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Today’s News - Thursday, June 1, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 6.

●   ANN feature: Piven pens Nuts + Bolts #13: A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exit strategies.

●   Davidson parses DS+R's The Shed and MoMA's expansion plans: one could be a great addition to NYC's cultural life or a white elephant "of colossal proportions"; the other "may well be a spectacular home for art; for now it looks more like a gorgeously detailed transit facility."

●   Bernstein finds DS+R's expanded MoMA lobby "an elegant space" and "a restrained offering from a firm that, in other contexts, can be far more radical" (pipes and ducts have something to do with the restraint).

●   Pogrebin says the$400 million expansion "is less about the grand architectural gesture than it is about making MoMA feel like a more responsive place."

●   We finally know what BIG and Heatherwick's really big London HQ for Google will look like (some U.K. journalists suggest it could "incorporate elements of Heatherwick's scrapped Garden Bridge").

●   June's Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees answer the question: Can Design Reclaim Public Space?

●   A good reason to head to Glasgow next week: the Society of Architectural Historians' 70th annual international conference.

●   A good reason to head to London next week: Vision 2017 "will host the best and brightest from established practices and start-ups, with new ideas and technological innovation."

●   Call for entries: 2017 Fentress Global Challenge: Airport of the Future international competition for young and student architects.

Weekend diversions:

●   The month-long London Festival of Architecture 2017 kicks off today, and Mairs picks 10 not-to-be-missed events (we might skip the "stomach-churning installation").

●   LFA's newest event: the 6-day ArchFilmFest London, the U.K.'s first architectural film festival.

●   Safdie takes center stage in "Habitat '67 vers l'avenir/The Shape of Things to Come" at Montréal's UQAM Centre de Design.

●   A fascinating Q&A with Shigeru Ban re: "The inventive work of Shigeru Ban" at SCAF Sydney: "I do not think about sustainability. This is a trendy term."

●   Q&A with Hans Ulrich Obrist re: "Seeds of Time" in Shanghai, the importance of place, the limits of linear time, and more.

●   Bernstein parses Victoria Newhouse's new tome about Piano and the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens: its LEED platinum rating "sends a message that even unnecessary buildings are good for the environment. Which, at this time of climate crisis, is a dangerous message to send."

●   Brownell gives two thumbs-up to "What Happened to My Buildings": Dutch architect Marlies Rohmer's "confessions are sobering, but also empowering" - her courage "to reveal her design mistakes openly will help elevate the quality of practice."

●   Flatman cheers Goodhart's "Anywheres vs Somewheres: The Split that Made Brexit Inevitable": "the 'populist' revolt that has shaken the UK political establishment has interesting resonances with old debates within architecture."

●   Jervis sees Hopkins' "Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain" as "a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroizing that blight our understanding of modernist architecture" (Hopkins "may put a few noses out of joint"); the accompanying Royal Academy show "boasts a rather affected title" ("Futures Found").

●   Patel (fils) and Desai's "The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel" profiles the 83-year-old "flag bearer of Indian Brutalist architecture."

●   "Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective. The Global Context" profiles two decades in sustainable design practice in a showcase of the studio's vast range of typologies.


  


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