Today’s News - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

●  ANN feature: Julie D. Taylor: Venice in Three Parts - Part 1: As a first-timer to La Biennale di Venezia, I was awed, delighted, and enchanted at the spectacle of architecture in so many expressions.

●  Hawthorne delves into Venturi's complex legacy: "Even as he ushered in a freer, less doctrinaire architectural culture, he helped pave the way for a white, male, and clubby profession to close ranks against the outside world, and grow clubbier still."

●  Chakrabarti says "many modern cities feel cold, austere, and anonymous. He advocates for designing more vibrant and inclusive cities that are reminiscent of the scale of older cities" (with link to TED's Building Humane Cities series).

●  Budds takes a deep dive into WXY's new master plan for the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard that "is reinventing architecture - no precedents for the type of building the Navy Yard needed existed, so the architects went to the drawing board."

●  Oatman-Stanford delves into "how San Francisco planned its own housing crisis. Few realize how profoundly the city's physical form has been shaped by its planning department, whose best intentions have been overshadowed by efforts to appease the city's wealthy, well-connected homeowners" (fascinating read).

●  Toronto approves BIG's "pixileted complex" that Ingels refers to as "Habitat 2.0" (an ode to Safdie's Habitat 67).

●  Schwab parses a factory building in India "designed to flood" with a ground-level "void" that doubles "as a recreational area when the monsoon rains stop."

●  Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation taps Winstanley Architects & Planners as the executive architect - once a site has been selected (hopefully on the National Mall), "the firm will kick off a design competition."

●  Concerned architects form the Pro Paimio Committee "to appeal to any future owners to commit to preserving the original architecture, interiors, and furnishings" of Aalto's iconic Paimio Sanatorium (link to petition).

●  Brussat cheers Justin Shubow of the National Civic Art Society, "one of the nation's most talented advocates for beauty," being appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts: "The world of classical architecture, allied with the intergalactic universe of beauty, will be pulling for you."

●  The World Architecture Festival announced the WAFX Prizes 2018 on World Architecture Day (yesterday) - the 10 winners address "the world's most pressing ecological and societal challenges."

●  In honor of World Architecture Day 2018, ArchDaily editors pick their favorite stories and projects, such as "50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know"; "What it Means to Build Without Bias: Questioning the Role of Gender in Architecture"; "What It's Like to be an Architect who Doesn't Design Buildings" (and more!).

●  A look at "how the VR headsets used for gaming are changing the architecture industry. Something that was once viewed as a pricey luxury is being used at architectural firms of all sizes."

●  Abdolhamidi parses "an ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind: Iran's wind catchers," which "can reduce indoor temperatures by around 10 degrees" (though their "origin is a subject of dispute between Iran and Egypt").

●  One we couldn't resist: Re-imagining the Empire State Building in 9 Different Architectural Styles (we'll keep the original).


●  Call for entries: 66th Annual Progressive Architecture - P/A Awards.

●  Call for entries (registration deadline looms!): City of Dreams Pavilion 2019 (the pavilion will be on Roosevelt Island next year).

●  Call for entries: Developer Request for Qualifications/RFQ for Hazelwood Green, a 178-acre former steel mill site in Pittsburgh, PA.


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