Today’s News - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

●  Lange makes the case for ending the "architect profile" and "perpetuating the myth of the lone genius - a fiction: that one man (or Zaha) does it all. Whither the boring architect who just likes to work? What about a more soft-spoken collaborator? Great architecture can be made by those who fail to charm."

●  Jolliffe ponders why "the best thing the Venice Biennale could do is leave Venice - tourism is slowly choking the last of the life left" in the city - "leaving a city-shaped heritage theme park - should architects be complicit in contributing to the decline of this architectural jewel of a city?"

●  Quito x 2: She uses eVolo's Skyscraper Competition as the jumping-off point to ponder the value of "architecture fiction": "writing about these conjectural designs as if they were actual proposals is propagating misinformation. When taken out of context, fictional buildings are essentially a form of fake news, or clickbait at the very least."

●  She's less than enthralled with Adjaye's new Spyscape museum in NYC that "perfectly captures how boring espionage has become," including "an altar to the museum's martyr: Edward Snowden - its true hero is an IT guy" (that it "feels like a slick, heavily branded video arcade" is "hardly the architect's fault").

●  Bucknell takes a deep and thoughtful dive into why Snøhetta's "A House to Die In," a "luminescent, UFO-like living sculpture," is "Norway's most controversial" and "buzzed-about building, and why the controversy cuts so deep into Norwegian culture" (even though the third iteration is smaller, and "once inward-facing delights are now extroverted").

●  Saffron x 2: The first 1/4-mile leg of Philadelphia's Reading Viaduct Rail Park is almost ready for its close-up, but the challenges facing completing the 3-mile (mostly) elevated park "go beyond money. What the park will need most as it forges ahead are the dreamers who can keep its vision alive."

●  She considers the possible sad fate of yet another "ornate" and "distinctive" Philadelphia church facing the wrecking ball to make way for an apartment building: "It is more than dazzling architecture that makes Christ Memorial stand out."

●  The sad tale of KieranTimberlake's "blighted Make It Right home to be demolished after standing vacant, half-repaired for two years": The NYT "called the development 'Brad Pitt's Gifts to New Orleans.' But this house tells a different story" (H/T to Brussat/Architecture Here and There).

●  Meyer, on a brighter note, tours Sugimoto's Enoura Observatory, which he designed for his Odawara Art Foundation: "a visit is not so much about seeing his photos, but about his latest ambition of becoming an architect - and landscape architect. He displays a lot of talent" (with Ulf's own photos to prove it).

●  Stathaki talks to Frida Escobedo about her 2018 Serpentine Pavilion: "A courtyard design that unites Britain and Mexico via a journey through space and time; an emerging Mexican architect; the youngest ever participant, and indeed only the second female one, after Zaha Hadid; there are many reasons to sit up and take notice."

●  The Royal College of Art's Myerson explains why he believes that data and "real-time real estate" are "the key to understanding tomorrow's workplace design - the workplace is no longer a dumb container for work. It is intelligent and predictive" - and "will become part of a bigger community space."

●  Speaking of technology, Christensen explains how he uses "architectural biometrics," similar to facial recognition, on buildings "to unlock architectural secrets" of late 19th-century railway stations across Canada and the Ottoman Empire to find the "figurative fingerprints" left by the on-site construction supervisors, engineers, and workers.

●  Garfield parses a one-bedroom house prototype designed by WATG being built on a Chattanooga campus using Branch Technology's 3D-printing robots (Branch Tech is also developing methods for constructing habitats on Mars for NASA).

●  Diaz delves into what went into making Laarman's 3D-printed steel bridge to span an Amsterdam canal - "a process that seemed as simple as wheeling the printer to the edge of the canal and hitting 'print.' It wasn't actually that easy."

●  Call for entries: Rethinking The Future Global Architecture and Design Awards 2018 (early-bird registration deadline looms!).

Winners (and hopefuls) all!

●  DS+R and Liz Diller make Time Magazine's TIME 100 annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

●  An impressive list of winners make BD's Architect of the Year 2018: Carmody Groarke "crowned" with top honors; Young Architect of the Year Award is "scooped" by Clancy Moore.

●  Also on the other side of the Big Pond: 6 emerging practices are shortlisted for the 2019 Dulwich Pavilion outside John Soane's Dulwich Picture Gallery: "We're living is such chaotic, confusing times; what's astonishing is the confidence and optimism this generation is showing in making sense and giving form to the future," sayeth Dyckhoff (no images - yet).

●  Must-reads and a must-see take home the Society of Architectural Historians' 2018 SAH Publication Awards and the SAH Award for Film and Video.


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