Today’s News - Thursday, September 24, 2020
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● ANN feature: Daniela Gusman puts out a call for architects and suppliers to sign up for "rise in the city 2020": Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs in the southern African nation Lesotho via a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.
● Lamster takes a deep/fascinating/disturbing dive into Joppa: "For generations, Dallas has abused, terrorized and neglected a community built by emancipated slaves. Its story is the history of race in Dallas - and America. It's a story that's at once profoundly disturbing and sadly typical."
● Anderton talks to the team responsible for Treehouse, a co-living project in Hollywood that "might be just what the doctor ordered at a time of extreme isolation" (and our warmest congrats to Anderton - recipient of the LA Design Festival 2020 ICON Award!).
● Glentzer waxes poetic about Houston's renovated Rothko Chapel, "an elegant but simple" Welcome House, and "purposeful landscaping" by ARO, George Sexton, and Nelson Byrd Woltz: "Houstonians have never needed the calming influence of the Rothko more than they do now, given the upheavals that have roiled the world this year" (re-opening today!)
● Nancy Kenney parses Adjaye's design for the Princeton University Art Museum; "Stone, bronze, glass, pathways. Pavilions linked by transparent 'lenses' will dispense with hierarchies" (and unlike LACMA, "curators weighed in significantly").
● Kimmelman and Harvard's Kayden stroll from Times Square to Grand Central on "a legal-minded itinerary" that "covered a semester's worth of land-use law, which seemed enough for one walk" (another great MK walkabout and, again, great pix by Zack DeZon).
● Nancy Levinson's great Q&A with architect and educator Peggy Deamer re: her life as an activist, co-founding The Architecture Lobby, and the rise of labor consciousness in the design disciplines.
● Create Streets founder Nicholas Boys Smith to lead the U.K. government's new "architecture task force to 'embed beauty' in the planning system" that "will make beauty a requirement of winning planning - RIBA slams government 'inconsistencies.'"
● Singapore-based DP Architects' CEO Angelene Chan on design and urban planning in a post-COVID-19 world. "Post-pandemic, resilient cities and environmental health must go hand-in-hand" - providing "a better quality of life will become even more urgent."
● The National Trust for Historic Preservation names America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020 - "including 7 sites with significant connections to women's history" (SOM) & Natalie de Blois included).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Turan Duda & Jeffrey Paine: Design's Impact on Mental Health on Campus: Designing for mental health requires architects to prioritize the student experience by providing privacy, community, and comfort in their built environments.
● Alia Akkam offers a fab(!) round-up of "15 essential design events to catch this fall - virtually or at a safe social distance - explore the impact of architecture and design during a time when new ways of thinking have never been more critical."
● Singapore Archifest 2020 "Architecture Saving OUR World" kicks off tomorrow: The Singapore Institute of Architects "will be rolling out programs - from pop-up experiences that reimagine the way we live, to virtual exhibitions, forums, film screenings, workshops and an immersive virtual Pavilion that pushes the frontier of sustainable design."
● NYC's Archtober 2020 celebrates 10 years (bravo!) - with 60+ partners, 100s of events, tours, and exhibitions - "many hosted digitally, allowing visitors from across the globe to participate."
● Kamin cheers "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People" at Chicago's Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 gallery - the "engaging, intelligent" show "celebrates his humanistic designs" that seek "to uplift human experience, not turn out spectacular objects that strut across the urban stage. Which is not to say that his buildings are not beautiful" (his colorful paintings "add delightful grace notes").
● Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture Banvard Gallery presents "The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition," the work of Galen Pardee's "fake architecture and research office" that "explores designing for a non-human - the Great Lakes Compact."
● "State of Extremes" at the Design Museum Holon in Israel, curated by Aric Chen and Maya Dvash, "describes a world that has changed, and with it, design and the practice of design - exploring a world of social, political and environmental extremes."
● One we couldn't resist: On view at London Craft Week: "Inspired by love of her home town," Laura Lees, who has embroidered everything from trompe l'oeil paneling for a London restaurant, and swear words on to table linen, has embroidered postcards with Edinburgh 's Modernist buildings.
