office.
● The Society of Architectural Historians launches the SAH Data Project, 3 surveys "to determine where and in what ways the field of architectural history is expanding, receding, or holding steady" in higher education.
● Wanted: AIA members to take the AIA/Center for WorkLife Law's 10-minute survey "to learn more about your experiences at work."
● Call for entries: Tamayouz International Award 2020 for Graduation Projects, open to final year students worldwide (1st Prize: 2-year scholarship to the University Polytechnic of Milan; 2nd & 3rd Prize: travel scholarships).
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Tom Ravenscroft: Milan's Salone del Mobile furniture fair postponed until June due to coronavirus: ...was due to take place April 21-26...Other events impacted by the spread of coronavirus include the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt, which has been postponed until September. In China, several design events, including Design Shanghai and Festival of Design, have also been postponed.- Dezeen
Peter Simek: 20-Minute Neighborhoods Could Solve Many of Dallas’ Urban Problems: Cities around the world are trying to adopt new measures to ensure that everything their residents need is available within a 20-minute walk or bike: ...a new trend...is incredibly simple, and yet it promises to solve many of these problems...in one fell swoop....But while 20-minute neighborhoods sound, at first, like convenient, fun places to live, their implications are much more profound. That’s because the idea...strike directly at the cause of so many urban issues: land use...could a city like Dallas, for which sprawl is written into the DNA...attempt to adopt a commitment...- D Magazine (Dallas, Texas)
Shane Reiner-Roth: Houston launches multi-billion-dollar resiliency master plan: "Resilient Houston" elaborates on methods the coastal city can adopt to become better prepared for future storms, sea-level rise, and the urban heat island effect...To address the 667-square-mile city as a whole, [it] is divided into five scales: people, neighborhoods, bayous, the city, and the region...plan was pushed forward...thanks to the recent appointment of Marissa Aho as the City’s Chief Resilience Officer...Aho previously helped craft a resiliency plan for Los Angeles...- The Architect's Newspaper
Kristin Toussaint: How these New Orleans nuns helped turn their convent into a beautiful, flood-preventing urban wetland: The 25-acre Mirabeau Water Garden will be one of the country’s largest urban wetlands, managing stormwater and easing the workload of the city’s current drainage system - all thanks to the Sisters of St. Joseph: It’s the largest parcel in New Orleans under single ownership...part of Waggonner & Ball’s Living with Water initiative...Even though it’s not even built yet, the design has already been used as an example for other cities...as a model project...- Fast Company
Kristin Toussaint: Check out the Australian shopping center that’s touted as the most sustainable in the world: Malls are struggling, but this one at least has a rooftop farm, renewable energy generation, and wastewater recycling - and should be a model for how buildings can be designed for a sustainable future: Burwood Brickworks...in Melbourne...$120 million venture...met with some fanfare when it opened in December (and since) thanks in part to those eco-initiatives...aiming to achieve Living Building Challenge certification... -- Living Future Institute of Australia; NH Architecture- Fast Company
Bianca Barragan: Is this the Pershing Square news we’ve been waiting for? Long ignored amid Downtown LA’s big building boom, the concrete “fortress” is “officially” headed for a makeover: It’s almost impossible to believe at this point, but after five years...officials say work will finally get underway...but did not provide a specific date...first two phases would cost $25 million and were fully funded...total price tag is estimated to be $110 million...transforming the park in phases leaves the project in a vulnerable position. -- Henri Bava/Agence Ter- Curbed Los Angeles
Peter Simek: Architect Chosen to Re-Imagine The Kalita Humphreys Theater: Properly executed, a reconfiguration of Dallas' long-neglected architectural gem could be boon for city, theater community: ...tricky spacial configurations have left the  Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita languishing...Diller Scofidio + Renfro to draft a new master plan for the 9-acre site...will also design two new theaters...a re-imagined theater and campus should help reintegrate the neglected Kalita into the core of the city’s cultural scene...- D Magazine (Dallas, Texas)
Suzanne Stephens: Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Remodeled Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire: A year ago, [it] reopened after a major remodeling by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects...AR wrote then, this was indeed a radical transformation of a 34-year-old Postmodernist artifact by Charles Moore and Chad Floyd of Centerbrook. We suggested that an assessment of the controversial project should wait until [it] had been functioning for a bit. Now it’s time...caused a stir. In 2016...the design drastically altered Moore’s venerated artifact...the reworking..."made them flow much better than we thought could happen...Even so, nothing is perfect.- Architectural Record
