Today’s News - Thursday, June 28, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: In honor of the 4th of July (and Canada Day July 1), we'll be partaking in a week-long celebration of independence - from the technology gods, keyboard, and inbox (well, we'll check that every now and then). To hold you over, Today's News is a bit longer than usual. We'll be back Tuesday, July 10.

●  ANN feature: Girl Uninterrupted: What's possible when you bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in architecture? Key takeaways from Boyadzhieva and Chun's illuminating equity survey findings.

●  Talbot takes a deep dive into U.K. Conservatives' fear that "urbanization will lead to a collapse of their voting base" - it won't, but "condemning us to a polluted, car-ridden sprawl as our cities lose the capacity to do business, will."

●  Jonathan Marvel "teams with Tesla and the hurricane-ravaged Caño Martín Peña community in Puerto Rico to rewrite the region's future - creating a blueprint for other regions around the world" (inspiration for the AIA Film Challenge - see Deadlines below).

●  Partial demolition of the Glasgow of School Art is "set to begin in days" following "a survey of the building that concluded that a sudden collapse was likely" (sigh).

●  Keegan weighs in on plans to build atop Chicago's Union Station: "The fact that this design has been publicly unveiled is an insult to Chicago's alleged position as a place that takes architecture seriously. It requires a complete do-over."

●  Twitter isn't loving the new Union Station design, either ("knee jerk reactions and pithy comments" - some funny, some thoughtful stuff!).

●  Pogrebin reports on the approval of the Frick's expansion plan by Selldorf Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle "amid criticism" (preservationist Grunewald called it "a vote for blandness").

●  Olson Kundig wins the international competition to design the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that will open his archive to the public for the first time.

●  Snøhetta is tapped to design Ford's research campuses in Detroit and Dearborn, including Michigan Central Station - the Beaux-Arts icon will be restored and redeveloped with workspaces, restaurants, retail, and housing.

●  It's a longgggg shortlist vying for World Architecture Festival/WAF World Building of the Year 2018 (536 projects!) - "Chinese practices entered more projects than any other country"; Australia not far behind.

●  Winners of the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 announced by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation ("YTAA 2018" on view in Venice).


●  Call for entries: AIA Film Challenge 2018: A Blueprint for Better (no fee!) + Short video "Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better" (for inspiration - see Marvel story above, too).

●  Call for entries (deadline extended!): Faith & Form/ID International Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards.

●  Call for entries: Carbuncle Cup 2018: annual award for Britain's worst building completed in the past 12 months.

Weekend diversions:

●  Kafka re: "The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture" in London: "Postmodernism is having its revisionist moment in the sun. Less impressive, however, is the glaring omission of women Postmodernists. Unfortunately this oversight reeks of an unwelcome Return of the Past."

●  Wainwright talks to Fujimoto re: his "curious creations" and "dreamy visions" on view in "Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future" in London ("Trash can be very liberating").

●  Venice Biennale: "Hyperloop Suburb: Reimagining the Dystopian Community": Louise Braverman's "speculative research focuses on reimagining suburban life - where the art of architecture and urban planning that is commonly applied to cities can be contextualized for smaller communities with different needs."

●  Venice Biennale: Minder talks to Pritzker winners of RCR Arquitectes, who "seem comfortable on the outskirts" of the Biennale, about "Dream and Nature" that "plunges the visitor into a Catalan landscape."

●  NYC's Governors Island debuts Hashimoto's two "incredible new art installations."

●  Also in NYC, the six League Prize 2018 winners debut site-specific installations that "both document their work and give form to their ideas in an era in which technology, science, and 'post-truths' coexist."

●  "SHENZHEN-ness: Space in Mutation" at Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin "provides an insight into the future" of the city and "the radical architectural, infrastructural, and social changes that are taking place."


●  Josh Stephens cheers Sennett's "Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City": it's "an intellectual romp - exhilarating and readable, but it is also demanding."

●  Anderton talks to Wainwright re: "Inside North Korea": He was taken by "'the sheer amount of color" in Pyongyang - "there is a less benign reason for the saccharine colors" + Korean-born Morphosis principal Eui-Sung Yi re: "how the hermit kingdom might look under a peace agreement."

●  Wainwright x 2: he offers a (wonderful) excerpt from "Inside North Korea": a "hipster dream of turquoise and millennial pink and kindergarten kitsch are used as an architectural anesthetic, the state's saccharine salve to infantilize its people and numb them to the abject realities of everyday life in the Hermit Kingdom" (with his own photos).

●  He explains seven of the most interesting projects he photographed.

●  Babendir re: Rush's "'Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore": she "reminds us of the human faces of the crisis - climate change is here and scary. There's a more important message: There are people out here who need help."

●  Bassili cheers Rush's "lyrical and fact-packed investigative effort, 'Rising,'" and her "tasteful and dynamic didactic language."

●  Excerpt from "Rising," Rush's "chilling new book": "Florida is about to be wiped off the map."


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