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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Let's get "Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again" and other disturbing news over with first

●  Kamin's second take on the "profoundly misguided proposal" that "is devolving into a superficial style war. No style has a monopoly on quality. Both sides need to take off ideological blinders. The point is choice, and maintaining the ability to choose."

●  Lykoudis of Notre Dame School of Architecture: "Trump's plan for federal buildings is a bad idea" that "potentially reduces an entire architectural philosophy to a caricature. Arbitrarily pasting columns and arches on a building doesn't make the building classical" (it's also "pretentious").

●  Brussat's second take: "The classicists have formed a classic circular firing squad," with some "willing to play into the modernists' weak hand - popular preference for classical and traditional architecture gives classicists a big advantage. If we have the courage to fight this battle."

●  In other dark news, Darke delves into Idlib, Syria's "ancient, ruined riches - endangered and largely forgotten amid the bombs."

●  Venice is "choking on its own pollution" with diesel-powered vaporetti spewing out tons of carbon - a prototype hydrogen-powered vaporetto sits idle "because Italian law doesn't allow boats powered by alternatives to fossil fuel to sail."

●  "Controlled blasting" inside Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, "home to sacred Native American burial sites," has begun to make way for a border wall "without consultation from the Native American nation."

Now for some good news

●  Johannesburg-based Counterspace Architects, the youngest-ever Serpentine Pavilion designers (3 partners turn 30 this year), is planning a pavilion "based on and inspired by places where people gather across London."

●  Betsky: cheers small design-build projects that "offer an alternative to the profession's focus on the big and profitable. It is the small projects that give me hope."

●  Morgan gives thumbs-up (and down) to Fox Point, "one of the most intriguing areas of Providence undergoing some remarkable changes" - too bad there's "a near frenzy of domestic construction" with row houses being "replaced by vanilla plain boxes - [they] are cheap and they look it - threatening the very character that makes the neighborhood so appealing in the first place."

●  Eyefuls of projects by "architects obsessed with turning cities into forests to combat climate change. These unreal photos show that the extraordinary idea actually works - biophilia should be used to bridge the gap between 'the haves and the have nots.'"

●  Nicholas de Monchaux appointed to lead the Department of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning "at a time of rapid technological change, enormous environmental challenges, and equally sweeping social shifts."

●  Rice parses former Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers' 22-year "legacy of leadership," who is now "leading AIA through the study, design and renovation of its headquarters building in Washington, D.C."

●  Landscape educator, historian, and curator John Beardsley is selected to curate the inaugural Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize ($100,000 purse).

Winners all:

●  CTBUH announces the winners of its Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020 Fellows, and 10-Year Award of Excellence winners.

●  Nine projects take home the 2020 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards (IDEAS2).

●  Winners of the 2020 U.S. WoodWorks Wood Design Awards announced.

●  Eyefuls of the MICROHOME 2019 - Small Living, Huge Impact! design competition that is "spearheading the Small Scale Architecture Appreciation Movement" (see Betsky above).


  


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