Today’s News - Thursday, February 28, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 5 (February sure whizzed by!).

●  D'Aprile explains why "women in architecture need a new set of role models - beyond the star system" (not only women). "From the first day of architecture school, every student is a Starchitect-in-Training" - and that's got to change.

●  Dickinson explains "why architectural style wars are becoming irrelevant - the present state of architecture has evolved into a place that is losing its sense of humor and tolerance," but a "third way beyond 'style' is finding a voice" (both great reads).

●  Lorinc has a great idea to help fight Toronto's affordable-housing crisis: "Plenty of schools have underused parking lots. Why not look at finding a higher purpose - build modestly scaled, affordable rental housing," which could also "transform school sites into community hubs" (other cities: take heed!).

●  A great profile of the African Design Centre, a new design school in Rwanda that is "re-shaping Africa's future - 10 inaugural fellows are now upending architecture, design and construction across a continent."

●  Waldek cheers Uganda-based Studio FH Architects teaming up with "one of the oldest indigenous tribes in Africa to rebuild a permanent village after being displaced" by a new national park - a "clever way that works in favor of the tribe, the gorillas, and the visitors who want to meet both."

●  UPenn renames its school of design and its central plaza in recognition of a footwear icon's lifetime support. The new name: University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design (plaza redesign by Olin).

●  Meanwhile, PennDesign and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have begun a five-year collaborative research agreement that will focus on the preservation of Taliesin and Taliesin West.

●  A good reason to head to Shanghai next week: Shanghai 2019 / Xintiandi Design Festival: "Back to the Social Origin: Building Connections in the Real World."

●  One we couldn't resist: O'Sullivan ogles "the good, bad, and ugly public transit seat covers of the world. If some of the moquettes can be said to fail their brief, then at least they are heroic failures" (Pittsburgh's "cosmic spaghetti"; Belfast's "cheap holiday rental bedspread"; Boston's "diagram of a serial killers brain synapses").

●  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!).


●  Call for entries: New York City Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) Logo Design Competition (international; no fee; cash prizes).

●  RFQ: Walton Family Foundation Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program for architects, landscape architects, and design firms with specific experience in urban design within small communities (no fee).

●  Call for Entries: Architect magazine's 13th Annual R+D Awards for innovative research, projects, products, and initiatives (reduced fee for faculty, students, and researchers).

●  Call for Entries: 2019 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards honoring outstanding architectural lighting design.

Weekend diversions:

●  The High Line's multi-city exhibition "New Monuments for New Cities" tackles the question: "What should a contemporary monument look like?" First stop: Houston's Buffalo Bayou (great pix).

●  "Dimensions of Citizenship" moves from the Venice Biennale to Chicago's Wrightwood 659.

●  NYC x 2: The Center for Architecture "explores what makes a city just" with Toni L. Griffin's "Design and the Just City" that "raises awareness about urban inequality by exploring generations of flawed policy, systematic injustices, and the psychological effects of undesirable architecture and weak urban design."

●  "Destruction and Transformation: Vernacular Photography and the Built Environment" at the Walther Collection "looks at what happens when buildings disappear" in New York City and Appalachia via photographic series ranging from 1876 to 2000.

●  Smee uses "The Bauhaus and Harvard" to ponder whether the school really made the world better: It was a "healthy ideal of unification," but "quickly became a ruthless drive toward uniformity - blighting urban environments worldwide. Behind its admirable idealism, you sense a kind of disgust with difference, and with humanity as it is."

●  Stinson gives a shout-out to the Vitra Design Museum's "Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry" that celebrates "the man behind the steel tube aesthetic" and "the Bauhaus' famous 'machined aesthetic.'"

●  "In the World of an Architect" series at the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark, "invites a diverse, nuanced understanding of what it means to be a Nordic architect in a globalized era," beginning with Reiulf Ramstad Architects.


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