Today’s News - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

●   Following up on 2 stories in ANN's July 11 newsletter: American women in architecture weigh in on both sides of the "female architect" debate.

●   Cramer says the "next revolutionary moment in architecture has arrived," but "we have to sell it - we should show the world what architecture is capable of achieving."

●   Betsky bemoans that, while craft is not dying, it's "becoming a luxury"; he suggests that the "craft and discipline of architecture is to find crafty ways to use what is at hand to produce wonder for all" (and make "the real affordable again").

●   Preservation woes: Kahn's "otherworldly concert boat," the Point Counterpoint II, may be headed for "a new destiny as a regular old crane barge," and Yo-Yo Ma is leading the charge to save her (it could probably be had for a song!).

●   The search for a new owner for Kahn's Point Counterpoint II has been in the works for two decades - it desperately needs a new guardian (if our own ship had come in, we'd take it!).

●   Waite reports that The Twentieth Century Society lost its bid to list Foster + Partners' 1998 North Greenwich Interchange, now "set to be flattened to make way for" Calatrava's £1 billion Greenwich Peninsula.

●   Gunts digs deep into the future of D.C.'s Pershing Park as a World War I Memorial: "despite questions about its design," it is moving ahead to a "more detailed stage of design work," with the designers "encouraged to retain the best features of Friedberg's design, as much as possible" (Friedberg is "encouraged").

●   BDP "beats big names to land the multi-billion pound contract to refurbish the Palace of Westminster."

●   Eyefuls of BIG's "invisible" Tirpitz Museum carved into a dune next to a Nazi bunker in Denmark (fab photos!).

●   We couldn't resist eyefuls of different must-see images of BIG's "hidden museum complex - a sanctuary in the sand" that expands a "German WWII bunker into a groundbreaking cultural complex."

●   Hinshaw hails Seattle's new-found crush on color in architecture: where once "walls of pale boredom" were common, "color is on us almost with a vengeance."

●   Whyte cheers Diamond Schmitt letting in the light at Ottawa's National Arts Centre: "The sudden porousness of the building is anathema to the original 'fortress for culture,' and its foreboding presence."

●   Kamin says plans for four high-rises on Chicago's Lakeshore East "would make a skyline splash" with some "élan," but the "details deserve sharp scrutiny - the urban design stakes are high."

●   King x 2: he parses Mayne's "flashy" San Francisco Federal Building 10 years later: it "falls short of hype - a flash of isolated drama" (though he "still enjoys the show, whatever its flaws").

●   He ponders the redesign of Salesforce Tower's plaza that "has been shorn of two eye-catching features - it will be handsomely paved but almost entirely open."

●   Humphries considers why most new buildings in Boston are made of glass, while the city wants to be at the forefront of fighting climate change: "all the talk about sustainability among architects hasn't actually translated into lots of sustainable buildings."

●   Some University of Melbourne architecture students do a double-take when they see the design for the $300 million "HOMO" (Hotel at MONA) in Hobart: "they had seen key elements before: in their own proposal."

Winners all!

●   Eyefuls of the nine winners of the 2017 R+D Awards that "affirm the industry's capacity to make the world a better place" (great presentation!).

●   Heatherwick heads an impressive list of winners of ACADIA's 2017 Awards of Excellence in the field of architectural computing.

●   15 projects "snag" the North American Copper in Architecture Awards.

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