Today’s News - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

●  A sad way to start the day: Stern and Goldberger remember Charles Jencks: "He did not collect artifacts but instead collected young architects" + "For more than four decades I have learned from him, argued with him, and been inspired by him."

●  Waite rounds up tributes paid to "funny, flamboyant and cultured" Maggie's Centre co-founder Jencks by Holland, Gough, Jacob, Heathcote, and others.

●  Block on Jencks: He was "one of the first architecture critics to identify the trend of the celebrity architect and the landmark building."

●  Kennicott re: the new MoMA: "Visitors will be happy for the extra space and the much-improved circulation," but "the more it grows, the more it will feel the need to keep growing. And, with that, the pressure to do the big, dumb, crowd-pleasing shows."

●  Russeth gives (mostly) thumbs-up to DS+R's expansion: "So how is the new MoMA? Sumptuous, luxurious, and wisely conceived - it is still quite corporate - too sleek for its own good - but it feels just a tiny bit less like a fortress than it used to."

●  Jenkins cheers Goldsmith Street's Stirling Prize: "RIBA has given a prize to a street. Not to a vainglorious skyscraper, or an 'iconic' bunker museum - but a living, breathing street - not just a street but a 'council street.' The return of the street is exciting."

●  The Observer's take on Goldsmith Street's Stirling: "It is thoughtful, humanly scaled and well detailed. The danger is that it will be a rare exception. The challenge is to ensure that this model is followed many times over."

●  Chrisafis re: "why Paris went sour" on plans to turn the Gare du Nord "into a gargantuan airport-style mall" (with 105 escalators!): "Parisians fear for the local neighborhood - and the station's soul" (we'll know Thursday if the plans get the green light - or not).

●  King has high hopes for four new, "audacious" San Francisco waterfront towers by "four adventurous firms - the designs are both provocative and fresh" be cause of a "process as unusual as some of the designs."

●  Betsky, on a darker note, explains why "attempts to stop terrorism at the fringes of architecture are becoming increasingly useless - we have to return to the question of whether we can do anything by design."

●  Bris parses his and fellow researchers' Smart City Index "to assess people's perceptions of technology - as opposed to the quality of the technology itself - as a way to characterize the 'smartness' of a city" (perception is a problem).

●  Peters parses the C40 Cities network, and the mayors of 94 megacities calling for a Global Green New Deal: "The success, so far, demonstrates that there's hope at a time when many people see the climate crisis as overwhelming."

●  Florida delves into new research that finds "there is no evidence that larger parks are bigger drivers of gentrification than scattered smaller parks - it is the very existence of parks and not their quality that is bound up with gentrification."

●  Williams cheers Heatherwick Studio's 1000 Trees project, a "spectacular new complex" taking root in Shanghai: The "tree-lined 'mountain' that wraps itself in the landscape is sure to seal his status as one of the UK's most innovative architectural ambassadors."

●  Boeri's elevated walkway to be built under Renzo Piano's bridge in Genoa is "designed to 'breathe new life' into the landscape" recovering from the 2018 Morandi Bridge collapse, and, along with clusters of industrial buildings by Metrogramma Milano, will "form a sustainable innovation hub."

●  Marshall delves into why women in architecture are paid less on both sides of the Atlantic: An AIA report "makes a clearer case than the RIBA for outright sexism," and "directly attributes women leaving the profession to sustained demoralization and low pay" - there is also "the apparent threat of a #MeToo backlash making it harder for women to enter the profession."

●  The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego is a month away - but advance registration rate savings end tomorrow.

●  Update on the copyright infringement lawsuit over SOM's 1WTC design: The "judge takes dim view of architect's claims but lets three proceed" - he wrote "that these claims survive 'only by the skin of their teeth.'"

●  One we couldn't resist (shades of Hudson Yards' original photo policy re: the Vessel): A Canadian writer is being sued by CN Tower's management for using a photo of the building on the cover of his book without permission, though Canada's Copyright Act "confirms that owners of buildings cannot legally control the reproduction of its structures."


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