Today’s News - Wednesday, March 24, 2021
● Architecture 2030's Edward Mazria explains why he "is optimistic" that the U.S. "is now poised" to once again lead the way in showing "what is practically possible to target a significant reduction in carbon emissions and embolden all governments to do the same."
● ASLA is teaming up with EarthDay.org for The Great Global Cleanup 2021 during World Landscape Architecture Month in April - "building on its record as the world's largest coordinated volunteer event to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways."
● Wainwright cheers the "architects rescuing China's villages from oblivion" (and state-led "preservation" efforts) with "an impressive constellation of new facilities - oozing a seductive rustic chic that helps to attract a growing crowd of cultured urbanites" - and allowing "communities to build a future on their own terms."
● Michael Caton ponders whether "firms can do good in society and do well in business - many emerging professionals find themselves struggling to reconcile the unbridled optimism, idealism sparked in their education with the realities of the architecture profession." Danish Kurani's projects prove it can be done.
● Ravenscroft brings us Krakow-based architecture firm NArchitekTURA's unassuming - but powerful Great Synagogue Memorial Park in Oswiecim, the Polish city where the Auschwitz concentration camp was located.
● A 3D-printed housing community is being built in the California desert near Palm Springs - 15 eco-friendly 1,450-square-foot, single-story homes will come complete with swimming pools and options like fire pits, cabanas, and outdoor showers (not an affordable housing community).
● Marianela D'Aprile minces no words when it comes to Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia: It's "butt-ugly - because it's not for us. Despite its attempts to tie into nature - it is decidedly antihuman."
● Hickman reports that, at a recent public meeting, Hirshhorn officials "largely circumvented a question" (translation: did not deny) re: whether Hirsoshi Sugimoto has "thrown down the gauntlet" and threatened "to walk" from the Sculpture Garden revitalization project.
● UNC Charlotte School of Architecture names architect, researcher, educator, and curator Sekou Cooke as the new Master of Urban Design director.
● AIA Chicago names Jen Masengarb as executive director: No stranger to the Windy City, prior to her most recent tenure at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, she "held leadership roles at the Chicago Architecture Center, formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, for 18 years."
● Audrey Wachs reports that the late architect Lina Bo Bardi will be honored with Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale - a "long overdue recognition," sayeth Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis.
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Edward Mazria: CarbonPositive: This Is the Make-or-Break Year for the Planet: Architecture 2030 founder and CEO...is optimistic that the U.S. can target a significant reduction in carbon emissions in the country's updated Nationally Determined Contributions: The most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement...will take place this November. At the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26)...To date, only the EU, UK, and Denmark have committed to significant 2030 emissions reductions from 1990 levels...Much, much more is needed...U.S. is now poised to lead in this endeavor...All eyes will be on its updated NDC pledge...Why? U.S. carbon emissions today are already down 23% from 2005 levels. The building sector...continues to reduce its emissions...we can show what is practically possible and embolden all governments to do the same.- Architect Magazine
ASLA Teams Up With EarthDay.org for The Great Global Cleanup 2021 During World Landscape Architecture Month: Now in its third year, the Great Global Cleanup is building on its record as the world’s largest coordinated volunteer event...the collective goal...is to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways.- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Oliver Wainwright: China's rural revolution: the architects rescuing its villages from oblivion: ...rustic China is in a death spiral. Now architects are helping to reverse the exodus - with inspirational tofu factories, rice wine distilleries and lotus tea plants: “We think of it as a kind of architectural acupuncture,” says Xu Tiantian of DnA, the architecture practice behind...an impressive constellation of new facilities...brought together in "The Songyang Story"...reads like the work of several practices over several decades...oozing a seductive rustic chic that helps to attract a growing crowd of cultured urbanites...Unesco-listed towns and villages became Disneyfied cadavers of their former selves [by state-led “preservation”]...The Songyang approach...acts as a catalyst for communities to build a future on their own terms.- Guardian (UK)
