Today’s News - Tuesday, October 1, 2019

●  A music festival company is taking its luxury "SHIFTPODs," hexagonal, yurt-like camping tents, to the hurricane-devastated Bahamas with the goal to house 5,000 people.

●  Wainwright and others profile designers and their innovations that "could change the world" - including a Belgian firm "trying to kickstart a radical shift in the way architects and builders think about construction, designing for reuse from the beginning."

●  Hagberg poetically ponders "memory, hope, and loss" as she wanders Calatrava's Oculus transit hub at NYC's WTC, where "you can just walk around and around and you'll feel both completely alone and never alone - it is a site of horrors and wonders, intimate and immense."

●  Grob Plante considers "the rise of the zombie malls - extravagant facilities that offer almost everything. Why travel among home, job and fun when you can move to a mall and never leave?"

●  Mafi marvels at Hadid's "stunning" Beijing Daxing International Airport: "Perhaps more than any other architectural element, it's the ease of navigation that makes her design so special."

●  Welton talks to Olcott re: Ennead's new wing for the Peabody Essex Museum "in one of the oldest cities in America, one filled with a very tightly regulated preservation commission. The challenge may have been great, but the results are exquisite."

●  Morgan cheers Brown University's new Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship in Providence, Rhode Island: "At a time when colleges and universities are commissioning starchitects to design big-ticket items - it is refreshing to discover a modest, barebones triumph."

●  King parses Kate Orff's plans for a new 5-acre park - a "constructed ecosystem," for the first phase of the San Francisco Giants' "long-delayed 28-acre Mission Rock project."

●  Brussat cheers Duncan Stroik's "honest architecture" in a "hilarious video" for the Bulfinch Awards lecture series. "A beautiful building is the only truly honest building."

●  Harrouk parses "the creative process of the four pioneers of modern architecture," and why Corbu, Mies, FLW, and Kahn's "projects and practices are still influential to our modern times.

●  A 6-minute video re: the Bauhaus legacy: "The pioneers of modernism wanted to develop healthy airy pleasant homes for working people that were cheap to build. Many present-day architects and urban planners feel indebted to the Bauhaus's agenda and innovations."

●  NYC's 9th annual Archtober launches today, offering "enriching entertainment, dialogue, and activities. The seemingly endless list of events might be overwhelming, but Metropolis has you covered."

●  In 2020 Galway, Ireland becomes the European Capital of Culture, "a year of extraordinary creativity and disruption - with the themes of landscape, language and migration."

●  Two we couldn't resist: Ravenscroft rounds up some hilarious responses to the UK housing minister's speech about architects "moving into a new age where they will be creating 3D buildings for the first time."

●  Hopkirk has her own round-up of hilarious responses to the speech, which included: "We need to get more people into construction - if we have this new way of doing it - 3D architects, 3D visionaries, doing it ... on a computer - lots of younger people will want to come into that arena of jobs."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Weinstein: "Simon Unwin envisions children in their playful place-making defining architecture's essence in 'Children as Place-makers.'"

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Maxinne Rhea Leighton: What is a Sage? Climate Week and the Design Profession: This is not about fighting climate change. This is about standing with the planet, our communities, our youth.


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