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ANN feature: Daniela Gusman: RISE IN THE CITY 2020 Launches: Building Africa's Future Through Enterprise: Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs, with "rise in the city," a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.- ArchNewsNow.com
Mark Lamster: Reckoning with Joppa: For generations, Dallas has abused, terrorized and neglected a community built by emancipated slaves. Its story is the history of race in Dallas - and America: ...small and secluded, a neighborhood of barely 300 homes...a good part of what makes it special is its relative isolation...That isolation is also its curse...serves as a disturbing case study in the systemic racism faced by Black communities nationwide...one of the most polluted neighborhoods in Dallas. That is not an accident...subjected to urban planning decisions that have devalued the lives of its residents...How does an impoverished community lose its only real walkable link to the outside world? It’s a story that’s at once profoundly disturbing and sadly typical.- Dallas Morning News
DnA/Frances Anderton: In an age of loneliness, Treehouse offers community that’s carefully curated and designed: Americans are experiencing an epidemic of loneliness. A coliving project in Hollywood was designed to remedy it. Then came a pandemic: ...co-living might be just what the doctor ordered at a time of extreme isolation...designed to enable intentional and informal encounters...pandemic testing the project’s very concept...neighbors were helping neighbors...while social distancing measures kept the illness itself at bay...more Treehouses are being built...adaptations are being made... -- Adriana Cargill; Sean Knibb; Jeff Soler/Soler Architecture- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Molly Glentzer: A first look at Houston’s renovated Rothko Chapel: A Welcome House, purposeful landscaping and a louvered skylight shine fresh light on the chapel: Houstonians collectively have never needed the calming influence of the Rothko more than they do now, given the upheavals...that have roiled the world this year....[It] has always been a place to clear your head...feels simpler and more refined, and more purposeful landscaping around it enhances the meditative sensibility......Suzanne Deal Booth Welcome House...an elegant but simple glass and steel structure that sits like a little jewel box on the land...All commercial activity...has moved there...visitors’ counter has been removed from the entry vestibule, which had become a cluttered bottleneck. Now the quietude begins outside. -- George Sexton Associates; Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects- Houston Chronicle
Nancy Kenney: Stone, bronze, glass, pathways: Princeton University Art Museum unveils David Adjaye's design: Pavilions linked by transparent “lenses” will dispense with hierarchies and display renowned collection on a single level: More intimate spaces described as bronze and glass “lenses” will be interspersed...offering vantage points...six ground-floor entrances will welcome visitors from all directions...Curators weighed in significantly...building will incorporate...university’s department of art and archaeology and a grand hall, numerous classroom spaces, seminar rooms, creativity labs and a rooftop café. -- Adjaye Associates- The Art Newspaper
Michael Kimmelman: Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City: A virtual tour looks at the legal battles and innovations behind 42nd Street...with the Harvard professor Jerold S. Kayden: He mapped a legal-minded itinerary along 42nd Street from Times Square to the East River...we covered a semester’s worth of land-use law by the time we reached Grand Central, which seemed enough for one walk, so we won’t get to any...East Side favorites in this conversation. "...for a subset of idiosyncratic people known as land-use lawyers and preservationists, Grand Central is equally revered as the subject of one of the most important constitutional law decisions ever issued by the Supreme Court." -- Renzo Piano; William Hollingsworth (Holly) Whyte; Ulrich Franzen; Marcel Breuer; Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)- New York Times
Architectural Workers: Peggy Deamer In Conversation With Nancy Levinson: Q&A with architect and educator Deamer re: her life as an activist, about cofounding The Architecture Lobby, and about the rise of labor consciousness in the design disciplines: "I began to wonder about how to raise awareness of the value of architectural labor - and more, how to enlarge the capacity of architecture to function as a force for positive social change...Schools should pursue research that’s more closely connected to the problems that are overwhelming our news feeds - research that’s both spatial and social...Now, COVID-19...is inspiring a new wave of activist energy"- Places Journal
Nicholas Boys Smith to lead new government task force to "embed beauty" in the planning system: Create Streets founder ...to lead a national design body that has been tasked with "driving up design standards" for planning applications...architecture task force, which will work with local communities to develop legally binding design codes...will make beauty a requirement of winning planning...previously co-chaired the controversial Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission with the late Roger Scruton...also appointed architectural historian Charles O'Brien to the post of listing heritage adviser...RIBA slams government "inconsistencies"...- Dezeen
