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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Betsky tours Taiwan and its plethora of half-built (and competition-winning but never-built) projects, and concludes the city's "era of big building projects over." -- AJ's findings in a Freedom of Information request indicate that critics of the Garden Bridge are being "shut out" by London's mayor. -- Hoskins and CDA's "contentious" project in Edinburgh is complete - but at the cost of one of the city's few Category B-listed post-war buildings. -- Wainwright x 2: He cheers that "developers have never been so green-fingered" - but considers that it could be just "a cynical means of raising property values in a new wave of "eco gentrification." -- He parses Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion that will "bring one of his characteristically stripped-back structures, honed in the villages of Burkino Faso, to leafy west London." -- The Queens Museum is a model "for cultural institutions wondering how best to support immigrant communities in a hostile political climate," starting with two bilingual community organizers on staff. -- Kimmelman seems quite taken by Duvall Decker, an Architectural League 2017 Emerging Voices winner whose "soup-to-nuts approach is leaving an indelible imprint on poor, once-neglected corners in and around" Jackson, Mississippi. -- Thomas tackles AIA's dearth of women convention speakers, offering "four women architects to fix your all-male panel" (a.k.a. "manel"). -- Miller delves into how Forensic Architecture brought to light revealing details of Syria's secret - and brutal - military prison. -- King considers the public amenities that will be included in Piano's first U.S. high rise outside of NYC (if/when San Francisco approves). -- Two samplings from Curbed's "On race & architecture" series: "16 architects of color speak out about the industry's race problem." -- Sisson sizes up "11 pioneering architects of color who made their mark," but "that history often overlooks." -- Garrett takes us on a tour through miles of Malta's incredible secret tunnels, some dating back to the 16th century, and ponders whether they should be open to the public. -- A round-up of "the 9 best new university buildings around the world" (only 9?). -- Eyefuls of the winners in the Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition for a virtual exhibition space.

  

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