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Today’s News - Friday, May 29, 2015

•   While we're not very good at tooting our own horn, the Philadelphia University School of Architecture just posted a Q&A with yours truly as part of its Expert Interview program (toot toot!).

•   Appelbaum on the uncertainty of our future in an era of climate change: "In uncertain times, urban design should make public places more flexible, more reassuring, and more public. Even big-budget projects [like The Dryline] are trying to design in human connections to manage uncertainty."

•   Whitaker wades into what is perhaps "the most intriguing" (though unseen) feature of the new Whitney - its custom flood-mitigation system (a post-Sandy add-on): "While the country has been stuck in a surreal debate over the reality of climate change, institutions in vulnerable areas are having to respond in real time," bringing on "an era of improvised ingenuity, of localized efforts to address a problem in dire need of a global solution."

•   No matter which Chicago park the Obama Presidential Library lands in, South Siders "are already dreaming big about the potential ripple effects. They want jobs and housing - and they want it in writing."

•   Long lays out his vision for the V&A's new outpost at Olympicopolis that "will have a strong focus on architecture and urbanism," and an impressive team to steer the development - he's also looking to hire a senior curator (job posting included).

•   Bernstein offers his take on the One World Observatory: "The best part of a visit may be the ride to the 102nd floor. The problem is it lasts only 47 seconds," and, despite a few quibbles, it is "a chance to celebrate New York's post-9/11 renaissance. And then there's the elevator ride down - almost as enjoyable as the ride up."

•   Eyecandy for the day: a photo tour through the new Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (yum-yum!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Betsky sees "a Calatrava future" in Disney's new "Tomorrowland" - and hopes it never comes, especially if it's in the shape of the "failed carcass of cultural aspirations, sitting in a Spanish flood plain as it gathers debt and loses roof tiles. I say we need less Calatrava and more funk."

•   BD picks some of the best trips worth making at the London Festival of Architecture, starting Monday.

•   Lange finds many levels of meaning at Manhattan's MAD show "Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Mid-century and Today" about "women's role in postwar Modernism" and "the uneasy gender imbalance between craft and industrial design."

•   Iovine is more than intrigued with MoMA's Latin America show: it "does not offer pat conclusions about whether the building boom found the answers to massive urban problems or improved the lives of those most in need. But this very complex diversity is, in fact, the show's strongest recommendation and the source of its compelling fascination."

•   Torre ponders whether the MoMA show does the region justice, and concludes it does: the "richly documented exhibition aspires to present architecture from within the cultures it examines, an objective largely achieved."

•   Blahut cheers the Graham Foundation's Bo Bardi show, which "emphasizes how her work and writings have influenced contemporary architecture - and the inclusiveness of her designs, both socially and aesthetically."

•   Eliasson brings LEGOs to the High Line - along with a slew of starchitects working in the nabe "contributing one building which the public will then be able to adapt, extend or work around."

•   Philly's "first foray into a season-long celebration of outdoor fun at The Oval" is "Future Sensations," an "exhibition of epic proportions" with "ephemeral pavilions" offering a "sensory journey of science, storytelling and art" (celebrating Saint-Gobain's 350th, too!).

•   Green cheers Lydon and Garcia's thoughtful, informative "Tactical Urbanism" for being "the first book to really organize all the small fixes that seem to have spontaneously sprung up in so many communities in a way that everyone can understand."

•   Flint cheers "Busby: Architecture's New Edges," which "details the theory and practice of what might be called Green Building 2.0. The idea is not to be satisfied with efficiency for its own sake."

•   Webb is fairly wow'd by Pallister's "Sacred Spaces: Contemporary Religious Architecture": "sacred spaces are enjoying a creative revival, even as congregations dwindle and organized religion feels increasingly irrelevant (or repellent) in the developed world - a covetable volume."


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