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Today’s News - Thursday, April 20, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 25. Don't forget to cheer Mother Earth Day on Saturday (keeping our fingers crossed we're not really doomed)!

•   Krumwiede digs deep into how and why the American Dream has begun to fail: "We'll need new dreams" that "prioritize community."

•   Davidson x 2: In a similar vein, he explains why it "would be more accurate to talk of swing neighborhoods than swing states" in our "cities vs. Trump" world (both are excellent companions to Bhatia's analysis of density and voting behavior - click "Yesterday's News" above).

•   On a lighter note, his eloquent paean to Pei, who celebrates his 100th birthday April 26: "The best of his creations look at once audacious and inevitable," yet "his belief in the redemptive power of architecture, could lead him fantastically astray."

•   Wainwright takes a "luxury property safari": their billboards "show expensive developments bustling with white 30-somethings - the new real-estate concept of ethnic cleansing" (though some signs are "mutating" into "instruments to appease the local community").

•   Just in time for Earth Day 2017 on Saturday: the AIA issues a statement that includes "8 principles governing how architects can mitigate climate change," and "urges policymakers to keep carbon neutral goals for built environment."

•   Speaking of the AIA, a good reason to head to Orlando next week: "Anticipate need, challenge, change" is the theme for this year's AIA confab, with a keynote by Michelle Obama (cool!).

•   Call for entries: RFP for Gateways to Chinatown: a functional landmark for NYC's Canal Street Triangle + MAD Architecture Travel Fellowship 2017 for 5 global and 5 Chinese students + UIA World Congress, Seoul 2017 International Ideas Competition for Student and Young Designers.

•   Two we couldn't resist: Philip Johnson's 1946 Booth House needs "appreciative stewards" to buy it before a developer snaps it up to replace it with a McMansion or two (if we had $1 million...).

•   A must see: a hilarious (and depressing), animated intro to a 1976 Soviet rom-com TV show: an architect's creative designs morph into drab cookie-cutter apartment blocks that spread across the country by politics and red tape (Russian not required).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Architecture of Independence: African Modernism" at NYC's Center for Architecture explores how five countries "started to build following colonial rule - asserting their identities in avant-garde architecture."

•   Also in Manhattan, the Cooper Union presents "one of Hejduk's most provocative sociopolitical works. The gravitas of his work is still relevant today."

•   St. Hill cheers Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for offering "wonderful insight" into Wang Shu and Amateur Architecture Studio's "intentions and methods."

•   Hawthorne gives thumbs-up (with caveats) to "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" that leaves "Jacobs trapped in the rubble of old arguments" (along with her "Goliath - the slimily self-confident Robert Moses").

•   Roston cheers "Citizen Jane": a must-see for "anyone looking for some uplift with substance in these troubling Trumpian times."

•   Murrian feels much same about "Citizen Jane": a "lean and punchy documentary about an underdog triumph of the past that is just what we need right now."

•   In "The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream," Al shows that, "far from being an outlier," Sin City "has become a model for cities around the globe."

•   A great Q&A with Davidson re: his NYC walking guide "Magnetic City": "All of the arguments that we have now have been had before."

•   Heathcote parses the "stars of London's architecture renaissance" that are "bringing about the most radical shifts in scale and skyline that the city has seen since the medieval era" (the best are "modest pieces of infill").

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