Today’s News - Wednesday, May 20, 2020
● Castenson reports on a collaboration that includes the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. DOE's Building Technology Office to bring prefab manufacturing for housing "back to U.S. soil. Challenges aside, the possibilities are endless."
● Toussaint brings us three timber buildings in the U.K., Denmark, and Norway that "could represent the future of green architecture. Architects (and governments) are embracing the material and finding innovative ways to use it."
● Wainwright reports on a nonprofit organization that is helping Mongolian nomads (over 60% of the capital city's population!) "adapt to big city life" with a "yurt-inspired hub that's fixing their culture shock," designed by Hong Kong-based Rural Urban Framework (RUF).
● Moore takes on China's "banning knockoff buildings that might bring a renaissance in Chinese architecture" + "Proof of the permanent derangement wrought by the U.K.'s property market" now that home sales can restart - "it can now be more difficult to see members of your own family than prospective buyers and sellers of property."
● Mark Foster Gage explains the influence of Gothic architecture on his proposed 102-story supertall in NYC: "The reason we undertook this seemingly odd endeavor was to try to find a cure for the bland and featureless modern glass-box - a shotgun wedding between the abstract glass boxes and the intricate vertical structures of the Gothic."
● Report from Venice (translated): "There are chasms opening" along the under-water walls of the city, threatening the foundations of homes and palazzo," documented by volunteers and environmentalists who are rowing through the canals" - the "scars have come to light, thanks to a May with no traffic" and lower than usual tides.
● A temple in Turkey built 6,000 years before Stonehenge, "reveals architectural planning may be older than we think" - until now, "it was assumed that architectural planning methods such came about much later in history."
● The 2020 Trust for Public Land ParkScore index evaluates park access and quality in the 100 largest U.S. cities (#1: Minneapolis) + "Parks and the pandemic" report addresses "the challenges and changes that the pandemic poses to America's parks and open spaces."
● Belgium's Biennale Interieur 2020 becomes Biennale Interieur 2021: "The world will look different in a post-covid era" by October '21 (we hope!).
● The five recipients of AIA's 2020 Upjohn Research grants of up to $30,000 "will research reducing energy use and carbon in buildings."
● Miles of winners of the 2020 NYCxDESIGN Awards, announced in a virtual ceremony hosted by Interior Design mag and ICFF ("NYC's Shining Moment": Statue of Liberty Museum by FXCollaborative & ESI Design).
● The Daylight Award 2020, sponsored by the Velux Foundations, goes to Finish architect and designer Juha Leiviskä, British neuroscientist Russell Foster, and Lifetime Achievement to U.S. architect, writer, and photographer Henry Plummer.
● Architect Nili Portugali's "And the alley she whitewashed in light blue" wins the Inca Imperial International Film Festival's Best Experimental Feature Award.
COVID-19 news continues:
● Holland delves into how "urban planners are already adapting our cities to lockdown. But will the changes last - epidemics can have radical and unexpected effects on architecture and design - which more radical design proposals will shape the post-pandemic city?"
● FIU's D'souza takes a fascinating dive into "time, space, and adaptive reuse in the age of social distancing - could thinking of 'time' as an essential design strategy benefit architecture"?
● Caulfield talks to more than a dozen industry pros re: "preparing for re-occupancy" of office buildings "amid the coronavirus. Making workplaces safer will require behavioral resolve nudged by design" + links to useful guidelines and tool kits (one from Congress's bipartisan Member Problem-Solving Caucus - will wonders never cease!).
● AO's Bruce Greenfield offers "an architect's perspective" on hospitality design after COVID-19 - "new features will become a central priority for every guest and meeting planner."
