Today’s News - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

●  Volner takes a deep (and fascinating!) dive into the U.S./Mexico "ongoing cross-border pollination in architecture - since the 2016 election, architectural offices on both sides of the border have found themselves in a strange new climate," but "ideas continue to flow freely across the border despite the bellicose rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate."

●  Princeton art history professor Okeke-Agulu explains why Ghana deserves Adjaye's "awesome cathedral," and why, though the issues they raise are right, the naysayers are wrong: "Africa has to aim beyond basic needs" - this project "will inspire ambitious civic architecture projects across the continent."

●  Campbell Gallagher continues to raise the alarm about proposed Paris skyscrapers "threatening the beauty of the City of Light. Today's feverish, high-pressure, campaign for skyscrapers looks more like power politics than like thoughtful policy. But excellent, indeed, conclusive, counter-arguments exist."

●  Sneider delves into how the "winds have begun to change" when it comes to Moscow's modernist buildings, denounced by Stalin as "a failed experiment," and then neglected - but "now being restored by a new generation of architects" that is "helping to shift perceptions" (though many such treasures "still face dilapidation and destruction").

●  Kershner digs into the saga of how Israel's National Memorial Hall for fallen soldiers came about: It is "the product of decades of political wrangling, emotional strife and procrastination," where "commemoration has been pared down to bare essentials" with a "minimalist design" that "sidesteps internal conflicts over what should be memorialized."

●  Davidson cheers "a much more promising attempt to fix the Frick," with a new plan by Selldorf that "finds space within, below, and above" by "unearthing unsuspected space that's been there all along" - the "future Frick emerges organically from the architecture like new growth on an old tree."

●  Kamin cheers "a water-filled vision" for Chicago's Jackson Park - "even though it won't solve the most nettlesome issues associated with the proposed Obama Presidential Center, it's worth stepping back to glimpse the bigger picture: Water is back on the design agenda - and in a smart way."

●  Speaking of green on a different scale, Lau parses Bruner/Cott's mass-timber Kern Center at Hampshire College that is now the largest higher education project to be certified as a Living Building by the International Living Future Institute, joining an "elite group of 17 projects (and one park) that have earned what is arguably the most rigorous green-building certification."

The profession evolves (we hope!):

●  AIA and the University of Minnesota partner to develop "Guides for Equitable Practice" that "will provide architects and firms with guidance on best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion principles," and "include attention to professional ethics and sexual harassment."

●  Arizona State University architecture juniors establish the Student Organization of Women Architects and Allied Arts that "seeks to represent the often-underrepresented female minority in the field of architecture. The girls plan to mold SOWA+ into a platform to connect students with professionals" ("The girls"?!!!?).

●  One more thing to add to your Venice Biennale dance card: Sexual harassment experiences highlighted in "Just so f***ing beautiful," an Australian exhibit at a satellite show organized by the European Cultural Centre.

●  Morais talks to Alda Ly about what a workspace designed for women looks like "at a moment when more buildings are being reconfigured and reapportioned to take women into account" - not just "man-cavey environments" (the "underside of gender-specific spaces": NYC is investigating the women's club The Wing for possible discrimination).

●  Bernard looks into a very gender-specific space in the work environment: lactation rooms that "can also double as wellness rooms that are available to all employees": San Francisco now requires such spaces, and provides technical specs and design recommendations - a "model for future code amendments."

Winners all:

●  The 2018 AIA Education Facility Design Award winners are "vibrant examples of contemporary educational architecture" (great presentation!).

●  The Arch League/Socrates Sculpture Park Folly/Function 2018 winner is "RRRolling Stones," HANNAH's "playful, movable outdoor seating made from 3D-printed concrete" (very cool!).

Three we couldn't resist:

●  Premiering tonight: PBS's 9-part CIVILIZATIONS "reveals the role art and the creative imagination have played across multiple cultures and civilizations" (not specifically architecturally-focused, but sounds fab!).

●  Absolutely stunning aerial images "showing the vast diversity of landscapes across China."

●  Absolutely "weird and wonderful" images of 7 iconic buildings reimagined in 7 architectural styles: Sydney Opera House - Tudor style; Fallingwater - Classical style; Buckingham Palace - Bauhaus style (you get the picture).

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