Today’s News - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

●  Lau & Keane pose "8 questions you'll hear when proposing zero-carbon design and tried-and-true responses from seasoned experts who have fielded these FAQS," and "are eager to help you manage the pushback."

●  Cuozzo x 2: 2 World Trade Center version 3.0: BIG is out, Foster is back: "Foster's old vision might be too stodgy for today's market. BIG's, meanwhile, may be too esoteric" (no word on when we'll see revised design).

●  He takes on "Hudson Yards haters" (including Kimmelman) who "have lost their minds - over a fake wall - there was never the remotest chance of the monstrosity being built. So what's to hate? Ah, 'exclusivity.'"

●  The Trump Administration says it will help L.A. with its homeless crisis, but it "may come with strings attached" - what might they be? HUD's Ben Carson "suggested that harsh measures might be needed - officials needed to 'uncuff law enforcement'" (such a humane string).

●  Wall x 2: In the U.K., "controversial reforms have led to a flurry of poor-quality office to residential conversions" with developers building apartments with no natural light," which "poses a threat to physical and mental health" ("It feels almost like prison").

●  He parses a University College London report that found "serious design flaws in many housing estates" because homebuilders "are not investing enough in good design. 'The cumulative effect makes it a miserable place to try to exist.'"

●  Ing parses a Bartlett School of Planning study that found most new housing is "so poorly designed it should not have been built" - planning permits for 20% of 140 developments "should have been rejected outright."

●  Betsky surveys "MoMA 5.0," NYC's "temple to high Modernism" and at the same time, "the aircraft carrier of Modernism": It "now actually feels as if it is part of the city," but it's "still a mess of a building. Surprisingly, all of that makes the experience of going to MoMA more fun than it has been in a long time."

●  Ryder delves into how, "thanks to architects, designers, and museum curators" from London to California, "children's voices are now a surprisingly strong force in the revitalization of previously dusty institutions."

●  Kamin x 2: He reports on the "preservationists trying to save the controversial" Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center, creating a piñata version "stuffed with written memories and impressions of the building many Chicagoans love to hate and probably wouldn't mind beating with a stick" - which will happen Thursday, with comments on view through Friday morning.

●  He explains why he hopes a proposed "bird-friendly design law takes wing" but finding "compromises that will satisfy both bird lovers and BOMA - there's plenty of ironing to do."

●  Snøhetta tapped "to develop a new visual identity for the Wikimedia Foundation," the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia ("the project can be followed at").

●  Gamolina's fascinating Q&A with Kim Holden, a founding principal of SHoP re: "what she's learned from building a wildly successful practice," and, after almost 30 years, "her transition from architect to doula, advising those just starting their careers to fiercely guard their 'special sauce.'"

●  Toronto's Art, Architecture and Design Film Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through Sunday, and includes post-screening Q&As.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Building Abundance #6 by Edward McGraw: Q&A with Binghamton University President Dr. Harvey Stenger: "We have the solutions to climate change and they can be implemented right now" - his hopeful prognosis for the climate crisis.

Winners all:

●  Brusssat cheers Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu winning the Driehaus Prize for work that "demonstrates innovation within tradition" (lots of pix!), and Clem Labine, founder of several traditional building publication, taking home the Henry Hope Reed Award.

●  Seven take home AIA 2020 Interior Architecture Awards.

●  The Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2020 goes to Madrid-based installation artist and sculptor Cristina Iglesias for "work inspires new ways for thinking about architecture" + profiles of the four finalists.


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