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Jennifer Castenson: Prefab Needs To Be Fixed Before It Can Save Housing: Developers are ordering modular units from overseas that are price competitive with what could be manufactured in the U.S...ADL Ventures...Rocky Mountain Institute and...the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technology Office to pull together a...collaboration between government and the private sector to advance offsite construction...Getting this business back on U.S. soil would boost both the labor market and building product sales...Challenges Aside, The Possibilities are Endless -- Nolan Browne; Tyler Schmetterer/New World Home; Nic Brathwaite/Katerra; Ken Semler/Impresa Modular; Steve Glenn/PlantPrefab/LivingHomes; Koto; Roger Krulak/Full Stack Modular; Modular Mobilization Coalition- Forbes
Kristin Toussaint: These three timber buildings could represent the future of green architecture: Are they the solution to construction’s carbon problem? A study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, in Germany, found that with proper forest management, a global boom in wood buildings could sequester up to 700 million tons of carbon a year...Architects (and governments) are embracing the material and finding innovative ways to use it. -- Zaha Hadid Architects: Eco Park Stadium, Gloucestershire, U.K.; Henning Larsen: Fælledby Quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark; Voll Arkitekter: Mjøstårnet, Brumunddal, Norway- Fast Company magazine
Oliver Wainwright: Welcome to the yurt-opolis! How Mongolia is helping its nomads adapt to big city life: ...the yurt-inspired hub that’s fixing their culture shock: Visit Ulaanbaatar on Google Earth...the Mongolian capital looks like no other city: Scattered around...are hundreds of thousands of tiny white dots...[These] are yurts (gers in Mongolian)...GerHub, a nonprofit social enterprise helps people adjust to the challenges of urban life..."they represent over 60% of the entire population of the city"...GerHub’s educational and social outreach programme has a new home...a contemporary take on the traditional ger, designed by the Hong Kong architecture studio Rural Urban Framework (RUF)...it will become a vital social hub to help this fledgling community form neighbourhood bonds and reap the benefits of their newly urban life. -- Badruun Gardi- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: Banning knockoff buildings might bring a renaissance in Chinese architecture + Market forces in the U.K.: In bad news for postmodern ironists, China has announced a ban on “plagiarising, imitating and copycatting” foreign architecture. For a good quarter of a century, Chinese developers have been entertaining the world’s urban theorists and architectural pontificators...with imitations of western buildings...But now the fun is apparently over + Proof...of the permanent derangement wrought by the property market on the body politic and the soul of the nation: ...easing of the lockdown in England included the news that the buying and selling of homes could restart...it can now be more difficult to see members of your own family than prospective buyers and sellers of property.- Observer (UK)
Mark Foster Gage: Gothic architecture: Can the 12th-century style radically change how we build today? And what does it mean to be "Gothic" anyway? Among the most defining characteristics...is its aspiration to ignore gravity and reach for the sky...When designing a proposal for a 102-story residential building on West 57th Street in Manhattan...The reason we undertook this seemingly odd endeavor was to try to find a cure for the bland and featureless modern glass-box...not so much a Gothic re-revival as a shotgun wedding between the abstract glass boxes...and the intricate vertical structures of the Gothic...Perhaps all architectural styles...should be considered as living structures...ready to be reinvented by...architects of today and those of generations to come.- CNN Style
Venice: collapsing banks and damaged Istrian stone. The hidden injuries of the città d’acqua: There are chasms opening under water, threatening the foundations of homes and palazzi...Documentation assembled by a group of volunteers and environmentalists who are rowing through the canals of the city reports “the situation is serious, in some points it is truly critical”...Scars...have now come to light, thanks to a May with no traffic, as well as the tides, which are lower than usual...repair of minor damage before it became irreversible damage was ongoing...discontinued 20 years ago, after the funding cuts ..directed to the major work of MoSE. [via La Nuova Venezia]- Campaign For A Living Venice
A temple that predates Stonehenge reveals architectural planning may be older than we think: Researchers have discovered part of the mystery behind the construction of the earliest known temple in human history. The Göbekli Tepe ["Potbelly Hill"] complex in southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, is a 11,500-year-old stone structure...it was assumed that architectural planning methods such as geometry and floor plans came about much later in history- CNN
