Today’s News - Tuesday, November 10, 2020
● It's back to the drawing board as Baltimore's city design panel "dissected" BIG's design for Johns Hopkins University's new student center, giving it a "lukewarm review" and concluding "more work is needed to blend the modern project into the campus footprint."
● Lisa Prevost, on a brighter note, dissects how Bruce Becker's "$50 million gamble" to transform Breuer's Brutalist Pirelli building in New Haven, CT, into Hotel Marcel with net-zero energy standards hopes to be a model for the hospitality industry.
● Adele Peters delves into how "more and more cities are legalizing backyard houses" (a.k.a. ADUs), and now seriously considering tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) that are less expensive to build and could make new - and affordable - "housing units grow much more quickly in areas with a deep housing shortage."
● One such city is Durham, North Carolina, where "affordable housing remains one of the greatest challenges - a collaboration with design firms and local researchers is working to reduce barriers to developing and financing accessory dwelling units [ADUs]."
● Laura Bliss takes a deep (deep!) dive into how, "in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, former timber war foes teamed up to show how environmental and industry interests could work together to ward off wildfire disasters" - offering "a lesson in learning to live with fire, and each other."
● Anderton talks to L.A. architect Geoffrey von Oeyen, who rebuilt a house in Malibu after the Woolsey Fire - he "reflects on living in the wildland-urban interface" + Janna Ireland re: her book "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View" and "finding her voice as a photographer."
● Dewey Thorbeck explains why, "after seeing a lack of outreach to rural communities in urban planning practice and instruction, he founded the University of Minnesota's Center for Rural Design": "Communities of all densities and educational backgrounds were quick to embrace the design process - to help shape their future."
● Harrouk parses Lagos, Nigeria-based Parpend design studio's annual "PERSPECTIVE" and this year's interviews with 3 Nigerian designers: "Design is not magic but it can be magical."
● Eyefuls of "Africa's most anticipated architecture projects: These buildings are symbols of ambition as much as they are of beauty" - designed by some familiar - and not so familiar firms.
● Jim Russell on how the Harlem School of the Arts is "glowing anew, thanks to the revitalization of its beloved 'gathering place'" in a "transformation inspired by" architect Celia Imrey and patron Herb Alpert - a new "glass facade floods the space with morning sunlight, ready to unveil the students' beehive of activity."
● Architect and interior designer Gloria Jaroff minces no words in a "rant" about "the boundless banality of beige. At some point, Dear Designer, you gotta take a stand - I mean, really, Beige Is Back? Explore your inner polychrome self."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: astudio's Richard Hyams kicks off the new series Building for the Next Generation. #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.
● Call for entries: Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards: New categories include Architecture, Urban Design, Pandemic Response(!); early bird deadline (save money!): this Friday!
● Call for entries (deadline extended!): Metropolis Future 100: looking for the top architecture & design students in the class of 2021 who will be paired with design firms.
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Design of new Johns Hopkins University student center gets lukewarm reviews from city panel: ...design panel dissected designs...and concluded more work is needed to blend the modern project into the campus footprint...advised...BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group to refine the designs and vision for the four-story building's placement on the leafy 140-acre campus..."The footprint seems to be too large for the site."- Baltimore Business Journal
Lisa Prevost: Hotels Lag in Energy Sustainability. One Project May Change That: A developer converting a Brutalist office building in New Haven, Connecticut, into a hotel with net-zero energy standards hopes it will be a model for the industry: ...aims to revive the long-vacant Armstrong Rubber Company headquarters, a distinctive concrete box...designed by...Marcel Breuer in the late 1960s, as a 165-room boutique...Hotel Marcel...Among the obstacles to widespread adoption...a lack of collection of energy use data...Bruce Becker...“...with a highly efficient envelope and building systems, we’ll be able to use about 80% less energy than a typical hotel building"...methods should help the hotel meet passive house standards... -- Bruce Becker/Becker + Becker- New York Times
