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Today’s News - Thursday, June 23, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry for tardy posting (stuff happens). Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 28.

•   ANN feature: Knoops reports from "Reporting from the Front" - it has "more heart and soul than ever before. Architecture alone cannot change the world, but the issues that populate this year's Venice Biennale explore how we are all responsible for making an effort."

•   Heymann raises "a really good, really radical question" re: "the disagreement between landform building and historical replication. Has the rupture of the Modern forever broken any possibility of continuity with the past?"

•   Bozikovic gets a guided (and guarded) tour of Gehry's Facebook Building 20, the "sprawling fortress" that "captures the tech industry's ironies and delusions: A $300-billion company trying to look scrappy, a suburban site with urban pretensions."

•   Anderton dives into the recently-released, Gehry-led LA River Index, "the fruits of two years' worth of data gathering. To what extent it is an actual planning tool or a political tool is unclear. But it is fascinating."

•   Many in Memphis are more than a bit miffed about muddled plans for a major thoroughfare, when the city already has a smart, complete-street design by Speck that it paid for - three years ago.

•   Baillieu minces no words about what she thinks of The Illuminated River competition to light up 17 London bridges: "the reason why some of the most creative lighting consultants are staying away is because they think the idea is fundamentally misconceived - a permanent statement of someone's ego-fuelled idea sponsored by a bank."

•   Wainwright gives thumbs-up - and down - to the 2016 RIBA Awards line-up (that now vie for the Stirling Prize): "For all its talk of inclusion and diversity, RIBA still prefers to fill its awards lists with lobotomized slabs of polite neo-modern filler."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan, on the other hand, is totally taken by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects' Best Building of The Year: the "incognito architecture" of a seaside "subterranean parking garage covered by rolling sand dunes" (brilliant!).

•   Abbott and Penney issue "a clarion call" for more instruction in "empathy, trust, and collaboration" for students of architecture, engineering, and contracting at institutions of higher learning.

•   Call for entries/RFP: Architecture 2030 Curriculum Project for innovative curricular proposals to integrate/mainstream lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency in new ways and in nontraditional areas (Step 1 for clarion call above?).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   The Chicago Architecture Foundation's "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" addresses "public space activation, economic activity stimulation, pop-up/temporary interventions, and quality of housing improvement."

•   It took six years to get permission, but Otero-Pailos's "Ethics of Dust" is about to wrap London's Westminster Hall in "200 years' worth of dirt and dust."

•   Free e-book: "Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice" offers "a slice through the uneven terrain of values and unequal labor practices of historical and theoretical architectural work."

•   Grozdanic cheers Maescher's "The Archipreneur Concept: New Business Models for Architects" that hopes to help architects striking out on their own to avoid following "the outdated model of trading hours for dollars."

•   Q&A with Dupré re: "One World Trade Center: A Biography of the Building" - "one of the most complex collaborations in human history."

•   Hohenadel has a field day thumbing through Roke's "Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things": "a fun little book" with 300 examples that are "ingenious and inventive in their design and construction methods."

•   Zeiger says "almost every Angelino has a dingbat story" of the "rarely celebrated" housing type that (finally) gets its due in Grant and Stein's "Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis."

•   Eyefuls from Havens' "Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods," documenting the now-gone modernist motels of the New Jersey coastal resort town.

•   One we couldn't resist: van Gogh's "Starry Night" conjured up in a bowl of water, "the latest and most dazzling addition to the van Gogh tribute movement" (dazzling!).

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