Today’s News - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

●  B. Pedersen considers Trump's executive order rolling back rules and restrictions for environmental reviews for infrastructure projects and federally funded projects in flood-prone areas to be "a short-sighted measure and a mistake."

●  A Harvard survey finds that "only one-third of businesses have developed resiliency plans" - as cities commit to renewable energy and emissions reductions, "it will be important to keep local stakeholders - like large businesses - engaged and committed."

●  Holder takes a deep dive into why "small, long-shot cities" are bidding on Amazon HQ2 when "making a competitive offer can be a major drain on resources" - though "making their cities more hospitable for Amazon might also translate into making them more hospitable, period."

●  Barr parses Asian cities' race for super-tall buildings: towering skylines "send a message of economic confidence to the world - to be seen as a player on the global stage, it helps to have tall buildings."

●  Agbo tries to understand "Africa's urban war on street vendors. No coherent reason has ever been given. It's long past time we realized that they are not the enemy. They are - in the realest and most profound sense - Us."

●  Kamin says Chicago's new McCormick Place hotel and arena may not be "exceptional architecture," but they do "provide a bit of spark in a dull area" - though "it will take much more to make the area a place with a there there" (the first big test will be an upcoming Bob Dylan concert!).

●  KTGY's Hope on Alvarado in L.A. is a transitional housing development for the city's homeless made of shipping containers, "hopefully creating an urban design model for affordable housing in densely-packed cities around the globe."

●  Pogrebin reports that NYC's New Museum has tapped Koolhaas and Shigematsu to design OMA's first public project in the city: a new building adjacent to the SANAA-designed museum (no images - yet).

●  Holl's friend and collaborator, the composer Mostel, waxes rhapsodic about Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts, "an architectural analogue of musical alchemy. How can this not be a transformative gathering place?"

●  Garcia waxes poetic about the "unapologetic bravado" of the new extension to a 1910 building for the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden: "The old building façade, playful a century ago, cannot decide whether to frown or smile at its new partner. The tension is palpable and enjoyable" (and a touch Libeskind-ish?).

●  New "jaw-dropping renderings" of Olson Kundig's Seattle Space Needle renovations that include a Tihany-designed "panoramic dining room supported by a rotating, all-glass floor" (not for the faint-of-heart!).

●  The International Center of Photography is moving - again - this time, into a SHoP-designed building at Essex Crossing on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

●  P+W turns Washington State University's 1921 dairy building into the new home of the Department of Chemistry and School of the Environment that preserves as much of the historic character of the original building as possible.

●  A look at Berke's transformation of Richardson's 1880 insane asylum in Buffalo into the very chic Hotel Henry.

●  A fascinating look at Austria's most famous (and huge!) asylum that "married architecture with medicine - doctors and designers saw themselves as working on parallel problems"; the "villa asylum" was "a new treatment model - tiny cities for the insane."

●  Dorman makes a pilgrimage to Saarinen's Michigan, "his earliest architectural and design laboratory" that "will continue to be models for future architects."

●  A look at five renovation projects that are "reinvigorating city centers."

●  Our heartiest congrats to landscape architect Kate Orff and designer and urban planner Damon Rich, who are among 24 of this year's MacArthur Genius Grant winners (a.k.a. MacArthur Fellows).

●  Design Week Mexico kicks off today "in a recovering Mexico City - running concurrently with Expo Design Week" and celebrating the city being named 2018 World Design Capital (the first in the Americas).


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