Today’s News - Thursday, January 21, 2021
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● HKS's Julie Hiromoto, immediate past chair of AIA's Committee on the Environment, outlines how "architects can help 'Build Back Better.' The design community must take a leadership role to help address the climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequity, and economic recovery."
● Justin Davidson takes issue with Gov. Cuomo's $60 million plan to extend the High Line: "I get the project's allure" ["a gubernatorial candy store"] - but "while he futzes with a needless walkway, he has pushed aside other opportunities."
● Frank Gehry "presents a sweeping overhaul" of his master plan for a 51-mile-long stretch of the L.A. River - plan is now open to the public for comment through March 14 (but - oh, those pesky hurdles like cost and land-use authority).
● Christele Harrouk talks to Lebanese architects Bernard Khoury, Paul Kaloustian, and Lina Ghotmeh, now "facing reconstruction dilemmas" following the massive explosion in Beirut last August that damaged their buildings: "Should architects rebuild them as they were - or should they leave scars and portray new realities?"
● Allison Arieff on Saudi Arabia's "new linear utopia," the 105-mile-long The Line, and the "innovation industrial complex": "What is presented as innovative has often been tried before. The impulse to view intractable urban issues as engineering problems to be solved is understandable. But cities are unpredictable - isn't it that unpredictability that makes them so intriguing to us?"
● Wainwright considers Superstudio, "the anarchist architects warned against rampant development by imagining one continuous structure stretching around Earth - did their warning actually inspire new Saudi plans for a 100-mile linear city?" (Their 1960s "Continuous Monument" photomontage is on view in Brussels.)
● Carolina A. Miranda pens two (great!) columns re: why Paul R. Williams' now-accessible archive "is a game changer - his papers will begin to flesh out the profile of an architect currently better known for his biography than for his design innovations."
● A parsing of survey findings that show, after working remotely, "some employees would rather quit" than go back to an office - "ensuring workplaces are safe should top the agenda - 'companies that do not take it seriously could risk losing their talent to those that do."
● Overstreet parses OMA/Reinier de Graaf's new film "The Hospital of the Future" - part of an exhibition in Madrid (and online) - the "visual manifesto questions the long-standing conventions in the field of healthcare architecture."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Dave Hora: Nature of Order #3: Nos. 9-15 of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness: In contrast with the first eight, something feels more primal and elemental in these properties.
● Call for entries: Azure Magazine's AZ Awards 2021 international design competition recognizing the world's best projects, products and ideas.
● Call for entries: ASLA 2021 Professional & Student Awards for innovative landscape architecture projects (international).
● Call for Applications: Places Journal Inaugural Critics-in-Residence in Architecture and Landscape Architecture - includes a stipend to write four major critical essays.
● Revised deadline! Call for entries Submissions for Sophia Journal, 6th edition: "Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations."
● Call for Nominations: Margolese National Design for Living Prize: $50,000 award recognizes a Canadian citizen who is doing outstanding work in a field related to the built environment.
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Julie Hiromoto/HKS: Architects Can Help 'Build Back Better': The design community must also take a leadership role to help address the climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequity, and economic recovery, writes the immediate past chair of AIA’s Committee on the Environment [COTE]: ...architects individually and collectively can effect meaningful change...I am recommitting to these [four] professional resolutions, which also align with the new administration’s priorities.- Architect Magazine
Justin Davidson: Is a High Line Extension Really What We Need on the Far West Side? ...Governor Cuomo [is] refocusing his lust for infrastructure on the challenge of walking...an elevated pedestrian superhighway that would extend the High Line 3 blocks and cost $60 million. I get the project’s allure...but let’s be honest: The extra length...will connect one branded megadevelopment to another...this flank of Manhattan a gubernatorial candy store...While [he] futzes with a needless walkway, he has pushed aside other opportunities...ideas...add up to the highest civic ambition: to let a city breathe and flow and move. -- Perkins and Will; Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU)- Curbed New York
Frank Gehry previews an updated vision for the L.A. River as new master plan is unveiled: Seven years after he was approached...to reimagine the 51-mile-long stretch of waterway...The completed 2020 draft [is] open to the public for comment through March 14, presents a sweeping overhaul intended to both buffer flood protection and provide open parkland for the one million residents who live within one mile of the river - without displacing lower-income Angelenos.- The Architect's Newspaper
