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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

•   On International Women's Day, it seems only fitting to begin with voices from women in architecture re: why and how they are participating in "A Day Without a Woman" demonstrations.

•   Q&A with Rosa Sheng re: "how advocacy and being deliberate in architectural design can tackle prejudice head on."

•   For the first time in its history, the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects bestows its Young Architect of the Year award on a woman architect; the win "was doubly sweet" for Samaratunga.

•   Since we're in an awards mode: RAIC 2017 Emerging Architectural Practice winner is a Vancouver firm (women included).

•   Dickinson bemoans architects losing touch with the building arts: as they "turn over much of the construction responsibility to consultants and their software programs, something vital and human is being lost."

•   The AIA takes its Design Assistance program overseas for the first time, teaming up with Dublin's architects to re-imagine the Irish capital's city center.

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, which may not be one of "his most effective designs," but the "clubby jewel box is a sophisticated machine for delivering sound."

•   King gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie's "bulbous sanctuary" near Walnut Creek, CA, that "offers a parable for our age - it shows that architecture can still be a forum for expressing strong spiritual conviction."

•   Hecht hails Heneghan Peng's Palestinian Museum near Jerusalem that "offers a glimmer of optimism in troubled times."

•   de Monchaux cheers 1100 Architect's Perry World House on the UPenn campus in Philly: "this new-and-old building embodies the international and interdisciplinary practices of the scholars it shelters."

•   Minutillo lauds LGA's transformation of a 1932 waterworks warehouse that is now giving hope and a sense of home to at-risk youth in Toronto.

•   Darley explains why "good quality public realm isn't a waste of space" in these hectic times.

•   Keane looks at how cities around the world now have "night mayors" to "change the perception of their cities after dark" (London has a "night czar").

•   French lighting designer Narboni imagines transforming cities at night with "nocturnal urbanism."

•   Brussat x 2: while he is no fan of Bofill's "bombastic and gargantuan pseudoclassicism," his "house" in an abandoned cement plant is (gasp!) "worth a look."

•   He parses how Sussman "deduces from Corbu's big head, his social inadequacy, his penchant for blank walls, etc., that modern architecture's most influential founding theorist occupied a dire place on the autistic spectrum."

•   One we couldn't resist: how Suzhou, China, "has rekindled debate about the country's rush to clone famous foreign structures" (White Houses, Arcs de Triomphe, Sphinxes, and Tower Bridge included - wedding photographers love it!).

•   Call for entries: Fast Company's 2017 Innovation by Design Awards + World Architecture Festival 2017 Awards.



  


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