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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 ClimateCentral.org 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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