Today’s News - Thursday, September 17, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, September 22. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe.
● ANN feature: Turan Duda & Jeffrey Paine: Design's Impact on Mental Health on Campus: A Well State of Mind: Designing for mental health requires architects to prioritize the student experience by providing privacy, community, and comfort in their built environments.
● Edward Gunts brings us very sad news - we've lost Deborah Dietsch, longtime editor of Architecture Magazine (when yours truly was with sister publication Interiors mag - sigh): "Her support helped bolster the careers of numerous rising architects and drive the national conversation about design - and nurtured talented writers" - like Kroloff, Cramer, and Barreneche.
● Baldwin's Q&A with Wandile Mthiyane of the Durban, South Africa-based social enterprise firm Ubuntu Design Group re: "his early inspirations, how the Apartheid has shaped his design approach, and how he is building community today": "Architecture is never neutral; it either heals or hurts - it's imperative for firms to actively start giving opportunities to employees that don't look like them - let people of color take lead."
● Edie Cohen's 10 questions for Maya Bird-Murphy, who "now devotes most of her time to Chicago Mobile Makers - a phenomenal advocacy and youth-focused traveling design lab" to "train and support future public-interest architects, designers, and makers," and "advocate for social, economic, gender, and racial diversity."
● Chouinard talks to Kia Weatherspoon of Determined by Design, founded to bring "beautiful design to marginalized communities. The low-income housing system is broken," and she "wants to fix it. Government-subsidized residences are created to be functional and durable, but almost never beautiful."
● Bika Sibila Rebek offers a set of strategies for a hybrid model of teaching both in-class and virtually that "could help reinvent architectural education - including that bedrock of architectural education: the studio" ("known to be a relentless slog").
● Kamin's preview of "12 picks not to miss" in Chicago this fall: "A vital season awaits" with "a luminous array of exhibitions, books and buildings," culminating in "the construction boom that took shape after the Great Recession."
● Gibson reports that Abraham Thomas, former director of London's Sir John Soane's Museum, has been named architecture and design curator for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; he's also had curatorial roles at the Smithsonian and the V&A, and initiated programs at MIT, LSE, AA, etc.
● Tomorrow is PARK(ing) Day 2020! "The perfect time to reimagine streets in the COVID-19 era - celebrate with ASLA with 3 ways to participate."
● Monday is the start of World Green Building Week, the "World Green Building Council's annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings."
Weekend diversions (real & virtual) + Page-turners:
● Mortice cheers "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People" - a "compelling exhibition" of the Indian master and Pritzker Prize laureate at Chicago's (Tadao Ando-designed) Wrightwood 659, that "plays up his fusion of Indian vernacular traditions and Modernism," and "communicates an essential humility that comes with letting go of architectural control."
● "Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration Between Japan and Philadelphia" at the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia "highlights Modernism's debt to Japanese architecture" and "explores the artistic interconnections between Antonin and Noémi Raymond, George Nakashima, and Junzo Yoshimura."
● Eyefuls of "Lattice Detour," Héctor Zamora's "beautiful rooftop wall - the highlight of The Met's grand reopening - his execution of an enormous curving wall feels resoundingly appropriate for our times."
● Berlin's DAZ presents "The land issue" that presents land use "in terms of climate, economy, and the common good" with "very concrete possible solutions" - a project of the University of Kassel Department of Urban Development.
● Laercio Redondo's "The simplest thing is the most difficult to do" at the Mies Pavilion in Barcelona "explores the history of the Pavilion and its multiple narratives, and creates a dialogue with the space" - a sound installation in the garden "completes the intervention, offering a multi-layered account on the work of the architect and his collaborator Lilly Reich."
● The Design Museum Everywhere launches "We Design: People. Practice. Progress." virtual exhibition that aims to be a "resource for designers of all backgrounds to make the design field more equitable, just, and inclusive," featuring 15 different profiles of designers in 7 different categories - viewers can explore the design fields that most interest them."
● The Urban Art Mapping Research Project, created by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, presents the Urban Art Mapping George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art database, a virtual museum that preserves Black Lives Matter protest art from around the world.
● NPR's Jonaki Mehta talks to Janna Ireland about her new book, "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View" that "honors the legacy of L.A.'s barrier-breaking Black architect": She "first learned about his work when architect Barbara Bestor asked her to photograph a handful of his projects - she discovered parallels with her own experiences as a Black artist" (lots of pix!).
● Ellie Stathaki cheers Open House London's "The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs," a "fascinating book brilliantly edited by Owen Hatherley that explores" 33 neighborhoods "like you've never seen them before - meaty and refreshing" (just in time for Open House kick-off this Saturday).
● Q&A with architectural and urban historian Lukasz Stanek re: his new book "Architecture in Global Socialism" in which he recounts the "history of the cooperation between architects, planners, and construction companies from Eastern Europe and the Global South" (fab photos!).
