Today’s News - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for late posting - we're dealing with a flooded basement. But rescuers have arrived. Should we not post tomorrow, you'll know it's because we're still bailing out the water (oh joy).

●  Obituary by Peter Lang pays detailed tribute to Superstudio co-founder Adolfo, whose passing "brings to a close an incredibly productive career. Given the major impact Natalini Architects had - something also should be said about his larger opus" (lots of great images).

●  Ingels explains his meeting with Brazil's far-right president, calling "for critics to move beyond binary ways of seeing the world" - "the places that can really benefit from our involvement are the places that are further from the ideals that we already hold - we need active engagement, not superficial clickbait or ignorance."

●  Wainwright x 2: He talks to Ingels and others re: the ""despot dilemma," and whether architects should "boycott or engage oppressive leaders - most believe their projects can make everyday life a bit better for the people who live there" ("The idea that a single building is going to be emancipatory for a whole totalitarian state is ridiculous," sayeth Till)."

●  He takes issue with "proposed changes to regulations" that "will make buildings less energy efficient - leading architects and engineers describe government plan as 'a step backwards' - a building that would fail to meet the current regulations would pass under the new system."

●  Schneider talks to experts re: "why is it so hard for the Bay Area to build megaprojects," where they've "gone wrong, and what they can do differently in the future" (don't try to reinvent the wheel).

●  Porter, on a more hopeful note, reports on a "$100 million bet" that a research center in Portland, Maine, will make the small city "a magnet for innovation," and "could provide a template" for other cities "struggling to share in the nation's prosperity. The initiative is rowing against a powerful tide. And yet it makes sense."

●  Hassell SF's Mullane & RCH Studios' Kochanowski discuss "what we can learn about resilience," and how "communities in Australia and California share connected experiences as they face climate-related threats, especially fire" ("The current situation in Australia is the future of California made present."

●  Sitz reports on Blackwell's lawsuit claiming that his design for an Arkansas casino and resort was "stolen" and that his firm has not been paid for the work done.

●  The next big idea to protect Venice's St. Mark's basilica from future flooding: build a four-foot glass wall - the plan has been approved by city officials (but more bureaucratic approvals are needed).

●  Kamin talks to Chicago architects re: the toll the coronavirus outbreak is taking on their "big workloads in China. Many American businesses are affected by the impact - but architects are among the most visible and vulnerable to its disruption."

●  Mafi, meanwhile, talks to Gensler's Crispino re: China building a 1,000-bed hospital in 10 days - specifically to deal with the coronavirus, and "what the design must get right."

●  Fazzare x 2: She talks to Sharon Davis re: how her "do-good architecture firm" is redesigning a hospital "to bring off-the-grid care" to a remote district in Nepal, where "patients have had to travel up to seven days to reach a doctor" (rammed earth involved - "locals needed some convincing").

●  She explains how "looking up through the light well of the double-helix staircase gives a clear clue to Ando's inspiration" for the He Art Museum in China's Foshan City, Guangdong Province (cosmology involved).

●  The Powerhouse Company has designed the new HQ for the Global Center on Adaptation, a timber structure that will literally float in Rotterdam's port Rijnhaven (outdoor terrace and swimming pool included) - and can easily be demounted and re-used elsewhere.

●  The L.A. Department Of Cultural Affairs launches the free, online Hollyhock House Archive, which includes hundreds of FLW's "original drawings, blueprints, and ephemera, from 1918 through the early 21st century."

●  Stinson brings us luscious eyefuls of Sauvage's1902 Villa Majorelle in Nancy, France, that is reopening after a meticulous restoration of the "iconic Art Nouveau house - a gorgeous example of the ornate style" (gorgeous, indeed!).

●  Five finalists now vie to design FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY's 2020 City of Dreams pavilion on Roosevelt Island in NYC.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: INSIGHT: Gensler's Shah & client ELA Advertising's Filip talk about how architects and designers are creating spaces that promote company culture and go well beyond the physical design of a space.


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