Today’s News - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

●  Phineas Harper: "What does radical architecture look like in the era of climate change? Architecture's potential to lead the fight against global heating has been matched only by its failure to do so. Architects Declare ultimately falls short. To repair the biosphere, we may need to rethink the repair of architecture first" (bring back thatch?).

●  Frearson talks to Jack Self, who says humans are "'unlikely to survive this century' without radical changes to housing - copying the work of others is essential to the progression of housing'" (that sounds pretty radical).

●  Walker wonders whether Jerde's "PoMo wonderland" in San Diego will be saved: Horton Plaza's "bold, grin-eliciting elements will be replaced with the prevailing look of America's late-capitalism era" - a "Hudson-Yards-by-the-Sea" (fab photos).

●  Combs considers what Horton Plaza, soon to be a "tech campus," could have been: "We could have envisioned a repurposed arts and culture destination. But I'm not here to lament the repugnant idea of having bro-friendly skate parks and break areas among its iconic, postmodernist design. Rather, I just want to say that I will miss it."

●  O'Sullivan ponders a plan to "fill in some of the Barbican Estate's loftier spaces - is this a case of greed spoiling a masterpiece? Or of mild adaptation enabling the complex to move with the times?" (judging by the rendering, it looks like the former).

●  Meanwhile, Chipperfield's Milan office is transforming Venice's Procuratie Vecchie on Piazza San Marco that will make it accessible to the public for the first time in 500 years - and will "host activities of The Human Safety Net, supporting vulnerable communities."

●  Imam uses Chipperfield's Venice project as the jumping-off point to consider whether "architects can help save cities buckling under the strain of tourism. Chipperfield doesn't believe this building, or even architecture, can save Venice" ("Architects can contribute to finding solutions but not through architecture," sayeth DC).

●  Kamin parses phase one of P+W's new biomedical research building for Northwestern that replaced Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital: "The design is ambitious, carefully detailed and mostly sensitive to its surroundings. But it is world-class? Not yet," but it might be "if the second phase is built" (and "who's on the side of the angels - those who want to save buildings or those who want to save lives? It's not an easy choice").

●  Plitt reports that Zaha Hadid Architects is no longer designing 220 11th Avenue in NYC that was to be an 11-story mixed-use building and will now be a nine-story office building - with Studios Architecture listed as the architect of record (details are sketchy).

●  Eyefuls of the High Line's final section, the Spur - the first site on the elevated park dedicated to a rotating series of art commissions (not mentioned: 10 Hudson Yards cantilevers over a section).

●  Local Projects designs interactive pop-up storefronts in all 5 NYC boroughs for the New York Times "The Truth Is Local"' campaign that highlights "stories reflecting how NYT reporting impacted their respective boroughs" - through June 24.

●  Winners announced in the Reimagining the DL&W Corridor International Design Ideas Competition to transform an abandoned elevated rail corridor connecting Buffalo's downtown with its waterfront.

●  Nicholas Grimshaw is stepping down as chair of his architecture firm, but "will remain in an advisory role and will devote much of his time to the new Grimshaw Arts and Architecture Foundation"; Andrew Whalley is taking his place.

●  Deborah Marton is tapped to be the executive director of the Van Alen Institute (great news for both!).


●  Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Houston Endowment Headquarters International Design Competition ($50,000 honorarium for finalist teams for concept designs at stage two).

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): World Architecture News/WAN Awards 2019 (34 categories!).

●  Call for entries (international): Design a sustainable pavilion for Wonderfruit Festival 2019 in Chonburi, Thailand; prize: all-expense paid trip to Thailand for one month to build pavilion and stay for the festival!

●  Call for entries: The 11th Annual ARCHITECT 50: How does your firm stack up in Business; Sustainability; Design? (entrants must have a U.S. office).

●  Call for papers: Patterns and Spatial Organization: Culture, History and Future Perspectives for the Nexus Network Journal: Architecture and Mathematics.


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