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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 29, 2019

●  Hahn pays tribute to Ingo Maurer, the "poet of light" who "re-conceptualized lighting design with his tongue firmly in his cheek."

●  Finch shares his personal memories of Jencks, "critic, scholar and a true gentleman" - and "a constructive provocateur."

●  Russell cheers the new MoMA: It's "new voices, experiences, and expressions are bracingly transcendent."

●  Kamin x 2: He parses "the latest design tweaks" to the Obama Presidential Center - it has "a more dynamic, faceted profile," but "has yet to become a compelling object from all sides. There's still time to get this hugely important project 100% right."

●  He sits down with the "design-savy" Maurice Cox, who "could be Chicago's most consequential urban planner in decades - if anyone has a chance to marshal the forces of urban planning and architecture in favor of more equitable growth, Cox is probably the guy" (he also weighs in on the Obama Center and the Thompson Center).

●  Holland delves into China's "post-weird" architecture, and how it has "evolved in the Xi Jinping era" from being "an architects' playground" to "looking to the country's history and culture for expressions of modernity" ("local architects now have a 'fairer chance,'" too).

●  Bacchi looks into the "living laboratory" that is Dubai's Sustainable City, which aims to be a "net-zero" - residents "zig zag through the streets on bicycles or aboard small electric carts. Cars are banned from most of the area."

●  Cheeseman & Anderson delve into how protests hve spurred "city innovation" in Beirut. "What started with a handful of volunteers roaming the streets with garbage bags and brushes, morphed into an organized force to support local NGOs. But whether the momentum can outlast the mass dissent remains to be seen."

●  Janzer reports on Chicago's Territory, a non-profit launched by architects to mentor and train teens to be urban designers transforming public spaces. "We want to show that young people really can have a voice and change the neighborhoods they live in."

●  Van Mead mulls "the quiet failure of a Chinese developer's 'Manhattan in Africa'" because it refused to include affordable housing. Johannesburg is "a rare example of an African city that had the courage to push back against external investment that would have benefited only the elite" (though it may end up with "disconnected car-centric gated communities instead").

●  Bains takes a deep dive into Dubai's Museum of the Future, "known as one of the most challenging construction projects ever attempted -.it would have been an impossible undertaking without parametric design and BIM - it has become a showcase for future technology building design."

●  Five top landscape firms team up to save the National Mall Tidal Basin, and maximize its "potential as a public space."

●  World Monuments Fund announces its 2020 World Monuments Watch: "25 at-risk sites facing daunting threats such as encroaching urbanization, political turmoil, natural disaster, and violent conflicts" (Notre-Dame de Paris included).

●  Fairs parses the Conran Foundation rescuing London's Design Museum with a £3 million loan - "specialist" exhibitions are blamed for its revenue fall.

●  Abello's great Q&A with HOK and NOMA's Kimberley Dowdell, who explains how "more equity in architecture equals more equitable development."

●  Wood offers fab profiles of "the emerging female architects of East Africa": "I went in search of women who are making their mark on the future of the region's built environment." - In Johannesburg, The Leonardo, Africa's tallest building, "is set to open, and it's designed mostly by women" - one of the female-led team talks about the difficulties she faced: "I really had to work hard to prove myself - to step up and speak out and make sure that I was being heard by the men."

●  One we couldn't resist: Bjarke Ingles offers "an architect's guide to living on Mars" in "an imaginative" TEDtalk.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: McGraw brings us Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance: Schools are more than conduits of knowledge. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.


  


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