Today’s News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

●  We are so sad starting the day with news that we've lost Henry Urbach much, much too soon (only 56!) + link to 2017 Q&A with William Menking.

●  On a brighter note, O'Neill explores "the future of design in transportation, travel, cities, homes, and workplaces. Although architects and designers cannot solve complex global problems alone, they're some of the most important players in this critical fight."

●  Art historian Wittman explores the parallels, both political and architectural, between the 19th-century reconstruction of San Paolo fuori le mura in Rome and the reconstruction of Notre Dame in Paris (many "seem to view the transformation of Notre-Dame as the latest high-prestige architectural opportunity").

●  Davidson's great Q&A with Smith and Gill re: the challenges of constructing Central Park Tower, New York's tallest apartment building, and "how a 131-story tower can possibly fit into our city" ("A building is like an instrument: You use science to make a kind of art," sayeth Gill).

●  Dunton reports on Scruton's "strongly worded critique of 20th-century housing trends": He "blames 'international style' for the U.K.'s opposition to new homes. But praises 'precious' Mies and Le Corbusier villas."

●  The editors of ArchDaily Brazil "share their thoughts on what they understand as accessibility and whether it's possible to create a neutral architecture."

●  Budds re: reframing "the rules of transportation design. Centering ethics, equity, and empathy is a 'moral imperative,'" says Toole Design's new manifesto, "'The New E's of Transportation' - while many cities have policies for complete streets, they often don't build many of them" (cities with a Vision Zero plan are still seeing a rise in traffic fatalities).

●  Mun-Delsalle explores the RIBA International Prize winner Children Village in Brazil: "By rethinking the role of architecture and redefining the program of a rural boarding school, Rosenbaum and Aleph Zero have demonstrated what architects can do in a place supposedly with no need for them.'"

●  Franklin reports on Snøhetta's new master plan for "a people-first workplace" for Ford's 350-acre Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

●  Stinson reports that San Jose, California, just made installing "stylish" backyard accessory dwelling units a lot easier by approving Abodu and U.K. studio Koto's "sleek prefab cabins" in an effort to relieve the affordable housing crisis.

●  Eyefuls of 5+design's Paveletskaya Place, the 18-acre "park-integrated mall" in Moscow.

●  Fab Thomas Meyer photos of Barcelona-based Addenda Architects' Bauhaus Museum Dessau: "Inspired by the original Walter Gropius-designed building in Dessau, the firm ultimately created a 'building within a building.'"

●  Eskew+Dumez+Ripple tapped to take the lead on the $45 million renovation and expansion of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.


●  Call for entries: Applications for Harvard GSD's 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international): 6 fellows will receive a research residency at the Wimbledon House in London, round-trip travel expenses, and a $10,000 cash stipend.

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): AHEAD Asia Awards 2020 recognizing striking hospitality projects (in Asia).

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): A' Design Award and Competition for the best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries.


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