Today’s News - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

●  Bernstein talks to some California architects now assessing the damage in the wake of catastrophic wildfires, and considering "how new buildings in the area can better withstand fire. That may mean a lot of steel and concrete houses where there had been wood."

●  Hume heads a handful of housing stories, cheering "a radical concept in Toronto" - a project that "may mark a turning point in the way condo developments fit into the city" and "designed for residents not investors" (balconies big enough to grow your own food; local, not chain retailers - radical, indeed!).

●  Rybczynski hails Studio Ma's student housing at Princeton University that is "a sylvan retreat" rather than "a hardheaded housing project" by grappling "with the age-old challenge of mass housing: how to personalize the impersonal, how to contextualize what risks being anonymous."

●  Moore has much to say about Moussavi's two apartment blocks in Paris's La Défense that "show that affordable housing can be inspirational and stand up to grander neighbors - charismatic and intriguing, animate and a touch moody" (why can't housing like this happen everywhere?).

●  Waite brings us eyefuls of the Grimshaw/SAM Architects-designed prototype for "rapid-build printed modular homes that can be built and be ready to occupy in just three weeks" in a "highly adaptable zero-carbon housing system."

●  Florida dives into a "remarkable" and "disturbing" new study showing "the clustering of high-tech innovation has made American metros more divided. Finding ways to mitigate innovation-spurred economic segregation is a crucial project of our times."

●  Dittmar uses the Oxford-Cambridge corridor competition as a jumping-off point to ponder what makes such design competitions meaningless: While the shortlist has some interesting concepts, "I fear this competition is mostly vaporware. There is a tendency to use these kind of design competitions to generate enthusiasm, without connecting them to implementation."

●  Lange delves into some fascinating documentation of Weese's Washington Metro: "Americans have an impoverished and immature conception of design. At a time when public opinion of East Coast subways has reached a low, it is worth revisiting this high."

●  Leigh Hester highlights a team of architects and planners that "has set out to prove that heaps of waste aren't an immutable part of a city's topography," and resulting in "Zero Waste Design Guidelines."

●  Wainwright is not wow'd by Foster's "chubby, almost cartoonish" Bloomberg HQ: despite its "environmental cunning" - with a "touch of Bloombergian razzmatazz," it "looks like a regional department store."

●  Speaking of department stores: WeWork buys Lord & Taylor 5th Avenue flagship to serve as its new world headquarters (L&T will lease the bottom floors - but it will never be the same).

●  Speaking of workspace: "Don't get too comfortable at that desk": cubicles and open floor plans are morphing into a "'palette of places' - partly a backlash against the one-size-fits-all mind-set, not to mention the corporate penny-pinching."

●  Kamali Dehghan reports on Fluid Motion's modern mosque without minarets that is stirring controversy in Tehran, where Iranian hardliners "are refusing to recognize it as a place of worship" - now, "its fate remains in doubt."

●  Showley parses a series of events kicking off today that, in part, will explore (with high hopes) whether San Diego will be declared a "Design World Capital" by 2028.

●  Dickinson considers "the challenge and terror of making payroll as an architect - a recurring Groundhog Day of anxiety and pressure," and "how technology will transform that bi-weekly terror."

●  de Monchaux uses the Citicorp building as the poster child in his plea to "not destroy New York City's Brutalist masterpieces. When we destroy these works, we lose something of a moment when many were trying to communicate to our culture something about itself."

●  Budds cheers "Concrete New York," a new map of NYC's "bold, inventive, and sometimes hideous" concrete architecture.

●  Zara cheers Grimley, Kubo, and Pasnik's "Brutalist Boston Map," the perfect "travel companion for concrete-architecture enthusiasts."


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