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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

●  2018 AIA President Elefante challenges architects to confront climate change: "We can contribute a large portion of the solution. Add your firm to our Call to Action to find more ways to reduce building emissions. We are equal to the task. But we must not wait."

●  Pritzker Laureate Doshi pens an NYT op-ed that challenges architects and planners to think small(er): "Small but comprehensive clusters of settlements" could "perhaps create a new world. These smaller settlements would be sustainable and replicable," and "would not waste time or energy or natural resources."

●  Florida minces no words about why "mayors should take a stand against" future Amazon HQ2-like competitions that are sure to come: "These bidding wars place cities and states in an unenviable prisoners' dilemma - mayors need to step up and agree to end these corporate subsidies - it is plain to see that Amazon gamed them. Let's hope the experience of serving as such easy marks in the HQ2 game will be a much-needed wake-up call."

●  Somin cheers the Minneapolis 2040 plan that "strikes a blow for affordable housing by slashing zoning restrictions - the most extensive reduction in zoning achieved by any major American city in a long time," and could offer "insights on how to achieve similar progress elsewhere" (with links to Capps & Grabar's coverage).

●  Dovey delves into Giurgola's 1988 Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, that was "designed to nurture democracy but instead promotes dysfunction. It is a fine work of architecture in some ways but a dreadful piece of spatial programming - designed to stop random encounters."

●  Cabilao considers: "What is Filipino architecture? Or is there such thing? The quest to arriving at something distinctly 'Filipino' may not necessarily lead us to creating unique architecture" (it's National Architecture Week in the Philippines!).

●  Kafka cheers Oodi, Helsinki's "poetic" new central library by ALA Architects that "provides democratic and state-of-the-art facilities for learning, making, playing, and reading - the social offer is breathtaking," and "everyone is invited to take part" (sewing machines, 3D printers, and CNC machines included).

●  Querengesser cheers Calgary's new public library by Snøhetta that is both "a public space and a bridge - between the city's affluent and the less prosperous - this space unambiguously welcomes anyone from either side of the tracks," and "a pleasing space to use for free."

●  McCown parses Harvard's new HouseZero, Snøhetta's "prototype for super-sustainable retrofits - a green building on steroids," and the new HQ for the "ambitious initiative," the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.

●  The Robb Report reports on three female architects from Paris, Chicago, and NYC who are reshaping the New York City skyline.

●  Zaha Hadid's "legacy project is set to make its mark on the Dubai skyline. The Opus has ramped up the city's architectural prowess even further - guaranteed to be one of Hadid's must-see projects."

●  Diaz takes us on a tour of a co-working space in Brussels that is "the most perfect and elegant modernist working space you have ever seen - inside a masterpiece of modernist architecture" (architect Constantin Brodzki, 94, "wasn't very enthusiastic" about news of the renovation. "But it's hard to imagine he'd be disappointed").

●  Menking gives us a sneak-peek of the "next great public space - a spectacular new viewing site" on New York's High Line, opening next year (plinth for art included).

●  Q&A with Boeri re: his plans, as president of the Triennale di Milano, to transform it into a "major cultural hub": "Phase one, Milan's first design museum and a blockbuster exhibition" (and working with Grima, Antonelli; and Obrist).

●  Bubil highlights the "lasting impact of Sarasota architect Tim Seibert, remembering him through vintage photographs and the words of those who knew him. Joyce Owens, FAIA: "If there hadn't been people like him, the Sarasota School would have died out with Victor Lundy and Paul Rudolph."

●  Quito on "Living Coral," the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year that "beams optimism. Amid the doom-and-gloom tenor of world politics and corruption in the technology sector, people are turning to color to lift their moods."

●  One we couldn't resist: Milton Glaser isn't thrilled with his "I love NY" logo being hijacked by NYC, replacing the heart the Amazon smile, "throwing a bit of shade in a way that only an icon of iconography can."

●  ICYMI: Weinstein at his eloquent best with his pick of the 10 Best Architecture and Design Books of 2018, which he describes as "invaluable and impeccably designed"; "quirkily inclusive"; "charmingly loopy"; "enthralling"; "produced with panache" (and then some!).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: rise Up: Sponsors are cheering on their student/architect teams working to find low-cost, sustainable housing solutions in the rise in the city 2018 design competition - but there are still teams that need sponsorship. Join those who are already reaping the rewards of the partnerships!


  


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