Today’s News - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

●  Davidson takes a deep (and great!) dive into "women rising to power in architecture": "The evidence is simultaneously infuriating and encouraging. The future looks better than the present - women who are starting out in architecture now have an abundance of role models" (and he talks to many!).

●  A new series to definitely keep an eye on: "Overstretched cities" delves into "the impact of the rush to urbanization ("Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet" among the first eight).

●  Penn State teams up with the UN for the Global Building Network, a sustainable buildings initiative that would include a global network of municipal Centers of Excellence to "share data and develop design and monitoring tools to continually improve building design and functionality."

●  A look at the eight firms' building designs proposed for BIG's EuropaCity near Paris, a new "sprawling," 80-hectare leisure district ("fireflies, rooftop fields," and "a sleeping mythical animal" included).

●  Saffron cheers on the "Stadium Stompers," a group of "N. Philly grandmothers who shut down Temple University's football stadium" - they have every right to be "so angry" - the project will not be, as claimed by stadium supporters, "a minor inconvenience to residents."

●  Six notable firms are tapped to create an "ideas book of design ideas" for six blocks surrounding the Grenfell Tower.

●  Seward parses Lake|Flato/Shepley Bulfinch's Austin Central Library: "The whole building has a dreamlike quality" - the "blending of institutional and residential, public and private, natural and man-made is intentionally counterintuitive. The building screams, 'Keep Austin Weird!'"

●  The "New Orleans skyline is about to change" with Voorsanger's (huge) "Canopy of Peace" hovering over the World War II Museum - it "will surely become one of the visual icons of the city" (with promises that it will be hurricane safe).

●  A fascinating look at "Jerusalem's downtown disaster," a 1978 Brutalist "icon and a commercial failure" - it's "an alien implant" that "appears forlorn, sad, and rather abandoned" (the architect blames "lack of cooperation from the planning agencies").

●  A fascinating look at the work of eight(!) generations of the "legendary Lei family of architects who built China's world heritage sites" (who knew?!!?).

●  A new RIBA survey finds British architecture "has been hit badly by Brexit" - two-thirds of architects surveyed "have had projects put on hold since EU referendum," and "60% of EU architects working in the UK have considered leaving."

●  On a brighter note, Montreal-based Chevalier Morales Architectes takes home the RAIC 2018 Emerging Architectural Practice Award: per the jury: "This firm has become successful because of the opportunity to participate in competitions," and "their cultural projects have had a positive impact on their respective communities."

●  Two winners of the Asia Young Designers Award 2017/18 are inspired by history, science - and more.

●  "Concrete Chicago Map" showcases "how the building material shaped the city."


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