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ANN feature: Turan Duda, FAIA & Jeffrey Paine, FAIA: INSIGHT: Design's Impact on Mental Health on Campus: A Well State of Mind: Designing for mental health requires architects to prioritize the student experience by providing privacy, community, and comfort in their built environments.- ArchNewsNow.com
Obituary by Edward Gunts: Writer and longtime Architecture Magazine editor Deborah Dietsch, 68: ...she wrote about architecture, art, and design for more than 30 years, in books, magazines, and newspaper articles. She also served on Baltimore’s design review panel ...and on architect selection panels for government agencies...Her support helped bolster the careers of numerous rising architects...also helped drive the national conversation about design...and nurtured talented writers such as Reed Kroloff, Ned Cramer, and Raul Barreneche.- The Architect's Newspaper
Eric Baldwin: "I Grew Up Where Architecture Was Designed to Oppress": Wandile Mthiyane on Social Impact and Learning from South Africa: Today, he has become recognized for creating social impact, including his work to transform his hometown of Durban...CEO and Co-Founder of social enterprise firm Ubuntu Design Group...Q&A re: his early inspirations, how the Apartheid has shaped his design approach, and how he is building community today. "The first step to addressing systemic racism in architecture is designers realizing the gravity of their god-like power of shaping people’s experiences. Architecture is never neutral; it either heals or hurts...it’s imperative for firms to actively start giving opportunities to employees that don’t look like them...let people of color take lead..."- ArchDaily
Edie Cohen: 10 Questions With .. Maya Bird-Murphy: ...a career in architecture and design was a foregone conclusion. She grew up in Oak Park...surrounded by Frank Lloyd Wright buildings...You might say they were infused in her DNA...she now devotes most of her time to this phenomenal advocacy and youth-focused traveling design lab [Chicago Mobile Makers]...Engage and empower youth through making and skill-building; train and support future public-interest architects, designers, and makers; advocate for social, economic, gender, and racial diversity.- Interior Design magazine
Haley Chouinard: The low-income housing system is broken. Designer Kia Weatherspoon wants to fix it: Government-subsidized residences are created to be functional and durable, but almost never beautiful...Determined by Design was founded [to bring] beautiful design to marginalized communities..."If your team isn’t diverse enough for you to take an empathetic view on this [type of work], that’s a problem"...she is passionate about bringing long-overdue change to HUD policies...the first step is for the wider A&D community to acknowledge the fundamental problem in how we approach affordable housing.- Business of Home
Bika Sibila Rebek: How hybrid teaching could help reinvent architectural education: When university classes moved online...I felt apprehensive about teaching remotely: ...it turns out that teaching architecture online is not only possible but even offers some advantages...I don’t wish to reify the dichotomy between remote and in-person learning...Rather, I am arguing for a hybrid of both models...where I teach, Columbia GSAPP and the Yale School of Architecture, have adopted a hybrid approach...including that bedrock of architectural education: the studio...known to be a relentless slog...to posit an alternative, open-door studio...I have tried to illustrate and expand on a hybrid model through the following set of strategies. -- Some Place Studio- The Architect's Newspaper
Blair Kamin: Architecture in Chicago for fall 2020: A vital season awaits, despite the pandemic. Our 12 picks not to miss: ...promises a luminous array of exhibitions, books and buildings. It will culminate the construction boom that took shape after the Great Recession. -- Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; Goettsch Partners; Koo architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People"/ Wrightwood 659 gallery; Open House Chicago Oct. 16-25; Mies van der Rohe; “Side by Side: Farnsworth House + The Philip Johnson Glass House"; “Edith Farnsworth’s Country House"; “Ambiguous Standards Institute: An Institute Within an Institute"; “The Loop: The ’L’ Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago" by Patrick T. Reardon; “Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975" by Susan Benjamin & Michelangelo Sabatino; etc.- Chicago Tribune
Eleanor Gibson: Abraham Thomas named architecture and design curator for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: ...former director of [London's] Sir John Soane's Museum...in the newly created role, Daniel Brodsky Curator of Modern Architecture, Design, and Decorative Arts...an expansion of the position...first created in 2014 and held by British curator Beatrice Galilee....position follows a number of architecture and design curatorial roles he has held...in the US and UK - including the Smithsonian Institution and the V&A.- Dezeen
PARK(ing) Day 2020 is the Perfect Time to Reimagine Streets in the COVID-19 Era: Celebrate with ASLA, Friday, September 18: This year’s PARK(ing) Day challenge is to explore the design of imaginative curbside spaces for restaurants, businesses, recreation, and other public uses that adhere to safe, socially distant principles...There are three ways to participate:- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
World Green Building Week September 21-25: World Green Building Council’s annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings. This year, we’re asking you to #ActOnClimate. For Communities. For the Planet. Net Zero Buildings for Economies- World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
