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Today’s News - Thursday, May 26, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day, as will Monday (Happy Memorial Day, USA!). We'll be back Tuesday, May 31 (with a lot of Biennale babble to catch up with, no doubt).

•   Wainwright weighs in on the Biennale: "Thankfully the moralizing is kept at a relatively low volume" in "a dazzling range of ingenious responses to situations of scarcity and insecurity" (but "still too much of the usual fodder").

•   London's new mayor explains why scrapping the Garden Bridge would cost more than building it (but no explanation that we could find of where the £37.7 million of public money already spent went).

•   Hall Kaplan gives a lukewarm welcome to L.A.'s new Expo Line to Santa Monica: "It works, for a finite few. It is a win-win for the city and agency, lose, lose for the commuting public" (a bit of fine tuning would fix that).

•   A deep dive into the density debate in Australia, with "the views, the numbers and the aspirations" - applicable everywhere ("we are not doing it very well").

•   King takes a deep dive into the rising reality of sea-level rise in the Bay Area in the first of a series: it's time to "begin planning for that future now and upend a half-century of priorities that inhibit adventurous decision-making and design" (great read!).

•   Lamster gives a tentative thumbs-up to MVVA's "serious plan for a park" between Dallas's Trinity River levees after "decades of infighting and foot-dragging. The fantasies of the past, hot-air dreams have been set aside" (but it is "by no means perfect").

•   Speaking of rising tides and flood protection, this might come in handy: CChangeAP is a new online climate adaptation and resilience tool that "aims to help assess risks and outline mitigation pathways for building and infrastructure projects."

•   A fascinating perspective: "Can examining the complex relationship between humans and nature through analytical psychology help us to create more meaningful landscapes?"

•   How Atelier Ten uses circadian rhythms and ancient Roman baths technology to transform cities with "the next generation of sustainable buildings."

•   DS+R unveils its design for the University of Chicago's Rubenstein Forum, "a new hub for convening and scholarly collaboration."

•   After basking at the Biennale's U.S. Pavilion, Monica Ponce de Leon's next assignment is a new wing of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

•   Call for entries: proposals for educational sessions at the 2017 AIA Convention in Orlando next year.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Mortice explains why "architecture isn't the villain of 'High-Rise' - we are. Modernity, not Modernism, is the film's target."

•   Betsky bobs around the "roots of blobism" explored in three NYC exhibitions "that might offer blobists some perspective and perhaps even discipline."

•   The V&A's garden now sports the Elytra Filament Pavilion that integrates "biomimicry, robotic fabrication, and new materials in architecture" - while a robot continues to fabricate on-site (cool!).

•   Kennicott cheers Howard's "Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson": "their rivalry was a wary dance of scorn and admiration - they needed each other."

•   Budds cheers "a photographic ode to one of the most polarizing modern architectural movements," Chadwick's "This Brutal World."

•   Tarleton offers a very different take on Manaugh's "A Burglar's Guide to the City": his "inclination to look at places through the eyes of burglars and the police would prove extremely valuable were architecture jettisoned as his key variable."

•   Cronan finds "An Eames Anthology" to be "extraordinary": "One is struck at the sheer depth of their moral commitments."

•   In an excerpt from "Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design," Beverly Willis finds design in everything.

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