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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

●  A women's shelter opens in an abandoned Mid-century Modern library in Hollywood, "continuing the trend of converting distinctive structures to take homeless people off the sagging entertainment community's streets."

●  In Austin, Texas, a "team spanning architecture, design, and technology" create a 3D-printed, 500-square-foot building in 27 hours, "and they're just getting started" in a quest to help put a dent in the city's homeless crisis with a "proposed village, dubbed Community First!"

●  Florida parses a new study that "makes a strong and convincing case for the efficacy of place-based policies. Don't move people out of distressed places. Instead, revitalize them."

●  Bliss parses a new report that "surveys strategies for 'greening without gentrification'" (the High Line effect) - "it's still too early to say whether most of these park projects are effective in helping lower-income residents stay in place," but at least "park developers are beginning to realize the need to evaluate all of the side-effects before they break ground."

●  Russell explains why Essex Crossing "is a model mega-development. With a large share of affordable housing and restrained architecture, the six-acre project seeks to fit into - rather than shake up - New York's Lower East Side."

●  King considers why "there's a lot to like about the Bay Area's efforts" to prepare for sea level rise. "But if the long-term threat is as grim as scientific projections indicate, local experts say the region needs to respond with increased urgency" (there is "one sign of progress").

●  Kimmelman finds elements of an "architecture of occupation" in a plan for a cable-car network to Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, "eroding, for political purposes, the protections on landscape and heritage."

●  Hagberg has a totally different take than Morgan re: WORKac's "progressive new student center for RISD" that balances "playfulness and seriousness, art and work, old and new."

●  Jacobs cheers projects debuting this fall that "suggest that hard barriers between the designed environment and the natural one are softening. Instead of jockeying for position or dominance, they are sharing each other's territory" (Sky parks! Tidal pools! 'Solar carving'! Oh my!).

●  Wainwright picks "the 25 greatest builds of the 21st century" (so far) - with links to full reviews by Wainwright, Rowan Moore, Catherine Slessor, Jonathan Glancey, and Deyan Sudjic.

●  Kamin ponders whether we can "trust journalists on a junket" in light of the Chicago Architecture Biennial covering expenses for some. "An architecture writer traveling to Chicago gets paid for writing an article. But what if the critic throws brickbats at the biennial instead of tossing bouquets?"

●  Susan Chin will be stepping down as executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space at the end of 2019 "to pursue her own consultancy" - and the search is on for her replacement.

●  Welton's eloquent remembrance of Steve Schuster and Phil Freelon: "I came to know them as more than just architects, but as leaders and thoughtful people. They left behind elegant models of how to live."

Winners all!

●  Tod Williams and Billie Tsien win the 2019 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for their lifetime achievement in architecture.

●  Lam cheers four new "major city-led design initiatives" - along with the winners of the Toronto Urban Design Awards.

●  Kenneth Frampton receives the 2019 Soane Medal for his "major contribution to the field through practice, education, history or theory."

●  Columbia GSAPP receives a donation exceeding $2 million "to advance the study of housing design," and names Hilary Sample as IDC Foundation Professor of Housing Design - along with financial aid for students.


  


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