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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

●  The AIA "calls the growing number of states de-licensing professionals like architects a 'troubling trend'" (we hope everyone does!).

●  Kolson Hurley makes a most excellent case for putting Amazon's HQ2 in the suburbs: "It could be the mother of all suburban retrofits" that could be "a model of an inclusive urban suburb."

●  In the meantime, a parsing of what went into creating Amazon's giant spheres, by NBBJ, in Seattle that "resemble a glass-and-steel sculpture of a triple-scoop sundae" - and a 55-foot-tall tree nicknamed Rubi (management promises no one will hog the tree fort - lots of pix!).

●  Anderson ponders "the perils of diagnosing Modernists" with a deep-dive rebuttal to Sussman and Chen's research suggesting Corbu suffered autism and PTSD plagued Gropius (fascinating read!).

●  Brussat rebuts Anderson's "weak" rebuttal: "For all its erudition, his critique of Sussman and Chen's theory fails to pass a smell test that everyone can see."

●  Mudede minces no words about why he thinks "there should be no tears for that Frank Lloyd Wright building destroyed in Whitefish, Montana - Wright was an awful human being" and "much worse than Robert Moses" (at least Moses had a Jane Jacobs).

●  Sydney architect Toomey calls for an all-hands-on-deck in an effort to save Neville Gruzman's "Modernist masterpiece," the Gaden House, from a proposed makeover that would see most its modernist features demolished (that spiral staircase! sign the petition!).

●  Hunn rounds up a handful of Modernist buildings by notable Australian architects "facing the prospect of demolition or significant alteration, as pressure mounts to redevelop inner-city areas for higher-density residential use."

●  Booth explains why "the myth of the lone genius is on the wane," and why "the growing trend for employee-owned practices is to be welcomed."

●  Chicago's exquisite Tribune Tower is going condo, by SCB, with an almost 1,400-foot-tall glass-and-steel skyscraper by AS + GG proposed next door (no renderings yet).

●  Carter rounds up some "stunning architecture (almost) worth dying for - architecture related to death doesn't have to be morbid."

●  Citing terrorism concerns, residents in Lower Manhattan go all NIMBY over plans for elevators to make a subway station fully accessible (obviously, none are elderly or disabled or pushing baby carriages).

●  A round-up of "hot senior living architecture and design trends for 2018" (elevators most likely included).

●  What senior living design trends should be left behind in 2018.

Winners all!

●  Wainwright wonders if Adjaye's (and team) merits the Design Museum's Beazley Design of the Year Overall Winner for the National Museum of African American History and Culture: it "generally holds together but it sometimes feels like a case of too many cooks. Is it the best thing designed in 2017? Probably not."

●  Heathcote has his own ideas about Adjaye and the museum: "he is now the architect of the building that defines the black experience like no other."

●  Joan Blumenfeld, Contract mag's 2018 Legend Award winner, has been a steadfast champion for design excellence, social responsibility, sustainability, and women in leadership - she did not begin her career expecting to be a legend in her own right (full disclosure: profile penned by yours truly).

●  Totzke profiles Toronto-based hospitality guru Alessandro Munge, Contract mag's 2018 Designer of the Year: "Genuine, warm, and gregarious, he is the very personification of hospitable.

●  Gerfen profiles the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, winners of the AIA 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award.


  


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