Today’s News - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

●  ANN feature: Locktov's Venice Gift Guide spotlights 20 Venetian artisans and small businesses that suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented November flood - when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.

●  Kimmelman considers what new NYC jails will look like after Rikers Island closes: "Leadership and design excellence are key. If we're going to keep building jails, can new architecture help heal what ails the penal system?"

●  Hilburg reports on BIG's proposed pair of "sloping blockbuster towers" on Brooklyn's waterfront, and 6 acres of new public space by James Corner Field Operations "able to weather a 500-year-storm surge."

●  Bernstein profiles Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and how they have "reshaped Manhattan's contemporary cultural landscape. A trip up the West Side is now a tour of DS+R triumphs."

●  Saval's (fascinating!) dive into the "U.S. Government's influence on 20th-century design" during World War II, and how the OSS "assembled a concentration of acumen and talent. It was the Bauhaus, but for war" (Saarinen, Eames, Moholy-Nagy, and Fuller included!).

●  Zacks asks MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program curators and alumni to comment on its value to their careers and its future, now that rumors are "circulating of its potential cancellation" (say it ain't so!).

●  The new Energy Efficiency Impact Report "provides a consolidated analysis of the sweeping impacts of energy efficiency investments, policies, and innovation" in residential and commercial buildings, industry, and transportation in the face of climate change.

●  Nagendra parses how "Delhi's previous revamps hold a warning against the hubris of its rulers" as plans by HCP Design unfold to revamp "parts of Lutyens' Delhi."


●  Call for entries: "Value": 2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: open to current residents (citizenship not required) of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, 10 years or less out of school.

●  Call for Presentations: ASLA 2020 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami next October.

Year/Decade in Review:

●  Some our fave Curbed writers offer "a look at the best (and worst) of the 2010s."

●  Wainwright's take on the "Top 10 architecture of 2019: It was the year that council housing turned community-minded, King Arthur got a swishy new bridge, and the Lake District harbored a gem."

●  King's take on "the decade's best buildings that redefine San Francisco - and the lessons that they teach. Pausing to take stock can help raise standards in the decade to come."

●  McGrath offers her pick of "the most important moments" that "shaped the design landscape of the past 10 years."

Winners all:

●  ZHA and Esplan win the competition to design Rail Baltic Estonia's Ülemiste terminal with "Light Stream" - ZHA also won the competition to design Tallinn's Old City Harbor with "Streamcity."

●  What Frame Awards 2020 Lifetime Achievement awardee Masamichi Katayama "has taught the industry - he has always stayed the curious, playful young man that he was when he opened shop some 25 years ago."

●  Eyefuls of the (long) shortlist for the Frame Awards 2020 for the best interiors that "prove to serve both users and the planet."

●  Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu is the overall winner in the 2019 Architectural Photography Awards - along with "six more category gongs."

ICYMI - ANN recent features:

●  Janet Adams Strong reflects on Jean Holabird's "Paper City," the artist's 3D watercolors of NYC buildings that go on view today in a display window of Ralph Walker's 1930 Western Union Building (in NYC).

●  Dalrymple's Lesson Plan #7: An Implicit Rather than Explicit Model for Teaching Architecture.

●  Locktov describes the flood damage wrought on the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, including Scarpa and Botta interventions, and calls for support of fundraising for the restoration of one of Venice's architectural and cultural treasures.

●  Norman Weinstein: Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019: 10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests.


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