Today’s News - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

●  ArcSpace's Martin has a great Q&A with Holl (prior to lectures in Copenhagen and Zurich Nov. 7 & 8) re: receiving The Daylight Award in Architecture, his relationship with daylight, and emerging trends in the application of daylight: "I see a trend of ignorance when it comes to the correct use of daylight in architecture! But it's about real estate now - it's not surprising."

●  This year's Stirling Prize winner will be announced after we've posted ANN, but Hartman has some helpful words re: awards' "responsibility to set the agenda for best practice. Tackling tough issues keeps awards relevant."

●  Sisson x 2: he has an inspiring conversation with Tiffany Brown of the Knight Arts Challenge grant winner 400 Forward, who "wants to train the next generation of black women architects - from kindergarten to the day they obtain their license."

●  He parses the ULI's 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report that "predicts a 'smooth landing,' a booming Seattle, and technological change" (best quote: "It isn't what you don't know that you should be worried about; it's what you think you know").

●  Berg visits Japan's prefab "dream" factories and brings home lessons for the "burgeoning U.S. prefab market. In the end, it's all about making it easier to get stuff built."

●  Talk about a dream factory: Saudi Arabia has plans to build NEOM, a $500 billion mega-city spanning 3 countries: "It is nothing if not ambitious" (no set timeline yet).

●  Snøhetta's plans to revamp Philip Johnson's Chippendale-topped "Postmodern icon" 550 Madison Avenue have critics Lamster, Kimmelman, and Lange "fretting": "Inserting an Apple Store-wannabe facade is trinkety and trendy."

●  Kamin has a few issues with plans for a proposed two-tower development in Chicago that would be "a plus for the skyline," but are "not fully cooked" - the "most glaring weakness" is at street level and "subpar public space - as if the intent were to discourage homeless people from camping out."

●  King considers Lowney Architecture's plans for a "zigzagging tower" on Oakland's skyline - "one that seems to split in two - the drama is the architectural equivalent of a visual sleight of hand" (but preservationists are "already sounding alarms").

●  Chipperfield is tapped to master plan an overhaul of the Minneapolis Institute of Art that includes the redesign of the interior layout of the original McKim, Mead and White building and extensions by Kenzo Tange and Michael Graves.

●  Lynch brings us eyefuls of Foster + Partners' first public garden design that is part of F+P's expansion of the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida.

●  Hanley takes a deep dive into Norman Foster's past 50 years of work that "has transformed the 21st-century city," and the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid that he "envisions" as a "model of a major private philanthropy, rather than an archive of architectural achievement, more Bloomberg than Le Corbusier" (a great read!).

●  Gehry talks to Anderton at the ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles, where he "repeatedly emphasized that dramatic architecture should solve problems and does not have to be expensive" (chances of trout returning the LA River: "I can tell you it will never happen").

Five years after Superstorm Sandy:

●  A look at "how New York City is preparing for the next" big hit; the city "keeps track with a handy map" (with links to 10 other excellent 5-years-after-Sandy reports).

●  AN takes a look at "the impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City's built environment: "Even with the latest interventions, is NYC really prepared for another superstorm?"

Happy Halloween - "in honor of spooktacular holiday spirit" (H/T Curbed SF)!

●  Check out some iconic San Francisco buildings "dressed up in boo-itful holiday style."

●  Shapiro talks to Bowling re: "why Victorian architecture came to be associated with everything spooky and scary."

●  Zillow's economists analyze the 20 best cities for trick-or-treating, and the top five neighborhoods in each - "the data doesn't offer any guidance on the quality of goodies distributed in each neighborhood."

●  Schwab cheers Shelley, an artificial intelligence program that writes horror stories by "working actively with people to imagine new things that go bump in the night" (some are "truly terrifying").

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