Today’s News - Thursday, January 25, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 30.

●  ANN feature: Lovell delves into how The Alliance Center in Denver, designed by Gensler for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, offers a model for how aging buildings can be transformed into thriving, sustainability-focused, collaborative workspaces.

●  P. Bernstein rebuts Dickinson's recent take on architectural education: "Contrary to popular myth, the schools are leading the way into the future - the discussion would benefit from some facts on the ground, so here goes..."

●  The shine seems to be wearing off architects' love of glass skyscrapers: "even with improved glass, some critics believe that glass buildings are bad for cities and people living in them" (some notable names weigh in).

●  The Fine Arts Commission is not thrilled with BIG's new version of its master plan for the Smithsonian, so it's back to the drawing board - again ("It has nothing to do with preservation and it's not good design" - ouch!).

●  If Heatherwick's Garden Bridge is now dead in the water, Anderson wonders "why won't the story go away? Taxpayers have been mugged over the fiasco and it's time we had some explanation."

●  Gehry releases new - "and nearly final" - designs for his long-delayed Grand Avenue project in Los Angeles - he "has found ways to reconcile his vision with costs" (lots of pix!).

●  Moore cheers Feilden Clegg Bradley's Hayward Gallery refurbishment, now "a brutal beauty" revealing "the true glories of the once-despised South Bank gallery" - all it needed "was a bit of tender loving care to bring out its good side" ("what took them so long?").

●  A great round-up of "the most important new museums and expansions in 2018."

●  Lutyens puts the "new generation of theater buildings" center stage: "an eclectic, characterful aesthetic is taking over from the neutral 'black-box' concept" (a great, in-depth, international round-up!).

●  A look inside Babcock Ranch in Florida, America's first solar-powered town with more than 300,000 solar panels spread across 440 acres (and about 80% of the land turned it into a wildlife preserve - yay!).


●  Call for entries: NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants (U.S.) for the design, purchase, construction, restoration or renovation of facilities and historic landscapes.

●  Call for entries: LAGI 2018 Melbourne: Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful (international - no fee!).

●  Call for entries: 2018 AIA National Photography Competition (open to architects registered in the U.S. - images from anywhere).

●  Call for entries: 2018 Radical Innovation Awards: hospitality concepts that provide new meaningful travel experiences.

●  Call for entries: 2018 SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (international).

Winners (and almost winners) all!

●  An impressive international shortlist in the running for AR/AJ's Women in Architecture Awards 2018 and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.

●  Five finalists in the running for the 2018 City of Dreams Pavilion for Governors Island this summer.

●  Rovang takes home the 2017 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship and $50,000 to travel the world exploring "the public history of world industrial heritage."

●  Eyefuls of the 14 winners of the 2017 AIA Architectural Photography Competition (some real stunners!).

●  Winners of the Skyhive Skyscraper Challenge show "an ambition to rewrite the definition of the 21st-century skyscraper."

Weekend diversions:

●  Dovey dives into "Intertidal" in Miami Beach that "examines how the city can use infrastructure and ecology to adapt" to sea-level rise.

●  "Drawings' Conclusions: The Ends of the Line" at a new pop-up gallery in NYC presents three decades of drawings by 13 architects "during the time of architecture's transition from hand drawing to digital representation."


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