Today’s News - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

●  King makes the case for Washington D.C.'s flat skyline: He sees "this feature as one of the city's defining physical traits - in a good way, not bad - the rigid status quo prods architects to make the best of a confining situation"; though some efforts "are earnest but incompetent. Some have an air of desperation. Some ooze cynicism" (now we know why we haven't seen his byline for a spell - he's currently a Mellon Fellow in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks in D.C.!).

●  The fascinating tale of how Station F, a former railway shed, has "transformed Paris into the start-up capital of France" (the "start-up nation") as an incubator for 3,000 entrepreneurs and businesses (including Facebook, L'Oréal, and Microsoft - co-living coming soon!).

●  Move over, Hudson Yards: Chakrabarti's PAU is tapped to lead an impressive team (Ratti is the project's "futurist"!) to transform a 180-acre active rail yard in western Queens, NY, into the Sunnyside Yard development - all while keeping the trains running.

●  Bernstein, meanwhile, continues his Immigrant Stories series with a great profile of Chakrabarti, the "India-born architect and urban theorist" who is "one of the world's most imaginative thinkers on how architecture can be used to improve cities."

●  Wells delves into how Copenhagen, "one of the most diverse cities in Europe," is grappling with "constructing diversity from the ground up" as it builds new neighborhoods - from the ground up.

●  Glancey at his most eloquent tells the fascinating tale of how Rockefeller Center, "a soaring symbol of optimism in the dark days of the 1930s," came about: It "remains a model of modern urban planning - an unscarred architectural mountain range set among the cavernous ravines and gullies of Midtown's streets and avenues."

●  Flynn considers whether open source architecture is for everyone: "Proponents say it could solve the global housing crisis. The reality is a little more complicated."

●  Tunkey explores "the genius, heart, and humility" of Pritzker-winner B.V. Doshi by talking with the Indian architect's former student and employee, and now friend, Jitendra Vaidya: his "work is not obviously sexy - it's not 'Instagramable'" - more importantly, it is "an antidote for much of what afflicts contemporary academic and professional architecture."

●  A look at "the rise of 'risky' playground design" that includes deliberately-placed "exposed nails and steep drops": the Brits "are embracing the idea that purposeful risky play promotes resilience and builds more self-reliant young people - children learn what to fear and not to fear" - and it's coming to U.S. (with link to detailed NYT story).

●  SOM and James Corner Field Operations, the master-plan team behind Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus, are crossing the Hudson and teaming up again for Princeton University's Lake Campus Master Plan project.

●  Kamin reports on Calatrava's Chicago comeback - "on a much smaller scale" - a red, riverfront sculpture: "Although it will be far shorter than the proposed Chicago Spire, it will have a twist of its own."

●  Schwab parses a "remarkable new study" that "documents the experiences of women in an open office designed by men": open-plan spaces are "subtly sexist."

●  A good reason to head to Ottawa, Canada, next week: 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference: "Designing Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods."

●  A good reason to head to Kaliningrad, Russia, next week: Strelka Institute/Government of the Russian Federation's Living Environment: All About Housing Forum (an impressive line-up of speakers).

●  A good reason to plan to be in the U.A.E. next year: the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial, with a look at what the Triennial means for the Middle East.

Winners & Deadlines for future winners:

●  Bozikovic cheers the 12 winners of RAIC's 2018 Governor-General's Medal.

●  Call for entries: Public Toilets Revolution in Suichang, China - Top 5 will be built (no fee and cash prizes - but registration deadline looms!).

●  Call for entries & applications: "Human Impact on Landscape and Living Spaces" Young Photographer Award 2018 | Residency in Austria 2019 (no fee - must between 20 and 35).


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