Today’s News - Tuesday, September 29, 2020
● Betsky explains "why post-pandemic architecture should resist sameness in its pursuit of safety," calling for a new International Style - the latest version is "standardized, logical, efficient, and soulless. It is up to architects to take up their role in this movement for a different kind of global architecture of liberation, justice, and sustainability."
● Mortice delves into the depressing details of how, "for students in low-income communities, the coronavirus crisis is layered on an existing public health crisis: deteriorated school buildings that are unhealthy places to learn. For those who design new schools or maintain them, the pandemic is ruthlessly exposing the scale of this often-unseen public health dilemma."
● C.J. Hughes looks into how "some developers are making minor tweaks in the face of the Covid era" - one NYC condo is "offering buyers a $10,000 credit that can be spent to create one of the most coveted of amenities in this stay-at-home period: a dedicated home office" - designed by Andres Escobar for free.
● Moore minces no words about what he thinks of "the catastrophe of converting office blocks to homes" - and how the government's "experiment in deregulation" (in England only) is being "applied, with devastating effects."
● Nate Berg parses SHoP's newly launched venture (independent) Assembly that has brought together architects, car designers, aerospace engineers, and manufacturing partners to make it "easier and faster to build high-rise apartments" by turning around the design process "so that how a project will be built determines how it gets designed."
● Fazzare profiles architect-advocate Pascale Sablan, who is "actively changing history with a simple mission: women and designers of color must claim and be credited for their contributions," and founded Beyond the Built Environment "to do just that" (with bigger plans in the works).
● Frances Richard's Q&A with University of Johannesburg Graduate School of Architecture's Huda Tayob re: the Race, Space, and Architecture open-access curriculum intended to "draw attention to the economies of higher education, in which so many lack access."
● Mavros's Q&A with designer-activist (and Loeb Fellow) De Nichols re: the Design as Protest initiative "created to hold the profession accountable," and Dark Matter University, created "to reframe the learning process and experience."
● Wainwright x 2: Though Plymouth's new £46m Box gallery looks "like a storage shed blown in by a gale," and "may not be a thing of beauty - it is surprisingly successful - the content and ambition mostly outweigh the niggles of the building itself."
● He cheers a new "fun-filled" primary school in Hackney topped by a tower of luxury flats - planters on the roof let kids "grow their own food and get mucky with mud - a welcome reminder that cities are for children, too" - Henley Halebrown did a good "job of making the forced marriage seem like a natural pairing - a finely composed thing of rare quality" (too bad teachers can't afford the flats).
● Tim McKeough offers a delightful take on pavilions that "inhabit the space between art and architecture. Especially in a pandemic, these structures give architects room" to experiment, and "can offer glimpses of architecture's potential, even before all the kinks are worked out."
● Frey and Kocher's 1931 Aluminaire House has found a permanent home - the Palm Springs Art Museum, where the "historically significant aluminum and metal prototype residence" will be reassembled in 2021.
● The inaugural Places Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop has resulted in essays by 26 students on the theme "Architecture, Urbanism, Pandemics" (check 'em out!).
● ICYMI: 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.
● Architect Magazine has extended the deadline for its 2020 Studio Prize for innovative studio courses during the 2019-2020 school year to October 14!
● Request for Proposals/RFP: Next2Lead to advance leadership pathways for Ethnically Diverse Women will provide leadership and experiential education, mentoring for 16 AIA members with minimum of five years of experience.
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Aaron Betsky: The Case for a New International Style: why post-pandemic architecture should resist sameness in its pursuit of safety: ...we are seeing yet the latest version of the International Style...I do not mean the glass and steel boxes by Mies van der Rohe or...Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [SOM]...our environments will look even more Modernist: standardized, logical, efficient, and soulless...the need for safety will trump all design variation...It is up to architects, who know this new International Style, its rules and regulations, as well as its logic, to take up their role in this movement for a different kind of global architecture of liberation, justice, and sustainability.- Architect Magazine
Zach Mortice: How America’s Schools Got So Sick: For students in low-income communities, the coronavirus crisis is layered on an existing public health crisis: deteriorated school buildings that are unhealthy places to learn: Asbestos, lead paint, unsafe drinking water...are fixtures of public school districts nationwide...For those who design new schools and maintain existing ones, the pandemic is ruthlessly exposing the scale of this often-unseen public health dilemma...The true value of healthy, well-designed schools becomes most clear when they’re put in communities that lack abundant resources. -- Erika Eitland/Brooke Trivas/Barbara Crum/Perkins and Will; SHW Group (now Stantec); VMDO- Bloomberg CityLab
C.J. Hughes: How the Pandemic Has Changed Apartment Building Amenities: Copper door handles, sectional sofas instead of giant couches, and hospital-grade ventilation systems find their way into new buildings: ...some developers are making minor tweaks in the face of the Covid era...adding cabana-lined roof decks, repurposing lounges as outdoor schools...Rental complexes seem to be rationing amenities differently...Charlie West, a 123-unit condo...offering buyers a $10,000 credit that can be spent to create one of the most coveted of amenities in this stay-at-home period: a dedicated home office...Andres Escobar's [Lemay + Escobar Architecture] services are free...- New York Times
Rowan Moore: ‘It's like an open prison’: the catastrophe of converting office blocks to homes: A policy designed to open up the planning system has left thousands in tiny flats, far from schools and shops. And with more deregulation coming, things will get worse: Shield House is just one example of...a government experiment in deregulation...This is the famous definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results - applied, with devastating effects...a machine for driving up housing numbers...permitted development...tends to create lousy homes that inflict costs on their neighbourhoods and contribute little, that damage business, burden local authorities and wreck people’s lives.- Observer (UK)
