Today’s News - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

●  Hosey pens an eloquent and heartfelt tribute to his friend and classmate Constance Adams, the space architect and "design outlaw" whose work "broke the law of gravity - she redefined the concept of 'universal design.'"

●  Goldberger offers a thoughtful take "inside the fight to build the Lucas Museum" - and the "futuristic flamboyance" of Ma Yansong's design: "given its history, it might just as well be called the Flying Dutchman" -.

●  A fascinating look at what went into creating Flight 93 National Memorial's massive chime tower that "will feature chimes on a scale unseen anywhere else in the world" - with links to chime simulation and live webcam (definitely worth a listen!).

●  King x 2: He cheers plans to revamp San Francisco's Civic Center: "it's heartening that the city now is working to enliven the landscape - embarking on its most ambitious effort yet to rethink the public realm for the district as a whole."

●  He gives (mostly) thumbs-up to SF's "new, brash" tower: Heller Manus's 181 Fremont, "with the troublesome exception of an ill-treated public plaza, seems almost frisky. There's an odd mix of swashbuckling big moves and fussy small ones. The upside is that there's nothing formulaic, unlike some of the glassy neighbors."

●  Tchikine takes a deep - and fascinating - dive into the histories and changing attitudes about Rome's fountains: Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and a Fendi fashion show "underscore the uneasy relationship between historic fountains and their modern audiences" - are they "utilitarian structures or mere ornaments; works of sculpture or architecture?" (fab photos and archival drawings!)

●  Sam Jacob Studio is tapped to design the new Cartoon Museum in London, which "heralds a new, more public-facing phase for the institution" ("fun and vibrancy" included).

●  Eyefuls of a new double-helix exhibition center in China - an irregular spiral that recalls the structure of DNA.

●  Thistleton warns that the U.K. "would go from world leader to backwater" if a proposed combustibles ban goes through - it "could spell end of CLT" (cross-laminated timber).

●  Mortice, on a brighter note, explains why stadiums made of wood could be the next big thing in sports architecture: "Endlessly modular and made of ultralow-impact mass timber" would make them "less a hallowed temple of sport and more a casual and mutable community resource."

●  Inspired by traditional shotgun houses, Process Architecture designs houses in Orlando for recovering drug addicts: an Aspire House had to cost under $200,000 each, be low-maintenance, and fully accessible.

●  If "prefab houses were once the 'Holy Grail' of design - why aren't there more of them?"

●  NBBJ "teamed up with a brain scientist to draw up a better office space design - while some of the neuroscience tips were already part of architects' thinking, many of the ideas were new."

●  Wilkins explains why "looking at buildings can actually give people headaches" (it's an urban jungle out there).

●  Salingaros & Masden ponder Christopher Alexander and the "criteria for an intelligent architecture - ask the question: does this building make me feel more or less alive?" (or does it bring on a headache?).

Winners and finalists abound:

●  Christian de Portzamparc takes home the 2018 Praemium Imperiale in Architecture.

●  Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni wins the inaugural Royal Academy Dorfman Award for promising architects.

●  Teams from Spain, Malaysia, and Budapest win the Kemeri National Park Observation Tower competition.

●  Eyefuls of the top three entries in the Revolution of Dignity Museum competition in Kiev, hailing from Berlin, Kiev, and Paris.

●  Finalists in the Detroit Institute of Arts and Midtown Detroit, Inc. competition to reimagine the campus that connects 12 iconic Detroit cultural institutions hail from Paris, Boston, and Minneapolis.


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