Today’s News - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

●  O'Sullivan x 2: He talks to Grankvist, Chief Storyteller (actual title) of Sweden's Viable Cities program (also billed as "a Scandinavian Malcolm Gladwell") re: his job: "to communicate the realities of day-to-day living in a carbon-neutral world."

●  He parses the "controversy over rebuilding an iconic Berlin store" as "a genuine mixed-use space" with a Chipperfield design that looks "both faithful to the original and rather delightful," but locals fear it "would worsen gentrification - is the plan a good idea?"

●  Morgan minces no words re: the Station Row development in Providence, RI: "We should be welcoming the $55-million project as an asset," but the "6-story ungainly pile is as uninteresting as a large suburban motel. Did it really have to look like leaden Eastern Bloc housing?"

●  Budds, on a brighter note, brings us "five buildings that are changing suburbia, from new community anchors to remade eyesores," across the U.S.

●  Pedersen pens a plea to California's governor: "Be a climate hero," and "adopt the Zero Code - a bold proposal" by AIA California and Edward Mazria of Architecture 2030 that "has the potential to transform the building industry" (write to the governor!).

●  Greenwald reports on a recent panel that pondered: "What is the social impact of sustainable architecture? Panelists bemoaned the challenges of measuring social equity within sustainability certification frameworks" such as Living Building Challenge and LEED - architects "need to get directly involved in the political process."

●  A do-over (sorry for bad link yesterday): Giovannini minces no words re: MoMA's expanding for less $$$ than LACMA will pay to shrink, but he has high praise for DS+R's ("perhaps the wittiest, most wry architects") MoMA makeover, "sizing for generosity, dialing up the warmth - making the environment upbeat and buoyant - the architects pushed the Zen button."

●  Kamin gives two thumbs-ups (and then some) to the new Starbucks (the largest in the world) in the former Crate & Barrel on Chicago's Michigan Avenue: "The 5-story coffee palace" is "visually theatrical, crisply designed and carefully tailored to its host city - steel-and-glass sobriety of mid-20th century modernism gives way to a playful yet stylish aesthetic" (spiral escalator included).

●  Abdelmalak cheers sisters Tara and Tessa Sakhi's T SAKHI's "urban Interventions" that "aim to change how people interact in cities - they bring a much-needed dynamic and female spirit to today's design."

●  Anderton 2-parter: "Ian Schrager: From Studio 54 to The West Hollywood Edition" (a Pawson-designed hotel) + "Horton Plaza is a ghost of itself: What's next for the iconic mall?" (Macy's has a long-term lease and is suing to stop construction.)

●  Soccer legend Pele "scores a Times Square store" in Thomas Lamb's1925 landmarked Embassy Theater where, to preserve the landmarked interiors, Carlton Architecture designed a "flexible retail display system not affixed to the existing structure" (and bleachers to watch soccer matches live).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Duo Dickinson: The End of Design Movements: We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?


●  Call for entries: Harvard GSD's 2020 Wheelwright Prize (international) - $100,000 research fellowship.

●  Call for entries: Proposals for Case Study Award and Curriculum Innovation Awards (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy & Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning).

●  Call for entries: Vale De Moses Meditation Cabin International Design Competition: design meditation and treatment cabins for the Vale De Moses Yoga Retreat in Portugal.

Winners all:

●  The National Organization of Minority Architects honors 5 projects with the inaugural Phil Freelon Professional Design Award (with name change, "NOMA received a 'substantial increase' in submissions").

●  The Australian Institute of Architects' 2019 National Architecture Awards "showcase the variety of projects across Australia being realized to a high standard, regardless of scale or budget."

●  Hill & Giordano profile Alberto Campo Baeza, recipient of the 2019 Medalla de Oro de la Arquitectura, the Spanish equivalent to the AIA Gold Medal and the RIBA Gold Medal.

●  Cooper Carry Architects wins the Radical Innovation Design Award for a futuristic hotel concept (scroll down for details & miles of images, including runner-up and student winners).

●  A stunning shortlist in the running for the Architectural Photography Awards 2019 (click on images - they're fab! - for captions and photo credits).


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