Today’s News - Thursday, February 7, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, February 12.

●  Holden & Holt call for green buildings to "do more to fix our climate emergency. We know it can be done, but it needs policy, regulation and incentives in order for it to become business as usual. When there are no consequences for failure, we set ourselves up for mediocrity, not progress."

●  Sisson parses Chicago's $6 billion plan for Lincoln Yards, and raises fundamental questions (for other cities, too), such as: "Can we create working neighborhoods out of whole cloth; should the public help fund their construction"; and can they benefit the whole city?

●  Fixsen's Q&A with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel re: "the genesis and impact of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and his wider cultural initiatives": "It's about bringing architects back and doing great civic work" (no mention of Lincoln Yards).

●  Jensen & Thrall parse their study of a Texas economic development program that "shows why New Yorkers should be skeptical" of the Amazon HQ2 deal - they "have good reason to worry. Taxpayers in any American city considering luring a company with cash should take heed."

●  Kyoto's pre-2020 Summer Olympics building boom is keeping archaeologists busy: "Japanese law doesn't require developers to permit archaeological excavations before construction, but many do," though "only 1% of the relics uncovered are being preserved."

●  Betsky, after a preview of Exhibit Columbus and Miller Prize winners, ponders: "When did the fabricators take over the avant-garde? Don't get me wrong, I am fascinated by some of the strange forms these architects have produced, but I enjoy weirdness even more when it has some justification."

●  Stephens cheers Gensler and Jungles' Ford Foundation makeover: "For those concerned that dragging this landmark into the 21st century would ruin it - the building has kept its elegance and stateliness. The sensitive renovation has left the ineffable aura intact."

●  Morgan reflects on the legacy of Saarinen's John Deere HQ in Moline, Illinois, winner of the 1993 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award: It "embodies the idea that Modernism doesn't have to be sparse and plain. Echoes of the Smithsons' 'Mies made gutsy' ethos seems entirely appropriate."

●  Grimley & McLean celebrate Boston City Hall's 50th anniversary with a limited edition bronze lapel pin, a reproduction of the one "given to attendees of the building's opening ceremony in 1969 - they are a tiny but mighty tribute to one of the city's most controversial buildings" - and a portion of sales goes to docomomo US.

Deadlines (most with cash prizes!):

●  Call for entries: Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC Housing Design Competition (international): a two-stage competition for small-scale, urban infill housing on underutilized City-owned land.

●  Call for entries (registration deadline extended - but looms!): 'Missing Middle' Edmonton Infill Design Competition (international): proposals for a multi-unit, medium-density, or 'missing middle', housing development on 5 City of Edmonton lots.

●  Call for entries: Hustle Hub - Youth Housing Design Competition '19 (international): a replicable, affordable co-living housing concept for Moscow.

●  Call for entries (deadline looms): Serpentine Augmented Architecture (international): propose imaginary city spaces and speculations on the built environment to be experienced in augmented reality (AR) at the Serpentine Galleries this summer (Google Arts & Culture and Adjaye involved).

●  Call for entries (deadline extended - but looms!): Good Design Is Good Business 2019 awards (international).

●  Call for entries (deadline extended - but looms!): Architectural Record Design Vanguard 2019 (international - no fee!).

Weekend diversions:

●  Wainwright finds that "David Adjaye: Making Memory" at London's Design Museum shows "the architect has worked on memorials of all kinds - with mixed results. It is frustrating, because an exhibition of contemporary monument and memorial design from around the world would be a fascinating thing. Limiting the scope to the work of one architect makes it less so."

●  Foges, on the other hand, says the Adjaye show "questions the use of architectural objects to shape or articulate collective memory - Adjaye couches his response as a 'provocation' to visitors. His analyses are not offered as a manifesto, but as an invitation to reflect."

●  Mason, likewise, says the "exciting" Adjaye exhibition "is a must-visit. What makes it so special is that it reveals his distinctive talents in forsaking the very notion of one-dimensional steel- and glass-clad towers. In eschewing static structures frozen in time, he serves up complex, dynamic projects."

●  Adams cheers the CCA's "Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths" that "explores how postmodern architecture was deeply connected to social issues and the day-to-day concerns of its creators - there's a memory trigger from 1965-1990 around every corner," with each gallery "illustrating that postmodernism is not what you thought."

●  O'Neill cheers Harvard's "The Bauhaus and Harvard" that offers more than just iconic objects. It tells the tale of the Bauhaus's "untold Impact on everyday design in America - a distinctive, lesser-known perspective," including highlighting its "gender inclusivity, in a time when such things weren't exactly de rigueur."

●  In Beirut, "Niemeyer in Lebanon: Concept and Development of the Tripoli International Fair Project" hopes to "draw the public attention to the building and the need for maintenance and public use of the space."

●  At his year's "Warming Huts" in Winnipeg, 7 "engaging new installations hit the ice" (until the end of the skating season).

●  Desert X, the art and architecture-focused biennial in Coachella Valley, east of Los Angeles, "will highlight a who's-who of rising international creatives" (and a podcast by Anderton & Artsy).


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