Today’s News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

●  O'Neill delves into what a "Green New Deal" would look like for architecture: The plan is "politically audacious - it aims for 100% renewable energy within 12 years" (in line with the IPCC's warning that the world has about that time to get it right) - "any building not designed to meet net-zero-energy standards is already archaic."

●  Jing takes a deep dive into "China's leading 'sponge city' - known as 'the city of a hundred lakes' until most got paved over. Can permeable pavements and artificial wetlands soak it up?"

●  Russell parses why "it should not be bad for cities to be rich" - they create wealth and thousands of high-paying jobs. "But they are all unaffordable, afflicted with homelessness, and strangled by traffic. Wealth needn't come at so high a price" ("macabre antics in the White House" included).

●  While NYC is using old subway cars to form reefs, Mafi looks at what might be in store San Francisco's old BART trains - "proposals for their second life range from being used for art projects to housing units."

●  O'Neill looks at "5 smart designs combating homelessness - creative solutions - and hope - are on the horizon."

●  "Fold&Float" is SO? Architecture's prototype for a floating emergency structure "currently in operation at the Earth School satellite at the Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul.

●  Kamin takes a seat at Chicago's PBS station to continue his conversation about the 5 starchitect-studded O'Hare Terminal 2 expansion proposals.

●  Eyefuls of dhk Architects' public urban park on Cape Town's V&A Waterfront that includes remnants of one of the city's oldest structures - and "conceals a 1,206-bay parking facility."

●  Take a look at the "5 must-see architectural wonders in South Africa" (some surprises to us!).

●  Fentress and Machado Silvetti are bringing "a lot more lounge-friendly outdoor space" (and a lot more) to the Denver Art Museum.

●  KPMB and Gibbs Gage are tasked with transforming Calgary's 1967 Centennial Planetarium into a contemporary art gallery.

●  On a sadder (and should be embarrassing) note: Netsch's 1963 U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel "is leaky and corroding" (blamed on value-engineering, what else?). "But repairs have been on hold for months."

●  Help Wanted: New Architect of the Capitol to take Stephen Ayers's place in Washington, DC - candidates must have at least 20 years experience among other requirements (though, these days, pay checks could be a bit iffy).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: rise in the city 2018 Update: Student designs for affordable housing in Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa, are in and - hot-off-the-press - winning designs will be prototyped! (A few prized blocks needing sponsors remain.)

●  ICYMI: ANN Exclusive: Q&A with Bernhard Karpf, recently named managing principal of Richard Meier & Partners, re: what the new leadership is doing to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.

Winners all:

●  Paris-based Maurice Culot of ARCAS Architecture & Urbanism takes home the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Prize (and $200,000); artist-in-the-classical-tradition Carl Laubin takes home the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award.

●  The National Institute of Building Sciences celebrates the 2018 Beyond Green Award Winners.


●  Call for entries: California Mass Timber Building Competition: $500,000 in grants to fund product testing and permitting in two California municipalities.

●  Call for entries: Fast Company 2019 Innovation by Design Awards (with new categories).

●  Call for entries: IIDA 46th Annual Interior Design Competition & 27th Annual Will Ching Design Competition.

●  Call for entries: ArchiteXX Student films: Women Architects are Everywhere - "films, 1 to 2 minutes long, about women architects, defined expansively."

●  Call for entries (looming deadline reminder): eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition.


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