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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

●  D'Aprile offers "some advice on how men should respond to architecture's #MeToo moment," and takes issue with Cramer's implication "that testosterone and an 'imperfect nature' are often to blame for men's discriminatory treatment of women. He's wrong" - it's about power, not sex.

●  Chan challenges "the traditional canon of urban planning" - it's time to give credit where credit is due: Women "remain absent from or peripheral to the 'Urbanism Hall of Fame.' If we expanded the definition of planning, we might include women leaders who are not 'real' (i.e. professionally trained and certified) planners, but they have shaped their cities."

●  AIANY rescinds 2018 Design Awards to Richard Meier and Peter Marino, citing "allegations of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior" as reason for the decision (we wonder how many more such decisions will be made, and feel sorry for the firms' teams who do most of the work).

●  On a brighter note, take a look at BIG Oakland, a co-working space near San Francisco "geared specifically for architecture, engineering, and construction businesses" - right down to "a fully-stocked design library maintained by a professional librarian."

●  Arup, Grimshaw, and Wilkinson Eyre are tapped to work on elements of the U.K.'s HS2 network, "a new high speed railway linking several major cities" - and a project "not without controversy, from concerns around social and environmental impacts as well as cost overrun concerns."

●  The owner of the Apple Store in Chicago wants to sell, but with cracks in the glass façade, icicles "dangling dangerously," and birds "plunging to their deaths," Foster + Partners may have taken the glass thing a bit too far" (the owner hopes to get $170 million for the "less than the perfect building. Good luck with that").

●  Somers Cocks disagrees with Settis's premise that "the commercial rape of Venice is the result of a moral failing in the Italians - if we truly do not want it to die, the solutions will be technical and organizational, not a miraculous improvement in the morality of the nation."

●  Settis, meanwhile, sermonizes "on the moral revival that could save Italy's sinking city" in a podcast.

●  Dorman on how to savor Albert Kahn's architectural legacy in Detroit and environs: "scores of his architectural beacons continue to captivate the public - his buildings not only seem modern - they're timeless" (great read, with fab photos).

●  Fazzare's Q&A with Mark Lee re: his plans for Harvard GSD - and the future of architecture: He's "extremely optimistic about the future of architecture," but "for architecture to regain its foothold as a substantive medium, the general quality of the built environment needs to be raised to a much higher level."

●  Weder's Q&A with Martha Thorne: What is our most urgent need right now in architecture and urban design? "Making connections between the built environment and other disciplines - silos just don't make sense today. Always think about interdependence and interconnectivity" ("the Bilbao effect is a myth").

Resiliency! Sustainability! Guidelines! Toolsets! (and a fabulous, oh-so-green Public House in Japan - pub included!)

●  Beske & Dixon offer a fascinating take on the "perfect storm of challenges" that "has broken apart a 70-year-old suburban growth model. But as this model falls apart, another far more resilient model is taking shape."

●  Flynn delves into how architects are "moving beyond LEED" by "spearheading leadership - looking beyond generic 'green design' and embracing new opportunities - and in some cases, stricter requirements."

●  Could two new projects in Cape Town make the Living Building Challenge "a reality for South Africa?" (A good chance now SA has its first LBC ambassador).

●  Paletta parses the nationally applicable version of The Waterfront Alliance's Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines, and a ULI New York report that showcases "both the many promising aspects of WEDG and the potential for ambiguities as well as obstacles to widespread adoption and applicability."

●  A new study by the USDA Forest Service "found urban trees can save cities plenty of money: $18 billion in pollution removal, $5 billion in energy efficiency, $5 billion in carbon sequestration, and almost $3 billion in avoided emissions - the report should serve as a warning to cities to think carefully about how they can use natural space."

●  The Rocky Mountain Institute issues a report and software "encompassing tested and proven best practices" to help guide property owners overcome "energy optimization initiatives" that can be "challenging to evaluate and costly to access - and reap savings."

●  Your eye candy for the day (and oh so green!): A mountain village in Japan that "has already achieved an 80% recycling rate" now boasts Nakamura's Kamikatz Public House that "takes sustainability to a new level" as "a symbol of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect.'"


  


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