Today’s News - Thursday, June 29, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day, and you're getting today's news early because we're on our way to Ottawa to join in celebrating our northern neighbors' 150th birthday (and come home with a glow-in-the-dark Canada 150 toonie)! And with America's 4th of July holiday landing on Tuesday, we may/may not be back Wednesday and/or Thursday, July 5 and/or 6 (July 11 f'er sure). Happy Canada Day! Happy Independence Day! Happy Days to everyone everywhere, if not now, then soon...

●   ANN feature: Weinstein likes the grain in Hall's "Wood" that offers "a refined vision of how positively transformative wood designs" have been - and still are - in global architecture.

●   Kamin is a bit more than concerned about the "lack of coordination" in plans for the Obama center and a Tiger Woods golf course that "threatens Jackson Park redesign - creating a great park is easier said than done."

●   Nashville has never thought small - now it's thinking really big with the 15-acre, $1 billion Nashville Yards project, with housing, hotel, offices, retail, a park, and - of course - a "large music venue."

●   We don't feature a lot of residential work, but this round-up of Australia's "most underrated architectural gems" is filled with dazzlers and doozies.

●   Pickrel's unpublished Q&A with Taliesin fellow Rattenbury while doing research for "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York - The Plaza Years, 1954-1959."

●   Meanwhile on Maui, Rattenbury "preserved the integrity and the look" of a never-built FLW house for Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller that is now "golf's Guggenheim" - the "awe-inspiring" King Kamehameha Clubhouse (stunning - and pink with portholes!).

●   A good reason to head to Indianapolis in a couple of weeks: SMPS Build Business 2017 for marketing and business development leaders.

●  Congrats to all!

●   Zumthor is the first foreign architect to win Association of German Architects' "Großer BDA Preis" for his lifetime achievement.

●   Rogers and H&deM share the Royal Academy of Art's top prize for a drawing of mechanical ductwork at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and a plan for the Geneva airport; Tanabe takes home the Arup Architecture Award for Emerging Talent.

●   Eyefuls of the 11 winners of the AIA 2017 Small Project Awards (Lady Bird Loo included - very cool).

●   RIBA National Awards 2017 - all 49 winners, with citations and commentary (great presentations).

●   Eyefuls of the 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards winners.

Weekend diversions:

●   Kamin finds there really are "fresh things to say" about FLW, courtesy of MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150" that offers "provocative interpretations about the man and his work."

●   "Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia" at NYC's Center for Architecture tells the "complicated story" of the Japanese-American architect, and "explores larger questions - what did it mean to be a midcentury Japanese-American architect?"

●   A first look at Jenny Sabin Studio's immersive MoMA/PS1 installation: "Lumen," "a woven canopy that will subtly change color in the daytime, and will glow in the dark" (and opens today!).

●   Fascinating footage of Studio Gang's "Hive" installation of paper tubes rising at the National Building Museum - tubular instruments included (opening on the 4th of July!).

●   Filler ponders Kahn's "mystic monumentality" in Lesser's "You Say to Brick," and Williamson's "Kahn at Penn": "his legacy was quickly squandered by younger co-professionals."

●   Chamberlain has a great conversation with Davidson re: "Magnet City: A Walking Companion to New York," how architecture criticism has changed, "why he's optimistic about the still evolving World Trade Center site," and much more.

●   Forget typical guide books' "prosaic prose" that makes "a No Parking sign seem clever": McHugh and Bozikovic's "Toronto Architecture: A City Guide" is "a splendid exception" ("educated gossip" included).

●   Gibberd and Hill's "Ornament is Crime: Modernist Architecture" celebrates the best of modern architecture with "a gorgeous collection of black-and-white photographs of homes" by the masters.

●   Smith's "Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture" explores his too often overlooked architectural impact on the city.

●   Arch Record's annual summer reading guide "for books to take to the beach or the mountains."

●   Campbell-Dollaghan recommends tomes that will "upgrade your summer beach reading" that will help you "understand the future of design."

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