Today’s News - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

●  Wainwright pays eloquent tribute to Charles Jencks, "the unrivalled godfather of postmodernism" who "wrote, spoke and enthused in his characteristically charming, witty and debonair manner, for 50 years about architecture."

●  A look at "why getting into the minds of humans [not technology] is the biggest design trend of 2019," making architects "the new psychiatrists."

●  Sayer parses the U.K.'s new National Design Guide that "has been for the most part warmly received by the profession," but revisions after the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission final report "could likely cause groans in the profession."

●  Finch minces no words about why the National Design Guide "is a dog's dinner" that "combines platitudes with passing responsibility to overstretched local planners: Albeit with reservations, architects have given it a welcome - probably because it is a motherhood and apple pie production."

●  Block, meanwhile, reports on London's mayor calling on "architects to design for a circular economy - with ideas such as using blockchain technology. With architecture, this extends to the practice of reusing and adapting buildings rather than demolishing them."

●  Kennicott says that "everything feels scrupulously professional" at the "struggling" National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC, but that's the problem - its "tone and rhetoric excludes genuine anger about police misconduct."

●  Stunning eyefuls of the "ambassador of emotionality" Shigeru Ban's Swatch HQ in Switzerland: "With its striking honeycomb design and forests of timber," the CEO "hopes the new building puts it on the map for international architecture and watch fans."

●  Miranda profiles Johnston Marklee, "the L.A. architects who design buildings that make you say, 'Huh?,' then 'Wow!'" with a "more-than-meets-the-eye experiential quality."

●  Franklin reports that a "historic Detroit newspaper building will be razed for 12 parking spots. You read that right, just 12 parking spots - to provide more parking for a luxury condominium" (preservationists didn't think it would happen).

●  On a more inspiring note, building Hoichi Kurisu's Japanese healing garden at the Oregon State Penitentiary "has been a healing process for everyone involved" - advocates hope it "can help spur a cultural shift in other correctional facilities across the country."

●  The fascinating tale of how Bauhaus "came to India via two brilliant young Indians sent in the '40s to the US assigned to bring back new design thoughts" for the "soon-to-be independent nation in search of a new design language."

●  Nunes Solomon brings us eyefuls of the construction camps that preceded the modernist city of Brasília: "Workers were shown as participants in a heroic national project."

●  CTBUH 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years: "Each represents a milestone in the development of the typology."

Winners all!

●  Winner of the Van Alen Institute/Flatiron Partnership 2019 Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition is "Ziggy" by Hou de Sousa that "will celebrate the holiday season with vibrant hues and playful gestures, composed of painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord."

●  Great presentation of the six winners of the 2019 AIA Innovation Awards.

●  Great presentation of the architecture and interiors projects taking home Dezeen Awards 2019.

●  Peters reports that Brooks + Scarpa and Plant Prefab's Nest, a "kit of parts designed to build cheaper, faster affordable housing on small urban lots" has won the L.A. County Housing Innovation Challenge + link to other winners.

●  A shortlist of five in the running for the 2019 National Multifamily Housing Council/NMHC Innovation Challenge for innovative solutions that "address the nation's housing affordability crisis."

●  "Creative thinkers in health and design" win the 2019 Health X Design Challenge "for solutions that improve everyday health using technology."


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