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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Okamoto's great Q&A with Deamer re: The Architecture Lobby's Just Design fair labor certification initiative: "Whether seeking Just Design certification or not, the questions that we ask within our nomination process are those that our industry should absolutely consider." -- Kamin minces no words about what he thinks of the "travesty" that is an upcoming Chicago Plan Commission vote on Lincoln Yards: "Something smells bad here. If key aspects remain in flux - the revised plan should be presented at a large community meeting - major questions remain unanswered." -- Lam x 2 re: Sidewalk Toronto: It is a "significant experiment in smart city design. There has been political turmoil over the project," but "it's worth looking at the panoply of groundbreaking architectural innovations that Sidewalk has been developing." -- She delves into the details in a great Q&A with Sidewalk Labs' Director of Buildings Innovation Khalifa about the architectural details, including a "kit of parts" to build a dozen mass timber towers, and "innovations in infrastructure to encourage flexibility of use" ("stoas" sound cool!). -- Davidson cheers D.C.'s The Warf, a "built-from-scratch neighborhood that doesn't gaslight us into pretending it's something it isn't" - instead of "ersatz charm and shrink-wrapped chic," it "has absorbed the latest in place-making wisdom - designed with sensitivity and flair." -- Brussat responds to a Boston Globe story on what Boston's past means for its future: "The story seemed to say that Boston's historic character isn't worth a hill of beans." -- The "Modernist ruin" of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's 1966 St. Peter's Seminary in Cardross is an "albatross around the neck" of the Roman Catholic Church, who can't even give it away, but Alan Dunlop says it "is as important as Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art," and hopes the government will "spend money on saving it" (fab photos!). -- Moore marvels at Witherford Watson Mann's Nevill Holt Opera House: "Its virtues are intense levels of thoughtfulness and discreet wit. It is a place that can make opera feel fresh and alive." -- Sussman finds "revealing" results when she asked more than 500 people to "draw a house as if they were five": 70% drew what she calls a "primal pattern" (symmetrical windows and a central door): "Streetscapes with primal patterning in their architecture will always be easier for us to feel at home in. Tracking primal patterning may even prove useful [in] building successful developments in the future." -- Chris Downey gets the "60 Minutes" treatment: Since going blind 10 years ago, he "says he's actually gotten better at his job": "I just needed new tools. It wasn't about what I'm missing in architecture, it's about what I had been missing in architecture." -- Mithun opens a 3rd office via L.A. merger with Hodgetts + Fung, henceforth Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung. -- Not your typical architecture news story: Gehry gets a 5-year restraining order against a man who sent him death threats via e-mail - and inquired about getting a job at the firm. -- A great profile of Ossipoff, "who brought Tropical Modernism to Hawaii - in learning from his work, a model for a more sustainable future arises." -- ICYMI: ANN feature: Plaut pens Part 2 of our "Building Abundance" series, offering 3 keys to abundant design. -- ICYMI: ANN feature: Hall Kaplan cheers the 6th edition of "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles" by Gebhard & Winter (despite its "gloomy" cover).

Winners all (and one cool deadline):
-- Speaking of Hawaii, the AIA Film Challenge 2018 People's Choice Award winner is "the story of indigenous architect Francis Palani Sinenci and his efforts to preserve ancient Hawaiian cultural practices." -- Philippe Starck, who "has changed the industry more than once," takes home the 2019 Frame Lifetime Achievement Award. -- The 2019 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition names five finalists - this year, it will rise on Roosevelt Island instead of Governors Island. -- Winners of The Great Kemeri Bog Visitor Center architecture competition for an iconic entryway to the park in Latvia hail from the Czech Republic, Uruguay, and France. -- Call for entries (deadline looms!): Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench for an exhibition at the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut (categories: Fantastical; Functional; Collaborative).

  

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