Competitions and other news in last two week’s news round up

Last two weeks have been pretty low on news. We skipped last week’s news round up and now we are posting round up of last two weeks. So let’s get started.

  • Some big names are announced to be competing for a design of London’s new Center for Music. They are Amanda Levete, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Frank Gehry and Snohetta. London will be investing in this new venue, because of being afraid to lag behind other global cities by the quality of concert spaces. New Center for Music will be built in a location of a current Museum of London, which is the worst museum you can find in London. Project is estimated to cost £200-250m. Just to remind you, Herzog and de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg was estimated to cost 77 million euros, but final cost is estimated to be at least 10 times bigger. Hope London is doing their math better…
  • But this competition is nothing compared to a Citroën Cultural Centre competition in Brussels which will become a branch of Pompidou. Some of the teams competing for Center for Music in London did not even qualify to be shortlisted in this one. Full list of teams can be found in our earlier post.
  • Deputy director of the Architecture Foundation Phineas Harper asked all of us – is bad originality really preferable to a brilliant copy? In a text on Dezeen he talked about one thing architects are afraid the most – copying. Sometimes designs were made to be copied, but due to their wild success they became impossible to copy. However some great works of art were made by copying and remixing. So why are we so afraid of it?
  • On NYTimes SundayReview Allison Arieff tried to find a difference in terms of urbanism between Eero Saarinen‘s Bell Labs campus built in the late 1950s and Norman Foster‘s Apple campus built now and she could not find any. By exploring Silicon Valley’s urbanism she only found stagnation and paradoxes – companies working on and promoting driver-less cars are “building millions of square feet of supposedly soon-to-be-obsolete parking spaces”.

In a region where the disruption of existing norms is everything, why does this decades-old paradigm of the office persist? – Allison Arieff on Silicon Valley’s urbanism.

  • If Silicon Valley is stagnating in urban innovation, airports are not. Bloomberg shared a piece on future of airports and what innovations are taking place there. Soon we should be spending less time at security checks, airports will have more ordinary daily functions, maybe your job will move to the airport. Airports might become so attractive, that people will “choose to go to the airport“. However airports might face some challenges as driver-less cars might steal some of their revenue from parking and short flights.

Cover images are from Google Earth. Bell labs campus and Apple campus 2 compared.

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