Today’s News - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

●  AJ's 2018 Women in Architecture survey "has prompted calls for urgent action to combat discrimination in the profession" (worth reading comments: "while acknowledging that there are many exceptionally talented female architects/designers, in general the men are better at it" - we hope he's joking).

●  Booth parses AJ's survey that "has exposed the abiding inequalities that dog the profession - time's up - an important remedy is voice. Naming. Showing. Calling it out - until there is lasting change for the better we can't - and we mustn't - rest."

●  Speaking of women in architecture, Wainwright has high hopes for this year's Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo that will be "a cross-cultural combination of Mexican domestic architecture with a distinctly British twist."

●  Stott brings us lots of images of Escobedo's 2018 Serpentine Pavilion: "known for her work in activating public spaces, she will be the youngest architect" to win the commission.

●  Barcelona-based Carme Pinós tapped to design this year's MPavilion in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens - no images yet, but "her design, "a transparent origami-like structure," promises to be very different" from OMA's 2017 pavilion.

●  K. Jacobs gets to visit Anne Tyng's recently sold "remarkable house" in Philly, and considers what her "only surviving solo project says about her career" - she "could have been a major midcentury figure, who arguably should have been one, except that she was a woman."

●  Sisson parses Kats and Glassbrook's report "Delivering Urban Resilience," the first integrated cost-benefit analysis that shows "U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design."

●  Researchers in Munich parse three projects by Cook/Fournier, Nouvel, and Hadid to chart the impact exceptional architecture by starchitects has on cities.

●  Cohen reports that Seattle DOT will "remove hostile architecture" - bike racks installed "not to encourage people to lock up their bikes, but to prevent the occupants of a recently cleared homeless encampment from returning - public outcry followed."

●  Slessor explains why KieranTimberlake's London Embassy "was a good deal," and "why Trump was wrong to slam the project" that is "the eye in a hurricane of urban transformation" as a "manicured Arcadia" that "bristles with deterrents."

●  Gompertz (mostly) cheers Fobert's Kettle's Yard in Cambridge: "The new galleries are fine, and they have some nice touches," but "such spaces are two-a-penny nowadays - chilly corporate spaces - though "done lovingly and thoughtfully by a team who care passionately about it - and us."

●  Kamin bemoans so many newspapers "severing their ties with buildings that endowed them with a civic identity" and explains why it matters - "the exit from structures that long symbolized their watchdog role hurts."

●  Arango & Nagourney explain why the "turmoil at The Los Angeles Times is the latest setback for a region that has long suffered from a lack of civic institutions," and "a reminder of the slow decline of a newspaper that had long been a cohesive force in L.A.'s civic life."

●  Hawthorne hits back, though it's more than just a take-down of the NYT story - it's about "the legibility (and illegibility) of Los Angeles and Houston: what unites them "is a certain elusiveness as urban object. Both cities are opaque and hard to read."

●  Tu tackles the NYT's "double diss of Los Angeles": the reporters "misunderstand what ails the L.A. Times - and what that has to do with the city's civic fabric" (at least they "found one way Angelenos come together: by hating articles like this one").

●  Saudi Arabia's "creative community of artists, architects, and designers seem poised to experience a wave of change" with a new organization and plans for the New Misk Art Institute, a new ground-up HQ in Riyadh.

●  AIA 2018 Young Architects Awards go to 18 recipients "who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers."

●  The AA's Porter paints an eloquent portrait of his partner Neave Brown, "the antithesis of the starchitect" - he "was not unhappy to be considered an ''old-fashioned modernist.'"

●  Bernstein's Immigrant Stories series continues with a profile of Nader Tehrani: "When revolution broke out at home in Iran, the architect stayed in the U.S. and built a thriving career."

●  Lemmin-Woolfrey profiles Le Corbusier, "the 20th Century's most influential architect" whose "concrete monoliths still divide opinion today" - though an overnight in Unité d'Habitation makes it "clear he hit the bull's eye."


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