Today’s News - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

●  Leslie E. Robertson pays eloquent tribute to Pei, his colleague and friend: "I see him through eyes that were always critical - and always respectful, admiring, and loving."

●  Blander's (great) Q&A with Toni Griffin re: her "mission to foster equitable cities," and "how focusing on inclusivity and embracing interdependence and complexity are parts of the answer."

●  Walters & Smith offer a fascinating take on "how Hong Kong protesters have been winning the battle for public space - crowds have taken to the streets, usually a degraded form of public space, but protesters have turned them" into "a vibrant public realm."

●  Lamb visits a "suburb in the sky" in Jakarta: "78 two-story, cookie-cutter units perched 10 stories up on top of a mall - a surreal urban bubble. Is Cosmo Park some kind of postmodern dystopia or an ingenious use of urban space?" (depends on who you ask).

●  Anzilotti reports on a Center for American Progress report that finds climate change makes homelessness much worse: "It's time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues - and start designing solutions for both at once."

●  Malo, meanwhile, reports on a Climate Central study that found "homes continue to sprout in U.S. flood zones - despite increasing awareness" of global warming and sea level rise, and "showed the need to boost incentives to encourage people to live further from the coastline."

●  Speaking of rising sea levels, Department Design Office wins the Van Alen/City of North Miami's Keeping Current: Repetitive Loss Properties competition to fight flooding by addressing "two critical concerns that arose during community discussions about this treasured public space."

●  Kamin takes us to the beaches of Lake Michigan and "little, work-a-day structures" by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects that house bathrooms, food concessions, and such that leave "a lasting impression. If only such care could go into our big buildings. Sometimes, it's the small ones that show the way."

●  Bucknell cheers "a cheeky move by Chipperfield" at Berlin's James Simon Gallery, where the Pergamon, the "bully of Museum Island," gets its "just deserts" in a project that is otherwise "a defensive cultural temple - majestic and commanding."

●  Walker walks Murcutt and Elevli's "radical and poetic" Australian Islamic Centre of Newport in the suburbs of Melbourne: "It's poetic in its simplicity. Seeing it across the currently disheveled park-to-be, it's curiously festive."

●  A shortlist of four teams "peppered with international firms" in the running to design a $600 million office tower in Brisbane "that capitalizes on the waterfront location and transforms the CBD precinct."

●  A campaign is launched to save Charles Correa's Kala Academy in Goa from demolition - it is "a rare example of an equitable public building in India"; a petition requests the Government "appoint an experienced consultant to undertake the repairs so that the building can be used again."

●  Goa-based writer and photographer Vivek Menezes pens a moving portrait of Correa's Kala Academy that "has cultural significance far beyond being Goa's most loved building. I asked several of India's leading thinkers whether any other important public buildings in the country are as welcoming. No one could suggest a worthwhile rival."

●  Kanye West's YEEZY Home affordable housing dome-like prototypes face the wrecking ball if the proper property permits aren't filed - word is they "intend to comply with the requirements" (very odd-looking things!).

●  Wittmann weighs in on "how architecture is all about time" with "three temporal aspects" that "show us that 'time' is inseparably connected with built space" (adding for good measure: "The language of beauty is the language of a timeless reality").

●  Two we couldn't resist: 10 music videos based on Superstudio & Archigram "that allude to the dystopias of the 1960s" (Ariana Grande's is cool!).

●  Monograph offers a "data-driven starchitect ranking to determine the relative popularity and value of an architect's brand" (Hadid tops the list).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Kristen Richards: Maestro, Please: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, welcomes its first new facility in 25 years - to applause: The Linde Center for Music and Learning, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects with Reed Hilderbrand.


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