Michael Caton: Architects, Let’s Reaffirm Your Mission Today: Caton wonders if firms can do good in society and do well in business - and finds the example of Danish Kurani: Exuberant optimism resides at the core of architecture as a vocation...nurtured from the outset of architectural education. ...many emerging professionals find themselves struggling to reconcile the unbridled optimism, idealism...sparked in their education with the realities of the architecture profession...But must it be so? ...recommends asking, "How can I find the people who align with what I believe?" ...the world needs mission-aligned individuals coming together to cast light on a new path forward.- Architect Magazine
Tom Ravenscroft: Narchitektura creates memorial park on site of Oswiecim's Great Synagogue: Landscape architecture studio...used 40 grey sandstone slabs to create a memorial park [in] the Polish city where the Auschwitz concentration camp was located...The Great Synagogue Memorial Park...[firm] renovated the city's one remaining synagogue, which now also contains the Auschwitz Jewish Center, and designed a series of informational exhibition stands for the city's public spaces...A replica of a chandelier found during archaeological works at the site was hung above a reflecting pool. -- Bartosz Haduch- Dezeen
The first 3D-printed housing community in the U.S. is being built in the California desert: ...15 eco-friendly 3D-printed homes on a 5-acre parcel of land in Rancho Mirage...near Palm Springs. The 1,450 square foot, single-story homes...will come with a deck and a swimming pool [with] options like the Tesla Powerwall, fire pits, cabanas and outdoor showers...starting price of $595,000. Buyers will be able to add a smaller, two-bedroom, one-bath secondary residence on the property for another $255,000. -- EYRC Architects- CNN
Marianela D’Aprile: The New Amazon Headquarters Is Butt-Ugly. That’s Because It’s Not for Us: Despite all the mistakes and brutalities of the Soviet experiment, at least their architecture was designed to serve the people instead: Most architecture that garners significant press is pretty banal. And it makes me sad that people feel they have to ask what they’re supposed to like...if a new building isn’t speaking to people...then who is that building for? ...bird’s-eye view...as opposed to from where a person might walk up to it - reveals a disregard for how an actual human being might experience it...Despite its attempts to tie into nature...[it] is decidedly antihuman. -- NBBJ; Vladimir Tatlin; Alex Bykov Ievgeniia Gubkina; "Soviet Modernism, Brutalism, Post-modernism: Buildings and Structures in Ukraine"- Jacobin magazine
Matt Hickman: Did Hiroshi Sugimoto threaten to quit the sculpture garden overhaul at the Hirshhorn Museum? ...stems from interview.."If you cannot accept this key part of the redesign - I do everything 100% and I would have to withdraw from the redesign.” The “key part”...is the dry-stack stone walls that represent perhaps the most significant proposed alteration to the early-1970s modernist landscape...-- The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF); YUN Architecture; Gordon Bunshaft/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)t Gordon Collins- The Architect's Newspaper
UNC Charlotte School of Architecture names new Master of Urban Design director: Architect, researcher, educator and curator Sekou Cooke...brings thoughtful processes and rigorous experimentation to a vast array of project types, from public, nonprofit and residential works...to mixed-use projects and tenant improvements...to speculative developments...His current research centers on the emergent field of hip-hop architecture...His work is featured in the landmark exhibition, “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America" at MoMA.- Inside UNC Charlotte / University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Jen Masengarb named executive director of AIA Chicago: Following a three-plus-year sojourn in Copenhagen...at the Danish Architecture Center...familiar face and active voice within Chicago’s architectural community, will return to the Windy City...during a period of transformative change for the association as it develops a new strategic plan...succeeds Zurich Esposito...abruptly dismissed...in August 2020...held leadership roles at the Chicago Architecture Center, formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, for 18 years...Non-Chicagoans might know [her] as reoccurring host of the Discovery Science Channel’s "Impossible Engineering series"...- The Architect's Newspaper
Audrey Wachs: Late architect Lina Bo Bardi honored with Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: ...Italian-born Brazilian architect, writer, illustrator, scenographer, and industrial designer...will receive the [Award] in memoriam at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale...Hashim Sarkis, the dean of MIT School of Architecture and Planning...and this year’s Biennale curator, called [it] a “long overdue recognition” for the architect, who died in 1992...- The Architect's Newspaper
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