Today’s News - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

●  Obituary: French Modernist Paul Andreu, 80: "the architect, designer, engineer, painter, and writer wore many hats."

●  Sitz parses selected findings in Arch Record's harassment and gender bias survey in a post-#MeToo world: "Overall, about two-thirds felt the profession is moving too slowly. But the broader cultural awakening does leave some feeling hopeful" (click "Yesterday's News" for ENR's take on the survey results in the construction industry).

●  Wainwright seems to have mixed feelings about Mecanoo's arts venue (the biggest on Earth) in Taiwan: "Looking like the colossal love child of a container ship and a whale, writhing above the treetops - by turns galumphing and graceful" (and "a rather bleak, monotonous feeling " in the foyer spaces).

●  Kamin, on the other hand, gives two thumbs-ups to Ando's Wrightwood 659, "his quietly brilliant repurposing" of an old Lincoln Park apartment building into "a dazzling gallery" and "Chicago's newest architectural jewel," now hosting "an illuminating show" pairing Ando and Le Corbusier.

●  Snøhetta wins the competition to design the new El Paso Children's Museum that will be "lifted off the ground to preserve public space and an interactive garden below" (partner and managing director Elaine Molinar is thrilled to have a project in her home town).

●  Poons reports on Houston's data-driven approach to "help it distribute recovery funds more fairly" to Hurricane Harvey's "overlooked victims - next step is to use the data and work with grassroots organizations on the ground" (not all are convinced the report will actually be of much help).

●  Capps minces no words in his take on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's new "feel-good photoblog" called "Humans of HUD": "Even though the stories are aiming for inspirational, this parade of people set off my alarms - both in terms of what stories the department is telling and what stories it isn't."

●  Ahead of court hearing, we (finally) get to see previously confidential designs and locations for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago by Gang, Adjaye, and DS+R - it "appears to be a proactive (albeit somewhat last minute) move to show greater transparency."

●  Birnbaum takes issue with Obama Center advocates who "distort arguments against building in Jackson Park" by making "false statements about those opposed to the confiscation of public parkland - perhaps it's time to ask OPC/Obama Foundation representatives why public parkland must be confiscated" instead of using vacant or city-owned land or land owned by the University of Chicago.

●  A look at how some architects are rethinking office building design in Washington, DC, a city suffering from "glass box fatigue."

●  Kwun considers Microsoft bringing WZMH Architects to its global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, and "what it could mean for the future of buildings" by embedding IoT into the built environment.

●  Foster and other notable names "suspend participation" on the advisory board of NEOM, Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity in light of the "mounting global pressure to investigate what really happened" to Washington Post journalist Khashoggi.

●  At a panel debate titled "Is it time to end Archi-speak?" one architect "ticked off peers for 'deceptive' tactics" that "try to conceal uncomfortable facts about projects"; Ijeh, meanwhile, "suggested architects felt they had to use academic words to be taken seriously."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Edward McGraw: Building Abundance: Creating abundance is more than sustainability or resilience, and should be a driving force in architecture.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature (deadline looms!): rise in the city 2018: Call for mentors (no fee; deadline: October 31!) and sponsors for an international student competition to design affordable housing in the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa.

Two we couldn't resist:

●  Barcelona's Antoni Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia agrees to a €36 million payment "after building for 136 years with no permit" - the funds will go towards infrastructure projects.

●  AD talks to pros about 10 fictional architects in film and TV, and whether "these characters could really cut it in the real world" (Mike Brady and Howard Roark included - we pity poor Wilbur Post and his talking horse Mr. Ed).

Winners (and almost winners) all:

●  RAIC's 2018 National Urban Design Awards honor 12 projects in nine communities that "reflect a range of ideas about reclaiming and enhancing public space while addressing challenges such as urban density, environmental sustainability, and affordability."

●  Shepley Bulfinch and Joel Sanders each takes home a 2018 AIA Innovation Awards for "new practices and technologies that will further enable project delivery and enhance data-centric methodologies in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle."

●  An Australian team led by NH Architecture wins the 2018 Land Art Generator [LAGI 2018] design competition with "Light Up" for Melbourne's St Kilda Triangle, Seattle-based Olson Kundig came in second.

●  Studio Cadena's "Happy," a "shimmering yellow sculpture," wins Van Alen Institute's Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday competition.

●  Four of BD's Architect of the Year winners picked to develop designs for the retail and commercial center of the Allies & Morrison masterplan for Canada Water, a £4 billion regeneration project in south east London.

●  The Library of Congress and National Park Service announce the winner of the 2018 Holland Prize for a historic building, structure, or landscape drawing - a survey drawing of Daniel Chester French's studio.


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