Today’s News - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: The RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 winner is about to be announced in London - but we must post now (rats!).

●  Walker wins most depressing/scary/hopeful headline of the week (decade?): "Cities have 15 months left to slow climate change, says new report: Dramatic action is required by 2020"; the hopeful part: "27 cities are proving it's possible."

●  Editors at Curbed and Eater examine "developments unique to six American cities - what they have in common is a distinctly American problem": reconciling "economic growth with neighborhoods that are equitable for all. If you build it, will they come? If they come, who will have to leave?

●  Brooke weighs in on whether there really is a shortage of land in Hong Kong: "Not if what there is already were utilized smartly" - policy measures must be put in place "that are in the best interest of the general public and the long term prosperity" of the city.

●  Moore explores a sticky question: "Is far-right ideology twisting the concept of 'heritage' in German architecture? Two restoration projects are raising fears that the idea of 'tradition' is being hijacked - the defense of the political neutrality of architecture is wearing thin" (a fascinating read!).

●  Kapur parses Poland's "faded" Brutalist architecture, now "being given a second look, and a new life - there's a fresh appetite for an aesthetic that, in its idealized form at least, emphasizes austerity and egalitarianism."

●  In Lebanon, Niemeyer's unfinished Tripoli International Fair (landscaped by Burle Marx) may become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

●  Controversy continues to swirl around the planned dismantling of VSBA's addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego so it can expand: "The museum will have more money for the galleries if they listen and keep the old entrance," sayeth Scott Brown.

●  Menking mulls the Venice Architecture Biennale as it "turns away from the digital - it fails to recognize the degree to which contemporary urban space is a result of digital technology and computation" (and technologists "are apoplectic" about "postmodernism's reemergence").

●  Wainwright weighs in on how Ferris wheels "became the ultimate must-have city accessory. But these great circles in the sky don't always go to plan" (in China, one completed but unopened is "looming on the skyline like an abandoned Dyson fan").

●  Capps is quite taken by Phifer's "enchanting expansion" of the Glenstone Museum in Maryland: The new Pavilions building "provides a sublime viewing experience" in a "sylvan backdrop - a forested meadow to make art sing."

●  Ai Weiwei's first U.S. building "is an artful block of concrete" in Los Angeles for the United Talent Agency (which represents him): "In a very meta relationship, he transformed a former diamond tooling factory into the agency's new exhibition space."

●  TCLF continues its efforts to save Clermont Lee's 1950s Savannah garden that Girl Scouts USA wants to change (at least they "hope to hire a female landscape architect").

●  Dickinson tackles PR and architecture: Design for the client, not the image: "It is hard to resist the ego stroke of your image on another's page - but that result often pollutes the profession."

●  One we couldn't resist: Kenya's first African Chief Architect reveals that, in the 1960s, he "was inspired by a donkey's penis in designing" the Kenyatta International Conference Centre" (we kid you not).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Taylor's Venice in Three Parts: As a first-timer to La Biennale di Venezia; There are immersive experiences, artistic expressions, and marketing efforts. Guess which are most satisfying; There are treasures and treats to be found beyond the confines of the Giardini.


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