Today’s News - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

●  Robert Kahn minces no words re: the brouhaha about Johnson's AT&T Building: "The building is neither interesting, intelligent nor beautiful - a bad one-liner," and "its defenders conflate slapstick with satire and histrionics with history - neither time nor the special designation will transform it into something deserving respect."

●  D'Aprile is concerned that "architecture culture is increasingly not talking about architecture. The desire to want to get rid of this dusty catalog of Buildings You Should Know Because Some Dead Guy Said So, is well-founded," but "if we want people to care about our field, we have to give them a reason to."

●  Hall Kaplan reports on a UCLA Suprastudio symposium exploring "how artists and architects can transform urban space" that "turned out to be a very mixed affair, if anything demonstrating the need for more user perspectives and advocacy, and less CAD design."

●  Long introduces Josef Frank's 1958 humanist manifesto "Accidentism" - "a kind of whimsical send-up" and "bracing critique of modern architecture, all the more notable for having been written by a prominent modernist."

●  O'Sullivan reports on protests over a "tone-deaf redevelopment" that includes a former Gestapo HQ in Hamburg that "should be a developer's dream come true - it looks like a now apologetic developer will expand the memorial space once more, before its public image is entirely in tatters."

●  A round-up of buildings that "were reduced to rubble in 2017" - and why.

●  More on the finger-pointing for fault re: Calatrava's (still closed) Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas: "the city saved $30,000 by scratching a planned fatigue test called for by the architect. The problem there is that the bridge, as built, is not the bridge as Calatrava designed and engineered it" (and fingers crossed that dampers will do the trick).

●  After 16 contentious years and millions of dollars, the cheerleaders win out over the naysayers: Fort Lauderdale "votes to reaffirm support for The Wave streetcar system," but it "remains in jeopardy" (it "doesn't go very far, travels in traffic, and it's not expected to reduce traffic congestion").

●  A round-up of AN readers' reactions to the AIA denouncing "the decision of some states to remove licensure requirements for architects, a move that left some readers feeling rather verklempt."

●  Saffron brings us around to brighter news: She cheers two pedestrian-friendly developments in Philly that could turn the tide on the Delaware waterfront's otherwise "depressing situation" by offering "clever workarounds."

●  The Dallas Center for Architecture will soon have "a new high-profile presence" on the ground-floor of the landmark Republic Center complex.

●  An interesting conversation with Mamou-Mani, the architect behind 2018 Burning Man's twisting temple, "Galaxia": Why do you take your students at Westminster University to Burning Man? "It's like an architecture boot camp."

●  Ingenhoven's Marina One in Singapore joins Safdie's Marina Bay Sands towers and the Gardens by the Bay with its own lushly-landscaped development.

●  Zimmermann parses "how 3D printing is disrupting the architecture and design industry - some consider it the beginning of the third industrial revolution, though RMIT's Jane Burry says: "I would put my money on solid timber construction as the next big trend."

●  Bernstein continues his Immigrant Stories series with a profile of Amale Andraos and "how the Lebanese-born architect made U.S. history as a woman, immigrant, and the first female dean of Columbia University's architecture school."

●  A great Q&A with Sheela Maini Søgaard - she's a big deal at BIG - she "broke ground as a woman CEO in architecture. Her initial impact on the company was simple: She got them paid."

●  Adjaye to mentor Mariam Kamara in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative: "At a time when gender inequality is still rampant in the global architecture community, it's heartening to see him select a woman - and a woman of color, no less."

●  Siza's archive is now free to browse online, thanks to two Portuguese arts institutions and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

●  Call for entries: Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco: propose a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the city's unused piers; open to students and young architects.


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