Today’s News - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

●  Kamin considers "the dilemma of development" and whether the Obama Center will "hurt those it's supposed to help. Displacement of low-income people caused by well-intentioned public works is one of the most vexing urban-planning problems of our time" (and still no community benefits agreement).

●  Savic, co-author of "Unpleasant Design," visits Calgary, and warns that "hostile design" meant to control people's behavior is making it "an unwelcoming modern city."

●  Historian and author Lewis parses the "Rebuild Penn Station" movement, and delves deep into the station's architectural history: "to understand why our current station is so bad, one must first understand why the original Penn Station was so good" (a fascinating read!).

●  O'Sullivan cheers plans to give survivors of the Grenfell fire "a final say over the site's future" as a memorial, but the handling of the tragedy "remains a running scandal of official incompetence and indifference, broken promises, and ongoing hardship for the former residents."

●  Parker takes a deep dive into the evolution of Heatherwick's "Vessel" at Hudson Yards, "a Doha-like cluster of towers on Manhattan's West Side," that includes an in-depth profile of "architecture's showman - he gives the impression of a child apprentice in Tolkien's Middle-earth."

●  The story behind Nadia Bakhurji, Saudi Arabia's most famous female architect - "one of the first women in the kingdom to be granted an architectural consultant license" who "has campaigned for the advancement of women in engineering, education, and business."

●  Fairs puts out the call to help "Move the Needle" with the launch of "an initiative to improve gender equality in architecture and design" + He looks at how design conferences are tackling gender equality + Ravenscroft looks at how women architects have long been ignored by prize juries - but how 2018 could be the year this changes.

●  Hawthorne x 2: He explains how he "tried to crack the mysterious case of Frank Lloyd Wright's Los Angeles houses" in writing and directing "That Far Corner": "I've had some seriously reflective and even hesitant moments."

●  Premiering tonight, the documentary "That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright In Los Angeles" delves into Hawthorne's "provocative theory that these homes were also a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent tragic episode in his life."

●  As we await the announcement of the 2018 Pritzker Prize winner tomorrow, ArchDaily editors ponder whether the prize is still relevant (and who they think might win).

Winners all (except NYC):

●  New York's loss is London's gain: the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Eva Franch is heading across the Big Pond to serve as the first woman elected to the post of director of the Architectural Association (sparking "a mood of optimism at the AA").

●  Kamin introduces us to Yesomi Umolu, named curator of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial - and the first "with African roots."

●  AJ/AR announce Peruvian architect Sandra Barclay as winner of the Architect of the Year Award, while Paraguayan Gloria Cabral wins the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, and Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp takes home the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.

●  Minneapolis-based Dream The Combine wins the 2018 Young Architects Program to design MoMA PS1's Summer Warmup courtyard with "Hide & Seek": the partners have "not yet produced a building-scale project, but the two architects seem content at working in the installation realm for now."


●  Call for entries: Inaugural Dezeen Awards "celebrating the world's best architecture, interiors and design - low entry fees are designed to attract smaller firms."


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