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Today’s News - Thursday, February 19, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, February 23.

•   For ANN's Nuts + Bolts series (#11!), Crispino explains how candor, authenticity, and provocation (CAP) can create a firm culture that drives thoughtful, positive, and creative change.

•   Florida digs deep into a new Sprawl Index that "provides additional evidence not just of the extent and costs of sprawl but of the degree to which the U.S. continues to sort itself into two nations" (how depressing).

•   Misra x 2: She looks into Seattle's 20-year effort to fight sprawl: "The city's urban villages strategy is working - in some parts more than others."

•   She revisits a 1970s fight against gentrification in a Washington, DC, neighborhood, and how it "is still shaping the city today."

•   Merrick marvels at O'Donnell + Tuomey's LSE student center: it is "both an ingenious response to an almost impossible site and a bold, brilliant urban sculpture - honest and absolutely anti-iconic. In an architectural age dominated by shock and awe, it's peculiarly satisfying and encouraging" that it won the 2014 RIBA Gold Medal.

•   Montreal-based Provencher_Roy takes home the RAIC 2015 Architectural Firm Award: since 1983, "they have maintained an important and continuing involvement in advocacy, education, and community."

•   Bentley's Q&A with Betsky re: his move to head the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture: "his specific plans for the curriculum are still in progress" (never mind the fund-raising challenges).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Lydon posts Part Two of his review of MoMA's "Uneven Growth": it "fails to connect visionary ideas with what's possible now," but "an ever-growing and inspiring collection of built projects" on the show's website is its "best contribution."

•   Wainwright x 2: A thoughtful (and amusing) take on the Design Museum's 76-strong shortlist for Design of the Year, from "texting cows and life-saving toilets" to "the ultimate vanity project" makes for "a fascinating ragbag to rifle through" - picking a winner is "a task about as simple as comparing a hippopotamus to Portugal."

•   He cheers "Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client" at the Soane Museum: "Architects have always used alluring (or deceiving) drawings to get their way with 'meddling amateurs.'"

•   At Harvard, "The Way We Live Now: Modernist Ideologies at Work" at Corbu's Carpenter Center is "a cleanly organized, tightly curated presentation" that "simultaneously honors and critiques modern architecture's perceptual, social and political implications."

•   At the Vitra Design Museum, "Architecture of Independence - African Modernism" explores the "experimental and futuristic architecture produced in 1960s" that "conveys the architectural and social freedom and optimism of a region relishing the departure of colonial powers" with "bold, imaginative, and unconventional" design.

•   Q&A with curator Brooke Hodge re: the Heatherwick show at the Hammer in L.A.: "The interesting thing about Heatherwick Studio's work is that it doesn't have a particularly regional or British bent."

•   The Brooklyn Public Library hosts a show of winning designs in the Museum of Science Fiction competition.

•   Hall Kaplan "elucidates the inadequacies of affordable housing policy" (in his inimitable way), and cheers "a new perspective to the conversation" - Katan with Shiffman's "Building Together."

•   Berg's Q&A with Salingaros re: "Design for a Living Planet," and "what this proposed sustainable approach will look like and what architects will have to do to design it."

•   Darley hails Rohan's "The Architecture of Paul Rudolph": "The architectural monograph can be pedestrian, albeit dusted with a light icing of glamour. Not this one" - it is "frank, fair and intuitive, sets the record straight."

•   Stephens finds Koolhaas and Otero-Pailos's "Preservation is Overtaking Us" is "intriguing reading about the vagaries of preservation."

•   Webb gives two thumbs-ups to Ponsi's "love letter" to San Francisco: he has "captured its magic in poetic phrases and delicate images. This is a pocket book to treasure and re-read, and give to friends."



  


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