Today’s News - Wednesday, October 21, 2020
● In Sydney, Woods Bagot proposes replacing up to 800km of lesser-used roads "with pedestrian networks, community spaces and market gardens" that would put more than 500,000 Sydneysiders "within 300 meters of new green space" - and "take 100,000 cars off the road" (there is some skepticism).
● Linda Poon ponders al fresco dining in winter (when "de facto ice-fishing cabins" may not be "viable"): The "larger urban planning problem": Unlike Europe, "many cities just weren't designed for the winter to be spent outdoors" (running 4 propane heaters "can emit the equivalent of driving a car around the globe three times" - yikes!).
● SO - IL's Florian Idenburg considers how the pandemic creates "contradictory demands to privately isolate and publicly assemble" that "have revealed key fissures in the urban polity" - one example: instead of double-loaded corridors, let's design "the journey from apartment to street as joyous and celebratory" - and "not a furtive flight."
● Former WeWork architecture discipline manager Michael Caton explains why and how "the architecture profession can and should reshape itself - and reinvent the way architects do business altogether" by transitioning to "buildings as products, not projects" (don't "ignore the fact that you can buy prefabricated houses from Muji").
● Emma Newburger delves into how COVID-19 is bolstering the "push towards healthier building design" and "corporate interest in redesigning work space to simulate nature, have better air filtration systems and use more sustainable materials" ("All of these things were already on the rise").
● Construction Dive takes "an unflinching look" at how racism impacts the industry in a special 6-part report.
● Blaine Brownell interviews Jack Travis re: his career and "search for a Black architecture": "What is remarkable about his story is how he transformed his early impression of disenfranchisement into opportunities for himself and other Black architects and designers. 'We're laying the groundwork.'"
● Eve Glasberg's Q&A with Mabel O. Wilson re: projects she's worked on, her involvement in MoMA's upcoming show "Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America," and what she's teaching this semester at Columbia's GSAPP.
● Q&A with Saudi-Arabia based Aala Qahtani re: her inspirations, her newly-developed futuristic prototype for Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Housing, and more.
● Emily Brooks reports on Buckley Gray Yeoman's transformation of five adjacent Grade-II listed terraced townhouses in London's museum district into a 14-gallery arts hub "that mixes sensitive restoration and new build."
● Harrouk brings us eyefuls of Adjaye Associates' conceptual design for the Martyrs Memorial in Niamey, the capital of Niger - "a 4000 m² tribute" that includes a memorial, new urban plaza, and multi-use civic gathering space in the heart of the city.
● German architect Anna Heringer wins the Obel Award 2020 for her Bangladeshi community building made of rammed earth and bamboo, and "contains a therapy center for people with disabilities and a fair-trade textile manufacturing workshop for local women" (very cool).
● Call for entries: Jared Green outlines fellowship opportunities in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Harvard University research institute, museum, and garden in Washington, DC; Call for entries: ICAA's Bunny Mellon Landscape Design Prize; and more.
● Call for entries: KCAD's Wege Prize 2021: Best Ideas for Sustainable Future of a Circular Economy (solutions to today's "wicked problems"); open to college/university students around the world (+ big cash prizes).
● Sign up - it's free(!): Vitra Summit 2020, Oct. 22-23: an amazing line-up of participants who will reflect on "how to future-proof environments - at home, in the office and on the go" (Aric Chen; Beatrice Galilee; Beatriz Colomina; Francis Kéré; Maurice Cox; Stefano Boeri; and so many more!).
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Excerpt: "Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photos by Jonathan Wallen: A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.
● NYC Architecture Biennial 2020: "Social Inclusion in the Workplace and in Design" October 20-23: Online and free of charge - an opportunity to reach a broader audience around the world - the lectures will be shared in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. ArchNewsNow is proud to be a media sponsor!
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'Giving back the streets': The plan to de-pave 800km of Sydney roads: The architects behind the redesign of Central Station want to take 100,000 cars off the road by transforming Sydney's residential streets from asphalt into green space...Woods Bagot says up to 800km of lesser-used roads could be replaced with pedestrian networks, community spaces and market gardens..."Streets Ahead" paper was part of a connected idea to change people's perception and use of transport as commuting habits evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic...More than 500,000 Sydneysiders would also be put within 300 metres of new green space. -- John Prentice; ERA-Co- Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Poon: What Al Fresco Dining May Look Like When It’s Cold: ...rows of heat lamps may become a defining feature of Covid winter sidewalks. But costly heaters aren’t the only or best option for many restaurants: The scramble to winterize outdoor dining points to a larger urban planning problem: Many cities just weren’t designed for the winter to be spent outdoors...pandemic might help usher in a new winter outdoor dining trend...that’s long been popular in Europe...having four propane heaters running 14 hours a day during winter months can emit...the equivalent of driving a car around the globe three times...Mark Bennett outlined his four guiding design principles to making an outdoor winter enjoyable, heating didn’t make the list. -- Sam Schwartz- Bloomberg CityLab
Florian Idenburg/SO - IL: Op-Ed: When health crises shut down urban life, domestic spaces should fill the gap: The contradictory demands to privately isolate and publicly assemble...has revealed key fissures in the urban polity...The challenge...will require that architects deepen their understanding of the contours of urban life...In the double-loaded corridor...developers found a financial sweet spot...Can we imagine the journey from apartment to street as joyous and celebratory...Not a furtive flight ...an imaginative use of basic architectural elements to open up, rather than close off, social interaction could improve not just housing...but city life itself...Ironically...Something too expensive for techies in [San Francisco] proves affordable for migrant workers in Mexico.- The Architect's Newspaper
