Today’s News - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

●  Grabar re: landmarking Trump's buildings: "Are they an important part of the historical record? Should they be preserved? The answer to those questions, I'm sorry to say, is yes" (great read!).

●  The U.K.'s housing minister calls on architects to "meet us half way" on Building Better Building Beautiful Commission, and work with him and Scruton "to cajole, propel, and push the developers to allow beauty into their work."

●  A battle brews over what will become of Bangkok's "final remaining open space in a city with too few parks," with civic groups claiming "the evictions and redevelopment plans mostly target poor communities" - an increasingly common problem in Asia.

●  An ASLA-affiliated coalition releases the 2019 "Dangerous By Design" report that notes "streets have gotten deadlier in the past decade - a result of poor design decisions that discourage walkability" - and offers specific solutions.

●  Snøhetta's revamped design for 550 Madison (a.k.a. AT&T, then Sony HQ) gets the go-ahead from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission - "with modifications" that are "not immediately clear."

●  Hughes focuses on why accessible housing isn't "more readily available" in NYC - developers' "ability to build apartments for people in wheelchairs is, at best, mixed" (not solely an NYC dilemma).

●  Walker wonders what USC is "doing to care for L.A.'s most important architecture," after "news broke last week about the theft of furniture from FLW's Freeman House - the theft went unreported for more than six years," and "the school does not know exactly how many pieces have disappeared."

●  Australia shifts gears on plans for Adelaide Contemporary gallery, which was to be designed by DS+R and Woods Bagot, to an alternative - National Gallery for Aboriginal Art and Cultures: "It's not our understanding that the winning design will be discarded."

●  Bucknell cheers Foster + Partners' 8-year, $100-million Norton Museum of Art makeover: "Just a few years ago, this glimmering facade was the garish backside of the old museum" - which "has finally returned to its roots."

●  Debunking "the myth of code exceptions" when it comes to mass timber designs - "timber structures of today aren't just breaking records - they're doing it without breaking the rules" (especially with The Think Wood Research Library online database available).

●  Wachter's great conversation with Phil Freelon: "I've learned that if you build something beautiful, people will respect it - you don't just wake up one morning and the Smithsonian wants you to build a museum. There's 30 years of work that leads up to that."

●  Kravitz profiles George Smart, and how the USModernist Library, his "little project, has become possibly the largest online digital archive about residential modernist design in the world."

(Almost) winners all:

●  Five (very cool!) finalists in the running for the 2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

●  Ditto the five finalists in the running for the EU Mies Award 2019.


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