Zach Mortice: Compelling Exhibition of Indian Master Doshi Opens in Chicago: "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People"...at Chicago’s Wrightwood 659, plays up his fusion of Indian vernacular traditions and Modernism: ...the exhibition’s photos, sketches, and wood models express India’s cultural specificity and challenge Western architectural ideals. In exploring how the public realm and private spaces are inextricably intertwined in Indian cities, [it] attempts to communicate something visceral and direct about daily life in that country, and it is largely successful...curated by Khushnu Panthaki Hoof, [his] granddaughter and longtime collaborator...his paintings...provide brilliant counterpoints to the concrete and brick that predominate in his work...[show] communicates an essential humility that comes with letting go of architectural control... thru December 12- Architectural Record
Jesse Dorris: A New Exhibition Highlights Modernism’s Debt to Japanese Architecture: "Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration Between Japan and Philadelphia" explores the artistic interconnections between Antonin and Noémi Raymond, George Nakashima, and Junzo Yoshimura. Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, thru November 29- Metropolis Magazine
Photos: Héctor Zamora’s Beautiful Rooftop Wall Is The Highlight Of The Met’s Grand Reopening: There are three new exhibitions coinciding with the reopening - "Making the Met: 1870-2020 offers a generous "illustrated" history of the museum..."Jacob Lawrence: An American Struggle," featuring all 30 panels the artist completed in his ambitious portrait of the country's often-violent coming of age; and the new roof garden commission, Zamora's "Lattice Detour" [thru December 7]...his execution of an enormous curving wall feels resoundingly appropriate for our times.- Gothamist (NYC)
"The land issue. Climate, economy, common good" - an exhibition on land policy: ...a project of the University of Kassel (Department of Urban Development)...It presents aspects of the land issue in terms of climate, economy and the common good. References are made and very concrete possible solutions are shown.- DAZ / Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (Berlin)
"The simplest thing is the most difficult to do" by Laercio Redondo at the Mies Pavilion as part of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend: ...explores the History of the Pavilion and its multiple narratives, creates a dialogue with the space, raising questions of memory and erasure in time, especially in relation to its construction and subsequent reconstruction...A sound piece installed in the garden completes the intervention, offering a multi-layered account on the work of the architect and his collaborator Lilly Reich. thru October 12- Mies van der Rohe Foundation / Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Design Museum Everywhere Launches "We Design: People. Practice. Progress." Virtual Exhibition: With the lack of racial and gender diversity in the design field first and foremost, [it] demands change in the industry and encourages the next generation of designers to make an impact through design...Four years in the making...with the desire to...work as a starting point and resource for designers of all backgrounds to make the design field more equitable, just, and inclusive...online experience features 15 different profiles of designers [in] 7 different categories, so that viewers can explore the design sub-fields that most interest them.- Hi-tech Vhic
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota Urban Art Mapping Research Project ]
A Virtual Museum Preserves Black Lives Matter Protest Art: The University of St. Thomas has created the Urban Art Mapping George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art database, which has received over 1,000 submissions: ...database is a publicly accessible digital catalog of street art around the world made in response to the...Black Lives Matter protests...Much of the database is crowdsourced. The images...aren’t at risk of disappearing or being stored in a museum basement...“People can try to paint over and wash it off, but we hope that because of our database, it can’t be washed over completely.” -- Todd Lawrence; Paul Lorah; Heather Shirey- Hyperallergic
Jonaki Mehta: "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View" Honors Legacy Of LA's Barrier-Breaking Black Architect: Photographer Janna Ireland...focuses primarily on Black life in America...she turns her lens outward, to showcase the legacy of...Williams, and introduce his work to a larger audience...280 photographs...that celebrate [his] career...His work helped shape the landscape of Los Angeles and brought good design within reach of all, regardless of race...[She] first learned about Williams' work...when LA architect Barbara Bestor asked her to photograph a handful of Williams' projects....she discovered parallels with her own experiences as a Black artist.- NPR / National Public Radio
Ellie Stathaki: Explore London like never before with Open House’s ‘alternative’ guide: ...Open House London publishes "The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs," a fascinating book brilliantly edited by Owen Hatherley that explores the grand metropolis’ different neighbourhoods like you’ve never seen them before: ... a meaty and refreshing stand-in for those who cannot attend in-person visits and an added bonus to those who can...offers a rich, layered and original look into London’s 33 boroughss...each...by a different writer...authors’ voices are distinct, engaging and direct. -- Phineas Harper- Wallpaper*
How Eastern Bloc Architects Shaped Cities Across the Third World: Q&A with Lukasz Stanek: In the era of decolonization, even nonsocialist states in Africa and Asia drew heavily on architects and planners from Eastern Bloc countries. Experts from the “Second World” adapted their work to local cultures and expectations - and often brought “Third World” lessons back with them: This is the story architectural and urban historian Stanek tells in his new book "Architecture in Global Socialism." He recounts this history from the perspective of the cooperation between architects, planners, and construction companies from Eastern Europe and the Global South.- Jacobin magazine
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