Today’s News - Thursday, January 24, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 29.

●  Schneider finds that, while "energy efficiency has long been the holy grail of sustainable architecture, firms are shifting the discourse to the more multifaceted and preventive realm of resilience," and the metrics of the new RELi certification that "encourage practices that landscape architects have long employed."

●  Evitts Dickinson looks at how Singapore's 890-acre, mixed-use Jurong Lake District "relies on smart urban planning to achieve resilience and sustainability. Just don't call it a 'smart' city, at least not to its architects."

●  Kamin continues to be concerned about Chicago's Lincoln Yards plan: Aside from a rushed vote to approve being "preposterous," SOM's third go "proposes to split the project into 'character zones.' Character like this we can do without."

●  Anderton considers whether car-loving Angelenos will say yes to congestion pricing, and talks with two experts who explain "how it's applied and whether it's viable" in the region - "congestion pricing is the only proven way to alleviate traffic woes. 'Doing nothing is not an option here.'"

●  Mattioli visits the new Zoma Museum for contemporary art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - made of salvaged wood and bricks, with walls of mud and straw, it is "a green oasis, an architectural statement opposing the idea that modernity and development come solely in large-scale concrete forms" (great pix).

●  Eyefuls of Hong Kong's "striking" Xiqu Centre, the first performing arts centre in the new West Kowloon Cultural District, by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) - so striking, it will be featured on the new HK $100 banknote.

●  The Vancouver Art Gallery shows off its finalized design by H&deM and P+W that "combines wood and glass, both inseparable from the history and making of the city" ($40 million donation is good news, too).

●  Reut cheers The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide initiative that, since 2003, "has brilliantly avoided compassion fatigue" with "a strategy that enrolls the public in the notion of cultural landscapes without lecturing," and the 2018 theme, "Grounds for Democracy," organized around civil rights.

●  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.

Diversity rules!

●  Gibson profiles some of Mexico's female architects who are finding success "without a male partner," but "it is only in recent years that they have been able to run practices without needing a man to boost their credibility - there is still more to be done."

●  Dowdell, the 2019-2020 president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, shares her "ALL in for NOMA 2020" platform: "I would like to see more opportunities for minorities to grow into leadership positions, start their own firms, and build a sustainable legacy for the future."

●  Anderton talks to Sekou Cooke, curator of the recently closed "Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture" at NYC's Center for Architecture, "about the bleak urban environments that birthed the hip hop movement, and how hip hop is a providing a magnet for bringing in minorities into the profession of architecture."

●  Fluker talks to P+W Principal Zena Howard re: how she led the team designing the National Museum of African-American History And Culture, her love of architecture, and how she advocates for diversity and inclusion within the profession.

●  The Associated General Contractors of America launches a "program to diversify the construction workforce aimed at recruiting through vocational training that targets women and minority high school students."

Weekend diversions:

●  The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. makes its "Spotlight on Design" lecture series free for students - first up are partners at ZGF speaking on Monday.

●  A look inside the "wondrous" (and wild!) new Wisdome Art Park in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District: "You don't need to be high to appreciate this high-tech wonderland, but it surely helps."

●  "The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art "reinstates the architectural importance of the 1960s California coast development" designed by Charles Moore and "a slew of Bay Area design greats."

●  "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II" at the Cooper Union in NYC explores how "coding as constraint and restriction can impact architectural representation."

●  At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Dieter Rams: Principled Design" explores the German industrial designer's 1970s "Ten Principles of Good Design" - and how it "has influenced the industrial design manufacturing and mass production for decades."

●  "Faraway So Close: A Journey to the Architecture of Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA, Bangladesh" at the Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, presents the work of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner: "His buildings are exemplary of an architecture that serves society with radical simplicity and poetry."

●  At Johannesburg's Spier Light Art Festival, the installation "Folded Skies" by Counterspace uses large-scale colored mirrors that "recreate the iridescent beauty of Johannesburg's toxic sunsets created by the pollution from the city's mine dumps.


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