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Today’s News - Thursday, April 28, 2016

EDITOR"S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, May the meantime - Happy May Day!

•   ANN feature: Bloszies' "A Filtered View #5" looks at how "the perfect client offers up enough fuel to run the design jets at the most optimum level."

•   Beane delves deep into why there's been such a "change in tone" re: Calatrava's incredibly expensive transit hub: the city that approved it isn't the same as the one that built it, but "beautiful buildings and spaces are still important - a fact we often forget in discussions about the responsibilities of government to its constituents."

•   Hawthorne has mixed feelings about Snøhetta's SFMoMA expansion: though it is "handsome, carefully intelligent, self-effacing and agreeable," there is "an odd sort of architectural fratricide in the way the new building treats the old one" (maybe they should have just "knocked down the older building and started from scratch").

•   King weighs in on the "benefits and burdens of façadism": "if these design equivalents of a shotgun marriage become a default move rather than a last resort, the joke will be on all of us."

•   Iovine gives thumbs-up to Gang's Writers Theatre, where the "showstopper" is an outdoor gallery walkway that is "experiential architecture of a high order," and neighborhood kids are welcome to do their homework in the lobby.

•   A look at why wooden skyscrapers are "spreading like wildfire": they're "lightweight, sustainable and even happiness-inducing, according to some experts."

•   Mattern offers an in-depth (and fascinating) look at Hudson Yards, "the test ground for the world's most ambitious experiment in 'smart city' urbanism" - and what it portends.

•   Bliss parses a new study that "reveals that common methods for evaluating transit's impact on land values leave much to be desired."

•   The new Populous-designed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas takes "its visual cues from the natural surroundings" (Toshiba Plaza sounds so natural).

•   Sorkin heads to China this summer as the USC American Academy in China's inaugural Research Fellow.

•   One we couldn't resist: eyefuls of Modernist homes of pre-revolutionary in Havana: "Although some of the residences are falling into disrepair, their clean lines remain elegant" (truly!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A Copenhagen Travel Guide offers "an appealing mix of avant-garde and classical architecture and reinvigorated art and design scenes."

•   In Montreal, "Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and Philip Johnson" puts the spotlight on a "little-known aspect of the development of American modern design: the collaboration between these two visionaries and friends."

•   Ross roams "Architecture of Independence: African Modernism" at Chicago's Graham Foundation and finds it to be, "in every way, the architecture of colonialism; the architectural manifestation of a kind of cultural Stockholm syndrome" - and a must-see.

•   3XN Architects take center stage at Berlin's Aedes Architekturforum.

•   Higgins says hurry to see both "The New American Garden" and "Luminous Landscapes" at the National Building Museum: "Their contrasts, side by side, heighten the thrill of each one."

•   Q&A with architect-turned-photographer Hoseguera re: his "Transition/On the Road" exhibition now on view in Venice.

•   Mankad cheers Stratigakos's "Where Are the Women Architects?": "Her wry rejection of building metaphors [like "glass ceiling"] points to what I think is most interesting about this book: sexism manifests differently in architecture than other fields."

•   Calys finds Lamb Hart's "A New Look at Humanism in Architecture, Landscapes and Urban Design" to be "a daunting book," but it "offers a perspective, while not new, that is in danger of being lost."

•   In "A Burglar's Guide to the City," Manaugh "uncovers what breaking and entering can reveal about buildings."


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