The $1.6m architectural conservation grants have been allocated across 10 20th-century projects across the world. Buildings in Argentina, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mozambique, Spain, and Uganda are among the recipients.
• Buzludzha Monument, Hadzhi Dimitar Peak, Bulgaria, by architect Georgi Stoilov
• Torino Esposizioni, Turin, Italy, by engineer Pier Luigi Nervi
• Beira Railway Station, Mozambique, by architects Paulo de Melo Sampaio, João A. Garizo do Carmo, and Francisco José de Castro
• Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, by architect Eileen Gray
• North Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana, USA, by architect Eero Saarinen
• Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana, USA, by architect Eero Saarinen
• Laboratory for Faculty of Chemical Technology at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, by architect Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis
• Uganda National Museum, Kampala, Uganda, by architect Ernst May
• Escuela Superior de Comercio Manuel Belgrano, Córdoba, Argentina, by architects Osvaldo Bidinost, Jorge Chute, José Gassó, Mabel Lapacó, and Martín Meyer
• Paraninfo at the Universidad Laboral de Cheste, Spain, by architect: Fernando Moreno Barberá
The Getty Foundation launched its Keeping it Modern initiative in 2014, in order to complement the Getty Conservation Institute’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI). Since its inception, the scheme has supported 64 national and international model conservation projects which emphasise research and planning.
“Keeping It Modern grants are making a collective impact, with stewards of modern buildings increasingly adopting comprehensive planning as a long-term strategy,” says Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation. “Our grantees are putting in the work, delivering fantastic results, and sharing their findings with the field to lift the level of architectural conservation practice worldwide.”
2019 is the penultimate award year of the Keeping It Modern initiative, with final grants to be awarded in summer 2020. Deadlines and criteria for the next and final round of funding can be found [here](www.getty.edu/foundation).
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the six projects on its Stirling Prize shortlist:
• Cork House, Berkshire, by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton (pictured)
• Goldsmith Street, Norwich, by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
• London Bridge Station, London, by Grimshaw
• Nevill Holt Opera, Leicestershire, by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
• The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Moray, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
• The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, by Feilden Fowles Architects
Three of the practices nominated find themselves on the list for the first time: Feilden Fowles; Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton; and Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley. Witherford Watson Mann (Astley Castle in 2013) and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Barajas Airport in 2006 and Maggie’s Centre London in 2009) are both previous winners, however. Grimshaw was previously shortlisted for the Eden Project (2001) and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA station (2008).
RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said: "These six buildings could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale – from a rustic stable block-turned-theatre to a vast national railway station. But what they have in common – ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials and detailing – sets them apart, rightfully earning them a chance to win the highest accolade in architecture."
The shortlist reflects an urgent concern with sustainable building methods and materials. Cork House, for instance, employs mostly entirely plant-based materials, while Goldsmith Street is an ultra-low energy affordable housing scheme. "Each of these six buildings pushes the boundaries of architecture," says Derbyshire, "exceeding what has been done before, and providing solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our times."
Last year's Stirling Prize was controversially won by Foster + Partners’ £1.3bn European headquarters for Bloomberg in London.
The winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Tuesday 8 October 2019 at the Roundhouse in London.
Feilden Fowles Architects' Weston House is covered in [_Disegno #22_](https://www.disegnodaily.com/article/disegno-22), which can be ordered via the [online shop](https://www.disegnodaily.com/journal).
Since 1933, the Palazzo dell’Arte by Giovanni Muzio, which stands at the edge of Parco Sempione in Milan, has been the headquarters of celebrated design exhibition _La Triennale di Milano_. In 2007, however, this exhibition became a museum in its own right.
Chanel has hired its first global head of diversity and inclusion. Fiona Pargeter joins the house from Swiss Bank UBS, where she worked in an equivalent role.
The hire comes as Chanel is making wider efforts to modernise, with its 2018 Report to Society labelling efforts to enhance inclusion and diversity as "an ongoing opportunity".
The report said: “We will continue to focus on new programmes to demonstrate our appreciation for all aspects of diversity, including diversity of thought, and to further promote a more inclusive and diverse culture.”
Chanel's move follows similar appointments at Gucci, Burberry and Prada, all of which acted following criticism of their treatment of diversity and inclusion within their collections. Gucci, for example, was criticised for including a balaclava polo neck with red lips in its autumn/winter 2018 collection – a design that was clearly redolent of blackface.
