Today’s News - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

●  ANN feature: Malmquist explains how cross-laminated timber can be a more efficient, cost-effective design partner for sustainable buildings than the old standards like steel and concrete.

●  Dittmar delves deep into "what Charlottesville says about the ideological and physical contest for our public space" (great, if depressing, read!).

●  Chang parses how tactical urbanism, sustainable landscapes, and the tiny house movement "can transform struggling industrial towns," and presents a few "innovative redevelopment models that may offer lessons for post-industrial cities."

●  Kirk dissects a new report by the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health that "assesses how Tokyo's infrastructure affects residents' emotional well-being, offering lessons for other cities."

●  Fisher explains "why architects should care about public health" beyond "meeting building codes and standards. On the flip side, we know what poor design can do."

●  Apple "says it has worked hard to be a good neighbor and respond to concerns" (car wash coupons included), but some neighbors of its 175-acre "spaceship" campus say "life has been hell."

●  Pacheco gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Harley Ellis Devereaux's "Oxford- and Hogwarts-inspired gothic" USC Village, "cloaking a strikingly contemporary complex behind filigree and lace - a tour de force in contemporary construction practices" (though some "efforts are a bit ham-handed").

●  Zeiger ponders FLW urging "architects to follow nature's lead," and whether architects should resist it: "Perhaps we need to reconsider our concept of resilience as something other than a high-end catchphrase to be rolled out at global conferences."

●  Swaback considers his two decades of a sustainable way of life at FLW's Taliesin West, and "explores how the site's past and future are intertwined - our emerging way of life will not only be unlike the present, but if we don't get it right, it could be extremely threatening."

●  Kennicott makes the case for why Kahn's floating music barge belongs in DC: "The boat belongs in Washington, a city both blessed and socially determined by its rivers."

●  Meanwhile, Kingston, NY, wants Kahn's vessel floating on its Hudson River shore, but "competition for it is stiff."

●  Ijeh x 2: he cheers Feilden Clegg Bradley's "quiet restoration and intelligent extension" of London's "gargantuan" Postal Museum "in which architectural intervention has humbly taken a step back to frame rather than form the visitor experience."

●  He rounds up some of Britain's best beach huts "reconfigured for the 21st century," and "deliberately designed and presented as genuine works of architecture."

●  Q&A with a Beijing-based rock musician-turned-architect, who sees "architecture as a form of social work": "The cold faceless city should be scaled down to the individual/human."

●  Birnbaum considers that not recognizing Dan Kiley when his landscapes are often pivotal 'supporting actors'" in the film "Columbus" to be a "big pre-Oscar snub" - and why it matters (with 30 landscapes in the city, he had more projects than any of its mid-century masters).

●  Eyefuls of Carve's "funky climbing 'blob'" in Amsterdam's oldest park "that just begs for children to climb aboard its weirdness and explore its many fun features" (we wanna climb the weirdness, too!).

●  A "mixture of established practices and emerging talent" make up the four shortlisted teams in the Cambridge to Oxford Connection Ideas Competition.

●  One we couldn't resist (but wish we could): The Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantánamo that includes a $50 million-per-bed hospital, troop housing, and infrastructure, though a $100 million "pop-up encampment" for 13,000 migrants "is a bit mysterious" (you don't say).

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