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Today’s News - Friday, January 23, 2015

•   Calys tries to grok the demise of Architecture for Humanity: "At this point, it's immaterial whose fault it was. The future of socially responsible design may hang in the balance."

•   Post-disaster humanitarian "is more than just supplying shelter" - a call for architects and engineers to get on the same page.

•   Eyefuls of latest, though not final, designs by Mecanoo/Martinez+Johnson for the renovation of Mies's MLK Memorial Library in Washington, DC.

•   Rosenbaum reviews preliminary renderings Holl's "suavely handsome" building for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and thinks it "will be well worth the wait and will make Houston a must-see destination for avid art-and-architecture buffs."

•   After a rendering appeared on Facebook, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance "decided it was time to go public."

•   Big plans by SHoP, Dattner, Handel, and Beyer Blinder Belle for a six acres in Manhattan's Lower East Side (affordable housing and Warhol Museum included).

•   A Chinese firm builds the tallest 3D printed building - a five-story apartment block (and 3D-printed mansions, too!), indicating "the possible implications this form of construction could have on housing affordability, access, and customization" in our future.

•   ASLA has big plans to transform its Washington, DC HQ into a new Center for Landscape Architecture "that reflects the complexity and vitality of our profession" - with the help of Gensler and Oehme, van Sweden (and a lotta friends).

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em, since we didn't post last Friday):

•   Lerner lauds MoMA's intentions in "Uneven Growth," but in the end, it disappoints (a most thoughtful, in-depth review).

•   In Coral Gables, "Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century" looks at planning for climate change and sea level rise in Greater Miami.

•   The traveling exhibit "Rebuild by Design" lands at AIA HQ in DC.

•   "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" at Chicago's Graham Foundation "brings together 14 young design offices to consider the architectural treatise as a site for theoretical inquiry, experimentation, and debate."

•   "Production Routes" at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art explores the why and where large, prefabricated concrete panels became popular between 1931-81, with films and models that "portray the ambivalence of modern housing projects" (some great pix).

•   "When the Future Had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959 - 1973," at Christopher W. Mount Gallery in L.A., "is a rare opportunity to see some great drawings that never came to fruition" (they're luscious!).

•   Moore and Walker are quite taken by a new documentary about Sérgio Bernardes, "a star of 60s Brazil, a brilliant architect and a mesmerizing man. And then almost forgotten."

•   Shiffman says "The Architecture of Change: Building a Better World" "is an inspiring homage to the writing and legacy of Kingsley Hammett" - and "a must-read."

•   Goldin hails Suisman's "Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public": it "remains today, as it was 25 years ago, a contrarian essay fashioned with an urbane and civilized pen...remains a guide, even if the road ahead is unclear."

•   Grozdanic cheers Martin's "The Architecture of David Lynch": his "readiness to inhabit often uncomfortable and dangerous places in order to gain new insights is his ultimate legacy to both filmmakers and architects."

•   Ferro is fascinated by Jetsonen's "Saarinen Houses" - "all of which look eminently livable and human-scale, not just beautiful."


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