Today’s News - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Plus de larmes pour Notre Dame

●  Crosbie ponders Notre Dame, "a double dose of heartache": It will be rebuilt, but "religious architecture is in a precarious state right now - it's worth asking questions about what sacred space means to us, if it means anything at all."

●  Wainwright re: the culture Notre Dame inspired: "The only solace one might take from the horrific fire is that it is merely the latest chapter in a long and violent history of destruction and repair."

●  Brussat hears that "a French architect has proposed a 'Bundestag option.' Can we trust that cooler heads will prevail in Paris? Architecture is the canary in the mineshaft. It is dead. Maybe, in the aftermath of yesterday's tragedy, the canary can be reborn."

●  "How to rebuild a Gothic masterpiece like Notre Dame, by people who have done it before": Architects and architectural historians weigh in: "Authorities may wish to stay faithful to earlier renditions of cathedral. But it's also possible that France takes a bold new direction."

●  France announces an international competition to rebuild Notre Dame's spire - competition details to come.

In other news:

●  Freestone, Davison & Hu, authors of "Designing the Global City," explain Sydney's mandatory competitive design process, and how it is "delivering benefits such as higher quality, innovation and an improved public realm" - a "model for private development that is truly pioneering and innovative."

●  Wainwright weighs in on the "chiseled concrete bunker" that is the new Bauhaus-Museum Weimar "exuding the austere presence of a memorial, a mute grey block - thankfully, enlivened by the colorful stories found within it."

●  Anderton x2: As Zumthor's "LACMA redesign arouses passions," Govan shares his thoughts (as do Gehry and Gensler's Sherman).

●  She "slaps on the sunscreen and heads to Coachella" to meet Kéré, who "brings the soul of Gando" to the festival with his "cluster of tall tapering towers like upside down ice cream cones."

●  Bliss ponders what's next now the Rockefeller Foundation's 6-year-old 100 Resilient Cities is closing up shop: "European CROs [chief resilience officers] are communicating among themselves about possible pathways for funding and operations - in city halls around the world, the news came as a shock."

●  On a brighter note, the USGBC's "Standard Issue" report "takes a closer look at Americans' views on environmental issues," and "has identified key areas to talk about how green buildings can help, who they help and why they are necessary."

●  Schwab considers biophilic design and whether it really can "make you happier and healthier - designing spaces according to the principles of nature is reaching a peak now, backed up with increasing amounts of research."

●  Campbell-Dollaghan considers Safdie's $1.3 billion Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore - "half botanical garden, half mega-mall - it's an engineering and planning spectacle."

●  Shaw challenges critics of the Pritzker Prize going to Isozaki: He "might not be the most avant-garde, politically correct pick at first Google, but for those who are paying attention, it is a great capstone on a truly incredible career."

Winners all:

●  DS+R is tapped to design the 3,780-room Drew Las Vegas, which "signals the developer's intent to bring a bold new perspective to the resort."

●  OMA + Laboratorio Permanente win the competition to transform two disused railway yards in Milan into green, "environmental machines" - one, a fragmented park, the other, a linear waterway.

●  A "circular, monumental design" has won the competition for Jamaica's new Houses of Parliament - the jury called it a "grand and heroic gesture" (it was also the People's Choice winner).

●  Javorsky cheers a program that makes streets safer for children in African cities winning the $250,000 inaugural World Resources Institute/WRI Ross Prize for Cities - tactical urbanism at its best (with kudos to the four runners-up).

●  Kudos to the winners of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2019.

●  A great presentation of the six winners of the 2019 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

●  CTBUH confers Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award to James Goettsch for his "enormous contributions to the design of high-rise buildings around the world."

●  An impressive list of finalists vying for a new arts center at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Architecture, Design and the Arts.

●  An impressive list of finalists vying for the University of Kentucky, College of Design's new home ("a competitive bunch" - and not all are the usual suspects).


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