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Today’s News - Thursday, September 22, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, September 27. In the meantime: Happy Autumnal Equinox to our Northern Hemisphere friends, and Happy Vernal Equinox to those to our south!

•   We are so saddened to learn we've lost John Bentley Mays (one of our faves). Bozikovic and Azure pay eloquent tribute.

•   SCI-Arc's Gannon has some serious issues with Zellner's treatise on how to fix architectural education, particularly his "proposition that architecture cannot be taught" (a great read!).

•   O.K - it's an Adjaye kind of day: Kimmelman talks to him about the Museum of African American History and Culture, "its structure, setbacks and symbolism."

•   Gendall has his own Q&A with Adjaye: "Now that there are people using [the museum], it feels intuitive, very deliberate."

•   King, meanwhile, cheers Adjaye's first project west of Colorado, "and his first planning effort in the Americas": the makeover of San Francisco's Hunters Point Naval Shipyard "has promising elements" - it's "an intriguing work in process" - by some other very fine firms, as well.

•   On the other side of the Big Pond, Adjaye takes home a London Design Festival medal, as do Pentagram's Grange and others.

•   Eyefuls of just-released proposals by athe stellar shortlist of four vying to design S. Pellegrino HQ in Italy (we should know the winner later this month).

•   A $100 million makeover of Toronto's 1974 Manulife Centre will include "a glassy new frontage" (and Eataly's first Canadian venture).

•   Down Under, Big World Homes introduces a (very affordable) "modular flat-packed off-grid tiny home" - the first to be built by "unskilled volunteers" in a few hours, then it heads to the Sydney Architecture Festival next week.

•   Hawthorne rounds up "some promising works to read and watch for" this fall.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A good reason to be in NYC next week: the 8th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival offers a lineup of more than 30 films, along with panels and events (we can't wait!).

•   ABC Iview offers its architecture documentary collection online and for free until October 15 (Kahn's "My Architect" and "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?" included!).

•   "Timber City" at the National Building Museum "aims to dispel myths about the use of structural wood in construction."

•   In Ottawa, Dvir and Rauchwerger's "Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries" is a "graphic cross section of national library buildings - the most symbolic icons of modern day countries."

•   In Southern California, multi-institution exhibits pay homage to the too often overlooked Irving Gill.

•   Florida's Q&A with Kanigel re: his Jane Jacobs biography "Eyes on the Street," which doesn't descend "into the exulted 'St. Jane' hagiography that would have surely bothered her to no end."

•   Morgan, meanwhile, takes on "Saint Jane, approximately," Kanigel's new look at Jane Jacobs that may be "the definitive biography of this pioneering thinker."

•   Marshall mulls Banham's "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies": "nobody has yet written a user's manual more engaged in the city on its own terms as his did 45 years ago" (dingbats included - a great read!).

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