Adele Peters: What’s better than a tiny house? A tiny house on wheels: More and more cities are legalizing backyard houses. But tiny, mobile homes are even cheaper to build and buy, and their adoption could cause a massive increase in alternative housing options: ...a growing number of cities are beginning to change local regulations to allow the houses...could make a meaningful difference for affordable housing...already allowed accessory dwelling units or ADUs...But tiny houses on wheels (THOWs)...are even less expensive to build...could potentially make new housing units grow much more quickly in [areas] with a deep housing shortage.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Tiny Houses Could Make a Big Impact on Durham, North Carolina's Affordable Housing Crisis: ...affordable housing remains one of the greatest challenges facing the city...stakeholders are looking to residential backyards for a solution...collaboration with design firms and local researchers...working to reduce barriers to developing and financing accessory dwelling units [ADUs] in the hopes of alleviating some of the pressure on the city’s housing market...Haven Modular plans to open a new production facility...will focus on factory-fabricated modular units...Financing remains the trickiest piece of the puzzle- Indy Week (North Carolina)
Laura Bliss: A Lesson in Learning to Live With Fire, and Each Other: In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, former timber war foes teamed up to show how environmental and industry interests could work together to ward off wildfire disasters: Fire suppression policies have long prevented naturally occurring wildfires...leading to “sick” forests clogged with excess fuel...To understand why...detente between forest adversaries is such a remarkable turn of events, you have to go back to the early 1990s, when environmentalists waged a bitter battle to save America’s trees...U.S. Forest Service had sold some 700,000 acres of the ancient trees to logging companies in the preceding decade...“We had ‘no’ down to a fine art. How do we define what ‘yes’ looks like?”- Bloomberg CityLab
Frances Anderton/DnA: LA architect Geoffrey von Oeyen rebuilds after Woolsey Fire and reflects on living in the wildland-urban interface...Horizon House was one of 488 homes in Malibu burned down + photographer Janna Ireland spent several years capturing buildings by the late architect for the book "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View":...She talks about Williams, about finding her voice as a photographer, and her quest to tell stories about Black people and their creativity.- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Dewey Thorbeck: Shaping Futures Through Land Use and Design: After seeing a lack of outreach to rural communities in urban planning practice and instruction, the architect and author founded the University of Minnesota's Center for Rural Design: Communities of all densities and educational backgrounds...were quick to embrace the design process. Design can cross borders, make connections, and help any population find ways to access science and technology to help shape its future.- Architect Magazine
Christele Harrouk: Architecture x Nigeria: 3 Designers Discuss Their Favorite Projects and How They Created Them: Parpend, a design studio from Lagos, Nigeria, interviews every year a group of architects... statements are compiled in a publication...“PERSPECTIVE,” this edition...examines 4 projects with 3 designers..."Design is not magic but it can be magical." -- Seun Oduwole/SI.SA; Tosin Oshinowo/cmD+A/ James Inedu-George/HTL Africa- ArchDaily
Africa's most anticipated architecture projects: These buildings are symbols of ambition as much as they are of beauty... -- Adjaye Associates; Studio Seilern Architects; Heneghan Peng Architects; Kunlé Adeyemi/NLÉ; MASS Design Group; Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitecto/CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun; Atelier Masomi; Patrik Schumacher/Zaha Hadid Architects;- CNN Style
James S. Russell: With Help From Herb Alpert, Letting the Light In at the Harlem School of the Arts: Dorothy Maynor never sang at the Met, but the school she founded is glowing anew, thanks to the revitalization of its beloved “"gathering place": ...dates from 1977...enclosed by concrete-block walls. Children and families came in through a forbidding brick entrance...transformation inspired by an architect Celia Imrey, and a major patron: Herb Alpert...glass facade floods the space with morning sunlight, ready to unveil the students’ beehive of activity -- Ulrich Franzen; Imrey Studio- New York Times
Gloria Jaroff: The Boundless Banality of Beige: A Rant: Architect and interior designer Jaroff is not neutral on neutrals: A minimalistic approach to color in modern buildings and interiors doesn’t relax me - it puts me to sleep. When I awake, I am angry. The historical notion that bleached Greco-Roman temples represent beauty is a myth...Their architecture was vividly polychromatic...Near-white is the color of noncommitment. At some point, Dear Designer, you gotta take a stand...I mean, really, Beige Is Back? ...riding the coattails of a color-of-the-year, limits your creativity. Explore your inner polychrome self...- Common Edge
Call for entries: Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards: honor products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet; Architecture, Urban Design, Pandemic Response, etc. (New categories!); early bird deadline (save money!): November 13 (final deadline: December 11)- Fast Company
Call for entries (deadline extended!): Metropolis Future 100: Connecting TALENTED Architecture and Design Students in the class of 2021 With FIRMS: looking for the top architecture & design students; deadline extended: November 30- Metropolis Magazine
ANN feature: Richard Hyams: Building for the Next Generation #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces: With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.- ArchNewsNow.com
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