Today’s News - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

●  Davidson takes an eloquent, deep dive into Newark, New Jersey's revival: The city is "learning from other cities' mistakes" and, despite some serious challenges, every approved development "gets rolled up with a nugget of social good" - he says the city "has a shot at getting the urban future right."

●  A look at how cities are working with 100 Resilient Cities to find "new ways to cope with modern-day pressures such as climate change - but it involves far more than dodging disasters" - they need "cash and tech to activate plans for a safer, greener future."

●  Abello parses the recommendations put forth by the Austin Anti-Displacement Task Force that include "lobbying to remove Texas' prohibition on inclusionary zoning," creating a policy like Chicago's Troubled Building Initiative, and HUD's new Small Area Fair Market Rents rule.

●  A "cryptocurrency mogul" taps Tom Wiscombe Architecture and Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects to design a "tech-powered desert utopia" in Nevada: "The architects went big," bringing "a touch of Arcosanti-meets-Blade-Runner to the city."

●  Gallagher considers SHoP's third version for Detroit's tallest building that "has changed dramatically from the initial eye-popping scheme" - the city's "most dramatic new structure has evolved from the realm of whim and fancy into the daylight of an actual building soon to be built. Understanding why the design evolved is important."

●  "After years of setbacks and legal controversy," Arquitectonica's 1,000-foot-tall SkyRise Miami will be Florida's tallest tower and "a vertical theme park for gravity-defying fun - straight out of a 'Mission Impossible' movie."

●  Eyefuls of Snøhetta and Dialog's new Calgary Central Library: The "building is intended to evoke a chinook - a natural atmospheric phenomenon - which results in dramatic arched cloud formations" with references to Canada's First Nations people.

●  McKnight brings us eyefuls of the 230-square-foot, "off-grid tiny home" Ecological Living Module, commissioned by the UN Environment and UN Habitat programs and designed by Gray Organschi Architecture in collaboration with Yale University Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (very cool!).

●  The Australian War Memorial's $498m redevelopment plan, which includes demolishing and replacing Denton Corker Marshall's 2001 Anzac Hall, "draws ire of architects" (including Denton) and the Australian Institute of Architects: It would be a "colossal waste" -"We must put an end to the pattern emerging which treats major public works as somehow disposable."

●  O'Neill profiles some "rising-star designers" who "are making the world a better place - moving the needle when it comes to inclusion, equity, and justice."

●  Henderson profiles Michael Ford (one of those rising stars), his Hip Hop Architecture Camps, and the evolution of the Hip-Hop Architecture Design Cyphers series for cross-disciplinary groups of designers and architects that "have helped Ford generate ideas and themes for real projects in an inclusive way."

●  Hunn's great Q&A with Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of "The Battle for Home": Are there opportunities for architects in Homs? Does your practice have any projects on the go? "Small bits."

●  A great Q&A with Israeli architect and director of "And the Alley She Whitewashed in Light Blue" Nili Portugali, who explains "her unique approach to organic architecture": "It's important to ask the right questions and find convincing answers to resolve major issues."

●  One we couldn't resist: "21 Images Of The Times When The Architect Clearly Messed Up" (the only architects named: Frank Gehry (twice!) and Graham Anderson, Probst & White - but you'll know who the others are; scroll - don't click "quick view" button - it turns into an annoying click-bait slide show).

Winners all:

●  The 2018 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize goes to the "meticulously restored".1933 Karl Marx Middle School in France by Agence Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard, and the very first Special Mention goes to Harboe Architects for their preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.

●  The Australian Institute of Architects 2018 National Architecture Awards go to 12 named awards, 20 national awards, and 8 national commendations; Monique Woodward takes home the 2018 National Emerging Architect Prize.

●  Basalt Architects wins the Iceland Design Award: "The judges celebrated the firm's 'unique ability to intertwine architecture and landscape'" - it has "'become a role model in designing nature baths in Iceland'"; The Lava Centre won Best Investment in Design.


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