Today’s News - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

●  O'Sullivan parses the "arsenal of ideas" Berlin is considering "to stage a housing revolution. The proposals might seem radical - but polls show the public is ready for something dramatic."

●  Russell considers Sidewalk Toronto's redesign that "infuses the project with tech innovation, pioneers jobs development - and financing strategies that disrupt the hidebound urban-development process - but its broad ambitions could still sink the project."

●  A recent survey shows that "55% of Torontonians support Sidewalk's Quayside project. Despite months of negative headlines - a 'Techlash' may not be a thing."

●  Kamin x 2: The soaring Great Hall in Chicago's Union Station "glows after a $22 million rehab" - but "to beleaguered commuters," it seems like "Roman imperial grandeur for the few, a rat maze for the many."

●  He puts out a want ad: "Someone with big bucks and a big heart to restore the legendary House of Tomorrow [with lake views]. An architectural wonder of Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair may be on its way to a brighter future" (pix of current condition - sad!).

●  King has high hopes for reviving the "vast" but "troubled plazas" around San Francisco's Civic Center - "the fact that the effort has gotten this far is a sign of progress - these glimmers show that well-focused design and programming can pay dividends."

●  Van Evra brings us eyefuls of Hong Kong's (spectacular) new opera house, one of Bing Thom's last projects (it's going to be featured on a new HK$100 banknote!).

●  Adjaye is tapped to design Ghana's first Venice Art Biennale pavilion, opening this May, and come November, it will head to Accra, Ghana's capital.

●  Schwab looks at how Ikea used research in redesigning its Copenhagen HQ open plan office that "addresses many of the reasons people hate open plan offices."

●  Speros profiles J. Max Bond Jr.: "A single staircase took him to heights unforeseen, yet he remained grounded in his mission to change perceptions."

●  Fazzare & Olson profile "barrier-breaking African American architects we should be celebrating" who "paved the way for future creatives of color - and improved the practice of architecture for everyone."

●  Ciampaglia considers how and why hip hop architecture, "a mature yet emerging global design," is "challenging the architecture establishment."

●  Keith x 2: Part 1 of an oral history of the Sea Ranch, "'Paradise at the end of the world' - the origins and controversies surrounding California's most bucolic planned community."

●  Sea Ranch - Part II: "A fight erupts over public access to the coast, and experts weigh in on how the community can evolve for the future" (plan to spend time with both!).

●  LaBarre's eloquent tribute to Alessandro Mendini and his "exuberant design": "His work reminds us that everyday objects can be a source of joy. The tyranny of minimalism continues today. His work offers a refreshing antidote," and "suggests that consumers are worthy of joy and pleasure" (with eyefuls of his joyous designs!).

●  One we couldn't resist: "Visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger shares the story of how America's public libraries came to be, and their uneven history of serving all who need them."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Saxon Henry: Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov, the editor and publisher of "Dream of Venice in Black and White," who talks about her creative process and strategies in creating the third book in the "Dream of Venice" trilogy (luscious images!).


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