Today’s News - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

●  A sad news day: we lose Marks of Marks Barfield much too soon; Rose pens an eloquent tribute to the "idealistic, potentially reckless, but ultimately very successful" architect who "inspired a growing movement of self-initiating, community-minded designers."

●  DS+R (finally) lands a win in the U.K. (they've been shortlisted a lot), tapped, along with Sheppard Robson et al, to design London's £250m Centre for Music next to the Barbican.

●  Meanwhile, the U.K.'s Chipperfield is tapped to Venice's longest building on Piazza San Marco, "which will see the palace opened to the public for the first time in 500 years."

●  Heathcote isn't "against an architecture of fun," but he questions "a sub-architectural typology that is emerging in otherwise serious cities and making them silly" (with Heatherwick "as its master").

●  Marshall desperately seeks urbanism in Shanghai's Pudong District: it "looks so glorious from a distance," and has "all the components of urbanism" - but "without any actual urbanism. It appears that traditional urbanism can be preserved, renovated or enhanced, but not built anew."

●  Sisson delves deep into Atlanta's Beltline, "a transformative urban redevelopment that struggles with affordability and displacement - twin specters" that make it "an important case study for the nation."

●  Davidson has high hopes for PAU's revised plans for NYC's Domino Sugar Complex, but worries that "there are still opportunities to dilute a good idea and ruin a very fine ruin."

●  Bozikovic, on the other hand, thinks Foster's 85-story The One is "a building that swaggers on the skyline and brandishes its brawn - it is poised to be the best tall building Toronto has seen since the 1960s" (facadechtomies included, and lots of pix!).

●  Holder parses how far an "Extreme Amazon Bidder" will go to win Amazon HQ2 ("wacky" and "ominous" included), but cynics argue that Amazon probably already has its own wish list of locations, and the competition is only "to increase the company's own bargaining power."

●  Amtrak postpones its RFQ for a 30th Street Station District Plan developer until it sees how Philly fares "amid Amazon HQ2 pursuit."

●  Meanwhile, Seattle need not fear for its own "Amazonia" - the company is taking 722,000 square feet (all the office space) in NBBJ's forthcoming 58-story Rainier Square skyscraper (lots of pix!).

●  Wainwright talks to 2018 Royal Gold Medalist Neave Brown re: "bagging an award for the building that killed his career": "I'm in a state of tiswas about it" (but "he fizzes with anger at the current state of UK housing").

●  Hurst explains why we need "an army of Neave Browns": he is "a role model for our times. He was consistently saying the right thing but his voice was drowned out in a rush for more bombastic and often cheaper design fixes" (will the Gold Medal's "sprinkle of royal stardust" help?).

●  Mairs' great Q&A with Brown, who thinks "high-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich - tower blocks like Grenfell should never have been built because they ostracize the underprivileged into special places for the poor."

●  Chamberlain talks to MASS Design Group's Murphy and author John Cary, "two leaders in the social justice design movement," re: "the structural barriers that the profession puts in the path of young architects who want to practice social justice design - and what to do about it."

●  Capps parses MASS's "unprecedented memorial" to the victims of lynchings taking shape in Montgomery, Alabama, where "a visitor can feel history pressing in from every side."

Winners all:

●  The Chicago Architecture Club - with the Chicago Architecture Biennial - announces the 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome winners - on display in Chicago, but only until October 14.

●  William McDonough and LINC Housing Group take home 2017 Hanley Awards (and healthy purses) for "their work advocating sustainability in the built environment."

●  The restoration of Aalto's 1970 Harald Herlin Learning Centre, which "boldly introduces innovative ideas that simultaneously challenge and respect the original space, wins the 2017 Finlandia Prize for Architecture."

●  Eyefuls of the winners of the Adelaide Creative Community Hub competition, who hail from France, Denmark, Australia, and Chile.


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