Today’s News - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

●  Schwab profiles Bryan C. Lee re: his initiatives "to fight racism he believes is embedded in the built environment - he didn't see a way for a young black man to be a part of the architectural profession. So he built his own path."

●  Simpson reports on the Arts Council England's Creative People and Places program: "What do you do when your town isn't important or rich enough to helicopter a world-class arts hub into your down-at-heel centre? You take the art to the people."

●  Hawthorne has a few issues with the $700-million USC Village, where "Disneyland meets Hogwarts. Despite its nostalgic trappings, this isn't an architecture that remembers. It's one that forgets - a fantasia of just-add-water heritage."

●  Kamin's take on Yale's new residential colleges: "It all feels like Yale: Monumental scale in the sky, human scale at ground level, the former not overwhelming the latter" - but...

●  Eyefuls of Saarinen's newly-renovated Hill College House at the University of Pennsylvania: being "the university's first women's-only dorm made for some interesting architectural choices that remain iconic to this day."

●  St. Hill hails Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion: "it showcases his belief that architecture has the power to surprise, unite and inspire - it's showing up the ones that have gone before."

●  Welton cheers LMN Architects and artist Berk's light rail transit station at the University of Washington that "might have been just an ordinary experience" - instead, "it's a magical means of traveling to and from a train."

●  Jahn's 1900 Metro Plaza at Reston Station in Virginia gets new lighting, but is it "festive or garish?"

●  Budds parses Allied Works' new HQ for Uniqlo in Tokyo that hopes to "help change Japan's hierarchical work culture. Time will tell if satisfaction declines once the novelty wears off."

●  A fascinating look at the "religious origins of the modern office": "Monasteries, for example, introduced timekeeping that imposed strict discipline on monks' daily routines."

●  Moore profiles Heatherwick, the "Pied Piper who has the very rich under his spell - a magical figure who offers art without pain, happy surrealism" best suited for "global clients for whom money is little object and the statement is almost everything."

●  A profile of Eisenman in honor of his 85th birthday (Aug. 11): "his ideas have inspired generations of architects," but "the deconstructivist aspect of his work has not been without concrete - and costly - drawbacks."

●  Road trip! A round-up of homes designed by Kahn: "within Kahn's short-lived yet illustrious career, he only designed nine residences - and all of them are located in the Philadelphia region."

●  Talwar takes a deep dive into what AI means for the future of architecture: it could cost half of jobs, but "in a post-work society, humans will do more meaningful and more important work than ever" (though "the transition will be challenging for all concerned").

●  Cheers to the five design leaders honored in the 2017 Women in Architecture Awards.

●  Budds cheers the winner of the U.K.'s Architecture Foundation "Antepavilion" competition: a rooftop structure that "looks like a large exhaust vent. Don't worry, no one's living in it" (yet) - it's meant to "highlight the need for new policy that responds to the housing shortage."

●  Vote now for your favorite flick in the AIA's "I Look Up" Film Challenge: "Blueprint for Better."

●  One we couldn't resist: the cartoon site by an architect that "began as a way to bring humor and community to a field that was lacking in both - his most humorous takes aim at the absurdity of actually being an architect."

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