Today’s News - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

●  Prevost delves into the details of an Elkus Manfredi-master-planned smart city not far from Boston's "booming technology hub" where "smart technology is embedded into water, light, energy and transportation systems" (while "setting boundaries on data collection and use").

●  While Paris is "not a place you'd expect to find chickens, beehives, and planted cabbages - urban farming is flourishing" with a project that "aims to cover the city's rooftops and walls with 100 hectares (247 acres) of vegetation by 2020."

●  Vande Panne parses how Dayton, Ohio, is making its public library branches "must-visit destinations": "With recording studios, dazzling art installations, and rooms equipped for virtual reality, the city is future-proofing an oft-neglected urban amenity" (meanwhile, "the federal government seems committed to keeping libraries trapped in the dusty, distant past" - sad).

●  Safdie's "modernistic" Medal of Honor Museum design "was sent back to the drawing board, with little hope the town would ever approve it without some big changes": "If they wanted the support of our community, they should have included us, as well."

●  The Italian far right wants to turn Terragni's 1936 Fascist HQ in Como into a mega-museum of Modern art, architecture and design, though its "manifesto does not include details of what would actually go on display there."

●  The team of Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry is tapped to design The Arbour at George Brown College - it "would be Ontario's first tall wood institutional building" on Toronto's waterfront (looks cool!).

●  Wisconsin-based Kubala Washatko wins its second school project in China, the 1-million-square-foot Xiang Lake Academy campus in Hangzhou; the shape of the buildings "mimic a Chinese dragon" that will curve along a river bank.

●  AIANY posts its position re: the proposed demolition of SOM's 270 Park Avenue/Union Carbide building: "Without a better understanding of how it will be dismantled and what is going to replace it, demolishing such a recently renovated green building would represent a shift away from the values of sustainability and responsibility in building design."

●  Bernstein talks to Eva Franch i Gilabert, the first woman to be elected director of the AA: "First she will have to manage the AA's budget shortfalls": "It is in moments of crisis that opportunities for redefinition emerge," sayeth she.

●  Snarkitecture will make its second showing at the National Building Museum's 2018 Summer Block Party with "Fun House," where rooms will convey its 10-year story "while underlining the studio's peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment."

●  A good reason to head to Hawaii (today!): AIA Honolulu launches its 12th Annual Architecture Month, themed "Community: Design Matters," tonight, followed by "free and low-cost activities for the public during the month of April" (staring at snow, rain, and fog - we're ready to go!).

●  One we couldn't resist: Elon Musk's Boring Company will (soon?) offer "LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunneling rock" that "will be rated to withstand California's earthquakes" - launch date is unknown because "there is not enough upturned rock to begin making these bricks yet."

Winners all!

●  AIA grants $100,000 to four Upjohn Research Initiative projects - biophilic architecture and 3D concrete printing included.

●  Eyefuls of the projects by women-led teams that have won Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the 2018 Global LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction + inaugural Ideas Prize winners.

●  Brussels-based architect Aude-Line Dulière wins Harvard GSD's 2018 Wheelwright Prize - $100,000 traveling fellowship to fund her research in "construction methods and supply systems in the global film industry - film-set construction is the ideal incubator for testing innovative practices of material reuse."

●  RAIC honors Toronto-based Luc Bouliane with the 2018 Young Architect Award: "He's on a different trajectory for a young office. He has pursued larger public work from the very beginning, which is unusual," sayeth the jury.

●  Hopkirk & Ijeh talk to the eight firms in the running for BD's Young Architect of the Year 2018, who muse "about the challenges, aspirations, and the difficulties facing young architects today" ("No one said becoming an architect is easy").


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