Today’s News - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

●  Kubey's introduction to "Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity," a 17-essay volume, is a must-read: "In exceptional cases, architects around the world are bringing their unique expertise to bear on complex housing challenges - and developing new typologies and materials strategies, all while creating beautiful buildings."

●  Dukmasova's contribution to Places' ongoing series "The Inequality Chronicles" is a must-read: She takes a deep dive into Chicago and Cook County: "The question that Chicagoans now face is the same all Americans confront. How do you do good work within a broken system?" (check out Memphis, Houston, and Baltimore reports, too!).

●  It's back to the drawing board for SOM and its design for two towers on the former Chicago Spire site - until a number of issues that must be addressed, like eliminating the hotel rooms, "this project remains stalled."

●  On a brighter note, Yale architecture students' 2018 Jim Vlock Building Project in New Haven is an "innovative" two-family timber home for the formerly homeless, and "one of the first instances of cross-laminated timber used for a house."

●  Moore, at the other end of the scale, marvels at Zumthor's Secular Retreat - "a simply miraculous piece of architecture" for de Botton's Living Architecture program: "It's a gliding swan of a building, propelled unseen by furiously paddling feet - a work of conjoined opposites and subtle fictions, of light-heavy, local-foreign, natural-artificial and domestic-monumental."

●  A look at how historic Sears warehouse buildings are proving to be "an object lesson in how a city benefits when historic preservation meets adaptive reuse" - the one-million-square-foot building in Boston is undergoing "a restoration to its warehouse roots, an integration with its neighborhood and an infusion of zest and style."

●  A "rare exhibition" (now closed) was "a desperate call to save" Niemeyer's "vast grey grounds" of the Tripoli International Fair from ruin; Lebanese architect Wassim Naghi is "not optimistic about any immediate intervention by the government," but getting on UNESCO's World Heritage List may help.

●  On a lighter note, a look at "the second lives of the Serpentine Pavilions."

●  Our hearts go out to those impacted by the deadly storms in Italy - in Venice, "rising floodwaters overwhelmed many of its famed squares and walkways, with officials saying as much as 75% of the city is now submerged" (astounding images!).

Strolling the green path:

●  Sisson walks us through the evolution of Miami's Underline, "a 10-mile, $120 million transit corridor and public space" - and one of the "most intriguing park projects" around. "The trick, as always, will be balancing growth with maintaining affordability and neighborhood character."

●  In Greenville, South Carolina, a new park will "unite two formerly segregated parks" - and will not shy away from the city's racist history.

●  Green offers viewing options for a Van Valkenburg-led virtual reality tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park, "a prominent example of how to transform abandoned post-industrial waterfronts into spaces for people and wildlife. These spaces litter cities and represent so much untapped potential."

An NYC kind of week; deadline announced for one of our fave competitions; and winners all:

●  Van Alen Institute's 6-day City-Making from the Outside In launches today.

●  On Thursday, Architectural Record's Innovation Conference, "Urban Futures: Architecture at Every Scale," includes an impressive line-up of speakers and events.

●  Call for entries: 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition (big cash prizes for winners and finalists).

●  The Association of Licensed Architects announced the winners of its 20th Annual ALA Design Award Competition.

●  The winner of the Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture is "a concrete performing arts venue - inspired by the Aztec ruins it borders" in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


●  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.

●  ANN feature: Weinstein parses "Frederic Church's Olana on the Hudson: Art, Landscape, Architecture" that "combines resplendent photography with essays reflecting architectural myopia."


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