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Today’s News - Thursday, October 13, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsleter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 18.

•   Weder pens an eleoquent tribute to Thom that, as she told us, includes "quotes culled from my extensive unpublished interviews with him [and others] to unpack his remarkable life story. Quite a life, quite a city-builder!"

•   Davidson gives (mostly) two thumbs-ups to the "beautiful" new African American museum in DC: "Architecture and identity rarely fuse as convincingly as they do here - grand, alternately claustrophobic and vacant, triumphant and demoralizing" (and "badly in need of a nickname").

•   Mara parses Zaha's "diamond ship" in Antwerp: after considering how it "seems to stridently leap over and even terrorize its decent, law-abiding neo-Hanseatic neighbor," he concludes: "It's an ingenious structure."

•   McKnight talks to Kéré about his "dramatic" House of Parliament proposal for Burkina Faso: "They say it's too visionary. I still have to convince them."

•   The Portland Art Museum plans to expand with a Mark Rothko pavilion, by Chicago's Vinci Hamp, to house major pieces loaned by the artist's children in a 20-year partnership.

•   We get a sneak-peek at Chicago's made-over Navy Pier, with pix by Baan and Coston-Hardy (we can't wait to see it!).

•   Aranda/Lasch wins the competition to design furniture for 14+ Foundation's Chipakata Children's Academy in Zambia.

•   Finch calls for a new award to "acknowledge excellence earlier in an architect's career - the current system is simply too elitist."

•   A good reason to be in Venice next week: Aerial Futures: Grounded Visions for the Airport Terminal of Tomorrow symposium (a who's who of participants!).

•   Call for entries: Reconstruct and Adapt Belgrade Fair Halls 7, 8 and 9 + Arch Record's 2017 Good Design Is Good Business + Hart Howerton 2017 Travel Fellowship Program.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Q&A with Tyrnauer re: his "stunning, pensive" documentary "Jean Nouvel: Reflections": he thinks the Louvre Abu Dhabi "is going to be the Bilbao of the next generation."

•   Moore meanders muf's Wonderlab at London's Science Museum - "a feast for the imagination," and Trevor Horne's Cabinet Gallery, "a little brick, 12-sided pavilion with a certain lightness of heart" next to donkeys and alpacas.

•   In Singapore, "Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice" offers "a laboratory of ideas" using William S.W. Lim's practice and initiatives as a point of departure.

•   Sisson sizes up MoMA's "How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior": "What's most striking about the interiors on display is how alternately modern and historical they can feel" (great pix!).

•   At Pratt Brooklyn, "a Handful of Dust" is "inspired by Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp's Dust Breeding," offering a "visual journey through some of the last century's most unlikely imagery."

•   In Elmhurst, Illinois, the "unsung architect" Marion Mahony Griffin, who is much better known in Australia, finally gets her due.

•   Bozikovic cheers "Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs," as a "wonderful new anthology," but, "sadly, the sexism is glaring and also weirdly out of place" in Kanigel's "big, comprehensive" Jacobs biography, "Eyes on the Street."



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