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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: We have an early-morning commitment tomorrow, but we'll be back Thursday, January 12.

•   Lange considers what Late Modernism is and why we should care: with their "beefy bold shapes sticking their sharp corners in our faces," these buildings are "more refined than Brutalism, less picturesque than Postmodernism," and important to current and future design.

•   Zeiger ponders the fate of L.A.'s Late Modernist landmarks: once "architectural harbingers of coming urban utopia now have to prove their relevance. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?"

•   Campanella considers New Orleanians' rejection of Modernist architecture in the 1980s and 1990s: "For a city that for centuries had eagerly ingested the latest thinking in architecture, nostalgia-driven design was something new. Where did it come from?"

•   Architects and urban planners weigh in on how Trump should spend $1 trillion on infrastructure: Let's not "spend $1 trillion as quickly as possible - but make sure the plan is thoughtful, regardless of party."

•   Dickinson parses "a clearly defined separation between the Blue Academic Elite and Red Building Architects: "for good or for ill, there is an Architectural Electoral College that picks winners and losers."

•   BNIM's Bona, 2017 President, AIA San Diego, explains why San Diegans "need to stop being NIMBYs and become YIMBYs," once TODs get a "makeover" and are no longer considered "toxic" - this "holistic approach is in fact an elegant solution to the complex problem."

•   Krier minces no words when it comes to skyscrapers, whether "designed by world-class architects or hacks - they're destroying our cities" (as expected, comments are interesting, too).

•   Sadik-Khan proposes turning Fifth Avenue from Central Park to the Empire State Building into a pedestrian-friendly stretch: "This isn't just a feel-good experiment in civics, nor is it a public transit boondoggle" - it could "be that sweet spot where urbanism, transportation engineering, democracy and politics can align."

•   Kimmelman ventures to Detroit, and cheers the city lighting up with 65,000 new LED streetlights, "sending a message: It's O.K. to come out after dark - an example of how one smart urban-design decision can have ripple effects."

•   Fairs reports on RIBA's assertion that "UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit," but perhaps things "are not as straightforward as the RIBA suggests."

•   Meanwhile, the U.K.'s former building regulations minister is heading up a working group to review Brexit's impact on the construction industry.

•   Leonard offers a great chronicle of George Lucas trying to "give his $1.5 billion museum away," from the Presidio's Crissy Field and Chicago, to Round 3, "pitting San Francisco and Los Angeles against each other - his preference is probably San Francisco" (the illustrations are a hoot!).

•   Lamster reviews the designs for the new Texas Rangers ballpark: hopefully, "a misplaced and overgrown Roman aqueduct" featured in the "woozy initial renderings" will disappear; it's also "a lot to pay for civic pride. But at least those who come to regret the cost will be able to do so in comfort."

•   The inaugural Miller Prize names 5 winners to design "temporary installations at the site of five iconic architectural landmarks in Columbus, Indiana."

•   More on the Schumacher / ZHA fracture: in a leaked, 560-word email (from his i-Phone!), he says the firm's disclaimer of his "incendiary comments" was unauthorized: "I am in good spirits trusting that my faux pas will be forgiven."

•   NCARB signs an architectural licensing agreement with Australia and New Zealand, similar to those already set with Canada and Mexico.

•   Lahey reports that the "trendy concept" of design thinking "is in high demand among educators," but it "seems likely to fail as an educational tool when communicated in terms of 'Five Simple Steps.'"

•   A report on Open Architecture Collaborative setting new priorities in public interest design by developing mentorship and training programs.

•   Call for entries: New York Affordable Housing Challenge International Architecture Competition.

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