Today’s News - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

●  (Mostly) good news for cities: "The world's poorest communities have an unexpected ally. Thanks to a band of extraordinary innovators and businesses, it seems as though their lives could get a tiny bit better."

●  A look at how Barcelona and other cities are using technology "to gather citizens' input on municipal projects," but getting it "to work effectively can be challenging for governments and citizens alike."

●  Keskeys ponders how "urban sprawl and flawed high-rise designs have ravaged cities for decades" - and "how architects can fix them. Should we build up or build out? I say neither - we simply need to build smarter."

●  A video of Forlales' tiny bamboo home: Is CUBO "the answer to the Philippines' housing shortage - and could his idea go global?" (winner of the 2018 RICS Cities for our Future competition - and £50,000).

●  Adjaye responds to the "deluge of objections" to his UK Holocaust Memorial in a small park in London: "Disrupting the pleasure of being in a park is key to its thinking" (huh?!!? - check out the comments, too).

●  Moore x 2: He doesn't blame the "dream team" behind the UK Holocaust Memorial - they "are at the mercy of a bad brief - no amount of ingenuity could hide the £50m of construction that would be shoveled into this sensitive site."

●  He cheers the idea of a Gehry-designed Wimbledon concert hall - what the project needs now is funding and the Merton city council allowing its parking garage to be demolished. "The council's caution with public assets is understandable but the hall would be a major coup for the borough."

●  Seems it's not a good day for parking garages: "London's Brutalist Welbeck Street car park will definitely be demolished - to be replaced by a luxury hotel, despite campaigns to save its unique façade," and despite Sam Jacob calling it "one of the most important unsung buildings in the capital," and its façade being turned into a wallpaper pattern.

●  Barone considers the Opéra Bastille in Paris (possibly the "ugliest" in Europe), which "was a laughingstock before it was even built - a comically embarrassing origin story" that "begins with a mistake" (the theater has "all the charm of a hotel convention center" - ouch!).

●  Svigals + Partners is tapped again to deal with gun violence, this time, a Memorial Garden in honor of child victims of gun violence in New Haven, Connecticut - the "site will challenge the community to confront all that's been lost to guns."

●  Dickinson tackles God and Christopher Alexander: "Despite my profession's canon of human control" - Alexander "challenges other architects' work with the simple fact that beauty is real and it comes from somewhere, but not from the recesses of a starchitect's mind."

●  Good reason to head to California this week: Moruzzi of the Palm Springs Modern Committee offers highlights of Modernism Week, launching this Thursday.

●  Thorpe shows us Palm Springs Modernism Week through the eyes of photographers Blachford and Ballis: "Here's their hit-list of places to visit while in town, plus some tips on how to capture its palm-fringed beauty."

It's a Green New Deal kind of day:

●  Pacheco asks industry pros for "their wish lists for what a potential Green New Deal might include."

●  Baca outlines the Green New Deal's "huge flaw - a Tesla in every driveway" and "ultra-LEED-certified parking garages just won't cut it."

●  Biron raises similar issues: "Land-use is key ingredient missing from US Green New Deal, experts say. 'We need to drive less, and the only way to do that is to make things closer together,'" sayeth one.

Winners all!

●  A great presentation of the winners of the 2019 Progressive Architecture Awards (now in its 66th year!).

●  Great profiles of the 8 "dynamic young firms" from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that won the Architectural League's 2019 Emerging Voices award.

●  Profiles of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, winner of the 2019 Royal Academy Architecture Prize, and the "four up-and-coming architects" shortlisted for the £10,000 Royal Academy Dorfman Award.

●  A "joint effort by emerging practices Compendium, Studio Yu and" wins the competition "to transform an underused plaza" in Thornton Heath "into an area for community events and locally inspired art."


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