Today’s News - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

●  Moore delves deep into how landmark buildings in Gulf states by a bevy of starchitects "are at once expressions of progress and weapons in a cultural and architectural arms race" that "combine good intentions and political calculation," but "masks deeper ethical concerns."

●  Hopkins says "the recent battle to acquire the Trump Baby blimp is proof" that "museum collections are being hijacked by political agendas" by codifying 'rapid-response collecting.' It's not just intellectual and cultural vapidity that should concern us."

●  Betsky has a hard time coming to grips with the Frick Collection's recently approved "nip-and-tuck" expansion plan that "evidences no conception of classical architecture - the proposed additions appear so without distinguishing elements that I am at a loss of words to describe them" ("the Frick should just move").

●  Kamin finds "a troubling lack of detail" in the proposed $5 billion-plus Lincoln Yards development in Chicago: it may be "bold" and "ambitious" with some "good strokes," but it is "not yet a good neighbor - it should not resemble one of those instant cities in China."

●  Bernstein reports on Fentress Architects being tapped to design the U.S. Pavilion at 2020 World Expo in Dubai - and brings up the spotty success record of previous pavilions.

●  Keenan, co-author of a recent study on Climate Gentrification theory, raises "the ethical problems facing architects. Climate change is already turning cities, buildings and landscapes into sh%tshows. The more fundamental challenges" are professional ethics and legal liability.

●  Sisson parses "the High Line effect" and whether high-profile park projects that are "catalysts for development" can "play nice with neighboring communities - Chicago's 606 is "a case study in the consequences - and cost - of this new generation of urban amenities."

●  Green x 2: He cheers two "massive, city-changing riverfront parks" in Oklahoma, including MVVA's 100-acre, $485 million Gathering Place in Tulsa "designed to bridge the racial divide and bring reconciliation."

●  He has a great Q&A with retail planning consultant and new urbanist Gibbs re: why "mall closures are good for cities" (retailers are moving back): "It's essential a retail district have multiple uses and good public realms" ("trees cause you to spend more" - who knew!).

●  Slessor cheers London's Architecture Foundation efforts to make architecture more diverse: "Though it may be easy to dismiss such initiatives as minor moves in the wider scheme of architecture's stubbornly rooted culture of complacency and condescension, the fuse is lit. Expect fireworks."

●  One we couldn't resist: McManus explains how "architecture and rap music have influenced each other in ways we're just starting to notice - rappers name-dropping architects reflects an interesting development in the relationship between architecture and pop culture" + "7 Shout-Outs to Architects in Rap Lyrics."

Winners all:

●  Cheers for the five firms that won the Miller Prize and will design 2018-19 Exhibit Columbus installations (designs to be unveiled in January).

●  The Architectural Review announces ZAV Architects' Habitat for Orphan Girls in Khansar, Iran, as winner of the 2018 AR House award + the Highly Commended winners.

●  The 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards go to 15 projects.

●  Eyefuls of the Big Tiny Coffee House Challenge to reinvent the coffee shop in miniscule locations across northern Europe with an easily replicated design.

●  PennDesign names Williams and Tsien recipients of the inaugural Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design, the Kanter Tritsch Medal and a $50,000 fellowship goes to second-year M.Arch. student Adamski.


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