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Today’s News - Thursday, June 22, 2017

EDIOTR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 27. (And for some Thursday fun, check out today's Google Doodle - a musical adventure!)

●   ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka: The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.

●   Wainwright cheers Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion, "a shimmering African canopy spreads out over Kensington Gardens - it becomes more rewarding the longer you stay."

●   Moore marvels at dRMM's Maggie's Centre in Oldham, "a balm for the senses" using "hyper-thoughtfulness, playful functionalism - that persistently looks beyond the standard solutions - otherworldly but not alien."

●   Agbo explains "why mixed-income communities are essential for the future of African cities," where "social development has huge implications for the built environment," and, sometimes, "the supposed 'chaos' of mixed-class neighborhoods" is what makes them "so rewarding."

●   Walker cheers Akron, Ohio's plan to turn a decommissioned freeway into a 35-acre urban park next summer - a "model for other cities that want to 'test' a freeway removal before implementing it."

●   Kirk's great Q&A with Louv (of "nature-deficit disorder" fame), who wants us to focus on a more optimistic, green vision for the future.

●   Call for entries - deadline reminder: Van Alen Institute/AECOM/100 Resilient Cities Urban SOS 2017: hOUR City international student competition.

●   Call for entries: Museum of the Ancient Nile (MoAN) Egypt international architecture competition.

Weekend diversions:

●   Capps calls out Oakland's pop-up Museum of Capitalism: "Don't forget to visit the gift shop! Entry will only cost you your fragile bourgeois preconceptions" (signed copy of Trump's "The Art of the Deal" included - "capitalism is doomed!").

●   San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with a psychedelic light show - and "scores of city structures and buildings will pay tribute to that patchouli-laced era" - groovy!

●   Q&A with curator Widder re: "Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia" at NYC's Center for Architecture (opening tonight!), and "the realities of living in a midcentury modern 'utopia'" (she lives in one herself!).

●   Betsky calls MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" the "ultimate" FLW "nerdfest" (we couldn't agree more!).

●   Vanette finds out "how MoMA preserved the models FLW "loved to tinker with": "when the models failed to woo the clients, ever the showman, he recycled the objects."

●   Russell has a few issues with Florida's "The New Urban Crisis": the "charts and the numbers are often startling and illuminating. But he misses the key point" - we can't blame "bike-riding young architects designing for social-impact investors while sipping artisanal Fair Trade coffee."

●   Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Minton's "Big Capital: Who Is London For?": "This survey of the capital's pitiful housing situation makes familiar but essential reading," though it "would be stronger if she had talked more to the people she sees as enemies."

●   Brussat gives two thumbs-ups to Langdon's "Within Walking Distance" that profiles "six walkable communities to show how they are made. The stories behind their success amount to an education in placemaking."

●   Davidsen cheers de Monchaux's "Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design & the Nature of Cities" that "encourages us to read between the lines, or buildings, and see new opportunities in forgotten spaces."

●   In "Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City," Hoffman "plumbs" the "often-buried" story of "three architects whose vision helped shaped the fabled city."

●   Kuehn's "Architects' Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide" considers "what people who dedicated their careers to design chose as their own final statements."


  


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