Today’s News - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

●  Paletta explains how "resilience is in the process of vaulting into mainstream consciousness" because of "a greater awareness among architects and experts - and the public - of the need to take action" in "battling a flooded future."

●  Pak considers embodied carbon to be "the blind spot of the buildings industry," and the "need to rapidly scale up the number of embodied carbon policies" (not just operational energy efficiency) "if we want to have any chance of hitting our climate targets" (Vancouver is a good model).

●  Piper takes a deep - and fascinating - dive into "the legacy of black architects in Detroit," and their "many notable contributions" - but in an 84% black city, there are only 5 or 6 black-owned architecture firms, he ponders whether "the optimistic, civic-minded legacy of Detroit's mid-century black architects have run aground on the economic and racial realities of 21st century life."

●  The design collective Disarming Design from Palestine has plans for the first design school in the West Bank for Palestinian designers and international students, hoping "to establish a critical design program concentrating on the impact of design in a conflicted and politicized reality."

●  Betsky brings home lessons about Chinese architecture at the Jinggang Mountain Museum of the Revolution that "serves as a useful case study" that helps us "understand the fundamentally different attitudes towards space, materials, and iconography that are at work in Chinese architecture."

●  Sitz cheers Kéré's first permanent work in North America - a new pavilion at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana: "Xylem" is "a surprisingly intimate structure - a serene place of respite - sitting inside imparts a strong sense of being alone in, and embraced by, the spectacular landscape" (pix by Iwan Baan).

●  Thorpe gives thumbs-up to Kéré's "captivating, hypnotic and meditative" timber pavilion at Tippet Rise - "the trees used for Xylem were dead already; standing corpses feasted on by mountain beetles."

●  Kamin returns from Venice "with a fresh take on Chicago's Venetian Gothic dazzler" that is Henry Ives Cobb's 1893 Chicago Athletic Association: Its "exoticism reflects Venice's glory days. It was (and is) architecture for masters of the universe" - but "one that is uniquely American."

●  Litt likes the look of Foster's $449 million addition to the CWRU-Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus, but "for all its fine architectural qualities, it has an overbearing presence - if they can heal the city through design and health care, it may come to be viewed as a beacon of hope and access instead of a symbol of big medicine."

●  Cheers for S9's vision for the "beleaguered" Underground Atlanta, "a tired tourist attraction and former nightlife mecca" soon to sport workforce housing, an LGBTQ club, a trendy hotel, and more.

●  Lamster brings us "the epic tale" of Ant Farm's 1970s "trippy Texas icon that defies polite description - it rose from the swampy earth - truly something to behold, a glowing visitor from a more libertine galaxy" (but hardly livable). "The question is what to do with it" (warning: Don't bother hunting for it" - if hungry alligators don't get you, the caretaker may shoot you).

●  Brussat parses the New Statesman's apology to Roger Scruton - "the latest turn in L'Affair Scruton. No less than beauty, fairness has long been absent from the world of architecture. Time to bring it back."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Taylor cheers "Bauhaus Beginnings" at the Getty Research Institute that is so impressive, the president of Germany wondered, "How can there be so much great Bauhaus material outside of Germany?"

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Salingaros: "Signs versus Symptoms": A Reply to the Open Letter from British Architecture Students Calling for Curriculum Change: Asking for radical reforms in architectural education, this courageous appeal could help this latest effort be taken seriously, and not simply dismissed, as previous cries for reform have been.


●  Call for entries: AR New into Old awards 2019 (international): innovative ways buildings are adapted and remodeled to welcome new contemporary uses.

●  Call for entries: The One Drawing Challenge: create a single drawing that tells the story behind a complex piece of architecture (prize: cash + cool goodies!).

●  Call for entries: BWAF Built by Women Los Angeles map & exhibition at the Architecture + Design Museum (open internationally, but work must be in the L.A. Metropolitan area).

Winners all!

●  The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies 2019 International Architecture Awards honor over 120 projects from 41 nations (link to full presentations).

●  The 7th Annual Architizer A+Awards winners include 222 industry stars and emerging talents (link to full presentations).

●  StudioAC is the 2019 RBC Canadian Emerging Designer competition winner; it teamed with World Changers to design a mobile shower.

●  Chicago's Disruptive Design competition winner is an (affordable?) two-flat bungalow with the "flexibility to meet the needs of the homeowner throughout their life" - and will be built (another report says a runner-up has "already been approached by developers interested in building their home").

●  Winners announced in the Rome Collective Living Challenge for affordable co-living concepts in Rome that offer both affordability and community.

●  Cheers to the ASLA 2019 Honors recipients and new honorary members!

●  ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design's "Keep Your Cool" wins the 2019 Cool Gardens Competition for a garden installation - the summer version of Winnipeg's Warming Huts program.

●  Winners in the Gauja National Park Footbridge Competition for Latvia's largest national park hail from Australia, Lebanon, Italy, and the U.K.


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