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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're off to the PhiAIAdelphia convention early tomorrow morning for a very busy three days hobnobbing with several thousand architects in the City of Brotherly Love. So we won't be posting the newsletter until Monday, May 23 - or possibly Tuesday (with a lot of catching to do, no doubt!).

•   Saffron pens an oh-so-eloquent tribute to Giurgola (and his Philly roots): "what distinguished Giurgola's work was its respect for its surroundings. Probably the most common word used to describe his designs is 'humanist.'"

•   Bernstein's tribute to Hadid focuses on her impact beyond architecture: "To her compatriots in the art and design realms, she was approachable, dependable and kind. Sometimes, it's hard to know how she had time for buildings."

•   King looks into why the Lucas Museum possibly landing on Treasure Island "just might work": if the vision "emphasizes transportation as much as architecture, it actually might turn out to be a force for good" (but a lot of "ifs").

•   Kennicott gets a sneak-peek of the new museum of African American history in D.C. that "shows signs of compromise," making it "both a better and a worse building" - it's "one building in Washington where the imperative to cut costs should have been resisted."

•   Wainwright is quite taken with Heneghan Peng's Palestine Museum that, "even without any contents," is "a beacon of optimism - a powerful and positive presence at once defensive and welcoming, robust and permeable."

•   Moore visits H&deM in Basel to talk about their "radical new extension" to the Tate Modern that will "reinvent how we view art all over again - they like to present a protestant moment of denial before pleasure, to forbid before welcoming, to be severe before generous."

•   Dittmar hopes London's new mayor will read - and heed - the Good Growth reports by the former mayor's design advisors, which have "plenty of excellent advice to draw on."

•   Jolliffe, in the meantime, sees an urgent "need to rethink the rules governing 'public space' - rules often make spaces too clean, too tidy and too orderly - to the point of being barren and unusable."

•   Stephens cheers Agence Ter's winning design for L.A.'s Pershing Square that "aggressively bids adieu to the 1992 design's purple tower and yellow walls with nothing more garish than trees and grass" (and speculates that the "star power" of competing designs "was, in fact, their undoing").

•   A "fresh take" for a 70-acre senior living community north of Tucson by three : living architecture team "promotes healthy aging, and creates a sense of belonging in which they may thrive."

•   A new white paper by Perkins Eastman explores "what senior living gets wrong about sustainable design," and why Biophilic Design "can play an important role" in "pushing the human experience toward the forefront."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Hawthorne hails "High Rise": "the building wins. Unlike the infamous Pruitt-Igoe high-rise, this tower will not play the victim - it is consistently glamorous in its filth."

•   Bliss, Capps, and Mock offer a roundtable review of "High-Rise": "The texture is something that this film gets very right. It is rich to watch. Enough to give you a stomachache."

•   Kamin on the "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979" exhibition: "Hefner's decision to champion modern architecture helped it gain a foothold in mass American culture. The magazine treated women and buildings as objects of fantasy and desire."

•   Q&As x 2 with Colomina re: her Playboy show: Jacobs finds it "one of the most alluring concepts for an architecture exhibition in recent memory," and discovers the co-curator "has emerged as a remarkably unconflicted proponent" of the "male gaze."

•   Taylor-Hochberg queries Colomina about her inspiration for the show: "Architects and designers were celebrated for their masculine sophistication, with subtle hints that they too are Playboys."

•   Hosey has some major issues with Yudelson's new book "Reinventing Green Building": his "argument is riddled with holes - green building may need a new revolution, but this book won't bring it."

•   Excerpts from Serraino's "The Creative Architect," a 1950s "almost-forgotten investigation tried to find what makes architects creative. The results are surprising and telling."

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