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Today’s News - Thursday, November 12, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day. We''ll be back Monday, November 16. Happy Friday the 13th!

•   ANN Feature: In our "A Filtered View #2," Bloszies ponders "ubiquitous stuff" like mailboxes, newspaper stands, and signs of all kinds, and wonders: "Why is most of it so ugly?"

•   Wirtschafter reports on a symposium that pondered the future of downtown Cairo that "opened a window onto contested visions for the city" from "long-term residents, a newly-arrived creative class, and private developers."

•   More details (and great diagrams/sections) of Denmark's ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum expansion by schmidt hammer lassen and James Turrell.

•   Kennedy cheers the reopening of the "magnificent" Musée Rodin in Paris that "has been playfully vamped up" ("a chocolate surprise" included).

•   Owens outlines concerns raised by the Planning Accreditation Board's proposed changes to its standards that "would tone down current diversity language considerably," and "have shocked planners across the field," leaving some wondering "if the new diversity standards will be toothless."

•   Betsky is a bit concerned about plans to merge the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the National Architectural Accrediting Board: "I have no particular desire to preserve more bureaucracy, but I do think the two organizations stand for - or should stand for - two different things."

•   Cary and Pealer are more than a bit concerned about the AIA/AIAS's proposed student debt initiative, the National Design Services Act that "only advocate for architects" and not all designers, and point out an 8-year-old federal loan forgiveness program for graduates who work for 10 years in a public sector or nonprofit setting.

•   In the U.K., Jolliffe sees "immense value in professional experience during architectural education, but I am wary that there are tremendous opportunities for exploitation of students and a risk of over-burdening the profession."

•   Call for entries: 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten / Top Ten+ Awards.

•   Two we couldn't resist (and on our Christmas wish list): The architect-designed Arckit, a new model building toy, "has gained a strong foothold in the lucrative construction toy market but it is not just for kids."

•   Back to the future: the 1960s The Modern Christmas Tree has been brought back to life by the designer's grandson and lusciously photographed in Koenig's Stahl House overlooking L.A.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kamin cheers two Chicago Architecture Biennial outlying exhibits that offer "real-life evidence of how design can improve the human condition - you'll find a small miracle."

•   The Biennial's "Outside Design" tackles attempts to "re-weird design" (bats, frogs, and poetry included).

•   Filler flips for "Arkitektur-Striper: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form," an "intriguing new exhibition" in Oslo that "proves why a once déclassé graphic genre is able to explain buildings to the general public better than even the most immersive virtual-reality techniques" (with pix to prove it).

•   Sullivan sails around NYC in an excerpt from his "Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge," written to accompany the Center for Architecture's show of the same name - with fab photos by Felicella.

•   Millard weighs in on Kim and Carver's "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform" that "is both a handy overview of improvisations against accelerating crises, and a cogent set of arguments why no sane inhabitant of Earth can consider conditions anything but critical."

•   Bernstein gives thumbs-up to Mayne and Yi's "Haiti Now" and Lewis's weighty "Open City: Existential Urbanity."

•   "The Only Street in Paris" and "St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street" offer "surprising histories of the coolest streets in New York and Paris."

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