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Today’s News - Thursday, November 21, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are taking a (long-ish) Thanksgiving Day holiday break to meditate on all the great people and good things we are so very thankful for. We'll be back Tuesday, December 3 (with lots of catching up to do!).

●  ANN feature: INSIGHT: Conners Ladner: Designing Landscapes to Adapt to Hurricane Season: By focusing on cultivating native ecosystems, landscape architects can help to build landscapes that are both more resilient and more authentic to place.

●  Glancey pens a most eloquent tribute to Ted Cullinan, "a warm and generous man - he was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, but the real Cullinan gold is to be found in a sequence of buildings that, quite simply, belong," and "were rarely less than emotionally literate."

●  Eyefuls of the world's tallest atrium in Hadid's (stunning) 45-story Leeza Soho skyscraper (China's The People's Daily newspaper calls it Beijing's new calling card - check comments).

●  Mason parses the uncertain future of the Hurley Building in Boston: Rudolph "was the coordinating architect on the entire" government complex, but the Hurley is credited to Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, leaving advocates "worried that this fact could doom it."

●  Curtis + Rogers Design Studio & team win the competition for the "climate-adaptive redesign of Miami's José Martí Park," a pilot project in the part of the Van Alen Institute/City of Miami's "Keeping Current: A Sea Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami" initiative.

●  Fab presentations of the 21 winners of the AJ Architecture Awards 2019.

●  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.

Deadlines:

●  Call for entries: Urban Confluence Silicon Valley International Open Ideas Competition to "create a new, distinctive, world-class public landmark in downtown San Jose - 3 finalist teams will each be given a $150,000 stipend to refine their ideas AND the project will be realized."

●  Call for entries: L.A. Lights the Way streetlight design competition - "the winning design and its variations will light the streets and sidewalks of Los Angeles" (overseen by Christopher Hawthorne).

●  Call for entries: Lucca Biennale | Paper | Art | Design X Edition 2020 - Outdoor & Indoor.

Weekend diversions:

●  Miranda explores the Chicago Architecture Biennial that examines "the real-life consequences of urban inequity - it is at its best when it peels back layers, showing the ways in which invisible architectures have shaped our physical ones."

●  Wainwright x 2: He explores the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial "extravaganza" in the UAE, where "post-colonial legacies, climate justice, and water equity are just some of the testy topics," but "the question is whether such themes translate into good exhibitions, or feel more like a series of Ph.D. proposals stuck on the wall" (and workers' housing conditions are "mysteriously absent from the show").

●  He tours Ford's River Rouge factory in Detroit to fully appreciate "Cars: Accelerating the Modern World" at London's V&A that "aims to examine their broader social and historical context, shining a full beam on the astonishing impact cars have had on everything from the formation of labor unions to toasters" (check out the Humble Oil ad!!!).

●  Murcutt's MPavilion in Melbourne, that "sits at the 'junction of the rational and the poetic,' was inspired by the architect's memory of sheltering from the hot Mexican sun under the wing of a small airplane."

●  Also Down Under, Chrofi's 15,500-square-foot "structurally implausible" pavilion, the second installment of the Murray Art Museum Albury's annual experimental architecture project, will shield in Albury's QEII Square from the hot summer sun.

Page-turners:

●  Moore says Corinna Dean's photographs in "Slacklands 2" capture "the unintended poetry in rural Britain's forgotten architecture" - the photos are "haunting, surprising, and make it the arresting book it is."

●  Pownall presents "five female trailblazers who changed the field of design," chosen by Charlotte and Clementine Fiell from their book, "Women in Design: From Aino Aalto to Eva Zeisel," that highlights what made them "revolutionary."

●  Stamp x 2: Serraino's "Ezra Stoller: A Photographic History of Modern American Architecture" showcases "the evolution of Stoller's work, as well as the evolution of the architects he collaborated with."

●  She cheers "Beautified China," in which photographer and architect Kris Provoost "examines the works of Hadid, Holl, Heatherwick, and Kuma, all luminaries who have changed China's skyline in their own way - highlighting the striking details that set these buildings apart."

●  An excerpt from Schuerman's "Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents" that "documents the early history of the anti-gentrification and back-to-the-city movements. If policy leaders had taken some of the suggestions back then to heart, urban areas would be much better equipped to prevent the wholesale disruption we are seeing in superstar cities today."


  


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