Today’s News - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

●  Colin Marshall makes the case for urban critics - "city criticism should be recognized as distinct and necessary" with "a mandate to keep readers engaged and thinking - by treating the city as one of the very richest, most stimulating subjects available."

●  Fleur Macdonald tackles the "Glasgow effect": Life expectancy there "has long been notoriously low, but planners are starting to learn how to make citizens healthier - and happier. If designed well, cities can be good for us."

●  Pedersen's Q&A with Prashant Kapoor, architect and World Bank's expert on sustainable design in the emerging markets re: "the challenge of green building in the developing world": "Our work in developing countries has to save money, not just save the planet."

●  Hawthorne is part of the Cool Streets LA. Pilot program that "combines several cooling strategies to help lower temperatures" and add shade on the streets of Los Angeles.

●  Brussat gives (mostly) thumbs-up to McKeough's "The Return of Golden Age Design" in the NYT with "plenty of passages and quotations that warm the cockles of your peripatetic classicist," but many of the illustrations "can be hard to distinguish from some of the more frisky modernist glass towers" - where are the Sterns, Pennoyers, et al.? (thanks for the h/t to ANN!).

●  Lange on MoMA: "The power of the new MoMA comes from the art, not the architecture" - there are "beauty moments," but "the lobby felt like an airport after the apocalypse, or perhaps pre-zombie invasion, tense but ready for the horde - let me act as your critical concierge" with "five itineraries for five different types of visitors."

●  Kamin x 2: He cheers the rebirth of Chicago's XXXL-sized Old Post Office, once "considered an irredeemable white elephant": He "came away impressed - after years of false hopes and cockamamie plans" (and oh, the "ball gown-beautiful grandeur" of the lobby!).

●  He presents Helmut Jahn's 74-story 1000M tower, a "silvery skyscraper" with "a distinct silhouette," but the "groundbreaking does not guarantee it will be built" - Calatrava's Chicago Spire "site remains a hole in the ground."

●  King gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the Golden State Warriors' $1.6 billion arena - "that raucous enclosed oval - both lively and comfortable enough to atone for the confusing, though often satisfying, jumble of spaces within the silvery orb - and an oddly fitting symbol of today's San Francisco" that "delivers not just the glitz - but also self-assured depth."

●  Saval delves into how "Shigeru Ban is changing the priorities of architecture" by "designing shelters for the displaced" that "reflects a volatile world - his most important structures require disaster and death in order to exist - the profession is increasingly being discussed as a social mission" that he's been pursuing for decades.

●  Beamon reports on NOMA's 2019 conference last week that attracted "about half of all licensed African-American architects in the U.S.," and focused on "design justice and recruiting the next wave of licensed architects" with strategies that "offer a prototype of incentives the profession at large could reproduce."

●  Crosbie is shaking things up at U. of Hartford, taking on the sacred cow that is the studio "with a new wrinkle in the 'group project' approach" by having students "swap projects in the middle of the design process - not without the occasional grouse. But they are still talking to me. Sort of."

●  Joyner tackles "balancing studio with other classes. It's an unwritten rule: you do whatever it takes to have a great studio project," but "should studio reign over our other studies? Some questions to keep in mind when making such a decision."

●  Ciuccarelli, founding director of the Center for Design at Northeastern University, "likens the presentation of information to the creation of a building. Without context, they fall flat" - he "finds himself in a digital, data-centric field, one full of smoke and mirrors. It's begging for an architect's mind."

●  Fairs finds a much more pessimistic attitude from Errazuriz, who says the "rise of artificial intelligence means architects are 'doomed' - 90% will lose their jobs as AI takes over the design process. 'The thing is you're not that special'" (become software developers instead).

●  Guimapang, on a lighter note, brings us Manifold Garden that uses "parametric design, Escheresque geometries, and architectural narrative" in a "visually tasteful and mesmerizing puzzle game" that "explores complex geometries and mind-bending architecture."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends incorporated into the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.

Winners all:

●  Hopkirk reports that Junya Ishigami & Associates has won the inaugural €100,000 architecture prize, the Obel Award for a water garden in Tochigi, Japan, where hundreds of trees "set to be chopped down to make way for a hotel" were transplanted to a rice field + Jury statement.

●  Surface Travel Awards 2019, the 3rd annual "celebration of the year's most attention-grabbing efforts in travel and design that take bold risks and push conceptual - and physical - boundaries."

●  In a continuing tribute to 2019 Gold Medalists Koning and Eizenberg, ArchitectureAU asked "colleagues, peers and collaborators to speak to the practice's diverse portfolio of sensitive and thoughtful public projects."

●  KOKO Architects wins the competition for Tallinn's Central Market in Estonia that will include a market and office and apartment blocks - and will be car-free.

●  Estudio Aisenson + ASN/nOISE's Bridge+Boulevard proposal for Buenos Aires Expo 2023 wins first place in an international competition.


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