Today’s News - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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●  Hawthorne gives long overdue "credit where it's due" to Gin Wong, who died Sept. 1 at 94: his "career was a study in complexity - the brutal ironies that attached themselves to the work of non-white L.A. architects in the postwar decades" (his many "memorable" mid-century architectural gestures are rarely credited to him).

●  Moneo takes home the Japan Art Association's 2017 Praemium Imperiale prize for architecture (cheers to Baryshnikov, too! [we're fans]).

●  Olin is named the 17th Laureate of Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum.

●  Amazon "continues world domination" by unveiling "HQ2 Request for Proposal" for cities to vie for its 2nd $5 billion HQ; deadline: October 19 (coastal cities need not apply).

●  Bernstein, the only foreign journalist at the opening of DS+R's 32-acre Zaryadye Park in Moscow, pens a most thoughtful review: "in its way it is far more exciting" than the High Line - "the public will love it" - a tundra, steppe, forest, and marsh included! (lots of pix!).

●  Dovey x 2: Vancouver (with Gehl's help) "wants to make over its public spaces downtown - and it wants residents' help."

●  Chicago's mayor proposes "a new measure that would force developers in the city's most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods to build more affordable housing" (but is it "a joke and a handout to developers"?).

●  London's mayor "toughens" his affordable housing stance "by refusing amended plans for a former Metropolitan Police HQ site.

●  Moore has (mostly) high hopes for North West Cambridge as "a model for affordable urban housing," with Cambridge University turning 150 hectares "into a billion-pound urban district - the architectural style is bricky, rectangular, austere with a few outbreaks of playfulness."

●  Peters praises a startup working with Studio Bark to "build cheap pop-up housing inside vacant buildings" (very cool!).

●  Architects work with homeless Vermonters to envision homes "conceived by those without one and designed by the architects" (underground bunkers and porches included).

●  Kamin x 2: he parses Chicago's (mostly bland and banal) crop of post-recession architecture in the city's "Super Loop": "So much building, so little architecture" (there are exceptions, of course).

●  He cheers the Chicago Architecture Foundation getting a new and larger home - a "riverfront office building that soars above the dock for its tour boats" (in a 1970 Mies building, no less!).

●  Slattery cheers "architecture's embrace of neuroscience" and the "the emerging school of 'livability design.'"

●  RAMSA x 2: A new judicial complex "will soon soar above downtown Atlanta."

●  Richmond, Virginia's architecture review panel praises RAMSA's proposed "modern classical" design for a new General Assembly Building that "will preserve the 105-year-old façade on the oldest part of the building soon to be demolished."

●  Kroloff highlights "a bumper crop" of a new "generation of architects who are hitting their stride, adding new depth to architecture."

●  The U.S. Department of State shortlists 26 firms to build embassies worldwide: an impressive, "geographically diverse" group that "includes a healthy mix of small-to-medium-sized firms."

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