Today’s News - Wednesday, October 2, 2019

●  Myanmar-based journalists Milko & Hammond parse how "the world's largest refugee camp for the Rohingya trapped in Bangladesh is becoming a real city - thanks to infrastructure and design improvements," such as "prototype bamboo and steel frame homes" that - if approved - "could reduce the use of space by between 20% and 40%."

●  Ravenscroft parses a self-sustaining orphanage in Tanzania, designed by two Swedish studios, Architects Without Borders Sweden, and Engineers Without Borders Sweden, and "built using local materials with techniques that use locally available skills."

●  Zacks reports on the just-ended Detroit Month of Design, where "inclusivity and economic development emerged as top themes - the festival staked out new ground for architecture and design."

●  Anderton looks into "what WeWork's implosion means for other co-working spaces. Most don't claim to be rebuilding cities, but they certainly aspire to enhance city life. And they do that in part with their design choices."

●  Reiner-Roth, on a brighter note, takes us on a tour of the 4-acre, SelgasCano-designed Second Home co-working space in Hollywood that "proves its competitors have some catching up to do" by setting "a new standard for the co-working building type."

Winners all:

●  Grafton Architects wins 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, with co-founders Farrell and McNamara being "the first all-woman pair to be awarded," and only "the fourth and fifth female architects to have won" the medal.

●  ASLA announces its 2019 Professional & Student Awards, and a single Landmark Award (great presentations).

●  The Cultural Landscape Foundation names its recently-announced $100,000 landscape architecture prize after Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.

●  Paul Goldberger's thoughtful and eloquent keynote hits all the right notes re: the new Oberlander Prize, and what it "means for landscape and architecture, and I am not just playing with words here."

It's a Modernism kind of day:

●  Palm Springs calls 2019 "The Year of Hugh Kaptur" - this year he "is getting his just due" during the upcoming Modernism Week Fall Preview + Kaptur Plaza's "long and rocky road - the embattled complex" is "now a vibrant community gathering space and viable commercial center," and a Class 1 Historic Site.

●  An in-depth profile of 87-year-old Frank Folsom Smith, "the Grand Old Man of Sarasota architecture" being celebrated during the Sarasota Architectural Foundation's upcoming MOD Weekend.

●  The fascinating tale of Chu Ming Silveira, the Chinese-Brazilian architect behind Brazil's iconic "Big Ear" phone shelters of the early 1970s - "essential but challenging to design" - she came up with "a simple but clever solution - the future of these classic booths remains uncertain, but they can still provide a space for cellular callers or an acoustic oasis in a sea of city sounds."

●  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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