Today’s News - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

●  ANN feature: KTGY's Perkowitz thinks outside the big box: Gone are the days when the question was: What retailer can take this large space? The question now is: How can the box be reinvented to create experience and community?

●  Lange explains why "our love-to-hate-it relationship with postmodernism may be more important to design progress than we think" - it was "supplanted by neo-modernism - our present state of sobriety and transparency and meh" (but "without things to hate, you'll never come up with something equally strong to love").

●  Al-Sabouni considers architecture and "the lost heritage of the Middle East," a region struggling "to find its own identity - we must give up the retro approach of using the past as a quarry of fragments. Stereotyping burdens architecture with an imposed message that denies its inner vitality."

●  Florida parses a new report that identifies "density's next frontier: the suburbs - the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis - and a potential solution."

●  Grabar explains why everyone, including the president, is wrong in thinking that "struggling Americans should just move" to large urban centers like New York: "America is splitting into two separate countries - a wealthy metropolitan country, and everywhere else. It doesn't help that there are relatively few big ideas for revitalizing the left-behind places" - small cities offer "distinct perks of their own."

●  Why "Australian cities are far from being meccas for walking and cycling": Have efforts to "extend pedestrian malls and cycling paths, restrict car traffic, remove street parking and install more lighting paid off? Yes and no."

●  Kirk parses an Arup study that considers "how to design cities for children" - it's "an issue of growing concern globally - the well-being of children can have a way of uniting policymakers who disagree on most everything else" ("popsicle test" included).

●  Jewell considers green walls and the firestorm ignited by the president of the Australian Institute of Architects "questioning their sustainability" - using them "just to conceal a car park is not a responsible use of how to make a city more green" (some informative info in comments section, too).

●  Wilkinson considers the "turf war," and offers "13 reasons why you would install a green wall and 3 reasons why you might not."

●  Eyefuls of Hubitus - the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens Hub for Urban Sustainability, a zero-energy "co-working space for environmental entrepreneurs, environmental artists and designers, urban planners, social activists, gardeners, and urban farmers" (very cool).

●  Snøhetta and "one of Norway's most divisive artists" draw ire with plans for an "outlandish" UFO-like house near Edvard Munch's studio (lots of pix - we do like the woodland creatures).

●  Selldorf tapped by Atlanta's High Museum to design its next makeover.

●  Correction: Lots of reports last week about FEMA ending food and water distribution in Puerto Rico on January 31 were wrong - a spokesperson misspoke: "that date 'was mistakenly provided.'"

●  A piece of good news (we hope): The plane that skidded off the runway in Trabzon, Turkey, may be given to the city to turn into a public library: "The 110-foot-long aircraft would make a small, albeit unique, library."

Winners all!

●  The Vilcek Foundation honors immigrant architects with 2018 Vilcek Prizes: Guatemala-born Teddy Cruz of San Diego takes home $100,000; the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise winners include Iran-born Mona Ghandi, L.A.-based James Leng, born in China; and Brooklyn-based SO-IL co-founder Jing Liu, also from China.

●  Amanda Levete awarded the 2018 AJ/AR Jane Drew Prize, and OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp wins the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.

●  Eyefuls of "Oculi," the 2018 City of Dreams Pavilion winner - deconstructed metal grain bins destined for NYC's Governors Island this summer "will be reused to create an experimental housing project."

●  An impressive group of eight rising North American firms named 2018 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York.

●  Eyefuls of the "Mosul Postwar Camp" competition winners, who hail from France, Berlin, and China.

●  Eyefuls of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards finalists - vote now!


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