Nate Berg: Why one architecture firm is looking at planes to construct buildings of the future: Newly launched Assembly will decentralize building manufacturing, making it easier and faster to build high-rise apartments: The way buildings are designed is backward, and a team of architects, car designers, and aerospace engineers wants to turn it around...so that how [a project] will be built determines how it gets designed...Sharples brothers...have been experimenting with prefabricated architecture for more than 20 years...SHoP Architects and Assembly will operate as two separate entities...[with] network of manufacturing partners, they’ll be able to apply their...approach to mid- and high-rise buildings around the world. -- Chris Sharples; Bill Sharples; MaryAnne Gilmartin- Fast Company / Co.Design
Elizabeth Fazzare: Architect-Advocate Pascale Sablan Is Revising The History Of The Built Environment: ...dedicated to elevating her fellow diverse peers...building a database of their global contributions...actively changing history with a simple mission: women and designers of color must claim and be credited for their contributions...“Step one is teaching our culture, our gender, you need to document yourself"...founded Beyond the Built Environment... to do just that...digital record of "Say It Loud"...has bigger plans to activate the data. -- S9 Architecture; National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)- Forbes
Frances Richard: Race, Space, and Architecture: Q&A with Huda Tayob re: the inseparability of place-making and racialization...and transdisciplinarity in architecture and design education: "We encourage students to consider a variety of constructed and entangled methods, fields, and archives, and to engage with both the materiality of architecture and the ways in which the discipline is defined. What counts as 'architecture' and where do we find it? ...what is important in the...curriculum is...to question the underpinnings of the discipline in the first place...Making this curriculum open-access draws attention to the economies of higher education, in which so many lack access."- Places Journal
Kara Mavros: Q&A with Designer-Activist De Nichols: The St. Louis-based artist, educator, and 2020 Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow has been using her “visual voice” to condemn racial injustices for over a decade...founder and principal of...Civic Creatives, and one of roughly 120 BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) organizers of the Design as Protest initiative..."DAP was created to hold the profession accountable...created Dark Matter University...to reframe the learning process and experience, and to look at the ways in which BIPOC design educators and antiracist folk - including white educators...might create a learning space to fill gaps in their own understanding."- Architectural Record
Oliver Wainwright: 'Like a storage shed blown in by a gale' - Plymouth's new £46m Box gallery: This plain silver structure could win the port another ugly building award. But its citizens are unlikely to mind - since it showcases treasures from ancient vessels to a woolly mammoth: ...a fitting name for a big clumsy box that has been plonked on top of the city’s Edwardian museum...It may not be a thing of beauty, but this big, practical structure provides a welcome addition to the city...complex is surprisingly successful; it has created a place where the content and ambition mostly outweigh the niggles of the building itself. -- Atkins; Event Exhibition & Design- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Sir, can I go and play in the mud kitchen? The fun-filled school with luxury flats attached: Pupils at this new primary will be able to bounce on the playground and grow food on the roof. Shame their teachers won’t be able to afford the high-end homes that funded it: ...the roof of Hackney New Primary School is given over to planters for each class to grow their own food and get mucky with mud. It is a welcome reminder...that cities are for children, too...a tower of 68 luxury flats had to be built to pay for the school...Henley Halebrown have done an admirable job of making the forced marriage seem like a natural pairing...a finely composed thing of rare quality...the school has the feeling of a little cloister...- Guardian (UK)
Tim McKeough: Pavilions Inhabit the Space Between Art and Architecture: Especially in a pandemic, these structures give architects room to play with materials and form: ...a long tradition of small-scale structures that grow out of experiments...Initiatives like the Serpentine Pavilion in London...[Toronto's] Winter Stations competition....pavilions can offer glimpses of architecture’s potential, even before all the kinks are worked out...may not always seem as practical as traditional buildings, they routinely serve many important functions... -- Valerie Schweitzer; Philip Johnson; Roland Rom Colthoff; Leslie Lok/Sasa Zivkovic/Hannah; Lucas De Man/Company New Heroes; Marc Fornes/Theverymany- New York Times
Aluminaire House Finds Permanent Home in Palm Springs: Foundation picks the Palm Springs Art Museum over the future College of the Desert campus where the structure will be reassembled in 2021: ...historically significant aluminum and metal prototype residence, designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher in 1931...considered a masterpiece of modernist design...New York architects Michael Schwarting and Frances Campani worked diligently for more than 25 years to save, protect and document...Frey generously bequeathed his archive...along with his Frey House II residence, which sits on the hillside above the museum. -- Wallace K. Harrison- Palm Springs Life
Places Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop: a new project we launched this year for selected students nominated by faculty at our partner schools - over the course of four week-long sessions, 26 students worked with Places' editors to develop their own essays on the theme of Architecture, Urbanism, Pandemics.- Places Journal
Call for entries: 2020 ARCHITECT Studio Prize Final Deadline Extension! Did you teach an innovative studio course during the 2019-2020 school year? Entries are now open through October 14!- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: Request for Proposals/RFP: Next2Lead to advance leadership pathways for Ethnically Diverse Women: will provide leadership and experiential education, mentoring and experiences for 16 AIA members [with] minimum of five years of experience; deadline: October 15- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
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
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