Today’s News - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be in road-warrior mode for the rest of the week - with luck (and the technology gods) on our side, we'll be able to post the newsletter (if not, blame those pesky tech gods!).

●  Sad news: Kamin pays tribute to the "iconoclastic" Stanley Tigerman: "Witty, cantankerous and passionate about both his field and the city he shaped with his ideas - enlivening architecture with whimsy, irony, symbolism and overt references to a building's physical context or purpose."

●  Cramer: "Few would argue with the description of Tigerman as dean (or godfather) of Chicago architecture - his life was characterized by deep demonstrations of responsibility to the city of Chicago, its architects, and its architecture, and to society as a whole."

●  Welton remembers Tigerman, the "gifted enfant terrible of Chicago architects," with a post from 2013 re: his lifetime achievement award from AIA Chicago: "Stanley's obvious mischief does buildings that people get - witty and charming," said Exley.

●  Changing gears: Gray delves into "why the building sector may be humanity's best hope for averting catastrophic climate change": "20% of all the construction in the world is influenced by a small percentage of AEC firms. That's where the power is," sayeth Mazria.

●  Birnbaum calls on Chicago's new mayor to "ask the Obama Presidential Center organization to summon the courage to inhabit a neighborhood that it has deemed too risky" - it "could transform a community aching to absorb its benefits, thus making it the truly urban, catalytic facility it putatively aspires to be."

●  Franklin brings us a status report as the National WWI Memorial "moves ahead with controversial Pershing Park plan - not everyone is satisfied with the final look."

●  Zeiger parses "how two Getty initiatives are saving global Modernist heritage."

●  Speaking of which, the National Trust for Historic Preservation releases its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019.

●  Morgan profiles Walker & Gillette's 1928 "Superman Building" in downtown Providence - on the NTHP's endangered list: "We have the know-how. And we have developers who could successfully transform the now empty building."

●  A Milwaukee high-rise by Korb + Associates Architects "has found support from an unlikely source": a grant from the U.S. Forestry Service to "help finance engineering work on tallest proposed timber tower in North America" (one of a number of grantees).

●  Welton's Q&A with Steward, director of Princeton University Art Museum, re: the acquisition of almost 5,000 Michael Graves drawings: He "was one of the most influential designers of his generation. Beyond the physical beauty of many of the drawings - we felt the archive ought to stay intact - where it could be a resource for scholars and students."

●  Meares makes us marvel at "the designer who gave Googie its flair": Helen Liu Fong of Armet and Davis, who "grew up to become an architectural visionary. It was not easy for a woman - let alone a Chinese American woman - to find a position as an architect in the late 1940s."

●  Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network launch "Nice Try!" - "about the perpetual search for the perfect place hosted by Avery Trufelman" of 99% Invisible (first season: "Utopian").

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Johannes Knoops parses the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019: "Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà" - an architecture of hushed narratives.

Winners all:

●  Great profiles of Arch Record's Design Vanguard 2019 - 10 emerging practices from around the globe.

●  Franklin reports that "six big-name teams" are shortlisted for the National Pulse Memorial and Museum - dedicated to tragic shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, with the "most compelling statements on how architecture can embody the organization's mandate: 'We will not let hate win.'"

●  Eyefuls of the winners of the City of Edmonton (Canada) 2019 Missing Middle Infill Design Competition: "The first place team is currently in negotiations with the City to purchase the parcels of land and build their winning design, conditional on rezoning approval."

●  OMA and KOO Architecture win the competition to design the University of Illinois at Chicago's new $95M performing arts center that will feature a translucent fabric roof with built-in solar panels.

●  The Society of Architectural Historians presents its inaugural Change Agent Award to Diller Scofidio + Renfro team "for their innovative, paradigm-shifting work."

●  The 11th annual AIA Diversity Recognition Program "celebrates architects and organizations actively committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession."


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