Today’s News - Thursday, August 23, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking a break next week, and will return Tuesday, September 4. We bid a not-so-fond farewell to a long, hot, wet, quaking, flooding, volcano-erupting, burning summer - or winter, depending on your hemisphere. (Is this what Chicken Little meant when crying: "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!??!)

●  Patel parses her research into gender pay gaps among British firms and finds that, "with a few honorable exceptions, practices aren't doing enough to address gender disparity - the profession could learn from the successes, and failings, of the NHS Agenda for Change."

●  Alter ponders "why it's so hard to get high quality, efficient and healthy buildings built these days" (value engineering and consultants who "relegate the architect to the role of exterior decorator"), and Wigglesworth, who "bravely discusses the problems with a recent project of hers."

●  Scharmen launches into a long look at "the shape of space," and "what the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries" (great images!).

●  Dibbs brings us eyefuls of Foster's Bloomberg HQ in London that "draws together impressive sustainability credentials and ingenious human-centered design strategies."

●  A great profile of young Cambodian architect/entrepreneur Hok Kang, who launched a real-estate development company to "show people that architecture matters and that architecture makes an impact. Say yes first and figure out how to do it later."

●  Misra talks to the experts about "risky' playgrounds making a comeback - the modern playground has become mind-numbingly standard-issue. Critics also argue that concerns about actual harm are overstated."

●  One we couldn't resist: Wilson brings us eyefuls of self-described "architect + procrastinator" @Robyniko's take on famous modernist homes getting "a horrifying Thomas Kinkade makeover" in the artist's "treacly, generic style. It's strange. It's wrong. And it's hilarious."

Deadlines and shortlists:

●  Call for entries: A|N 6th Annual Best of Design Awards.

●  Call for Proposals: Grants for the CCA's Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture, "a multidisciplinary research project on architecture's complex developments in sub-Saharan African countries after independence."

●  Dezeen Awards 2018 interiors shortlist "spotlights the best indoor spaces on the planet."

●  Dezeen Awards studios shortlist of "architects and designers competing to be named best established or emerging studios."

Weekend diversions:

●  Schleider explains why the "beautifully filmed and written" documentary "Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life" is "a journey worth taking" - architects and interior designers "are embracing biophilic design, and the results are extraordinarily beautiful and healthful."

●  A good reason to head to Copenhagen next week: CHART DESIGN "will present an exclusive selection of the top design galleries from the Nordic region," and FRAME, OPEN RESOURCE - pavilions by the five winning teams in the CHART Architecture Competition for young architects."

●  Marx, of Form4 Architecture, is inspired by Burning Man: "It serves to teach us about community and kindness. As architects and as citizens, we might benefit from embracing the concept of design value across a much broader spectrum than we currently permit," or "we may find ourselves to be irrelevant to the people we have pledged to serve."

●  Green brings us eyefuls of the gigantic (and wonderful!) trolls made of recycled wood now invading the Morton Arboretum, 25 miles west of Chicago, in "Troll Hunt," an "inspired exhibition" by Danish artist Thomas Dambo.

●  Sayer parses Zaha Hadid Architects' "Digital Turn" at The Building Centre, London, which "presents promise and peril of parametric design. While interesting and insightful - the most recent ZHA projects still feel like a vision of the future from the 1990s"; "when coupled with derisory remarks from Schumacher," the show "leaves a bitter taste in the mouth" (a "welcome palate cleanser can be found" in Hannah Rozenberg's show).

●  Beesley "unpacks the science behind his current Royal Ontario Museum" show, "Transforming Space," an "experiential, futuristic forest embedded with artificial intelligence that can learn, adapt" - which "allows us to suggest what next-century architecture - our future environment - might be like" (fab photos).


●  Murphy pairs "eight films with four sets of readings - each examining a different type of 'space' women might occupy in the cinema as well as contemporary life."

●  An excerpt from Gee's "Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon" + Q&A re: his film "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles."

●  Waldek wades into Gordon's "Arquitectonica": "the groundbreaking architectural firm has been eschewing a formal design theory in favor of simply designing beautiful buildings."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Weinstein welcomes two new books: Frampton's new edition of Kengo Kuma's works, and Franklin and Till's "Radical Matter," a global survey of novel thinking about sustainable materials, offer new slants on how materials matter.


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