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Today’s News - Thursday, October 20, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 25.

•   ANN feature: Q&A with San Francisco-based Studio O+A's Primo Orpilla re: opening an office in NYC, whether "stadium seating and wacky graphics and Airstream trailers" are still hip, and winning the 2016 National Design Award in Interior Design from the Cooper Hewitt (which he and Verda Alexandra will be accepting tonight!).

•   Poons ponders "why mayors and other leaders from 500 cities released a manifesto at the UN's Habitat III summit" and "fighting for their spot at the table."

•   Davidson has high hopes for KPF's towering One Vanderbilt that is "not just a machine for making money," but "that rarity, a civic-minded Goliath."

•   Dickinson doesn't grok why New Haven would spend $60 million on a "banal, brick layer cake with scalloped concrete eyebrows" passing as a parking garage - will a "revised" design make it better?

•   Showley talks to Selldorf re: her Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, her first West Coast project and first modern art museum project.

•   AS+GG tapped by a "billionaire developer" to design a luxury tower on Miami's Biscayne Bay.

•   Pedersen explains why Louisiana's disappearing coastline is the canary in the coal mine for the rest of us (the state "has replaced Venice as the fastest sinking land mass in the world" - who knew?).

•   Anzilotti's Q&A with Ross Barney re: the 15-year Chicago Riverwalk project as it draws to a close.

•   "L.A. River VR Experience" is "letting Angelenos see the river in new light."

•   SANAA's Grace Farms wins the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Harry Seidler: Modernist" is a new documentary about "the architect Sydneysiders loved to hate."

•   "Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity" is a "sobering" Pentagon video that "foresees a dark urban future."

•   Giovannini cheers "Icons of Modern Art" at the Louis Vuitton Foundation that "may be the show that takes Paris by storm" in Gehry's museum "(itself designed like a building painted by Picasso)."

•   Agnese cheers NBM's "Timber City" that is "modest in size yet chock-full of interesting information - equal parts science lesson and architectural display."

•   Wainwright weighs in on the Lisbon Architecture Triennale's "star" show "Building Site" that "puts cranes and cement-mixers centre stage - a refreshing tonic when so much architecture and design curation is intent on drifting off into critical theory and conceptual art."

•   The Cooper Union offers "Alternativas/Alternatives - XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII BEAU)" that "showcases a breadth of talent from across Spain, not just its biggest cities"

•   Worrall offers a fascinating Q&A with Settis re: "If Venice Dies," why saving it is important for all humanity, how the city inspired a new vision for Manhattan in the 1920s, and more.

•   Lange has high praise for Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built New York," a lushly illustrated compendium of almost 200 utopian, dystopian, gargantuan, high-flying, and low-lying plans that never made it" (and a cool show coming to the Queens Museum's Panorama).

•   Shubert's "Architecture on Ice: A History of the Hockey Arena" is "an all-encompassing, eye-opening study of structures that are often taken for granted."

•   Designers & Books launches a Kickstarter campaign to revive a "Futurist graphic design gem": Depero's 1927 "The Bolted Book" that should delight design junkies.



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