Today’s News - Wednesday, August 8, 2018

●  Thorpe explains how "viewing cities like bodies can help reduce environmental impact" by "using citizen engagement and open source data," and gets into some interesting initiatives: "The greatest gap in mainstreaming urban metabolism is the need to link studies and action to public policies."

●  Rochecouste, "a place-making visionary for decades," delves into the "rise of 'regenerative' built environments": "Place is the new green, place is the new black - it's a sexy story to sell."

●  Keskeys gets Precht, Adjaye, and Gottesman to explain why "rumors of the death of vernacular architecture have been greatly exaggerated."

●  100 Resilient Cities and the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission release "ReImagina Puerto Rico Report," which "outlines 97 concrete recommendations to rebuild in a way that makes the island physically, economically, and socially resilient in the long run."

●  Cozens delves into CPTED, and how "designed features can make cities safer, but getting it wrong can be plain frightening," becoming "hostile or defensive architecture" ("coin-operated benches with retractable spikes" - yikes!).

●  Bliss cheers a short film that "reveals the inner workings of Barcelona's celebrated - and controversial - street revamps - a 40-acre, tic-tac-toe" superblock that has "shot the Catalonian capital to the cutting edge of urban design."

●  Possibly coming to a street near you: Carlo Ratti Associati and Sidewalk Labs are developing the "Dynamic Street" - a modular system that "aims to make streets safer and more accessible to pedestrians."

●  Betsky x 2 (both with his own fab photos): He finds "marvels of the mundane" at OMA's Prada Foundation in Milan: when the firm works "on a labor of love such as this, the results are astounding" (with some minor quibbles).

●  He also makes a pilgrimage to Rossi's 1970s Gallaratese housing project in Milan: "When I first saw it, it seemed both wrong and seductive" - nothing "completely explains the beauty of a building that should not work, that does so many things wrong, and yet still takes your breath away."

●  Pasnik, co-author of "Heroic," defends Brutalist buildings: "They were actually envisioned as being monumental symbols of how important the civic realm was" (with link to his and Grimley's op-ed "Trump can't stand brutalism. The feeling is mutual." in the Boston Globe).

●  Gumusyan of GGA Architecture takes in "the beauty and brutality of New York City's skyline: In New York," and considers "the tale of two buildings" - Nouvel's 53W53 and Bunschaft's 9W57: they're "works of art that we can experience just by looking up. But at what cost?" (there is a silver lining).

●  Foreman takes us on a foray to "dreamland cities in the air, floating villages and forest-like structures envisioned by the forward-thinking 'Metabolic' architects of the past."

●  Metropolis surveys 80 industry professionals to come up with "10 Powerhouse Design Cities of 2018. The results turned up the usual suspects as well as some unexpected newcomers" (coming soon: "10 buzzing cultural hubs and ten inspirational cities").

●  One we couldn't resist: "Seth Rogen is now the voice of public transit in Vancouver and Toronto. Which celebrity should voice your city's transit announcements?" (Lily Tomlin or HAL 9000, perhaps?)

A deadline, an impressive shortlist, miles of awards, and World Architecture Day poster competition winner:

●  Call for entries: RFQ: Open, international design competition for 0.8 acres in downtown Winnipeg, to include an affordable housing complex, a public market building and a plaza (big cash prizes!).

●  Six international teams in the running to design a $2 billion mixed-use tower development in Melbourne's Southbank (lots of pix).

●  Eyefuls of the winners in 98 categories taking home the 6th Annual Architizer A+Awards.

●  The winner and runners-up in the competition to design the official poster for World Architecture Day on October 1, appropriately titled "Architecture...for a better world!" (very cool).


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