Today’s News - Tuesday, September 3, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're back in the real world (relatively speaking) after a week away - with lots of catching up to do!

●  Moore mulls: "Where are the architects who will put the environment first? What would architecture look like if all involved really and truly put climate at the centre of their concerns - the whole attitude to construction has to change now" (great read!).

●  Chandran considers "flat-packed cities - cities around the world are looking at high-rise wooden buildings" to reduce the use of concrete, "a major source of climate-changing emissions"; cement manufacturers are also "experimenting with lower-carbon concrete."

●  Franco considers whether cross-laminated timber could be the concrete of the future," offering a Q&A with Jorge Calderón re: "some of the promising opportunities that CLT could provide."

●  A look at how the "quirky bamboo pavilions" of Bali's Green School have "become a globally influential exhibition of one of this century's significant architectural trends," inspiring both established and young architects.

●  Hall parses the pairing of London's Bartlett School of Architecture and the DisOrdinary Architecture Project for a new program "training visually impaired people to become architects - integrating the perspectives of people with a range of disabilities into the architectural design process from the outset will build better spaces for everybody."

●  Smithson's Q&A with the U.S.'s newest architecture deans, who "share their visions, role models, and mascots" and their potential to guide "how academic institutions teach and address issues related to the built environment for years to come."

●  Wainwright delves into the U.K.'s pitiful prisons and Bryden Wood's design for what is "supposed to be the ultimate flat-pack kit for incarceration" - alas, "it looks very much like business as usual - all the more galling given the extensive wealth of knowledge about how to design environments that are actually conductive to rehabilitation."

●  Morgan bemoans the new RISD student center by WORKac - "a design disappointment" that "ought to be a major event" (you know it's a problem when "the biggest draw is the unisex lavatory").

●  On a brighter note, Dibbs & Zhu take us "from concept to construction" of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Centre: "The combination of its scale and magnified geometry makes it a curious, yet approachable spectacle - local and international observers will be waiting with bated breath to see if something akin to the 'Bilbao effect' replays."

●  Gonchar parses Walter Hood's "ambitious revamp" of the Oakland Museum's terraced landscape - "intended to function much like a public park," but had "devolved" and "lost its vibrancy."

●  Campbell-Dollaghan introduces us to the Nonuments Group, "devoted to mapping "forgotten, altered, or disappearing monuments - anyone in any country can submit their own nonuments for consideration" ("it's more than ruin porn").

●  Brussat bemoans "the topic that dare not speak its name": Beauty: CNU "largely abandoned the traditional streetscapes that forged its transformation into a popular urbanist movement. Even Create Streets has succumbed - this 'can't we all just get alongism' must be overcome if beauty is to be achieved rather than merely advocated."

●  What would he say about these visualizations of what six U.S. cities would be like if FLW, Robert Moses, L'Italien, and Jahn designed them!

●  53 projects from 31 countries make the Dezeen Awards 2019 architecture shortlist.

●  Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran wins the 2019 Tamayouz Lifetime Achievement Award.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Nicholas Boys Smith & Roger Scruton: Lesson Plan #3: Beauty and Sustainability in Architectural Education: We were greatly heartened to see architecture students call for a curriculum change to address social, political, and ecological challenges, and we want to say something about how their proposals intersect with the work of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.


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