Today’s News - Thursday, April 27, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE - Day 3: Something new - and improved. The Intro note "bullet" links to articles in the e-mailed newsletter were a bit difficult to target, so now the first few words are also highlighted. As always, the actual headlines with notable names called out still follow the Intro.

EDITOR'S NOTE Part Deux: Tomorrow and Monday are no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, May 2.

●   ANN feature: Q&A with 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award winners Bill Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy on the eve of their award ceremony: "Our track record of pushing to make a difference shows that a small firm can make a difference."

●   Wainwright parses how/why luxury-flat owners are trying to close the Tate's viewing platform: "It's part of a wider hijacking of cultural hotspots - relentlessly lobotomizing the cities they want to call home," and "ironing out the edgy 'vibrancy.'"

●   Finch makes the case for why the Garden Bridge should be built: It's "a sophisticated folly" - when the number-crunchers and bureaucracy step in, "you know the drearies are in charge. Shame on them."

●   Ritchie takes issue with Finch's "impassioned plea to let creatives be given free rein - the era of follies is over"; it's the "dishonest procurement process, lack of business plan, and misuse of public funds that is being attacked - not creativity."

●   Harper explains why, "to confront populism, all architects should become classicists": "architects with any social conscience must wake up and smell the acanthus" - the Modernist agenda "damages our capacity to create much-needed public buildings."

●   Moore considers Terry fils as he strikes out on his own: Francis "seems to have more fun" and is "less dogmatic. I find the reduction in dogma welcome" (he's no "Quinlan II" - "ho-ho birds" included).

●   Lackmeyer parses Pei's c. 1960s legacy in Oklahoma City: "not many cities can boast of an entire downtown reshaped by the architect" - but many "who remember his legacy are generally pretty critical of his unfinished vision."

●   Keats offers a most interesting take on visionary Soviet architecture and Trump's border wall: "Infrastructure can be powerful propaganda even when it isn't built - as long as the border wall remains on paper, there is ample opportunity for alternate visions."

●   Eyefuls of the winners of the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (an eclectic bunch!).

●   Call for entries: UIA-HYP Cup 2017 International Student Competition.

Weekend diversions:

●   Bozikovic cheers "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" - a "gorgeous, tightly written and entertaining film."

●   Wainwright cheers "Langlands & Bell: Infinite Loop" in London that "exposes the 'fantasy of total control' that is Silicon Valley architecture - as seen through detached, deadpan eyes."

●   King says San Francisco can learn from Davidson's "Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York": "his impressions pertain to other prosperous cities in a perennial struggle between the future and the past."

●   Q&A with Davidson re: "Magnetic City," his "atmospheric guide capturing the texture of urban life in print."

●   Goldhagen's "Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives" gives "designers the language to communicate the importance of their trade - a task they've been attempting for centuries, but with little success."

●   Brownell cheers Goldhagen's "Welcome to Your World": "Refreshingly, her condemnation eschews favoritism towards renowned architects. Rather, she focuses on what science tells us about good and bad design."

●   Green gives Brownell's own "Transmaterial Next" two thumbs-ups for doing "a great job of explaining the environmental costs of our exploding resource use and how new, less wasteful materials will help."

●   James-Chakraborty hails O'Toole's "One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture" that offers "some of the finest pieces of recent writing on Irish architecture" ("although I dread the many late night e-mails from my students on how to cite a book that lacks page numbers").

●   O'Sullivan cheers the "delicious ambiguity" in O'Toole's new tome: "By highlighting what has been done he shows us what can be done, what should be done, and what is often not done."

●   Coggan considers Andraos and Akawi's "The Arab City: Architecture and Representation" to be "an endlessly handsome volume of poetic dialogue about the region."

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