FXCollaborative designs a skyscraper for Macy’s Manhattan flagship: A new supertall is coming to New York...1.5-million-square-foot skyscraper...boxy glass building would rise atop Macy’s National Register of Historic Places-listed store...would boost the building’s status and turn it into part of one of the largest and tallest in the city...Macy’s has indicated that it will provide other improvements to the Herald Square neighborhood including subway enhancements. -- Kevin Kannon Architects; Studio V Architecture- The Architect's Newspaper
Mr. Brainwash to open Los Angeles museum: The vacant Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be transformed into a space for both his own and other artists’ work: Thierry Guetta...is temporarily turning the former Paley Center...designed by Richard Meier in 1996 - into his own museum...3-storey building was originally constructed as the Los Angeles outpost of the Museum of Television & Radio, later the Paley Center...has all the expected museum facilities already, from a library...to, of course, a gift shop...- The Art Newspaper (UK)
Stefanos Polyzoides appointed dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture: “Stefanos brings to Notre Dame an international reputation for architectural work informed by tradition and moral purpose"...[with] several colleagues developed a set of principles for community land use and architectural planning called the Ahwahnee Principles. The 15 principles — which stress walkability, sustainability, diversity and neighborhood and district design - laid the groundwork for the 1993 founding of the CNU... -- Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists; Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)- Notre Dame News (Indiana)
Shohei Shigematsu Wants to Create Iconic Spaces: The OMA architect talks food, fashion and designing museums: He thinks architecture needs a refresh. “Architecture globalized quickly and became very generic everywhere...[Architects] need to stay relevant in society. In order to do that we have to develop our own way of looking at the world...Q&A re: the future of urban landscapes and the difference between iconic spaces and iconic architecture..."...If a building Is loved, it will last longer. It’s not about the material."- Hypebeast
J. Michael Welton: Hollyhock House Launches Digital Archives: ... Frank Lloyd Wright’s first [project] in Southern California, is an aspirational and inspirational masterpiece...Now that [the drawings] are available to anyone practically, what would Wright think? “I would say he would be absolutely tickled pink because he was such a self-promoter,” curator Jeffrey Herr says...."I can’t believe he’d be anything but thrilled that his work at Hollyhock House was available to the public.”- Architects + Artisans
Seoul to improve living conditions in semi-basement apartments depicted in "Parasite": ...government will financially support 1,500 households...to improve their living conditions...Together with the Korea Energy Foundation, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will offer up to 3.2 million won [approx. US$2,628] per household to enhance heating systems, replace floors, and install air conditioners, dehumidifiers, ventilators, windows and fire alarms.- Korea Herald
Society of Architectural Historians Launches Surveys for Study of Architectural History in Higher Education: The aim of the SAH Data Project is to determine where and in what ways the field of architectural history is expanding, receding, or holding steady, and to consider the structural or cultural factors behind such trends...The three surveys for academics will remain open through May 15- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Wanted: AIA members: The Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law is partnering with the AIA on a 10 minute survey to learn more about your experiences at work.- AIA / Center for WorkLife Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
Call for entries: Tamayouz International Award 2020 for Graduation Projects: open to final year students worldwide; First Prize: 2-year scholarship to the University Polytechnic of Milan; 2nd & 3rd Prize: travel scholarships; early registration (save money!): April 30 (submissions due August 15)- Tamayouz Excellence Award
ANN feature: Charles F. Bloszies: Left Coast Reflections #6: Charrette: The word "charrette" has evolved and taken on a new meaning - one that belies its origins. In 19th-century Paris, charrettes were not at all collaborative. Some Beaux-Arts terms are still used in architectural parlance, and many have retained their original meanings - "atelier" is often used as a pretentious substitute for office.- ArchNewsNow.com
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