Today’s News - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

●  Wainwright cheers the Public Practice initiative "that's tempting architects back into the public sector" and "has opened up what seems to be a rich stream of people with placemaking skills - it feels like it's never been a more promising time for architects to serve the public good."

●  Saffron bemoans the proliferation of self-storage behemoths in Philly "that are themselves the size of apartment buildings. Those communal closets may help declutter your private living space, but they're deadly for public space" - and "they take up land that could be used more productively for real industry or housing."

●  Sisson takes a deep dive into whether waterfront hotels, "the front lines of rising seas and extreme weather," are ready for climate change - "the long-term implications of climate change on coastal real estate portfolios haven't been sorted out, at least in public."

●  Poon takes an even deeper dive into what's happening in "tiny" Ellicott City, Maryland, after two catastrophic floods: "In a town shaped by water, the river is winning - river towns and cities now find themselves reshaped by chronic inundation; the waters that were once their economic lifeblood are now threats to life and limb."

●  Anderton & Artsy take on "a turf war" in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles "that involves class, access to public space, and a fight over materials, as in, natural versus nylon," and take in "how visitors are reacting" to the Aquarium of the Pacific's new blue wing that "calls for action on climate change."

●  Ravenscroft reports that the French Senate is putting forth a restoration bill that would call for Notre-Dame to be restored to its "last known visual state" - including "Viollet-le-Duc's spire, and that any use of new materials will need to be justified" (so much for all those "inventive proposals" to rebuild the cathedral "with a modern twist").

●  Kamin reports that FLW "buffs" are scrambling to save his 1913 Sherman Booth Cottage from demolition: It's "no masterpiece. Yet its modesty is its strength. If the owners don't play ball, the next best course would be to move the house to another location - but the odds of that option succeeding are long."

●  Javorsky, on a brighter FLW note, introduces us to Spanish architect David Romero, who is "bringing new life to Frank Lloyd Wright's lost designs - he was able to avoid controversy about reimagining Wright's work in the digital sphere because they're simply 'an honest way to analyze his works with new tools that allow us to contemplate them in a new light.'"

●  Raymond Loewy biographer Wall offers an in-depth profile of "the product designer who made mid-century America look clean and stylish - and positioned himself as 'America's designer' through society connections, media and the advertising methods now known as branding."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Susanne Angarano: Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers.

Winners all:

●  Bernstein reports from Isozaki's Pritzker Prize ceremony at Versailles: "If one word could be heard echoing through L'Orangerie, it was 'overdue.' Celebrating at Versailles were 12 past Pritzker winners. There may also have been a future laureate or two in the crowd."

●  The finalists vying for the 2019 RAIC International Prize for transformative architecture are projects in Peru, Senegal, and Chile by Barclay & Crousse, Toshiko Mori, and Hariri Pontarini.

●  Three impressive teams, led by SCAPE, Snøhetta, and Hood Design, are finalists to design a portion of a massive $1.4 billion redevelopment project in Indianapolis, involving the adaptive re-use of an Albert Kahn-designed GM plant.


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