Singapore firm DP Architects on design and urban planning in a post-pandemic world: CEO Angelene Chan recalls the challenges DPA faced, including stop-work orders in construction sites and travel bans due to COVID-19. Post-pandemic, resilient cities and environmental health must go hand-in-hand..."At present, we are fortunate that our projects are ongoing, albeit at a slower pace...Creating smaller, inclusive urban clusters will provide a sense of continuity during times of crisis like a pandemic"...Singapore's plans to be an even greener city...as a means to provide a better quality of life, will become even more urgent.- Business Insider
Discover America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020: ...list includes a diverse mix of historic places nationwide that highlight many of the cultures, stories, and experiences - including 7 sites with significant connections to women’s history...threats ranging from neglect to natural disasters to inappropriate developmen...learn what you can do to support these irreplaceable sites...Cincinnati...first hotel by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) & Natalie de Blois...- National Trust for Historic Preservation/NTHP
Alia Akkam: 15 Essential Design Events to Catch This Fall: Available to view virtually or at a safe social distance, these fairs, exhibitions, talks, and tours should be on your calendar...explore the impact of architecture and design during a time when new ways of thinking have never been more critical. -- LA Design Festival (September 24-27); Detroit Month of Design; The Design Museum’s "Connected"; Exhibit Columbus; Museum of Arts and Design (NCY): "Brian Clarke: The Art of Light"; SCI-Arc & Harvard GSD lectures; London Craft Week; Copenhagen Architecture Festival; Archtober (NYC); Architectural League of New York First Friday Distance Edition; Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF)- Dwell
Singapore Archifest 2020: “Architecture Saving OUR World” - September 25 - October 31: Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) will be rolling out varied programmes - from pop-up experiences that reimagine the way we live, to virtual exhibitions, forums, film screenings, workshops and an immersive virtual Pavilion that pushes the frontier of sustainable design...hallmark SIA Conference will also feature 13 eminent design and architecture maestros from Singapore and across the world- Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) / Singapore Architectural Festival
Archtober: Celebrating 10 years. New York City Architecture and Design. 2020. 60+ partners. 100s of events, tours, and exhibitions: in response to the COVID-19 crisis, many of our partner programs will be hosted digitally, allowing visitors from across the globe to participate...- Center for Architecture / AIANY (NYC)
Blair Kamin: A renowned Indian architect gets a Chicago showcase as Wrightwood 659 gallery: "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People" celebrates [his] humanistic designs...his nation's first winner of...the Pritzker Architecture Prize...for an approach to design that seeks to uplift human experience, not turn out spectacular objects that strut across the urban stage. Which is not to say that his buildings are not beautiful...engaging, intelligent and richly immersive [show]...Throughout, Doshi’s versions of traditional Indian miniature paintings...add delightful grace notes. thru December 12 -- Tadao Ando- Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Hilburg: A speculative architecture show at OSU imagines design literally for the environment: ...a fake architecture and research office actually run by Galen Pardee (who curated and designed the show), whose work and archives are now on display at...Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. In "The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition," the work of the fictional firm explores designing for a non-human client; in this case, the Great Lakes Compact...three of the fantasy architectural collective's “projects” on display. thru October 16- The Architect's Newspaper
"State of Extremes": In 2010, the inaugural exhibition at the Design Museum Holon in Israel, designed by the architect Ron Arad was "The State of Things"...showcased design as a landscape of objects. Ten years down the track, "State of Extremes" instead describes a world that has changed, and with it, design and the practice of design...curated by Aric Chen and Maya Dvash...show takes visitors through 70 artworks, exploring a world of social, political and environmental extremes. thru October 31- Floornature
Alice Fisher: Modernist Edinburgh embroidered on postcards: Laura Lees has embroidered many things. Dart boards on to jackets...trompe l’oeil panelling for a London restaurant, and even swear words on to table linen. But these postcards, which will be on show at London Craft Week (Sept. 30 - Oct. 10), were inspired by love of her home town...."I’m drawn to its modernist buildings..." -- Robert Matthew Johnson- Observer (UK)
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
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