Today’s News - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're b-a-a-ck! After a lovely (if scorching-hot!) break, there's lots of catching up to do!

●  Hopkirk parses the "strong arguments on both sides of the Mac debate, but the case for rebuilding the Glasgow School of Art has the edge," and offers a few reasons that "make the case for reconstruction more compelling."

●  Chipperfield "leads calls for the Mac to be rebuilt": "The issue is going to be money" (check out comments, too!).

●  Kamin says Chicago is "only stuck with the lousy Union Station design if we fail to rethink it. Here are three alternatives to that looming mess" (also called a "fourth-rate design" - ouch!).

●  Descendants of the founder of the Girl Scouts and the TCLF want the organization to abandon its landscape renovation plans for its HQ in Savannah, designed in the mid-1950s by Clermont Lee, the first registered woman landscape architect in Georgia: "It's not just her work, but her story as a woman making it in the middle part of the last century."

●  Walker takes issue with those who use "derision and ridicule" to stereotype others who choose alternatives to sitting "behind tinted safety glass and one-ton steel cages to get around - the term 'cyclists,' in particular, has become weaponized."

●  Lange x 2: she ponders the preponderance of parks and public spaces above ground level: "Sky this, sky that. But every story they rise above ground level makes that visible public good less accessible" (though "not all skythings are bad").

●  She cheers the makeover of the Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis: Saarinen's "Arch is perfect. What lay at its feet was the problem" - the "megaproject offers a succinct and positive statement of where we are today in city-building. Public. Accessible. Local. Landscape."

●  Capps parses the winning design for Washington, DC's National Native American Veterans Memorial, designed by artist and Arapaho and Cheyenne Marine Corps veteran Harvey Pratt: the "Warriors' Circle of Honor" doesn't "highlight a specific conflict, but rather an entire people."

●  McGlone, meanwhile, considers why "it takes so long for memorials to be built in Washington. The process's unpredictable zig and zag" is particularly evident in the debate over the proposed National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial.

●  Wainwright reports from Ramallah re: the West Bank's new arts center that has opened "against huge odds": Spanish architects Donaire Arquitectos "have brought a refined Andalusian sensibility to the arid site," and "pulled off an impressive feat - it is alien enough to stand out, while doing so with modesty" ("We cannot be Zaha Hadid here").

●  Moore hails London Wall Place - the city's "neglected postwar 'streets in the air' have been opened up" and "are more playful and dramatic than the rational originals" (and Make's "most inspired moment to date").

●  Still in London, Heatherwick and SPPARC unveil their £700m expansion plans for the Olympia exhibition center that will "add swathes of new office, hotel and leisure space."

●  Middleton mulls millennials: Their demands "should be listened to because they reflect what other staff want too - should we not be considering the ways in which our businesses and the glacial pace of our profession could be adapted to appeal to this new generation of architects?"

●  Kafka cheers the just-ended London Festival of Architecture: "Feminist approaches to architectural history, practice, and theory played a particularly strong part. LFA must double down on its support for these more radical projects and work harder to amplify the voices of those often still missing from these conversations" (and an "uncomfortable truth" about his own relationship to the profession).

●  Budds offers highlights from the Architecture Lobby's "Think-In" at the AIA confab: "#MeToo hit architecture. Now what?"

●  RIBA goes to war with presidential candidate Elsie Owusu with a "cease and desist" letter "to prevent her making 'damaging public statements' about the institute" (but claims it's not a gag order).

●  Beamon has a great Q&A with Owusu re: "her contentious campaign, her vision for RIBA's future, and her own nimble practice."

●  Meanwhile, a "trailblazer group" of 20 British firms "has developed apprenticeship standards in a bid to improve the link between academic and on-the-job training - a potential route to boosting" diversity (sounds like a win-win for all!).

●  Zara offers a round-up of a few fellowship programs that are "paving the way for the future of architecture - and a look at where their graduates end up."

●  Premiering tonight on PBS: "10 That Changed America": the new season "takes viewers on a cross-country road trip to learn the back stories behind ten streets, monuments and modern marvels that transformed the nation."


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