Today’s News - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Disturbing/bad/odd kind of news day:

●  Harding is more than concerned about "Sydney's public urbanity disappearing behind aggressive, private individualism. There is little use in having planning protocols if you are just going to use them to let the foxes plan the hen house" ("the collective force of individual architectural acts" has a part to play).

●  London (finally) issues "tougher guidelines" for skyscrapers "over wind tunnel fears - a first for the U.K. in prioritizing cyclists and pedestrians - towers near the Thames, or near schools, parks or hospitals, will require additional checks."

●  Campbell-Dollaghan parses the Architecture Lobby and AIA's approach to architects working on border facilities: "The design community's response to mass detention has varied wildly. Not all architects agree that boycotting work at the border is the ethical way forward."

●  Newark has a "lead contamination crisis" that "could be worse than Flint's - the city began offering free bottled water after the EPA found that even filters 'may not be reliably effective' at removing lead from homes" (Only now - after two years of testing?!!?).

●  A lawsuit against Paris officials is filed by environmental associations, labor unions, and others for failing to quickly contain the lead contamination resulting from the Notre Dame fire - the "fire melted some 440 tons of lead contained in the roof and spire."

●  The International Council of Museums proposes "a new definition of museums that includes language about 'social justice, global equality, and planetary wellbeing.' Critics denounced it as an 'ideological' manifesto" - and "omits specific mention of the museum as an educational space."

On a brighter note:

●  Davidson's "inner 5-year-old" finds joy in Holl's new, "subtle" complex that "humanizes" the Kennedy Center: Reach is "more fluid, usable, and versatile than we had any right to expect - it's an example of how long-simmering architecture can seem suddenly urgent when, at last, it's done," and "evokes a time of aspirational optimism."

●  A suburb on Australia's Phillip Island "was wiped off the map" to save tiny penguins - a rare example of "of unusual government foresight," and now, TERROIR's new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is "a gleaming symbol of the success of the restoration efforts."

●  Quinn Evans Architects wins the competition to design the Center for Architecture and Design, in the base of a Mies building, that will serve as AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation's new HQ, with "collaborative administrative and program space for allied" organizations, including NOMA, ULI, ASLA, and APA.

●  Walsh takes a deep dive into why "we need more wheelchair users to become architects" - despite some first steps, "systemic reform is needed to address their continued invisibility and under-representation."

●  ASLA publishes a guide to universal design that "highlights innovative landscape designs that make outdoor spaces accessible to all" with "100s of freely-available case studies, research studies, articles, and resources" - as "a living resource," you're invited to submit your own to be included.

●  Eyefuls of the 52 projects shortlisted in the 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards.

●  Schwab x 2: "Behold" Foster + Partners' Virgin Galactic's spaceport and its "gorgeous lounge full of natural materials and not a piece of technology in sight" (except for "an interactive floor with graphics of constellations that shift when you step on it for ultra-wealthy space tourists").

●  She parses 6 of the "wackiest" and "wild concepts" from eVolo's 2019 Skyscraper Competition that "imagine skyscrapers as landfills, forests, data storage towers, and even permanent refugee camps."

●  Ten of the most unconventional award-winning Architecture Designs from A' Design Award 2019 + Call for entries: A' Design Awards 2020.


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