Today’s News - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

●  Hume explains why Toronto's new city planner "has his job cut out for him. Bad planning has left the city ill-prepared for the 21st century - to be fair," it's "an admittedly thankless task. Though nothing the municipal bureaucracy does is more fundamental than planning, neither is anything more political."

●  One day, Handel Architects will find out what it's "like to design a major building in Boston that everyone loves" - in the meantime, even though the third version of its Winthrop Square skyscraper "is sleeker than the second," it's still back to the drawing board: "It's an exercise in politics as much as design."

●  Lee Koe eloquently expresses her concerns about Singapore losing its "vernacular post-independence architecture in one fell swoop" - no matter what you think of the Metabolist/Brutalist/Corbusian-inspired architecture by "local architectural pioneers," these developments are "uniquely Singaporean" and "a public good under threat."

●  Rogers Partners' public pavilion for Galveston's Stewart Beach will reorganize the mix of facilities and services - once parks officials get the "money from the federal RESTORE program created in 2012 in response to the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill."

●  Meanwhile, can post-Harvey "Houston apply New York's big thinking on flood projects?"

●  Mun-Delsalle's Part 2 ponders Nakamura's Kamikatz Public House in the "trashless town" of Kamikatsu, Japan - it is "truly the perfect example of how small-scale, low-cost architecture can embrace the grand dream of contributing to the creation of a sustainable social system" (click "Yesterday's News" back to March 27 for Part 1).

●  Kafka delves into "how Forensic Architecture is harnessing the power of the public to investigate the Grenfell Tower disaster via an open-ended, crowd-sourced initiative - the first to be initiated by the agency itself."

●  Moore cheers Feilden Clegg Bradley's "mercifully modest makeover" of South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room that "revives something of Brutalist beauties' 60s soul, though certain details lack a guiding hand" (like "a bathetic splodge of blue carpet" seen on his tour with Crompton, the original architect).

●  Miranda sees L.A.'s Wilshire Boulevard Temple as "leaning into the future" with a (leaning) event pavilion by OMA that "avoids copycat Byzantine forms in favor of fluid lines that gently echo aspects of the historic building."

●  A look at what went into creating new algorithms and new techniques for the futuristic (to put it mildly) façade of Hadid's King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

●  First look at the Dutch Pavilion exhibition "Work, Body, Leisure" for the Venice Biennale that "explores the different forms of creativity and responsibility that architecture has in response to emerging technologies in automation" (looks very cool!).

●  Makovsky parses "Take Shape," a new journal "devoted to architecture and politics - who says design publishing is dying?"

Winners all!

●  A look at Metropolis mag's 2018 Game Changers, "5 remarkable individuals who are transforming architecture, design, and cities."

●  Ohio-based Cañzares and Sang Delgado win the 2018 Ragdale Ring design competition with their "quirky" temporary outdoor theater called "Noodle Soup."

●  Eyefuls of the 2018 Fairy Tales Architecture Competition winners, along with their "wonderfully crafted short stories and artwork" (great presentation).


●  Deadline extended for hospitality concepts in the 2018 Radical Innovation Awards: Rethink. Reimagine. Redefine.

●  Call for entries: 2nd "Natian" Cup International Design Competition: A New-tech Led Intelligent Urban Life: Sustainable Design, Sustainable Life" for Suqian, China (big(!) cash prizes; winning entries could be built).

●  Call for entries: Kemeri National Park Observation Tower Competition in Latvia, the "third-largest national park in one of Europe's greenest countries."

●  Call for entries: Open call for curator of "Auditorium 18/19" lecture series on architecture, urbanism, and design at the STUK Arts Centre, Leuven, Belgium.


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