Today’s News - Wednesday, March 6, 2019

●  Betsky's eloquent tribute: "How Kevin Roche made capitalism beautiful. Not everything he designed was a work of genius," but "most of the buildings still command respect, and we should be grateful for that legacy."

●  Hurst considers "why architects need to wake up to the carbon emergency - architects and others in the built environment seem to have lost interest," though "some progress has been made - there is a new role for architects here if they choose to grasp it" (comments definitely worth a look, too!).

●  On a brighter note, NRDC & IMT's City Energy Project has resulted in "a free, interactive toolkit" based on "the best practices discovered when 20 U.S. cities" participated in the project.

●  NYC business leaders "call for Amazon to reconsider HQ2 pull-out - despite the significant political opposition," the company "would still be welcomed and public support remains."

●  Meanwhile "Amazon's HQ2 deal isn't looking great for Arlington County" in Virginia: No living wage guarantee for construction workers, and "no need to contribute to affordable housing fund. It's almost as if Arlington is afraid to ask for favors after Amazon reconsidered" its NYC deal and withdrew at the last minute.

●  A great round-up of reports from the Fortune and Wallpaper* Brainstorm Design conference that includes OMA's Shigematsu, Gehl's Søholt, and Heatherwick (among others).

●  A round-up of "major projects transforming Australia's smaller cities and towns poised to have a regenerative and transformative effect" on tourism, universities, and culture (a subterranean opal museum included).

●  Renzi brings us eyefuls of IA and Studio O+A's new McDonald's HQ in Chicago: "What sounds (and looks) like the paradigm-shifting headquarters of Silicon Valley startup is in fact the home of an iconic corporation founded in the 1950s" (great pix!).

●  Guimapang looks at how retailers are turning to architects "to aid them during the retail revolution," and "find ways to make retail stores relevant and interesting."

●  Diaz parses Safdie's "horizontal skyscraper" in China - "the biggest and one of the tallest sky bridges in the world - the Crystal is the complex's fifth skyscraper, albeit a horizontal one."

●  An ancient river in Athens "paved over as part of the post-war urban development drive could see the light of day again - the idea is now a firm plan that has won some 'important allies.'"

●  A good reason to head to NYC next week: New York Build 2019 is free to attend and features 200+ speakers, 200+ exhibitors, a Skills & Recruitment Hub, and more.

●  Brussat parses "Salingaros on archiCULTure - establishment architecture is not so much a profession as a cult. Students of architecture are brainwashed. They are taught to reject their intuitive respect for beauty."

●  Dickinson takes us on a video tour of "Lost New Haven" that "wends through the epochal shifts in our place, the buildings that defined our landscape and that have been swept away by changes."

●  Lange lauds Julia Morgan, the "pioneering female architect" who "was used to skepticism about her abilities - 'all the biases against her she turned into assets,'" sayeth Julia Donoho.

Winners all:

●  MASS Design Group & Hank Willis win the competition to design the MLK and Coretta Scott King memorial on Boston Common: "The Embrace" is a "22-foot-high pair of clasped bronze arms - a literal point of reflection that surprises but doesn't overwhelm."

●  The shortlist of "five site-specific, low-impact design proposals" for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission will be presented on March 21, during Melbourne Design Week.


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