Today’s News - Thursday, December 10, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, December 15. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay especially safe.

●  Saffron re: Louis Kahn's "quirky and little-known" Point Counterpoint II music barge that "could be permanently moored at a glorious ruin that is being restored and converted into a mixed-use hub" - but "it is not quite the done deal" as has been reported."

●  Justin Davidson cheers ODA's Denizen, an art-filled 2-block apartment complex in Brooklyn with "the weirdness of a live-in Museum of Bushwick" - there's "hardly an undecorated surface" and "an almost comical variety of finishes" that "reads as exuberance rather than chaos - a development that's deliberately messy."

●  Wainwright cheers the winners and shortlisted firms in the U.K.'s Home of 2030 competition: "Given the likelihood of their eminently buildable ideas being watered down by the usual commercial constraints, the teams have chosen to go it alone - a fitting result for a competition that appeared to be little more than a government PR exercise to distract from the reality of retrograde reforms."

●  Gunts reports on the official opening of the White House's classically-inspired tennis pavilion that "draws 'tone deaf' criticism": "First Lady Melania Trump unveiled her latest contribution to the White House grounds and to American architecture."

●  Architect Teresa Hoskyns and formTL engineers have developed "Lunar Dome," a mobile tent that accommodates 1,600 visitors for the 3D Apollo 11 traveling roadshow (videos are fun - and who doesn't like a moon story?).

●  M Moser's pilot office for Okta's new HQ in San Francisco "explores a dynamic environment that serves as home bases for remote working employees to come together - designed to be a hub to give employees a 'recharge.' on Okta culture."

●  On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, "ASLA joins over a thousand leaders in affirming a commitment to global climate action" with the "America Is All In" declaration.

Winners all + 1 Deadline:

●  Call for entries: C40 Students Reinventing Cities: International competition to harness new models for green and thriving city neighborhoods; choose one (or several) site(s) from the 18 participating cities.

●  AIA 2021 honors include: Gold Medal: Edward Mazria; 2021 Architecture Firm Award: Moody Nolan; Edward C. Kemper Award: Anthony Schirripa; and Whitney M. Young Jr. Award: Pascale Sablan.

●  Katie Gerfen & Edward Keegan present winners of the 2020 Studio Prize - 6 studios that "encouraged students to think critically about the role of architecture and how designers can better engage with the communities they serve" (great presentations - and hope for the future!).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Dave Hora's Nature of Order #2: The First Eight of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness: These are properties that describe how centers work together to produce life in a given scope of the structural fabric we inhabit, the wholeness.

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  For your amusement - Ben Flatman's take on "The Crown": "Whatever happened to the episode where Charles triggers the architects? The prince's notorious speech was a missed opportunity for the profession to interest the public in what it does - they could always shoehorn in the carbuncle speech at the start of season five."

●  "Broken Nature," opening Saturday in MoMA's street-level galleries, "shows how design and architecture might jumpstart constructive change" and the concept of and strategies for restorative design (scroll down for lots of pix).

●  Ostrowski's Q&A with Daniel Parolek re: his book, "Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today's Housing Crisis," in which he argues that "building more medium-density housing could ease affordability squeeze" (once past the barriers).

●  Dan Parolek: "The answer to America's housing crisis might be housing types" that "provide a broad range of affordability. The reality in most cities is that their planning and regulatory systems are barriers to delivering the housing choices that communities need" (adapted from the introduction to "Missing Middle Housing").

●  Rowan Moore talks to "the audacious Dane" Bjarke Ingels re: his new book, "Formgiving: An Architectural Future History": With "a WTF fondness for puncturing piety and pomposity - he offers his 'oxymoron,' which makes complexity and contradiction into a charmingly consumable package."

●  Jared Green rounds up the Best Books of 2020 that "renew our hope for racial justice, human and environmental health, and climate action - now is a great time to explore bold new ideas."

●  Welton offers his essay from JoAnn Locktov's"Dream of Venice Architecture" - an "exquisite gem of a tome" that in "an era of pandemic, will transport its reader to better times and places."


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