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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

●  We lose Albert Speer Jr., who "did not want to be compared to his father," and "aimed to make cities sustainable - fewer cars, shorter routes and vivid inner cities were always his goals."

●  Wainwright (and others) bring us our eye-candy for the day - Heatherwick's Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa: its "guts certainly have the jaw-dropping, selfie-friendly wow factor" via "an awesome act of architectural mutilation - in one of his most audacious party tricks to date" (though the hotel portion - not so much: "a vision of gaudy opulence," like a show "of more money than taste").

●  Heatherwick takes CNN on a tour of the Zeitz MOCAA via video and fab photos by Iwan Baan.

●  He also gives AD a tour of the Zeitz MOCAA, "the heartbeat of the revitalized V&A Waterfront District": "It was part deconstruction, part archaeology" - and geodesic windows are "the closest he gets to the 'shiny object' stigma" (with more Baan beauties).

●  Lloyd & Trembath bring us back to the realities of our hurricane- and monsoon-ravaged world: it's time to put politics aside and "get serious about adaptation - a push to invest in infrastructure, planning, and other safety measures to reduce our vulnerability should be a no-brainer to liberals and conservatives alike."

●  Newkirk explains why the only way to protect a coastal metropolis "is to rethink it entirely": cities should be "using the fullness of human ingenuity not to trample the earth and replace natural with the artificial, but to engineer both nature and the city in a way that emphasizes their codependence."

●  Hosey, amidst some scary statistics and more frightening renderings, strikes a hopeful note for Washington, DC's efforts to adapt to climate change, and how the city's newly appointed Chief Resilience Officer "hopes to create a new model of development that doesn't just survive flooding - it prospers in it."

●  Goodman reports on ASLA's newly-launched climate panel that will result in comprehensive public-policy recommendations, with the hopes that policymakers will "look to innovative urban design as they select infrastructure investments to make communities more resilient."

●  Two NYC neighborhoods severely affected by Hurricane Sandy get the "go-ahead for two new (and very different) rezoning plans": as the city "watches Houston and Miami begin the process of recovering from Harvey and Irma, it's clear that the need to build resilient cities is more urgent than ever."

●  Ferriss minces no words when it comes to the word "resilience": it "has become the term of choice in a political atmosphere where climate change is the truth-that-shall-not-be-named": the problem is "resilience allows the wealthiest among us to give themselves a pat on the back."

●  Sitz parses how architects in Texas and Florida are beginning assessment and rebuilding efforts, focusing on rebuilding and resiliency, and raising "familiar questions about land use and zoning, urbanization and sprawl, climate change, sea-level rise, and resilient design."

●  Alofsin offers "four initiatives for architects post-Harvey" with a call to action: "After a summer of toxic politics and depressing social conflict, the challenge of Hurricane Harvey may provide a glimmer of the altruism we desperately need."

●  Schwab parses a new study by the research institution Silent Spring, which "found dozens of harmful chemicals in newly renovated, LEED-certified low-income public housing in Boston" (maybe Google's green materials database Portico will catch on?).

●  Grabar bemoans companies like Apple building "town squares because somebody has to provide the functions abandoned by the retreating public sphere - if we had not designed a society so friendly to the interests of corporations and their executives, we might still be able to provide those things ourselves."

●  Budds ponders "the end of the High Line era" and "benefactor-led boutique urbanism": "This isn't to say ambitious designs are dead - only that this unilateral avenue to achieving them is fading away."

●  An impressive group of architects and designers are taking on Tampa's (long over-due) $3 billion makeover with Water Street Tampa, a 53-acre mega development that will double the city's downtown footprint.

●  Bentley parses three new developments that "could reshape Harvard Square - some local activists fear, for the worse" ("the most contentious property is also its smallest").

Winners all!

●  Jeanne Gang takes home the 2017 Marcus Prize: $100,000 purse goes to support a design studio that could result in anything from research for publication to a built project.

●  Zhang Ke is the first Chinese architect to win the Alvar Aalto Medal: "China is witnessing a culture revival, and what is needed the most is the respect of history and the urban environment."

●  It's "a doozy of a shortlist" now vying to create an "Image Maker" landscape for Philly's airport (a doozy, indeed!).


  


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