Today’s News - Thursday, April 19, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 24. Of special note: Sunday is Earth Day 2018, dedicated to reducing plastic litter and pollution. It's also International Dark Sky Week (see "One we couldn't resist," below - very cool). Of interesting note: "blah" and "meh" are Kamin and Keegan's critical takes...

●  Kamin weighs in on AS+GG's Tribune Tower in Chicago: "What we get is 96 stories of tasteful blah - tall enough to make jaws drop, but not strong enough to stir the soul" (a little "tinkering and rethinking" by a talented team should help).

●  Keegan calls the proposed Tribune Tower "a whole lot of 'meh' - stridently bland and banal; it is different, and yet hardly distinctive - it's not that the design is particularly bad," but "show us what Chicago's architecture can be in the 21st century."

●  Much of the design of KPMB/ Public: Architecture + Communication's Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia "reflects the difficult site conditions - 'including a very high water table. In essence, the structure had to perform like a ship."

●  Walker has a great Q&A with Allison Arieff re: the changing landscape of design criticism, working with SPUR on solutions for the Bay Area's housing crisis, and more: "What's it like doing research and policy at the frontlines of the city's housing crisis? 'Bleak? Some days it's just devastating.'"

●  A very interesting Q&A with MIT's Neri Oxman re: "breaking boundaries in a male-dominated world" - she "has no time for boxes. What's changing to make architecture and design a better atmosphere for women? 'The women.' What needs to change to get women into key positions? 'The men.'"

●  One we couldn't resist: A video of what NYC's skies would look with stars if there was no light pollution, part of the International Dark Sky Week, April 15-21.

Winners and shortlists galore!

●  Eyefuls of AIA's 2018 COTE Top Ten that are "setting the standard in design and sustainability" by meeting "rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value" (great presentation).

●  A team including Fujimoto, Laisné, and Roussel wins the "Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris" competition with a timber-frame "Village Vertical" that will be a new gateway to the city of Rosny-sous-Bois: "While the structure is certainly imposing, the materials and shapes lend it lightness."

●  Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura takes home the 2018 MCHAP Prize for Emerging Architecture (MCHAP.emerge) for its reclamation of public space that had been empty for decades in a housing complex in Mexico City (very cool!).

●  eVolo 2018 Skyscraper Competition winners include a foldable skyscraper inspired by origami, and a Shinto Shrine/Urban Rice Farming Skyscraper (with links to full descriptions and lots of images).

●  Five in the field of architecture are among the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "40 Under 40: People Saving Places."

●  Erin Besler of Besler & Sons, and Marcel Sanchez-Prieto of CRO Studio are among the American Academy in Rome's Rome Prize winners.

●  An impressive shortlist of 6 in the running to win the University College of Dublin Future Campus International Design Competition (4 from NYC!).

●  An impressive shortlist of 5 now vying to design the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.

Deadlines (and lots of 'em!):

●  Call for entries: Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities international design ideas competition to address "the urgent need to welcome, support, and empower urban immigrants and refugees."

●  Request for Qualifications/RFQ: International Urban Design Competition for the Regeneration of Tongyeong Dockyard, South Korea.

●  Call for entries: Faith & Form/Interfaith Design International Awards for Religious Art & Architecture.

●  Call for entries: 2018 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards honoring outstanding and innovative architectural lighting design.

●  Call for entries: Interior Scholarship 2018/2019 - The AIT Scholarship by Sto Foundation (must be enrolled at a European university).

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  Farago cheers "The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830-1930" at NYC's Americas Society that "turns the clock back 100 years on six Latin American capitals," which "were laboratories for experiment and risk long before the International Style learned Spanish and Portuguese - they were already cities of dreams" (great pix!).

●  Bennun cheers "America's Cool Modernism: O'Keeffe to Hopper" at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, U.K.: "The most striking thing is the near-absence of the human figure. We see land and cityscapes, structures and objects - the America they show is one that has clearly risen in power and splendor, the colossus of the 20th century" (great images!).

●  Minutillo hails "Beauty's Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi": "only a few investigations have documented his work in English. Leslie fills out the picture in a consistently engaging manner," and "writes about complex structural elements with incredible ease and clarity while solidly establishing Nervi's place in architectural history."

●  "California Captured: Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Marvin Rand" is a "spectacular" book by Bills, Sam, Serraino: "Rand's interest was the structures themselves, rather than the lifestyle they embodied, and his talent was capturing their essence - his instincts produced pictures that continue to exceed expectations, even today" (fab photos!).

●  A gathering of "10 of the world's most unusual buildings" from "Amazing Architecture: A Spotter's Guide" (don't miss the guesthouse in Vietnam: "think of Gaudí and Tolkien dropping acid together" - indeed!).

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