Today’s News - Wednesday, October 30, 2019

●  The Coldefy & Associes team wins the National Pulse Memorial and Museum competition with a design that "will tower above downtown" Orlando with a circular museum center that "will be visible for miles," and "completely change the face" of the city's SoDo District.

●  Architect and filmmaker Chow explains why "we need to tell America's best story" at Expo 2020 Dubai, but "we are at a crisis point to create a world-class pavilion" after years of "pure private-sector funding" that's been nothing but "a recipe for trouble" - we now have a chance to "engage the world in the wonder we inspired when we did things right."

●  Wainwright reports on a new generation of architects who are fed up with "low pay, shocking hours and cut-throat competition - and thinks the time is ripe for change," so they've unionized!

Climate change? What climate change?

●  Shearer tackles "the paradox of security" in terms of "ecological security": "Placing ecological issues into national security discussions allows the degradation of an ecosystem to be framed as a casualty of some other - often beneficial - intention. (from Shearer's chapter in "Design with Nature Now").

●  Rajkovich reports on the results of a multi-year study out of his university lab that studies climate change and buildings: "Architects and engineers will need to reevaluate their standard practices. Leadership from the professions can help convert recent research on climate change and the building sector into badly needed action."

●  A new (frightening!) report from finds "global vulnerability to sea level rise is worse" than we thought, with "new figures revealing that coastal elevations are significantly lower than previously understood" (yikes!).

●  Rohrich, on a slightly more optimistic note, looks at "how cities are rebuilding to be more resilient to natural disasters - architectural firms are already retrofitting individual buildings within their communities."

In other news:

●  Sambiasi outlines 7 takeaways from the 2nd Architecture of the Future Conference, and the "architectural considerations that are shaping future cities" (our fave: #7 Extraterrestrial architecture).

●  Colomina takes a deep dive into how, "far from being a temple to rationality, the Bauhaus as a 'cauldron of perversions' - the question is whether so-called perversions are twists of architecture or its very engine" (fascinating read!).

●  Davidson and Saltz "both spent a lot of time considering the expanded and reworked MoMA," and here, share and compare their observations in a lively conversation: "The first issue is hunger - the joyful part of the experience is that it feels like a big-city museum."

●  Horton parses how Johnson Fain looked to "Gothic architecture and algorithms to solve" the solar heat-gain problem in its renovation of the Johnson & Burgee-designed Crystal Cathedral: "'We always had in mind that there was a major cultural and aesthetic mission to be accomplished here,' sayeth Scott Johnson. Mission accomplished."

●  Rosenblum x 2: He cheers Koning Eizenberg's transformation of an 1890 Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, "built to look centuries old from the start," into a new MuseumLab for the Children's Museum, where "the peeling away of architectural finishes works as a technical and aesthetic adventure."

●  On a darker note, he minces no words about a new condo complex in Pittsburgh that "grabbed a huge swath of land and dressed it in the architecture of thoughtless and cynical profiteering" - it's "placeless," and some of the "facades are creepy, not charming. It's alarming that these buildings are so bad" (ouch!).

●  Renderings released of Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture's Western Sydney International Airport that includes "landscaping and undulating wooden ceilings inside that nod to the surrounding Australian bushland."

●  Carmody Groarke, RE-ST, and TRANS Architectuur Stedenbouw to create DING - Design in Ghent, an extension to Design Museum Ghent, "the only museum dedicated to design in Flanders" that includes 16th and 18th century buildings and a 1992 wing.

●  Fuzzy "screenshots by anonymous" give us our first look at Foster's JPMorgan Chase super-tall HQ, to replace the soon-to-be demolished 270 Park Avenue.

●  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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