Today’s News - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

●  Goodell (in Rolling Stone!) with a troubling tale: "As epic floodwaters were rising, the Veneto regional council voted to reject measures to battle climate change." Within minutes, the chambers flooded - "it almost makes you believe there is a god, and she is laughing hysterically" but it's "no joke. Venice's future is not pretty."

●  While "damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of Euros," the Italian government approves $22.1 million "to help Venice repair the most urgent damage" as locals "were rising to the challenge of saving Venice's many treasures."

●  In Paris, "the army general overseeing the reconstruction of Notre Dame has said the building's chief architect should 'shut his mouth' - prompting gasps from those at the meeting."

●  Valgora tells the tale "of activists, architects, scientists, engineers, and a vision to transform artifacts into amenities and oil tanks into oyster beds" on a stretch of "former industrial Brooklyn waterfront. But nothing in New York is without controversy."

●  Wong cheers that "indigenous voices are finally being acknowledged as important voices in Australian galleries and museums. Could a radically re-imagined museum become a place for genuine exchange, reconciliation and restitution?"

●  Holl "dismisses concerns" over the new Hunters Point library in Long Island City as "'wrinkles' - the problems encountered were 'normal' for a project of this scale," but inaccessibility "is among a number of criticisms."

●  In brighter library news, Gunts reports hopes are high that a Snøhetta & Clark Nexsen-designed $100 million Charlotte, North Carolina, library will be "a model in demonstrating how many ways a 21st-century library can serve the public."

●  North of the border, RDHA Architects has transformed a landmarked riverfront building in Cambridge, Ontario, into the Idea Exchange Old Post Office, "Canada's first bookless library" that "rethinks the format of the traditional library."

●  Davidson x 2: He's "intrigued but skeptical" about the prospect of a Hyperloop turning far-flung cities into suburbs of Chicago. "There's something paradoxical about the notion of controlling sprawl by encouraging people to live hundreds of miles from their jobs - sometimes [technology] encourages us to keep acting out old patterns, only faster."

●  He hails two new buildings in NYC that portend "the glass stampede may finally be receding just a bit," with "Selldorf's radically soft-spoken 10 Bond Street" and the American Copper Buildings, where "SHoP treated the towers as if they were a dancer's legs."

●  Scott Carver & Cox Architecture's plans for the $500m expansion of the Australia War Memorial in Canberra are unveiled, while efforts to save the existing Anzac Hall from demolition went nowhere.

●  On a brighter note, an anonymous donor helps the Currier Museum in Manchester, New Hampshire, to acquire its second Frank Lloyd Wright house, "one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses to survive."

●  Heatherwick Studio releases photos of the first, now scaffold-free "mountain" of 1,000 Trees, the firm's "plant-covered development" nearing completion in Shanghai.

●  Renderings released of Trahan Architects' $450M transformation of the Superdome into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - "approval is the latest phase in a process that has taken years of haggling."

●  Tucker reports that Rudolph's 50-year-old Brutalist Hurley Building in Boston "is set for demolition" - will its replacement "be designed by an architect with an interest in creating unique, dignified, and engaging spaces, or will it be a cube of blue glass with a Shake Shack at ground level?"

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Mathias Agbo, Jr.: Lesson Plan #6: Teacher, Don't Teach Them Nonsense: Reforming Architecture's Broken Education: A curriculum overhaul alone cannot fix the problem; rather, the practice of architecture must first reform itself for any pedagogical reforms to make sense.


●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): Registration of Interest/ROI: Penang South Islands International Masterplan Design Competition (a one-page ROI form).

●  Call for entries: International Competition for Tuchkov Buyan Park on the banks of the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): the Committee of Architectural Critics' Dennis Sharp CICA Awards for Architectural Criticism 2020; categories: Book; Journalism; Exhibition Catalogue; Digital Communication.


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