Today’s News - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

●  We are deeply saddened to learn we've lost a dear friend and colleague, Kirsten Kiser (a.k.a. Kiki; a.k.a. KK), founder of Martinussen, CEO of the Danish Architecture Centre, has penned a most thoughtful tribute to "a great Dane."

●  Finch pays tribute to Avery and Marks, "such vibrant contributors to the world of the built environment, and of ideas generally. Free-thinkers need to be cherished."

●  Adjaye on a roll: along with Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter + Bowman, his firm wins the UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition with a proposal to create "a living place, not just a monument to something of the past."

●  Renderings for Adjaye's new spy museum in Manhattan, opening this December, show it to be "a small town within a building" ("programmatic details are still cryptic" - and the $39 entry fee for adults is steep!).

●  Bevan explains why Foster's Bloomberg HQ in London "is a triumph": aside from it being greener than green, it's "sexy inside and sophisticated all round. Even the public realm is genuinely public" (a "group-hug strategy" included).

●  Wainwright x 2: he reports from the $3bn Astana Expo, and how starchitects built the Kazakhstan capital - "an assorted collection of pyramids, golden cones and bulging mirrored towers, lined up like a row of awards in a particularly gaudy trophy cabinet."

●  He has a lively conversation with "the rebel architect" Liz Diller re: gentrification, "corporate baubles," and the future of London's Centre for Music: "DS+R's design will have to serve as the crucial bait" in a private fundraising plan. "Whatever the outcome, it is likely to confound all expectations of what a concert hall might be."

●  Sisson parses the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's "comprehensive" affordable housing and inclusionary zoning study that examines "what is and isn't working - the first step in research that offers guidance and helps shape more thoughtful policy."

●  Arieff ponders "designing a more inclusive city," saying that "keeping people out has become a defining feature of far too many public places," which includes anti-homelessness strategies: "Do we really want to criminalize sitting? We already have."

●  Kolson Hurley delves in the amazing saga of "the forgotten crusade of Morris Milgram," an early developer of multiracial suburbs: his "motivations were idealistic - his projects seem prescient - ongoing experiments, at once mundane and brave, for how to knit together a divided America house by house, street by street."

●  Kurutz parses how "once so chic and swooshy, freeways are falling out of favor. Jane Jacobs told you so!" Buffalo's Scajaquada Corridor "redesign could serve as a model for other highway tear-downs" (last 2 graphs are telling).

●  R Street Institute's Murray talks about "how to make private-public partnerships in Infrastructure really work: "PPPs hold big promise for projects in urban America - if Congress eliminates regulations and perverse incentives."

●  An e-mail trail gives us a look behind efforts to build Trump's border wall prototypes that "show a confusing and haphazard bidding process that was rushed, and qualified candidates may have been overlooked for the sake of speed" (we wouldn't want any of them in our backyard!).

●  Kamin looks at how "stairs are again center stage," with bleacher-type seating transforming buildings (and creating "a full employment act for spine surgeons").

●  Charney explains why you can't "judge a building by its walls. Architecture is about space, and how it feels - it's by design."

●  A look at "how Scandinavian Modern design took the world by storm - and remains relevant today."

●  Need proof? Head to Manhattan for Swedish Design Moves New York, launching today, that will investigate different takes on Democratic Architecture with installations, conversations and charrettes at the Center for Architecture and Van Alen Institute.

Winners all:

●  A Ryerson University team wins the bid to update FLW's 1911 Banff Pavilion plans, the first step in rebuilding the lost gem.

●  Winners of the 2017 Rifat Chadirji Prize: Rebuilding Iraq's Liberated Areas: Mosul's Housing Competition hail from Poland and France, with the Top 20 entries hitting the road in a traveling exhibition.

●  Eyefuls of the Zumtobel Group Award 2017- Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment winners.


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