Today’s News - Thursday, May 25, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days (Happy Memorial Day, America!)

●   ANN feature: Weinstein says that by "transforming the local and commonplace into the global and rare, McCarter crafts a majestic survey long overdue" with "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple: Economy as Ethic."

●   Budds explains why luxury developments "creating cities in cities" is not a good thing: they are "exacerbating class divides," where "room to breathe is the ultimate perk - and it's available for purchase."

●   Kuma wants to "bring wood back to Tokyo's concrete jungle," and the government is "offering subsidies to builders" - but there are issues with sourcing and sources.

●   Green ponders whether Modernist landscapes are worth saving: "For lovers of Modernism, the answer is always yes. But, in reality, many will need to better respond to contemporary expectations."

●   Mock talks to Sutton about what her message is in "When Ivory Towers Were Black": "The capacity of young people to bring about change - that's the message," sayeth she.

Weekend diversions (it's a 3-day weekend for many, so lots of 'em):

●   Freed's "The Monster Builder" at the South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA, "explores architecture and conflict": it's thumbs-up - until Act II, when the characters "vacillate between sci-fi and farce" ("a legendary architect" included, of course).

●   Three thumbs-ups for SCI-Arc's "The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedure": Hawthorne: it "cleverly tweaks the myth of the all-powerful - and typically male - hero architect - modestly scaled and deeply photogenic. And full of melancholy."

●   Hodgetts hails Lavin's "The Duck and the Document" for "connecting the dots with intellect, passion, and forensic precision - breathing new life into what might have been warmed-over pizza."

●   Zeiger calls "The Duck and the Document" a "drawing-room comedy full of historical innuendo and half-whispered asides" (the show closes May 28, but will be traveling).

●   Wainwright has a psychedelic time at London Design Museum's "California: Designing Freedom": "Ever wondered why email, trash cans, Google Docs and desktops look the way they do? The answer lies in 1960s hippie culture and LSD-taking creatives."

●   Hill and curator Olalquiag tour "El Helicoide: From Mall to Prison" at NYC's Center for Architecture that tells the story of how Caracas's "spiraling mall" from the late 1950s became a current-day prison.

●   King cheers "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin" at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts: the "setting is appropriate - it is downhill from one of his final major projects on the east edge of the Presidio."

●   Chicago's Graham Foundation presents "Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth" that is "a delight for the academic, as well as those simply interested in beautiful images and objects."

●   Berlin's Aedes Architecture Forum offers "Constructing Culture, Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District" that takes a closer look at the emerging district and "its role as both a supporter of traditional culture and a pioneer in contemporary art and innovation."

●   One we couldn't resist: "The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums" and their "delightfully singular collections" (we'll take a pass on the tick museum, but Gnomesville looks fun!).

●   Sanvito and Schulman's "New London Architecture" (with Heathcote's intro) demonstrates "refreshingly and succinctly" the "abstract and intimate relationship between old and new" in "a city still working out where it wants to go."

●   Holter considers Podair's "City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles": it "raises important questions," but "maybe the Dodgers should have ended up in Inglewood."

●   An excerpt from Lautman's "The Vanishing Stepwells of India": "the most fascinating and mysterious structures I have ever seen but had never heard of - many breathtaking, many heartbreaking, most often both" - and in desperate need of attention.

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