Today’s News - Wednesday, October 7, 2020
News from across the Big Pond:
● Capps & Millan Lombrana parse the EU's intent to set up a new European Bauhaus as part of a Green Deal that "would set off a wave of building renovations - and a chance to find a new common architecture aesthetic - there's an opportunity to fulfill the school's unrealized potential."
● Nate Berg delves into the relevance of a new Bauhaus "as a model for fighting climate change - it should bring to the fight the creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving that was proven so effective by the original Bauhaus. Here are a few ways it can live up to the standards of its predecessor."
● Lowe reports that the U.K.'s housing secretary says the government's planning reforms create a "'big opportunity" to correct "mistakes of the recent past" by tearing down Brutalist buildings - "architects and conservationists fighting to protect Britain's post-war heritage" are none too happy.
● Moore x 2: He explains why David Adjaye "deserves a better brief for the Holocaust memorial. The outstanding architect's remit for his latest project is badly flawed" + Harriet Pattison's "Our Days Are Like Full Years" about her 15-year relationship with Louis Kahn - including his meeting with Jackie Kennedy.
● On a brighter note, he cheers Feilden Fowles' work on the Carlisle Cathedral Fratry that "is poised and intelligent - well crafted and respectful of its past," which "may draw flak from both modernists and traditionalists. Ruskin would have hated it."
In other news:
● King cheers AECOM's new "rugged new" Crane Cove Park on a stretch of former industrial shoreline in San Francisco that "offers something unexpected" - a real beach - "despite all the contortions that went into its creation," and despite missing some elements (to come via new fundraising), "it should only get better with age."
● Lesley Lokko explains why she resigned as dean of CCNY's Spitzer School of Architecture (she was appointed in June 2019): "Part of it has to do with the inflexibility of U.S. academic structures" - as well as: "The lack of respect and empathy for Black people, especially Black women, caught me off guard - my resignation was a profound act of self-preservation."
● ACSA leaders Dearborn & Monti explain the "drawbacks" of NCARB's proposal for an accredited 4-year degree (average is 12 years to licensure): "The idea that less time enrolled in school equals less debt for students may seem like a powerful argument" - but among the consequences - it will produce less-prepared graduates and "reinforce the unequal prospects they already face in the workforce."
● Eleanor Jolliffe offers 1st-year students a serious/amusing guide to starting an architecture degree in the age of COVID-19: Don't buy into the idea of the isolated artist "whose credibility is linked to their suffering and loneliness - it's bullsh!t. By all means design something that looks a bit like a gothic insect, but work out where the fire exit is. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others - don't take stupid risks."
● A great profile of Beverly Willis, the "trailblazing architect" who "developed 'sharp elbows' to thwart efforts at dismissing her projects because she was a woman" - her foundation spotlights "female architects who were left out of the history books to change the culture for women in the field" (full disclosure: we're huge fans!).
● Q&A with Black Females in Architecture member Eniola Sonusi re: its impact on the industry: "The most rewarding thing is connecting with other women who look like me and share similar experiences. The world of architecture can be very lonely as a Black female. I hope that more students, educators and professionals will tap into this network and leverage the opportunities available."
● Belogolovsky's 2-part Q&A with Australian architect John Wardle - Part 1: "his thirst for learning from makers - blacksmiths, steel fabricators, stonemasons, carpenters, furniture makers, ceramicists - and his understanding of what constitutes the perfect ideal of architecture itself."
● Belogolovsky/Wardle - Part 2: He "talks about his concept of 'scalelessness' and his inspirations that may come from silhouettes and components of his extensive collection of ceramics, industrial objects, and antiquities."
● Ann Sussman's video "Modern Architecture: A Direct Expression of Trauma of WWI Trench," presented at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture 2020 conference, "describes the 'missing link' in our understanding of how Modern Architecture came to be."
● San Diego Architectural Foundation hands out its 44th annual Orchids & Onions winners and losers in architecture & design throughout San Diego County - the judges mince no words (scroll down for great presentations!).
