Today’s News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

●  ANN feature: rise in the city 2018 Update: Student designs for affordable housing in Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa, are in and - hot-off-the-press - winning designs will be prototyped! (A few prized blocks needing sponsors remain.)

●  Kimmelman visits a barrio in Puerto Rico and finds that there are some serious hitches in post-Hurricane Maria rebuilding efforts that is not good news for many long-time residents of the island's many barrios (a sad tale, indeed).

●  Van Mead offers a fascinating/sad look at how Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) "is erasing its heritage. More than a third of the Vietnamese city's historic buildings have been destroyed - its modernist heritage may be next."

●  Higginbottom offers a fascinating/hopeful look at how architects and urban planners, from Mosul, Syria, to Marawi, the Philippines, "are trying to battle shortsighted planning and create new urban spaces" in their post-ISIS world: "Without strict regulation, developers will be simply following profit rather than social harmony."

●  A look at how Bernard Khoury "is helping young people remember Beirut's complicated past."

●  Hewitt explains "why reusing buildings should be the next big thing - as the best way to fight climate change" (and how the AIA is late in getting with the program).

●  Peters takes a look at how architects are future-proofing parking garages, designing them so they "can easily morph into offices or housing - something more useful than car storage."

●  Carras considers the tiny house movement: They "look marvelous but have a dark side: three things they don't tell you on marketing blurb" (Spur, Texas, "is pitching itself as the first tiny house friendly town in America" - a response to a declining population).

●  Moore would like to return to the days when "council houses were once a glory of the public realm. It's scandalous that local authorities are being forced to rent from private landlords the same properties they once owned" (though there is a bit of good news).

●  Anderton x 2: She ponders whether the "radical" rezoning plan proposed for Minneapolis could "serve as a wake-up call for other cities with housing pains, like Los Angeles."

●  She catches up with Dezeen's Marcus Fairs in his London office to talk about "hyper-capitalism" and how "the Brexit vote has implicated the design community."

●  It's a DS+R-in-London kind of day: Wainwright wonders whether their new Centre for Music is "the Tate Modern for classical music - the whole thing looks like a greatest-hits mash-up of the architects' back catalogue. For now, it all feels a bit flimsy, a flashy traffic cone" (and there's an "elephant in the room").

●  Bevan takes a first look at the new Centre for Music: "Elizabeth Diller is about to lay siege to the Barbican," and her "siege engine of choice" is a "glassy ziggurat" (but she "resists the idea of the building as a spectacle").

●  Jessel talks to Diller: "Our London concert hall will tackle Barbican's flaws - and improve its 'body language,'" and she "admitted that working on the scheme was 'terrifying and fantastic.'"

●  Brussat delves into two projects in Turkey and China that illustrate "bad trad and good trad" (highlighted in ANN last Thursday), and "show the use and misuse of classical traditions" ("mod-symp nudnik" included).

●  Moore offers one of the more refreshing takes on the Bauhaus: It "was irrational as much as rational, mystical as much as practical and medieval as much as modern" + What the Bauhaus legacy means to Libeskind, Foster, Ulrich Obrist, Franch i Gilabert, etc.

●  UNESCO and UIA designate Rio de Janeiro as the World Capital of Architecture 2020 - where the next UIA world congress will gather in 2020.

●  Safdie wins the 2019 Wolf Prize for Architecture - one of Israel's most important awards - with $100,000 purse.

●  The Australian Institute of Architects appoints Julia Cambage as its new CEO.

●  ICYMI: ANN Exclusive: Q&A with Bernhard Karpf, recently named managing principal of Richard Meier & Partners, re: what the new leadership is doing to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.


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