Today’s News - Tuesday, September 4, 2018

●  Piano wants to help rebuild the Morandi Bridge in his home town of Genoa: "While it was too early to talk about the design of a new bridge, he said, 'One thing for sure is that it must be beautiful - not in the sense of cosmetics but in conveying a message of truth and pride.'"

●  Grabar visits Houston on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey: "Human construction now decides where the floods go - an astounding 85% of voters approved a $2.5 billion bond issue to fight flooding - a testament to how deep an impression the storm has left."

●  Mortice reports on a Think Tank discussion in Chicago that explored how "landscape may be architects' best tool for tackling inequality."

●  Shaver looks into how landscape architects are "building on decades of working to separate pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles" when designing streetscapes to "thwart a terrorist attack" while keeping "public spaces feeling open."

●  A lot of Londoners are none too pleased with the "creeping privatization" of public spaces by bigger and more frequent festivals and events, which "highlights the pressure councils are under to generate income under austerity - financial gain being prioritized over community benefit."

●  Murray ponders what cities would look like "if they were designed by mothers" or pensioners or teenagers, instead of by "overwhelmingly male and pale" architects. "Architecture's lack of diversity shows in environments created by people who never need step-free access or to take a bus."

●  Bambury cheers this summer's RAIC Festival of Architecture in Saint John, New Brunswick, but "one event stands out - the official launch of the Atlantic chapter of Building Equality in Architecture" that looks "to move beyond past grievances and focus our efforts on the present and the future."

●  A "vast new city" could rise on L.A.'s northern edges: Backers say the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch could be "a solution for the region's housing crunch"; planners and environmentalists argue otherwise (a 4-1 vote moved the project forward - now headed to a final vote).

●  ArcSpace brings us Wells' report on BIG's foray into designing a Virgin Hyperloop One system in the UAE: "Radical innovation requires radical collaboration."

●  Diaz reports on Dubai's new mandate for "all new buildings be 25% 3D printed by 2025 - the aspiration is wildly ambitious - if not laughably so. The question is whether this is doable at all."

●  Brussat cheers the "dynamic duo" of Salingaros and Mehaffy receiving the 2018 Clem Labine Award: "Nikos and Michael, keep on pushing! You are bringing many others along with you" (with link to great, in-depth profile of the duo's "championing the art and science of beautiful places" by Ruhling in Traditional Building magazine).

Culture, culture everywhere!

●  Lamster considers MASS Design Group's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama: "The single greatest work of 21st century American architecture will break your heart - possessed of a sense of fearsome awe" - and his thoughtful take on its environs.

●  Kennicott considers Phifer's soon-to-open Pavilions for the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland: "This museum doesn't want Instagram or crowds. It is self-consciously a museum built in the spirit of the nascent 'slow art' movement."

●  Wainwright x 2: He explores the "ethereal underworld" of the Amos Rex art museum, Helsinki's "colossal new art bunker," where "bulging white mounds rear up out of the ground" - a "curious landscape of humps and funnels" that "signals the vast subterranean space beneath a former bus station parking lot."

●  He cheers Assemble's Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art - "a glowing DIY labyrinth. It was a risk to put this gallery in the hands of a radical architecture collective - but it has paid off," transforming "the boiler house and laundry rooms of a Victorian bath house into a beguiling new gallery complex."

●  Moore x 2: He cheers Featherstone Young's Ty Pawb, or "People's House," in Wales: A covered market in Wrexham now includes a new exhibition and performance space - "it is welcoming, animated, open, unpretentious and multifarious, while also calm and dignified. If this can't bring art and everyday life together, I don't know what will."

●  His take on RSHP's Macallan distillery and visitor center that offers "whisky and spectacle galore - a suitably subtle blend of hi-tech and theater" (and pipes - "rarely can the practice have had so much license to have so much fun with them").

●  One we couldn't resist: Diaz parses Burning Man: the "installations are especially crazy this year - at the center of this New Age spectacle, there's the Man himself" - the effigy will go up in flames today (you can link to the official live stream!).


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