Today’s News - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

●  Plitt offers an interesting take on the risks and rewards of "architecture's #MeToo moment and the marketing of 'starchitecture'" in New York's (could be anywhere's) real estate world that uses "the buzz and reputation of big-name architects to market apartments - one controversial starchitect doesn't take down the genre."

●  Lange considers why the Obama Presidential Center has "proven so contentious": "The architectural direction" has an "identity problem - trapped between two different kinds of buildings"; the protests "stem from this conceptual fuzziness."

●  Kamin, meanwhile, reports that archaeologists have found artifacts (and animal bones) from the 1893 World's Fair have beneath the Obama center site, but "officials say the artifacts don't merit listing on the National Register of Historic Places," which means construction will likely move forward.

●  Yarina takes a deep (very deep!) dive into how the trend for importing "climate-proofing" models has affected Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta: "Too often, the rhetoric of climate adaptation is doublespeak for the displacement of poor, informal communities - resilience is not fundamentally a technical question, it is social and political" ('Your sea wall won't save you").

●  Baker, co-author of report "Building Resilience in Businesses and Supply Chains in Asia," looks at how "Asian companies are working to protect against climate change, but will it be enough?"

●  Fenston & Turner take their own deep (very deep!) dive into the fascinating history of and what's next for the Anacostia, Washington, DC's "forgotten" river, which is evolving from being a liability to an amenity - "gentrification doesn't have to be a bad word" if the city invests not only in the river and new waterfront developments, "but also in the people who live beside it" (a model for development elsewhere).

●  Green parses a (very cool!) "parkipelago" in Copenhagen's harbor, a "hand-made wooden island" that is "a new form of public space - buoyed by a bed of recycled plastic bottles, it could be the first in series of islands" (and a great idea for other cities' harbors).

●  Walker walks us through why "Uber's fatal Arizona crash is a call to action for cities. The fact that the state is so deadly for walkers is the very same reason" Uber is testing its autonomous vehicles there - "the state prioritizes cars over the lives of pedestrians" (interesting comments section, too).

●  The Vatican at the Venice Biennale news x 2: MAP Studio's chapel, one of 10, is inspired by Gunnar Asplund's 1920 Woodland Chapel in Stockholm.

●  Foster + Partners just released renderings of its Vatican chapel, an "outdoor structure" that "manages to appear organic, as part of the landscape" of San Giorgio Maggiore.

●  More details about (and images of) Voorsanger Mathes' WWII Museum Canopy of Peace, "destined to become striking new feature of New Orleans skyline - a sprawling, three-pointed expanse of steel and fiberglass that will serve as the defining architectural feature" of the museum.

●  Kwun queries Hawthorne, L.A.'s new Chief Design Officer, re: "major design challenges facing Los Angeles - and other cities - in the 21st century, how to approach civic works in the era of architecture's #MeToo, and why L.A. may have more in common with cities in Latin America and Asia than any in the U.S."

●  A profile of Hun Chansan, a "rising star of Cambodia's skyline" who "is winning praises for his efforts to raise the profile of Cambodian architects and designers - his goal is to elevate the respect people have for architects to the same level given to doctors and lawyers."

Winners all:

●  The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority names the winner of the Inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition: New Office Works' temporary waterfront pavilion "Growing Up" will be ready for its close-up this fall.

●  Winners of the Sydney Affordable Housing competition, from the U.S., Poland, and Australia, "offered much more than just affordable housing, and included larger-scale urban plans."

●  Eyefuls of the 20 short-listed projects vying for the 2018 Ontario Association of Architects/OAA Design Excellence Awards, "each demonstrating unique best-in-class design" (great presentation!).


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