Christele Harrouk: The Contemporary Approach to Rebuilding Cities Post-Disaster: The Case of Beirut: ...on August 4th, 2020, Beirut was shaken by one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts in history...damaged around 40,000 buildings. New contemporary structure...by local international architects are now facing reconstruction dilemmas...Should architects rebuild them as they were...or should they leave scars and portray new realities? Bernard Khoury, Paul Kaloustian, and Lina Ghotmeh talked about their projects and their vision of the reconstruction... + Laurian Ghinitoiu's photo series the extent of the destruction- ArchDaily
Allison Arieff: The one-dimensional city: Saudi Arabia unveils its half-trillion-dollar plan for a new linear utopia. But is the idea anything new? The Line is a city, 105 miles long...In 1882, the Spanish engineer Arturo Soria y Mata planned a 35 mile-long “Ciudad Lineal” around Madrid. In 1910, Edgar Chambless proposed “Roadtown” in the US...what is presented as innovative has often been tried before...“beginner’s mind”...The idea that consultants can solve a problem that has existed for decades...is rampant in today’s innovation industrial complex...The impulse to view intractable urban issues as engineering problems to be solved is understandable. But cities are unpredictable...isn’t it that unpredictability of cities that makes them so intriguing to us? -- Neom; Ideo; Shannon Mattern- New Statesman (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: A building as big as the world: the anarchist architects who foresaw endless expansion: Superstudio collective warned against rampant development by imagining one continuous structure stretching around Earth. But did their warning actually inspire new Saudi plans for a 100-mile linear city? The Line [has] inescapable echoes of another project with a very different purpose...in a gallery in Brussels, hangs a 1960s photomontage of an eerily similar vision, part of a new exhibition "Superstudio Migrazioni"..."Continuous Monument"...dreamed up in 1969 - not as a proposal for a smart city, but as a critical warning against the relentless urbanisation of the planet...images were alarming, but also seductive, and they remain so today. Civa, Brussels, thru May 16- Guardian (UK)
Carolina A. Miranda: Why Paul R. Williams archive is a game changer for architecture researchers: Last summer, USC and the Getty Research Institute jointly [acquired] Williams’ archive...I report on how his papers will begin to flesh out the profile of an architect...currently better known for his biography than for his design innovations. I also have a look at artist Janna Ireland’s “Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View"...I expand upon my two Williams articles and ask local architecture figures what they’d like to learn from the archive. -- Ken Breisch; Milton Curry; CO Architects; Rachel J. Bascombe- Los Angeles Times
Go back to the office? Some employees would rather quit: As far as employees are concerned, it's remote work or bust. But could safer offices tempt workers back to their desks? Making employees actually want to return to their desks looks set to be a particularly sticky challenge: While the consensus largely appears to be that employees relish the flexibility that working from home provides, this is at odds with the mental health spectre that has loomed over the COVID-19 crisis...ensuring workplaces are safe should top the agenda..."companies that do not take it seriously could risk losing their talent to those that do."- TechRepublic
Kaley Overstreet: OMA/Reinier de Graaf's New Film Explores “The Hospital of the Future”: ...part of the exhibition, "Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales" at Matadero Madrid Centre for Contemporary Creation. Dubbed a “visual manifesto,” the 12-minute film questions the long-standing conventions in the field of healthcare architecture... thru January 31 & online- ArchDaily
Call for entries: Azure Magazine's AZ Awards 2021 international design competition recognizing the world’s best projects, products and ideas; early bird submission deadline (save $): January 31; final deadline: 25- Azure Magazine (Canada)
Call for Entries: ASLA 2021 Professional & Student Awards (international): honor the best and most innovative landscape architecture projects from around the globe; Professional Awards registration deadline: February 22 (submissions due: March 12); Student Awards registration deadline: May 14 (submissions due: May 24)- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Call for entries: Call for Applications: Places Journal Inaugural Critics-in-Residence in Architecture and Landscape Architecture; 2 critics will be selected, one in architecture and one in landscape architecture; stipend of $7,500 to write four major critical essays; deadline: March 12- Places Journal
Revised deadline! Call for entries Submissions for Sophia Journal, 6th edition: "Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations"; deadline: February 28- Sophia Journal
Call for Nominations: Margolese National Design for Living Prize: $50,000 award recognizing a Canadian citizen who is doing outstanding work in a field related to the built environment; sponsored by UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture; deadline: March 26- University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA)
ANN feature: Dave Hora: Nature of Order #3: Nos. 9-15 of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness: In contrast with the first eight, something feels more primal and elemental in these properties.- ArchNewsNow.com
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