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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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A new development on Boston's waterfront, planned/designed by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA (with an OMA NY high rise for good measure) takes into account the project's "biggest neighbor: the ocean" and rising sea levels. -- Miranda takes us on an insightful (and amusing) tour of the soon-to-be-vacated "jumble" of Los Angeles Times buildings, an "architectural time machine" that "changed along with the city, though not always gracefully" (ugly carpets, "an architectural mullet," and cool spaces included); Hawthorne weighs in, too. -- Brown parses the V&A's "less scary" porcelain-tiled piazza and entrance by AL_A that is driving up visitor numbers. -- Inside Beijing's Well Living Lab of fake offices and homes "inhabited by human guinea pigs" monitored by scientists "to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive." -- The U.S. State Department announces the team behind "What Moves You," the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which includes Fentress Architects and Giuliani Associates Architects. -- Foster wins the 2018 American Prize for Design "for his lifetime achievements in the field of industrial design." -- One we couldn't resist: If you happen to have $23 million lying around, FLW's Ennis House is back on the market (fab photos!).

Memorial moment (that leaves us so sad):
-- Call for entries: Pulse Memorial & Museum to honor the lives taken in the Orlando nightclub tragedy. -- Arad unveils his design for the Emanuel Nine Memorial honoring the lives lost and the survivors of the Charleston church shooting: "Before beginning work, he was asked to write an essay on forgiveness and his design approach." -- Three finalists in the running to design the Sandy Hook school shooting memorial.

Everything housing: affordable, pre-fab, modular, disaster relief:
-- K. Jacobs visits a Seattle startup on a "quest to disrupt prefab" with high hopes of helping to solve the affordable housing crisis instead of being "just another company hawking diminutive but swank homes." -- A Danish startup is "using industrial robotics to tackle difficult-to-produce freeform architecture - design features previously reserved for only the best-funded development projects will now be on the menu for more architects." -- The U.N., Yale, and Gray Organschi Architecture team up to design and build the 215-square-foot Eco Living Module, a "super-sustainable dwelling, built to push the limits of self-sufficiency" - on view at the U.N. thru today, then it's off on an international road tour. -- Korody parses Rensselaer students' "Second Lives: After Bottles" disaster relief housing prototype that avoids "the trap of striving for a universal fix. Regardless of whether it becomes actualized at a larger scale, it points to a potential role for architects in the crisis-filled new normal." -- Shigeru Ban, his Voluntary Architects' Network, and student volunteers use recycled paper tubes and fabric to create privacy in a school gymnasium for evacuees from the horrific floods in Japan. -- A look at how the NYC Public Design Commission put together the "Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing" guidelines for developers, designers, and community members.


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