Today’s News - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

●  Karrie Jacobs brings us the sad/strange saga of Union Point, outside of Boston: "The smart city that wasn't - the project is a case study in how smart-city hype can outpace reality," and intrude on its "breathless sales pitch" (plus a round-up of other smart-city stories).

●  O'Sullivan parses the problems with Copenhagen's eco-friendly "island-building spree - the jury is still out on the long-term effect of plans that dazzle on the drawing board."

●  Martek & Hosseini consider the three reasons "the sustainability transition in Australia is failing - most importantly, end users just do not care."

●  Speaking of sustainability, The Architect's Newspaper's January issue takes a deep dive into the ever-expanding mass timber industry.

●  Grammenos on "quantifying Jane Jacobs's gloom": She "took notice and feared the negative influence" of "resident transience. Was she right?"

●  Margolies takes a long look at "the next frontier in office space" - terraces and once-barren rooftops made park-like: "Employers competing for the best workers are using outdoor amenities to show they care about their staff's well-being."

●  Robert A.M. Stern Architects is tapped to design the University of Notre Dame's Raclin Murphy Museum of Art (alas, no images - yet).

●  Three teams make the shortlist to design a new performing arts center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (also, alas, no images).

●  Pickard Chilton's 3.3-million-square-foot tower begins to rise in Tokyo (a luxury Bulgari Hotel and an elementary school included).

●  Eyefuls of Italy's first Mormon Temple in Rome, inspired by the city's San Carlino Catholic church.

●  Former NOMA president Bryan Hudson on his five-day camp, Project Pipeline, which "has been working to build the representation of blacks and other minorities in the field by mentoring high school and college students."

●  Mason City, Iowa, "might have become the country's greatest repository of FLW's Prairie School architecture" (if he hadn't headed to Europe with his mistress) - but the city "is home to the largest concentration of Prairie School homes in the world" - designed by other notables.

●  A great presentation of all of the 2019 AIA Honor Award winners.

●  Three we couldn't resist: "It's a rookie mistake to try and ease Koolhaas into a conversation. That's what we learned during a recent interview with the notoriously cantankerous architect" (with a passage from Jack Self's "epic takedown").

●  Babina's latest is "Archivoids," illustrations that depict "the invisible masses left by famous architects," from FLW to Bjarke Ingels.

●  A round-up of renderings of the "most buzzworthy designs of 2018."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Plaut pens Part 2 of our "Building Abundance" series, offering 3 keys to abundant design.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Hall Kaplan cheers the 6th edition of "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles" by Gebhard & Winter (despite its "gloomy" cover).


●  Call for entries: Singapore's Founders' Memorial two-stage international architectural design competition.

●  Call for entries: BENCHmark international competition to "challenge the concept of a 'common' bench."

●  Deadline reminder: Call for Presentations for the ASLA 2019 Conference in San Diego in November.


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