The Trust for Public Land ParkScore index: The most comprehensive evaluation of park access and quality in the 100 largest U.S. cities: Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, and amenities + “Parks and the pandemic,” a special report from experts at The Trust for Public Land addressing the challenges and changes that the pandemic poses to America’s parks and open spaces.- Trust for Public Land
Biennale Interieur 2020 becomes Biennale Interieur 2021: ...will take place in Kortrijk, Belgium, from 21 to 25 October 2021...By postponing the 5-day event to 2021, the timing, changes from even years to odd years. The world will look different in a post-covid era.- Biennale Interieur (Belgium)
AIA awards research grants to advance climate action: The Upjohn Research Initiative supports AIA's commitment to climate action by awarding grants to sustainable design research: ...grants up to $30,000 to five research projects...This year’s recipients will research reducing energy use and carbon in buildings...- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
NYCxDESIGN Awards Winners 2020: ...announced in a virtual ceremony hosted by Interior Design and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). -- FXCollaborative; ESI Design (NYC's Shining Moment); Somewhere Studio; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; James Corner Field Operations; Rockwell Group/Lab at Rockwell Group; Gensler; Beyer Blinder Belle; INC Architecture & Design; Lubrano Ciavarra Architects;p Stonehill Taylor; etc.- Interior Design magazine
Juha Leiviskä, Russell Foster and Henry Plummer receive The Daylight Award 2020: ..for Architecture (€100,000): Juha Leiviskä, architect and designer (Finland); Research (€100,000): Russell Foster, neuroscientist (U.K.); Lifetime Achievement: Henry Plummer, architect, writer and photographer (U.S.)- Velux Foundations (Velux Fonden & Villum Fonden)
Inca Imperial International Film Festival 2020 honors architect Nili Portugali's “And the alley she whitewashed in light blue” with the Best Experimental Feature Award- Inca Imperial International Film Festival (Lima, Peru)
Oscar Holland: Our cities may never look the same again after the pandemic: ...urban planners are already adapting our cities to lockdown. But will the changes last, and which more radical design proposals...will shape the post-pandemic city? ...cities in which pandemic-era measures seem most likely to stick are those already committed to change...pandemic may only have served as a catalyst...how else might the virus - or attempts to prevent future ones - re-shape our cities? The biggest questions may center around population density...Epidemics can have radical and unexpected effects on architecture and design...there's plenty of scope for innovation. -- Precht; Hua Hua Architects; Antonio Lanzillo; Sara Jensen Carr/The Topography of Wellness; Jordi Honey-Rosés; Umberto Menasci- CNN Style
Newton D’souza: Time, Space, and Adaptive Reuse in the Age of Social Distancing: ...maintaining “six foot distance”...puts architectural space at a premium for both designers and the public...could thinking of “time” as an essential design strategy benefit architecture: ...what implications does “time-sharing” of spaces have on architectural strategies of the future? ...how does one go about time-sharing of spaces...The idea of behavior settings provides designers a vehicle to understand space, time and behavior...The COVID-19 era has expedited the need for adaptive reuse...to think of spaces in creative ways...provides us an opportunity to rethink how we have traditionally used and designed public spaces. -- Florida International University (FIU); HKS; Patrik Schumacher/Zaha Hadid Architects- Archinect
John Caulfield: Infection control in office buildings: Preparing for re-occupancy amid the coronavirus: Making workplaces safer will require behavioral resolve nudged by design: More firms are positioning themselves as wellness champions these days. -- Jack Weber/Gresham Smith; J. Kevin Heinly/Gensler; Shrikant Sharma/BuroHappold; Andrew Horning/Bala Consulting Engineers; Steve Riojas/HDR; Sharron van der Meulen/James Woolum/ZGF Architects; Daniel Yudchitz/Leo A Daly; Lise Newman/SmithGroup; Fred Schmidt/Perkins and Will; Rebecca Milne/Connor Glass/Perkins Eastman; Angie Lee/Rachel Bannon-Godfrey/Stantec; Sam Nunes/WRNS Studio; Shona O’Dea/DLR Group; Casey Lindberg/HKS- Building Design & Construction (BD+C)
Bruce Greenfield/AO: Hospitality After COVID-19: An Architect’s Perspective: Hotel operators must take action to create a safe, healthy environment and reassure guests that their health and safety is their top priority...cleaning protocols should be intensified...and communicate cleanliness to guests [with] noninvasive signage and graphics, with a focus on high-touch areas...Hotels will borrow from healthcare design...UV sanitization system could be incorporated...operators must apply social-distancing practices to the layout of furniture in public spaces...new features will become a central priority for every guest and meeting planner...- Hotel Business
ANN feature: Jeffrey Paine, FAIA & Turan Duda, FAIA: INSIGHT: Design for Wellness: What Now? Designers must be at the forefront of ensuring that the spaces of the future embrace the lessons of 2020 without sacrificing beauty, comfort, and our shared need to come together safely and to foster human wellbeing.- ArchNewsNow.com
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