Today’s News - Thursday, July 27, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, August 1.

●  Marcinkoski takes a deep (very deep - and totally fascinating) dive into the "speculative urbanization" of Africa: "Urban planners are irresponsibly designing risky mega-developments - we cannot excuse the design and planning disciplines from complicity in the consequences of these pursuits."

●  Hawthorne parses Santa Monica's "grand bargain" on growth and housing that could be "a model for other cities," but will it satisfy both NIMBYs and YIMBYs?

●  Rogers Partners' 9-acre "deck park" over a half-mile stretch of Ga. 400 in Buckhead "could provide a 'steroid shot' to growth, development, and the livability to one of Atlanta's biggest jobs centers (fab new 360-degree view).

●  Arieff explains why Silicon Valley is not the tech heaven many think it is: "Weirdly, we're still building corporate campuses like it's the 1950s," and "Nimby-ism exacerbates an already terrible situation."

●  Last week, George King Architects' competition-winning "Iron Ring" artwork was announced; this week, the "Welsh government slams the brakes on" its "insulting" and "distasteful" landmark that was intended to commemorate Welsh legends.

●  Hurst delves into this year's AJ student survey, and ponders: "Why would anyone choose to study architecture? Architectural education risks becoming little more than a lengthy intellectual indulgence."


●  Call for entries: MIT Climate CoLab Proposals to address issues around climate change.

●  Call for entries: International Making Cities Livable Design Awards Competition.

●  Call for papers: International Making Cities Livable: proposals for the 55th IMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods, in Ottawa next year.

●  Call for entries: Expressions of interest to author papers and essays for "Charrette," the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators.

Weekend diversions:

●  Lamster gives (mostly) thumbs-up to MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive": "it is at once extensive, an eye-wearying presentation," and "seemingly modest in its ambitions, something one could never say about its subject."

●  Smith cheers the Met Breuer's "Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical": "Unsurprisingly, the show has a combative air. You may argue your way through it, but it is an invigorating, illuminating experience."

●  For 2 days only in NYC next week: Syracuse Univ.'s "The (Un)Affordable Housing Fair" will "change how you see gentrification" with "provocative ideas that challenge the idea of an affordable city."

●  Wainwright is disappointed in the Museum of London's "The City Is Ours," a "maddeningly random show that weighs up some inspired solutions. Sadly it hasn't made much progress on how to make the topic meaningful or engaging."

●  Boston's BSA Space tackles "making" with "BUILDing Forward" that demonstrates "the radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields."

●  Hatherley takes a long, very deep dive into Therborn's "Cities of Power": it "reaches into an area which globalist studies and Global City listings absolutely refuse to discuss - the influence of ideology on urban planning and architecture."

●  Ingalls cheers Johnson's "Essays on the Tall Building and the City": his compelling argument "provides not only a refreshing take on tall buildings, but also the idiosyncratic ground from which these cities spring."

●  Martin's "Joy Ride: An Architect's Journey to Mexico's Ancient and Colonial Places" is "a visual odyssey" showing "a creative mind in the throes of absorbing its influences. Some sketches don't go any place in particular; they're joy rides."

●  Schwab brings us eyefuls from French photographer Glade's "The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man," that vividly illustrates how the event has "become a testing ground for extreme architecture against the heat and wind of the Nevada desert" (fab photos!).

●  Hogan parses Lord's "Miami Beach Elegy," a new video that "shows Miami Beach fighting - and losing to - a rising ocean."

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