Today’s News - Thursday, May 11, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday are no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, May 16.

●   ANN is pleased to launch "Left Coast Reflections," a new series by Bloszies: #1: The Sustainable Spoon: ..."humans are able to create sustainable artifacts. But as designers of the largest artifacts on the planet, we architects need to be especially vigilant."

●   "Good luck, Australia" - and luck may be needed if the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility loses its funding.

●   Green, on a brighter note, parses the Earth Optimism Summit in DC with a two-part report that offers "reasons to be optimistic about the future of the environment."

●   Q&A with NTHP's Meeks re: using preservation for economic development: "We're not about casting things in amber and turning everything into a museum," and her new book, "The Past and Future City."

●   Libeskind urges Durham University to save its 1966 Dunelm House, saying the proposal to flatten it is "planned amnesia. They should be a little bit more creative" (university's response: "No final decision has been made").

●   Build Toronto selects a design team from Toronto and Copenhagen for the Etobicoke Civic Centre.

●   Eyefuls of P+W's new Tukwila Library outside of Seattle that includes lots of public art and sustainable design.

●   Q&A with Peter Elliott, the 2017 Australian Institute of Architecture Gold Medalist re: "the importance of creativity in educational design, and the incredible satisfaction of designing for the arts."

●   A good reason to be in Toronto next week: the North American debut of ARCHITECT@WORK, "spotlighting the most anticipated trends for the architecture and design industry."

●   One we couldn't resist: the McMansion Hell blog "is like a snarky Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" for what ails suburban developments - and an "architectural grammar scold."

●   Call for entries: EOI for the Centre for Music in London (international).

Weekend diversions:

●   Grozdanic parses Meades' BBC documentary "Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry," and "why Brutalism is the real star in spy films."

●   The Museum of London launches "City Now City Future," a year-long exploration of urban change in London and around the world.

●   Eyefuls of what you'll see in "Alvar Aalto - Art and The Modern Form" at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, which includes "work by his closest artist friends."

●   At the Danish Architecture Centre, "Hiroshi Sambuichi: Moving Materials" puts the spotlight on the Japanese architect.

●   Davidson parses "The New Urban Crisis," Florida's "'glum new manifesto," and Bloomberg and Pope's "Climate of Hope" that "glows with the optimism of levelheaded reason."

●   Florida tackles "the new suburban crisis" (from his book): "The middle of our suburban geography is being hollowed out."

●   Green cheers "The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America's Prosperity, Security, and Sustainability in the 21st Century": "If the U.S. 'can get its ass in gear,'" it will create the "economy of the future."

●   Q&A with Garbacik re: "Ghosts of Seattle Past," and "why what's happening in Seattle should matter to urban dwellers everywhere."

●   Budd has fun parsing Kasza's "Concrete Photobook" that comes with a concrete cover: "It is waterproof, oil proof, UV and radiation resistant."

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