Today’s News - Thursday, January 30, 2020

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●  Saffron gives (mostly) thumbs-up to BLT's renovation of Kling & Chung's 1974 Centre Square, Philadelphia's "biggest, baddest Brutalist complex. While some changes are stunningly awful" (a DuBuffet sculpture treated like "a potted plant"), "the renovation still offers useful lessons for others trying to adapt Brutalist buildings to modern tastes."

●  Micallef makes the case for why Toronto's 1974 Sheraton Centre "is modernism worth preserving - like any building nearing 50 years old, it could use additional updates [to] this sleek beast," then "give it proper heritage protection."

●  Green's Q&A with Meg Calkins, a founding member of the Sustainable SITES Initiative, re: "how much progress have we made towards achieving sustainable landscapes, the major gaps, and what emerging material technologies she is most excited about."

●  After 28 years at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Julie Smith-Clementi and Frank Clementi launch their own firm: "The pair agreed that establishing an independent studio was the best way to reconnect with their craft."

●  The new tech start-up Higharc "seeks to do away with 'expensive, architect-designed plans that take forever to produce.'"

●  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.


●  Call for Expressions of Interest/EOI: Harry Butler Institute Environmental Education Centre 2-Stage International Design Competition; Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

●  Call for entries (deadline extended - no fee!): Urban Confluence Silicon Valley international open ideas competition for activating the most critical urban park in San Jose and Silicon Valley ($150,000 stipends for 3 finalists!).

●  Call for entries: ASLA 2020 Professional & Student Awards (international) for innovative landscape architecture projects.

●  Call for entries: Benchmark 2020 International Design Competition: "challenge and transform the idea of the 'common' bench and create landmarks along Winnipeg's trail systems" (registration fee: $25 CDN).

Weekend diversions:

●  Kimmelman cheers "Housing Density" at NYC's Skyscraper Museum that is "timely and thought-provoking - many people think 'density' means crowded neighborhoods and greedy developers," but this show "tells a different story:"

●  Davidson cheers "Fringe Cities" at NYC's Center for Architecture that "documents the mid-century misfire of urban renewal - it is studiously dispassionate but also charged with rage. MASS tries valiantly to end this demoralizing show on a note of optimism, spotlighting the work of tireless activists and grassroots organizers."

●  "Sea Change: Flood Resilient Architecture for the 21st Century" at Roca London Gallery "showcases projects - proposed and realized - by leading architects in the field of flood resilient architecture."


●  Weinstein cheers Krieger's "City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present" that is "carefully argued and cinematically sweeping - an invigorating study, rich in the history of ideas about what American urban settlements might have been and still may become."

●  Caldwell's Q&A with "Ezra Stoller" author Serraino re: "how Stoller photographed modernity": "The image makers have an ethical role in what they photograph, and Stoller was an extremely ethical photographer. He had almost a moral sense" about his work.

●  Sieira parses Colomina's "X-Ray Architecture": "It's a debunking of modernist myths [and] a feminist critique - her work brings us to the modern canon through novel approaches that make us see it anew."


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