Today’s News - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

●  An impressive list of 10 architects will design chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale that will then "be deployed around the world, in places that are in need of these spaces of worship."

●  Birnbaum doesn't oppose the Obama Presidential Center, but posits that "there is no need to destroy one significant cultural legacy in order to celebrate another" by siting it in Chicago's Jackson Park. "Why is it so difficult to show understanding for a significant work of landscape architecture?"

●  The NSW Government Architect "recognizes the need to improve streetscape design - looking to promote good design through a range of initiatives" (architects cheer).

●  Dickinson ponders why the AIA took "a pass on Postmodernism" by not giving a Twenty-five Year Award to any building: "Great buildings were most assuredly built from 1982 to 1992. They couldn't find one?"

●  More on the Dubai Frame, the "gold-plated observation tower" whose design, Donis claims, was stolen from him: "(The case) definitely needs to be discussed to prevent this from happening again" (lots of pix, too).

●  Davidson considers the saga of Manhattan's once-controversial Time Warner Center, the "two-headed skyscraper with its cool urbanity and high-gloss prisms" is "an immense improvement on what might have been" (considering the alternatives - one, a 137-story tower proposed by a certain Trump).

●  Ban's first U.K. project gets a green light - a cross-laminated timber, 5-story single-family home near Tower Bridge.

●  Keniger parses Hassell and Populous's International Convention Centre Sydney and its three "decorated boxes in the spirit of Robert Venturi's 'decorated sheds'" - losing the original buildings "should serve to ensure that we continue to press for the wider community's appreciation of the signature buildings of its city."

●  Bernstein cheers Toole's "show-stopping" series of arches in the Miami Design District "that transform an alley into an inviting and intriguing cloister" with "a texture that rewards close inspection."

●  Eyefuls of Mamou-Mani's 2018 Burning Man Temple that, "for many is the most sacred space at the event" (and gives a nod to Isaac Asimov).

●  A conversation with Chakrabarti re: global warming, a housing crisis, and increased gentrification: "I think what people fear with new development is an erosion of identity and a sense of placelessness."

●  Renn talks to Schumacher: "is Zaha Hadid's successor the most hated man in urbanism? He argues he has been misunderstood - he was naive to believe that such radical views would not prompt a backlash."

●  The Urban Land Institute receives a gift from Hines to support the creation of the Women's Leadership Initiative to "increase the number and visibility of women in real estate leadership roles."

●  Case in point: Forest City New York CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin is stepping down to start a new development firm "in a major shake-up in the city's development community."

●  The Tamayouz Excellence Award launches the Women in Architecture and Construction Award to honor women in the industry across Near East and North Africa region.

●  The Save Our Sirius foundation launches the "Sirius People" video series, leading off with Brutalist icon's architect Tao Gofers.

●  Architectural historians are in demand, vetting homes designed by famous architects: "A post-purchase debunking of a house sold on the merits of its architect can wipe out the building's value, akin to a forged artwork" (check out link to a supposed Paul Rudolph - could he really "have designed a sprawling estate with teal terraced roofs and a helipad"?).

●  Two we couldn't resist: Kwun parses a new line of fake concrete wallpaper that "creates an instant Brutalist look. Eat your heart out," Corbu.

●  Prada taps Koolhaas, H&deM, and others and "thrown its 2018 fall menswear collection back to the 90's."

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