Today’s News - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

●  ANN feature: Winner and Finalists Announced in the "rise in the city" Design Competition for Affordable Housing in Lesotho, Africa.

●  Green, author of "The Smart Enough City," explains "what smart cities companies get wrong - they equate innovation with technology. The perspective is deeply misguided."

●  Arsenault delves into whether Sidewalk Labs' Quayside in Toronto is a "green paradise or a data-stealing dystopia. The controversy highlights the tension between the demands for personal privacy and the increasing role of data in the pursuit of sustainability."

●  Jacobs heads to Bentonville, Arkansas, to learn more about the Walton Family Foundation's Design Excellence Program that "is helping to reshape the Arkansas landscape, to surprising effect. The results, so far, are impressive."

●  Kamin says that, while "the fix is in" for Chicago's Lincoln Yards, there are lessons to be learned "from this mega-development's faults. Barely "cutting the height of the two tallest buildings is a joke," as is the (miniscule) "reduction in total square footage. It's a bone thrown to critics of the plan."

●  GGLO's Mayer explains what L.A. is missing by not considering "the missing middle": "Solving the housing crisis means getting out of our own way. Are we even trying to build the right types of housing?" (Malmo got it right).

●  Brandes Gratz minces no words re: "Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio's groveling" to get Amazon HQ2: "The recent debacle was merely the culmination of a decades-long appeasement to corporations and developers - public objections be damned."

●  King parses San Francisco's "massive" new hospital: "The problem isn't lack of ambition" - it's "earnest" but "overbearing" - but "at least it tries. It doesn't look cheap. Still, a little bit of color would be nice."

●  Takada is "OK with the controversy" over his Infinity Tower in Sydney: "No construction since the Opera House in 1958 has excited as much enthusiasm and ridicule, but he doesn't mind one bit" (Elizabeth Farrelly called it an "aesthetic offence").

●  Moore marvels at MK Gallery that is "sparking joy in Milton Keynes - full of new tricks the original makers never imagined, but always in the cause of the town's underlying hopefulness."

●  Welton cheers Denver-based Civitas for "looking at a new and abundant supply of park space. Two recent projects illustrate how parkways can be transformed into parks - making room for cars, trees and people."

●  Sugimoto continues his Hirshhorn adventures, hoping to "create a 'new front door' to the National Mall with a redesigned sculpture garden."

●  Saffron is saddened at the prospect of losing a "charming" mid-century modern pavilion designed by Philly's first licensed woman architect, destined for demolition "to make room for an expanded dog park - there seems to be room for both the pavilion and the dogs."

●  Oklahoma City's 1956 "Egg Church," a "historic, organic modernist building" that "quickly became a state treasure" is "in danger of being demolished" - but the Okie Mod Squad has launched a petition to save it.

●  Frearson proffers 10 "individuals, collectives and organizations that are working hard to raise the profile of female architects and designers around the world."

Winners all:

●  The 2019 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards started with 4,000 projects, "whittled to 75 finalists," then "reduced to the 15 winners."

●  Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Design Challenge for "a signature style for Urban Zoo's co-working spaces" hail from France, Australia, and Russia.


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