Today’s News - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

●  We lose Vann Molyvann, the "architect who shaped Cambodia's capital": "he watched as his carefully planned city was largely dismantled by unbridled capitalism, corruption and urban sprawl. 'It is difficult to sit and watch the destruction of my children.'"

●  On a brighter note, a great Q&A with social-housing pioneer Neave Brown, the newly-minted 2018 RIBA Royal Gold Medalist: "What do you think of the general state of the profession at the moment? 'Confusion'" (+ links to additional articles).

●  Grimm is more than just grim about Florida state lawmakers, the "sneaks" who "blithely sabotaged the state building code" with a "sop to the building industry known as the 'Irma Who' bill. We should have howled in protest."

●  Sheridan parses "how design firms can build a resilient future: The first step is internal education. We need to be climate literate," so "we can advise our clients to make the best decisions."

●  Loth makes the case for not giving up on building with wood, despite "calls for more regulation or even restrictions on wood-frame construction - wood deserves its place in the contractor's toolbox. Like any tool, it needs to be handled with care."

●  Buday ponders Behavior-Aided Design: after CAD and HAD, BAD is the third episode in a trilogy about "architecture's shift from digits (fingers and hands) to digital (bits and bytes). I think I know how the series ends."

●  Arup and Schwendinger's research project Smart Everyday Nighttime Design "aims to use light as a means to build better communities" (there's a documentary about the project's findings).

●  Myers considers "what is a shadow worth?" when it comes to urban planning and new housing in Toronto (and anywhere else, for that matter): "Planners understand the need for intensification, infill projects, and taller towers, but current zoning makes shadows, privacy, and neighborhood character worth thousands of units."

●  Hume has high hopes for Mirvish + Gehry Toronto's second act with a new developer: "the project will go ahead as designed," though "many issues remain unresolved."

●  King is concerned about towering plans for Oakland that "put old treasures at risk": though one plan offers "long-needed salvation" for a 1911 gem, "the old is belittled by the new - developers need to treat the downtown landscape with more respect."

●  Gopnik can barely contain his delight in BKSK Architects' 529 Broadway in NYC that revives the "joy of decoration": its "exuberant detailing" makes it "one of the most exciting and intelligent structures to be built for decades, anywhere" (no "bauble building" here!).

●  Litt considers a new study that shows Cleveland's housing strategy should "'focus on the hardest hit areas that are adjacent to the urban core' - but how much new housing could or should be built?"

●  It's a women-in-architecture kind of day: Lau offers lessons gleaned from the recent AIA Women's Leadership Summit: instead of talk about discrimination or sexism, "it focused on how obstacles can become opportunities to grow, to right a wrong, and to 'create tailwinds.'"

●  Philips looks at "gender diversity in Canada's architecture profession": "The strong number of women training to become architects is promising," but "why is Quebec significantly ahead?"

●  FlowingData's Yau offers "a set of visualizations that demonstrate how the diversity of the workforce has evolved. It's not entirely surprising that architects fall towards the male spectrum."

●  Craven x 2: she rounds up organizations and resources that "are working to improve the status of women in the field of architecture and other male-dominated careers."

●  She offers a round-up "20 women architects to know - trailblazers from the past and present day" (some new to us!).

●  Working Mother magazine's 2017 list of 100 Best Companies shows the "being a top employer for women doesn't end with paid maternity leave."

●  A good reason to head to Minneapolis on Friday: "Complexity: Dutch & American Housing" Symposium at the University of Minnesota "will explore the similarities and differences between the way housing is designed, developed, and constructed in the Netherlands and the U.S."


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