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Kriston Capps & Laura Millan Lombrana: What a Second Bauhaus Movement Means for Europe: The European Union’s Green Deal would set off a wave of building renovations - and a chance to find a new common architecture aesthetic: .“We need to give our systemic change its own distinct aesthetic - to match style with sustainability,” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission...“This is why we will set up a new European Bauhaus"...Bauhaus operated as...a house of ideas...[it] was never much of a policy shop...Today, there’s an opportunity...to fulfill the school’s unrealized potential...research and technology will be paramount in a new European Bauhaus, and nature should be too. -- Georg Pendl/Architects’ Council of Europe; Barry Bergdoll; Milan Dinevski- Bloomberg CityLab
Nate Berg: Toward a new Bauhaus: How a century-old design movement could help save the planet: The Bauhaus has new relevance in the 21st century: as a model for fighting climate change: ...would be part of a European Green Deal...Ursula von der Leyen..."a new European Bauhaus - a co-creation space where architects, artists, students, engineers, designers work together...” But style may be less important than how such a co-creation space operates...a new Bauhaus should bring to the fight...the creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving that was proven so effective by the original Bauhaus. Here are a few ways [it] can live up to the standards of its predecessor.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Tom Lowe: Planning reforms are ‘big opportunity’ to tear down brutalist buildings, says Jenrick: Housing secretary said pulling down ’mistakes of the recent past’ was one of the reasons he expanded permitted development ...government’s planning reforms create a “big opportunity” to tear down unpopular buildings dating from the 1960s and 70s...His remarks are sure to anger architects and conservationists fighting to protect Britain’s post-war heritage. Many...are now listed...but many more are not- BD/Building Design (UK)
Rowan Moore: Gold Medal winner David Adjaye deserves a better brief for the Holocaust memorial: The outstanding architect’s remit for his latest project is badly flawed: The outcome, I believe, will be a confused and ponderous construction, too big for the small public gardens in which it is to be placed + Harriet Pattison, a ninetysomething American landscape architect, has brought out a memoir, "Our Days Are Like Full Years," about her 15-year relationship with Louis Kahn.- Observer (UK)
Rowan Moore: Carlisle Cathedral Fratry - poised and intelligent: It may draw flak from both modernists and traditionalists, but [its] hall, rebuilt by Feilden Fowles, is well crafted and respectful of its past: ...a project...whose pointed arches would have roused accusations of heresy from modernists and of impurity from traditionalists, now comes across as a work of sweet and slightly playful reason...Ruskin would have hated it...design takes a common-sense approach that involves using the best means, mechanical or manual, available...If there is a criticism, it would be that [it] is almost too sensible and well mannered...- Observer (UK)
John King: Rugged new S.F. bayside park offers something unexpected - a day at the beach: The pandemic has shown...how much we need good public parks, so thank goodness San Francisco now has a large new one - on the bay, no less - with a sandy beach and a spacious lawn. Plus two headless gantry cranes on either side of a 550-foot-long concrete slipway where military ships once entered the water...The juxtapositions are as strange as they sound, as is the 7-acre setting...But the virtue of...Crane Cove Park is that despite all the contortions that went into its creation, it’s a space that urban residents can simply enjoy...And it should only get better with age. -- AECOM- San Francisco Chronicle
Lesley Lokko Explains Her Resignation from City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture: She was appointed in June 2019, after the public institution, serving more than 400 students...had been without a dean for four years...Lokko, of Ghanian-Scottish heritage, is a widely-acclaimed educator and global design leader...Her statement: “Part of it too has to do with the wider inflexibility of U.S. academic structures...No job is worth one's life and at times I genuinely feared for my own. Race is never far from the surface of any situation in the U.S...The lack of respect and empathy for Black people, especially Black women, caught me off guard...my resignation was a profound act of self-preservation."- Architectural Record
