Today’s News - Wednesday, October 9, 2019

It's a Stirling/Lawrence/Gold Medal kind of day + other news with a British accent on both sides of the Big Pond:

●  Wainwright cheers Mikhail Riches & Cathy Hawley's uber-green Goldsmith Street council housing winning the 2019 Stirling Prize: It "represents what has become a rare breed. And it's an architectural marvel, too - there may come a time when projects like [this] are not an anomaly."

●  Booth says "it has been a week of welcome change in the awards-sphere": Goldsmith Street winning the Stirling Prize "sends a message about sustainability and social purpose," and Grafton Architects, a "considered, exceptional practice, is a worthy winner" of the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. "There are messages here. Let's act on them."

●  Moore mulls whether architecture is "at last breaking through its own glass ceiling" with Grafton Architects' Gold Medal: "It would be no bad thing if the RIBA followed up on this year's tap on its (doubtless beautifully designed) glass ceiling by honoring more architects who are both female and not wannabe Howard Roarks."

●  Jessel reports that the "ingenious" Cork House (also nominated for the Stirling) wins RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2019: It "is a unique fusion of ancient construction methods and cutting-edge technical research to produce a highly innovative, low-carbon solution with a wide variety of applications from mass housing to emergency shelters," sayeth Goldschmied.

●  The U.K. government is publishing new national design guidelines that "aim to ensure that 'beautifully designed homes' are delivered across the country. 'Too often new developments come at the expense of beauty, quality and design.'"

●  From the other side of the Big Pond: Gibson reports Chipperfield won the competition to design Rolex USA HQ in New York "with a proposal for a 25-story stacked, jagged glass tower" on the corner of 5th Avenue and 53rd Street.

●  Heatherwick joins the starchitect-designed petting zoo flanking the High Line with Lantern House, his first residential building in NYC inspired by the surrounding maritime warehouses.

In the rest of the world:

●  Moore's take on BIG's ski slope-topped Amager Resource Centre in Copenhagen: "It's a work that revels in its own contrivance - an emblem of a culture of why-not and because-you-can. Plus a dollop of chutzpah - this is one project that lives up to the hype."

●  Ha`aretz's Sternhell delves into Kimmelman's take-down of Jerusalem's plans for "cable cars to the Holy Basin that will overpass Arab inhabitants," and hopes his article "will yet make waves in Israel, which is hard-pressed to preserve its cultural assets - it's not hard to detect his emphatic opinion about the whole project and its savaging of the landscape."

●  Leigh, on a brighter note, lauds San Francisco's Transbay Terminal: "Many American cities are not investing in public transport infrastructure even though they need to. Transbay shows how it can be done. The city is far from perfect, but at least it sees the value in building something with a bit of vision."

●  architectsAlliance's "controversial expansion to Ottawa's Chateau Laurier rejected for now" because it "does not respect the landscape and character of the heritage features of the historic properties that surround the site."

●  New Canaan, Connecticut, is exploring ways to preserve the Eliot Noyes House II as a museum similar to Philip Johnson's Glass House - and not sold to a private owner.

●  Ritz raves about OfficeUntitled's renovation of the Cayton Children's Museum in the Santa Monica Place mall that "reflects a heightened understanding and respect for children's capacity for abstract thought and creativity - and perhaps most importantly, fun.

●  Betsky visits Open City in Chile, "a half-century-old experiment in making space - built as a home to a community of architects, poets, and artists" that "achieves a sense of complex and near-chaotic order that took my breath away" (his own fab photos, too!).

●  Damarwala's Q&A with Schumacher, whose projects "have reshaped and redefined city skylines around the world," and whose "indomitable grit has defined a career spent constantly challenging the status quo."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: In Lesson Plan #4, Sussman and Woodworth, two instructors at the Boston Architectural College, respond to the student open letter for curriculum change, calling for a new, biological approach to architecture.


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