Today’s News - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

●  Ravenscroft- reports that Milan's Salone del Mobile furniture fair is postponed because of the coronavirus - ditto the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt, and the Design Shanghai and Festival of Design in China.

●  On to brighter news: Simek cheers the "20-minute neighborhoods" trend (15 minutes in Paris - see "Yesterday's News") that "could solve many of Dallas' urban problems in one fell swoop" - though, with sprawl written into the city's DNA, would it work?

●  Reiner-Roth reports on "Resilient Houston," a "multi-billion-dollar resiliency master plan pushed forward thanks to the recent appointment" of Chief Resilience Officer Aho (who helped craft L.A.'s resiliency plan).

●  Toussaint x 2: How New Orleans nuns are working with Waggonner & Ball to "turn their convent into a 25-acre beautiful, flood-preventing urban wetland" that "will be one of the country's largest urban wetlands" - though not yet built, it is looked at as a model project for other cities.

●  She brings us NH Architecture's Burwood Brickworks shopping center in Melbourne being "touted as the most sustainable in the world," boasting a rooftop farm, renewable energy generation, wastewater recycling - and "aiming to achieve Living Building Challenge certification."

●  Barragan hopes Pershing Square news that "the concrete 'fortress'" in L.A. is "'officially' headed for a makeover we've been waiting for" - but "transforming the park in phases leaves the project in a vulnerable position."

●  Simek cheers the news that DS+R has been tapped to re-imagine Frank Lloyd Wright's 1959 Kalita Humphreys Theater, a "long-neglected architectural gem" in Dallas.

●  Stephens' post-occupancy evaluation of Tod Williams Billie Tsien's makeover of Centerbook's Hood Museum at Dartmouth College that "drastically altered Charles Moore's venerated artifact" - the "flow" is much better. "Even so, nothing is perfect."

●  FXCollaborative has towering plans for a supertall to rise above Macy's Manhattan flagship (with Nordstrom's flagship now nestled into AS+GG's suptertall Central Park Tower a new trend to save retail, perhaps?).

●  The artist known as Mr. Brainwash is turning Meier's 1996 - now vacant - Paley Center in Beverly Hills into his own museum - it already has all the amenities expected in a museum, "from a library to, of course, a gift shop."

●  Polyzoides of Moule & Polyzoides Architects (and CNU co-founder) is appointed dean of Notre Dame's School of Architecture.

●  Q&A with OMA's Shigematsu re: "the future of urban landscapes and the difference between iconic spaces and iconic architecture" ("he thinks architecture needs a refresh").

●  Welton brings us eyefuls of Hollyhock House's new digital archive of FLW's "aspirational and inspirational masterpiece - what would Wright think? 'I would say he would be absolutely tickled pink because he was such a self-promoter,'" sayeth curator Herr.

●  One we couldn't resist: Seoul to improve living conditions for 1,500 households living in semi-basement apartments depicted in "Parasite."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #6: Charrette: The word has evolved and taken on a new meaning. Some Beaux-Arts terms have retained their original meanings - "atelier" is often used as a pretentious substitute for office.


●  The Society of Architectural Historians launches the SAH Data Project, 3 surveys "to determine where and in what ways the field of architectural history is expanding, receding, or holding steady" in higher education.

●  Wanted: AIA members to take the AIA/Center for WorkLife Law's 10-minute survey "to learn more about your experiences at work."

●  Call for entries: Tamayouz International Award 2020 for Graduation Projects, open to final year students worldwide (1st Prize: 2-year scholarship to the University Polytechnic of Milan; 2nd & 3rd Prize: travel scholarships).


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