Happy Friday! As we enter another weekend of summer (a sweltering and volatile weekend across much of the country, including the northeast), the A team has collected some odds and ends worthy of your perusal. Here’s what you need to know:
Studio Gang draws on its archives for a new exhibition
A new exhibition titled Studio gang models debuted this week at the company’s new dedicated gallery space located on the garden level of its headquarters at 1520 West Division Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. It is the second exhibition to be held in the space, which was launched during the Chicago Architecture Biennale last year. As the firm points out, Studio gang models, which will be on view until September 30, “explores what happens when architectural models – normally ephemeral and integrated into design – become subjects in their own right”. This is the first Studio Gang exhibition to feature a curated selection from its extensive archival collection of models, sketches, drawings and other materials. (The gallery itself is adjacent to a visible archive space housed at Studio Gang headquarters.)
The company wrote:
“Using photographs to resurrect the spirits of past models, alongside a physical selection of those that remain, the exhibition asks: what does it mean to reanimate these objects, long after the original questions that motivated their existence have been resolved?
By encouraging visitors to discover the categorized yet fluid relationships between the various models on display, the exhibition also materializes the most exciting aspects of the model: the interdisciplinary collaboration and bursting of creative discovery that propel a project forward. .
The exhibition is free and open to the public; regular viewing appointments take place on certain days and can be booked here.
Keanu Reeves will play Daniel Burnham in The Devil in the White City adaptation
In other Windy City-related news, Keanu Reeves has landed the starring role of architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham in an upcoming limited series for Hulu based on The Devil in the White CityErik Larson’s best-selling 2003 historical thriller chronicling the creation of the World’s Columbian Exposition and the serial killer who was unleashed near the grounds of the 1893 World’s Fair. Burnham, a prominent Beaux-Arts propellant, skyscraper innovator and proto-architect, was also the famed superintendent of works of the exhibition. The roles of Frederick Law Olmsted, another prominent figure in Larsen’s nonfiction novels, and murderous-slash-pharmacist con man HH Holmes have not been announced. (This isn’t the first time Reeves has played an architect against a backdrop of murder and mayhem.)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are executive producers of the eight-part series, which is slated to premiere on Hulu in 2024.
H/t at Deadline
Gensler’s Hollywood Walk of Fame redesign moves forward with reveal of ‘quick-build’ design elements
Gensler shared details of a slew of “quick-build” streetscape improvements and pedestrian improvements along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the world-famous tourist attraction that looks down and s spans a 1.3 mile / 15 block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard.
The redesign, a major part of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s larger Heart of Hollywood initiative, first announced in 2018, is a long time coming. Gensler’s Los Angeles office first unveiled its master plan for a less car-centric streetscape experience with Walk of Fame in 2020. As part of the first phase of the $7.2 million project dollars, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and Orange Drive will see existing parking lanes be converted into pedestrian zones populated with street furniture, planters, trees and spaces for sidewalk vendors and temporary art installations. New transit kiosks and bike racks as well as bus shelters and boarding platforms will also be installed.
Work is expected to be completed in 2024 – roughly the same as full masterplan construction, which will be approached in segments, is expected to begin. This first initial phase of improvements is funded by the Metro Active Transport program.
H/t at Archinect
MAD shares design of MoLo project surrounded by plants outside Milan
MAD Architects, headquartered in Beijing, continues to expand its reach across the European continent with the unveiling of the design of a “monumental gateway project” that is set to rise in the nascent innovation district of Milan (MIND) dubbed MoLo (Mobility and Logistic hub), the an approximately 739,500 square foot complex – with a supermarket, offices, retail and a “dazzling” five-level parking garage that can accommodate 1,500 cars – will anchor several facilities spread across the 11 square mile MIND campus. It will serve as “a welcoming entrance and educational space for mobility issues where visitors can drop off their cars to explore the neighborhood on foot and experience innovative transportation technology first-hand.”
Similar to other MAD-led projects, MoLo is “conceived as an integration of nature and architecture”, explained the Ma Yansong-led company. “The main facades, for example, will be adorned with lush vegetation that will beautify the neighborhood while capturing carbon in the air. The use of vertical landscaping as a design element also allows the MoLo to visually blend into the lush green landscaping of its surroundings.
The nearly 100-foot-tall structure will be assembled in a pre-cast concrete frame structure and will be topped with a gigantic array of solar panels to generate enough renewable energy for the building itself and the surrounding innovation district. . Architetto Andrea Nonni, Open Project and Progeca join MAD for this ambitious project.
Habitat-generating biodesign project takes root in San Francisco’s Presidio
that of San Francisco ABC News 7 recently recorded with a small cohort of California College of the Arts (CCA) students who created a series of biodiversity-enhancing design creations set in a “secluded” corner of the Presidio, the sprawling former military installation turned recreational complex located at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula. Digitally designed and crafted using natural materials sourced from the site, the tiny habitat concepts – air, land and water – provide shelter for a variety of species that call the Presidio, which is part of the recreation area Golden Gate National, home. “It’s a really exciting new idea on how to improve our infrastructure for plants and animals in an urban environment,” said Presidio Trust wildlife ecologist Jonathan Young. ABC 7.
CCA Associate Professor Margaret Ikeda spearheaded the project, which evolved from a larger college design competition. Other participating schools in the 2022 Biodesign Challenge included Ball State University, Design Academy Eindhoven, Spelman College, Pratt Institute, Tongji University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.
H/t at ABC News 7