Today’s News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

●  Jessel parses U.K.'s gender pay gap data, "the blunt instrument that could smash architecture's glass pyramid," though "the apparently dispiriting figures have been sidelined by a wider debate focusing more on what the data does not tell us - the government's 'name and shame' approach does not reflect the wider issues in the industry."

●  Brown, Pojani & Wardale, from Down Under, parse "sexism and the city, and how urban planning has failed women" and "affects all other 'vulnerable group' considerations": "Patriarchy in city planning is not just a failure of society - it is a failure of the imagination - we need to imagine entirely new ways of ordering our cities."

●  Cooke delves into how Mexico City's urban innovation lab tackles the "impossible possible" city's challenges: "the Laboratorio has rounded into its final year of existence," and "its sprawling initiatives are bearing concrete results."

●  On a less optimistic note, "pedestrians are dying in Phoenix; advocates blame city's street design - a series of bureaucratic hurdles have stalled the implementation of 'Complete Streets' design guidelines" approved last July, but never enacted.

●  On a brighter note: six firms offer redevelopment concepts for 40 acres in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley that could "make the Menomonee River a recreation destination," and provide a link to "the buzzing 3rd Ward neighborhood."

●  Hume cheers plans by the Royal Ontario Museum to "take community engagement to the street" and "do its bit for Toronto's public realm."

●  It looks like Heatherwick's Pier 55 in NYC is back on track, "after a year of feuds, cancellations, and dramatic revivals" - and "last-minute mediation," though "outside factors might still be able to throw the Pier's construction off track yet again."

●  Nemo reports on new research intended to "make green roofs more biodiverse" by "choosing unpredictability - it may be more ecologically rewarding than plopping down proven species" (with some useful links).

●  Rinaldi offers a rave review of H3/ Semple Brown's "shiny new" arts center in Colorado Springs that "arrives with all the optimism that forward-thinking architecture can deliver" - it is "the revolution that architects can start when they understand their job is to lead clients to create audacious buildings that act out, sing loud and show off."

●  Sisson says MASS Design Group's new National Memorial to Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, "reach for truth and reconciliation" and "show architecture's power to confront, and learn from, the past."

●  McKnight walks us through KPMB's update of a gothic-style academic building at Princeton University.

●  New images of RSH+P's 3 World Trade Center that will be ready for its close-up in June.

●  Pittsburgh architect Roth pens a plea to the Post-Gazette to "credit the architect when writing about buildings and development. Buildings don't design themselves. The public needs to be educated about what we do and how it impacts daily life" and "readers deserve to know who is shaping our built world."

●  Piedmont-Palladino is struck by an ad showing "an aspirational view into a starchitect-designed residence" with "the fine print in the corner of the page: 'This is an actual photograph'" - should we be troubled to learn it's a photo and not a rendering or "troubled because we cannot tell the difference?" (great read).

One we couldn't resist:

●  Wainwright has a barking good time parsing the "mutts-have pooch palaces concocted by dog-loving architects" for tomorrow's BowWow Haus pet charity auction (you're mutt-see of the day!).


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