Lynne Dearborn & Michael Monti: The Drawbacks of an Accredited Four-Year Degree: ACSA leaders respond to NCARB's proposal for a shorter educational path to licensure: ...we at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture welcome the invitation to make meaningful change to increase access to architectural education and jobs...However, we find the arguments...oversimplified and too narrow...The idea that less time enrolled in school equals less debt for students may seem like a powerful argument...but it avoids consequences...will produce graduates who are less prepared for a rapidly changing profession, and it will reinforce the unequal prospects they already face in the workforce... -- Michael Armstrong/National Council of Architectural Registration Boards- Architect Magazine
Eleanor Jolliffe: A fresher’s guide to starting an architecture degree: Architecture students had it tough even before covid struck...some advice for first-years: There will be a temptation while locked in your room and socially distanced from all your classmates to believe there is something in that idea of the tortured artist whose credibility is linked to their suffering and loneliness. Reject this: it’s bullsh!t. ..architecture is collaborative and great architecture cannot be designed in a vacuum...By all means design something that looks a bit like a gothic insect but work out where the fire exit is...Be kind to yourself, be kind to others...don’t take stupid risks...Don’t make it harder on yourself than you need to.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Trailblazing architect Beverly Willis, 92, says ‘Everything is possible’: ...after discovering a gift for art and design, [she] went on to establish a portfolio of more than 800 projects...and, above all, developed “sharp elbows"...to thwart efforts at dismissing her projects because she was a woman...she established the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation to shine a light on female architects who were left out of the history books, and to change the culture for women in the field...aware of the friction between men and women in her profession...she’s still writing and directing documentary films such as, “A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright.” She’s still sounding off in favor of gender equity in architecture...- New Haven Register (Connecticut)
Black Females in Architecture Is Increasing Visibility of Black Women in the Industry: To find out more about the impact BFA and its members are having on the industry, we spoke to one of the organization’s members, Eniola Sonusi: "The most rewarding thing about BFA is connecting with other women who look like me and share similar experiences. The world of architecture can be very lonely as a Black female...I hope that more students, educators and professionals will tap into this network and leverage the opportunities available."- Design Milk
Vladimir Belogolovsky - Part 1: “A Vase May Give a Shape to a Room”: Q&A with Australian architect John Wardle re: his thirst for learning from makers - blacksmiths, steel fabricators, stonemasons, carpenters, furniture makers, ceramicists, and everything from woodcutters to cheesemakers; his Phoenix project...and his understanding of what constitutes the perfect ideal of architecture itself.- ArchDaily
Vladimir Belogolovsky - Part 2: John Wardle talks about his concept of “scalelessness”: Q&A re: being fascinated with the narratives in architecture and believing that a vase could give a shape to a room: ...his inspirations that may come from silhouettes and components of his extensive collection of ceramics, industrial objects, and antiquities- STIR (See Think Inspire Reflect)
Video: "Modern Architecture: A Direct Expression of Trauma of WWI Trench": Presented at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) 2020 conference...describes the 'missing link' in our understanding of how Modern Architecture came to be. It shows how new understandings in psychology and neuroscience transform our understanding of architectural history and also help us better understand what people need to see to feel and be at their best. Presented by Ann Sussman, RA- Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)
San Diego Architectural Foundation Announces Official 2020 Orchids & Onions Winners: ...this year’s architecture & design winners and losers throughout San Diego County... -- Perkins & Will; DESS Partners; PGAL+ Sormeh Rienne; Architects Orange + Foundation For Form; obrARCHITECTURE; Degan & Degan Architecture; Hanna Gabriel Wells; H2 Architects; Delawie; BASILE Studio; Jeff Katz Architecture; Miller Hull Partnership; Jeff Svitak; Jules Wilson Design Studio; Schmidt Design Group; Spurlock Landscape Architects; Kevin deFreitas Architects/ LandLAB - Landscape Architect; Studio E Architects- San Diego Architectural Foundation / SDAF
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