“It’s been very intense to go through, and it must serve to build something new,” Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele told _Vogue_ in February following the criticism. “We were, of course, very sorry. This will help us do things in a different way. We’ll learn a lesson, that we all need to open up and allow other people to bring something into this company. Something beautiful has come out of this. This will have a strong impact on the work carried out by this house.”
The state of Berlin has purchased 670 apartments on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee in a bid to reverse decades of property privatisation within the city.
The boulevard was built in the 1950s by socialist East Germany, and has been a hotspot for concerns in Berlin over gentrification and rising property prices.
In November 2018, the property management firm Predac announced that it would sell 700 apartments on the road to Berlin’s largest property company, Deutsche Wohnen.
Following a raft of protests from tenants, the city senate blocked the sale. Three blocs of apartments have now been purchased by the state-owned housing provider Gewobag.
Estimates for the cost of the sale range between €90m-€100m, with the move coming as part of a wider programme to reacquire housing stock sold to private investors in the 1990s.
“Berliners should be able to continue to afford living in the city,” said Michael Müller, Berlin's mayor. “That is why it was and continues to be our intention to buy up apartments wherever we can, so that Berlin can regain control of its property market.”
It is just over a year ago that McCartney ended her 17-year business partnership with Kering, LVMH's rival luxury conglomerate. She will remain the majority shareholder and creative director of her eponymous brand.
On Monday, McCartney said that while she had been approached by several parties “expressing their wish to partner and invest,” none could rival LVMH's “passion and commitment[...] [to] sustainable luxury fashion” and the Stella McCartney brand.
LVMH announced in May that it is partnering with the United Nations body Unesco on a five-year partnership which will see the group's fashion accessing “a network of experts at the regional level and in different disciplines to drive the development and success of their initiatives to protect biodiversity.”
“LVMH was the first large company in France to create a sustainability department, more than 25 years ago,” says LVMH owner Bernard Arnault. “It is the beginning of a beautiful story together, and we are convinced of the great long-term potential of her House. A decisive factor was that she was the first to put sustainability and ethical issues on the front stage, very early on, and built her House around these issues.”
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has overturned approval for Foster + Partners’ Tulip tower for the City of London.
Khan deemed the 304m-tall tourist attraction to be "of insufficient quality" and stated that it did not "represent world class architecture".
A report issued by the mayor's office criticised the scheme's likely impact on the London skyline, and also criticised the public spaces around its base.
A spokesperson for the mayor's office said: "The mayor has a number of serious concerns with this application and, having studied it in detail, has refused permission for a scheme that he believes would result in very limited public benefit.
"In particular, he believes that the design is of insufficient quality for such a prominent location, and that the tower would result in harm to London’s skyline and impact views of the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site.
"The proposals would also result in an unwelcoming, poorly designed public space at street level."
Opposition to the project had previously emerged from Historic England, Historic Royal Palaces, and the Greater London Authority. In spite of this, the City of London’s planning and transportation committee voted 18 votes to seven in favour of the project in April – a decision Khan has now overturned.
Amazon warehouse workers are striking in at least seven US cities, and in Germany, as the giant e-retailers Prime Day holiday kicks off. The two-day sale event made the company $4bn last year.
The striking workers are joined by activists and immigrants who are protesting Amazon's labour practices, as well as its involvement with US authorities’ deportation efforts. The protesters argue that Amazon should not be profiting off Prime Day while its workers struggle for better pay and more secure work conditions, and its technology is used to deport immigrants from the US.
Amazon Web Services hosts the US Department of Homeland Security databases which enables the department's agencies to track and apprehend immigrants.
Prime Day launched in 2015 to mark Amazon's 20th anniversary. The two-day event has grown increasingly profitable as Amazon has expanded. The e-retail platform is now worth more than $1tn and its founder, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world.
Over the past years, working conditions in Amazon's warehouses has come under increasing scrutiny. Whistleblowing employees and investigative journalists have complained of long hours, few bathroom breaks, and unpaid labor.
At 4.20pm on Friday 28 June, temperatures hit 45.9°C in Gallargues-le-Montueux in the south of France. “This is historic,” the Météo-France meteorologist Etienne Kapikian told _The Guardian_. “It’s the first time a temperature in excess of 45°C has ever been recorded in France.”