Today’s News - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

●  Bacchi reports on research by the Coalition for Urban Transitions findings: "Investments in climate-friendly infrastructure like rooftop gardens, cycle lanes and renewable energy across world's cities could support 87 million jobs by 2030" - governments should also "invest more in green cities to beat coronavirus slump."

●  McGuigan on Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "After a decade of contention and adaptation, [it] has finally opened as both a dramatic tribute to the war hero who became President, and as a jewel of public space - the backstage drama isn't evident in the finished memorial, a calm and gracious public space."

●  King x 2: He weighs in on new student housing on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue: "If Harry Potter and Fred Flintstone designed a building together, it might look like this - a McMansion. On acid. It has nutty gravitas. The weird thing is, it works" (despite its "tangled back-story").

●  He reports on the "three design contenders to become the city's next official public trash can - all contemporary in appearance, with a distant resemblance to stylish air filters."

●  Kamin re: a 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial: "While [it] has often baffled non-architects with jargon-laced wall text - the event, at its best, cements Chicago's identity as a global architectural capital" - but with a curator not yet named and the quandary over its format caused by the pandemic, there are a couple of options on the table.

●  Kimmelman's latest walkabout: He "chats about the beloved stretch from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Along with century-old jewels of Midtown, a crop of supertall, anorexic apartment towers for the ultrarich have lately redrawn the city skyline" (fab photos by Zack DeZon!).

●  Brussat x 2: He responds to historic Newport, Rhode Island's recent "moratorium on development in order to suck its elegant thumb about its development guidelines" - it should demand "what the people want, not what the befuddled design elite wants" (w/link to Alex Ulam's in-depth report in Bloomberg CityLab).

●  He gives (mostly) thumbs-up to one new and three renovated buildings on Providence, RI's Westminster Street that "mostly improve the city's historical character" - but the upper story of a project up the street "is a clunky chunk of brooding darkness - unremitting schlock" (ouch!).

●  Mortice updates the controversy re: Sugimoto's plans for the Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden that tinkers a bit too much with Bunshaft's "single and total work of art," says TCLF's Birnbaum - "absolute fidelity to the relationship between the building and landscape is warranted."

●  Hickman brings us the alarming news that a wrecking ball is headed for Paul Rudolph's Burroughs Wellcome HQ in Durham, North Carolina - "what was originally suspected/hoped to be an asbestos abatement-related undertaking" prior to restoration work "has turned out to be site prep for a full demolition."

●  In brighter news, after years of controversy, Frank Lloyd Wright's David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix has a bright future as new buyers, including Taliesin West apprentices and School of Architecture at Taliesin board members, "plan to restore and preserve the spiral house" (lots of pix!).

●  Cuozzo: tells us the tale "behind the rise of KPF's 77-story One Vanderbilt - the mighty new skyscraper" next to NYC's grand Grand Central Station - "the design is humanely crafted from an eye-catching steel spire to the new subway and terminal entrances and public plaza at the base."

●  Lizzie Crook reports on Foster + Partners' Cairo hospital that "embodies latest research" on biophilic design and "will prioritize connecting patients with nature to boost their wellbeing" (with views of a lake and the Egyptian pyramids, to boot!).

●  Lendlease is tapped to design, build Google's new 40-acre, mixed-use development in Mountain View, California, that includes 1.3 million square feet of office space, up to 1,850 residential units (20% affordable housing), lots of retail and event space - and 12 acres of open space.

Winners all:

●  Sitz profiles Arch Record's five 2020 Women in Architecture Award winners who are "leaders, innovators, activists, and educators" - our heartiest congrats to Eizenberg, Betts, Dowdell, Gray, and Ponce de Leon!

●  Gaze upon the winners of the inaugural Docomomo US I Spy Modernism Architectural Photography Competition and "their personal takes on capturing modernism."


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