How Architects Can Transition to Buildings as Products, Not Projects: Learn why former WeWork architecture discipline manager Michael Caton believes the architecture profession can and should reshape itself: When I joined WeWork...I consciously embarked on a radical departure from conventional architectural practice. I entered into the world of products - in this case, office-space as a service...the experience...reinforced my belief that the shift from services to products could reinvent the way architects do business altogether...significant shifts in the construction industry are already underway...startups like Katerra, Cover, and Apt are...pushing product-based approaches...Architects should not ignore the fact that today you can buy...prefabricated houses from Muji.- Architect Magazine
Emma Newburger: Bringing the outside into the office: Coronavirus bolsters push towards healthier building design: ...corporate interest in redesigning work space to simulate nature, have better air filtration systems and use more sustainable materials...More companies are embracing biophilic design - the concept of bringing the health benefits of the outdoors inside...Buildings are also adapting to demand for more outdoor work space...“All of these things were already on the rise." -- Gail Napell/Gensler; Rick Cook/CookFox; Asheshh Saheba/Steinberg Hart- CNBC
Special report: How racism impacts construction: In this six-part series, Construction Dive takes a deep look into hate's toll on the industry...an unflinching look at how it affects workers and a breakdown of the types of systemic racism that plague the industry: Racism on the jobsite: How hate erodes construction's bottom line; Despite progress, ingrained racism still runs deep in construction; etc.- Construction Dive
Blaine Brownell: Jack Travis and the Search for a Black Architecture: interview re: his groundbreaking career: As a Black student...at the University of Illinois in the 1970s, he frequently felt like an outsider...Given the scarcity of role models, it is easy to understand how inaccessible the profession seems to Black students and young professionals...What is remarkable about [his] story is how he transformed his early impression of disenfranchisement into opportunities for himself and other Black architects and designers...envisions significant progress ahead for Black architecture. “We’re laying the groundwork." -- SOM; Lou Switzer; Fred Schwartz; HOK- Architect Magazine
Eve Glasberg: Professor Works on Projects at the Intersection of Race and Architecture: Mabel O. Wilson co-designed the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers and co-edited "Race and Modern Architecture": ...teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation [GSAPP] and in the Department of African American and African Diasporic Studies... Q&A re: projects, her involvement in an upcoming exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), what she’s teaching this semester..."Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America"..."brings together a remarkable group of 11 architects, designers, and artists"...- Columbia News
Building emotional connections: Aala Qahtani, founder of Saudi-Arabia based Aala Qahtani Architects, talks about inspirations, her newly-developed futuristic prototype [for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing], and current projects:: "I feel it’s my mission to take the beautiful Najdi architecture to the next level and modernise it through the effective use of technology."- Design Middle East (Dubai, UAE)
Emily Brooks: Cultural Co-dependence: Buckley Gray Yeoman has unveiled Cromwell Place, a 14-gallery arts hub in London's museum district that mixes sensitive restoration and new build: ...converted five adjacent [Grade-II listed] terraced townhouses in South Kensington to create a sequence of galleries...a sort of co-working space for fine art...period features, such as the fireplaces and the sweeping staircases with their ironwork balustrades and timber handrails, have been restored. A series of glazed bridges link old a new...Members can take a permanent office...or just drop by and use some of the shared working space. They don’t have to be gallerists but individual dealers and curators, too...- Design Anthology UK
Christele Harrouk: Adjaye Associates Reveals Conceptual Design for the Martyrs Memorial in Niamey, Niger: ...a 4000 m² tribute in the capital of Niger, including a memorial, new urban plaza, and multi-use civic gathering space. Located within the heart of the city, on a raised triangular plot...the effect of the underground maze is amplified by a 20-meter high forest of pillars that blends with the shading canopy of trees on both sides of the project. -- Steensen Varming- ArchDaily
Ellie Stathaki: A Bangladeshi community building by Anna Heringer wins Obel Award 2020: German architect’s Anandaloy project in rural Bangladesh scoops the prestigious [award]: ...presented with the second...Danish architecture honour...Anandaloy, which means ‘place of deep joy’, contains a therapy centre for people with disabilities...and a fair-trade textile manufacturing workshop for local women...Made out of rammed earth and bamboo...age-old local building techniques in soft curves and textures that connect with its place and the region’s vernacular...architect...is the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development- Wallpaper*
Jared Green: Fellowship Opportunities in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks: the Harvard University research institute, library, museum, and garden in Washington, D.C., has a number of fellowships open to landscape architecture academia and practitioners focused on race, democracy, and urban landscapes + Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Bunny Mellon Landscape Design Prize; etc.; various deadlines through December- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Call for entries: Wege Prize 2021: Best Ideas for Sustainable Future of a Circular Economy;$30,000+ cash prizes; open to college/university students around the world; teams must have exactly 5 members; represent at least 3 different academic disciplines & 2 different institutions of higher education; Phase 1 deadline: November 9- Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) Wege Center for Sustainable Design, Ferris State University (Michigan)
Vitra Summit 2020, October 22-23: This year has radically changed our perception of space:..free streaming event hosted online...We invite you to reflect with us on how to future-proof environments - at home, in the office and on the go. -- Aric Chen; Beatrice Galilee; Beatriz Colomina; Christian Grosen Rasmussen; Francis Kéré; Ilse Crawford; Joseph Grima; Maurice Cox; Sharon Johnston; Stefano Boeri; etc.- Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany)
NYC Architecture Biennial 2020: "Social Inclusion in the Workplace and in Design" October 20-23: Conference will be online and free of charge, This is an opportunity for us to reach out to a broader audience around the world - the lectures will be shared in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. ArchNewsNow is proud to be a media sponsor!- New York City Architecture Biennial
ANN feature: Excerpt: "Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photographs by Jonathan Wallen: A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.- ArchNewsNow.com
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