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Today’s News - Thursday, August 3, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, August 8.

●  A great round-up of 15 cities "that set the bar highest for progressive design and good living - and the advocates who are moving forward."

●  A look at "how demand for walkability is changing the way communities are designed" - it is "now a permanent part of development."

●  King cheers plans for a floating fire station on San Francisco's Embarcadero - if it survives scrutiny of 17 agencies and "a perennial political hotbed."

●  Simpson considers wHY's Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh: "The other short-listed designs were quite unnecessarily attention-seeking - the judges have chosen the best design" (but do the Princes Street Gardens need to be "revitalized"?).

●  Dickinson takes a swipe at technology and how it has "skewed" architectural competitions: "despite the click-bait criteria of today's judging, the results are the same: most of us lose."

●  The (very) young South African architect Mthiyane, "born and bred in slums," is "partnering with shantytown communities to build sustainable, efficient and affordable housing and infrastructure to restore their dignity."

●  Betsky cheers Olson's craft that "hides in plain sight - the most expensive and difficult skill in all design and construction is to make the effort disappear."

Weekend diversions:

●  The architecture of Columbus, Indiana, is a leading character in the film "Columbus": filmmaker Kogonada has "always been interested in Modernism, and then on a larger scale what it means to be modern."

●  Reinholdt's short film "A Choice to Make" documents "personal struggles in order to pursue a more creative life. These are challenges we all face and questions we all seek answers to."

●  Levere x 2: "Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical" at the Met Breuer "introduces a Sottsass you've never seen before."

●  She talks to curator Wilk re: the V&A's "Plywood: Material of the Modern World," a show he proposed 20 years ago: "no one had ever seriously researched or written about it. Almost all on the Internet about it is wrong."

●  Thorpe cheers "The Art of Building a Garden City" (in 2 parts): the "ambitious new book is a thorough attempt both to tell the history of the garden city movement and to provide guidance on planning and creating such a city now."

●  Hall Kaplan has a few issues with Friedman's "The American Idea of Home": "with all due respects to the earnest author," among 30 interviews, "most expose the profession's self-absorption and the sorry lack of its social responsibilities."

●  An excerpt from Newhouse's "Chaos and Culture: Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens."

●  An excerpt from Morshed's "DAC/Dhaka in 25 Buildings" that profiles "a quiet masterpiece that serves as Dhaka's gateway": it "symbolized a 'golden age' of architecture in Bangladesh during the 1960s," and "today presents many social commentaries on the city's grinding life."

●  "Hard Hats" by a Chicago real estate developer is a "real estate action superhero comic book" about the construction industry: it's "an entertaining yarn" (with "more than one berserk machine").

●  Three takes on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "No Small Plans": the graphic novel "aims to shape Chicago's next generation of city planners," and is "an attempt to bridge the civic education gap."

●  The characters in "No Small Plans" "jump off the page" in "a gorgeous and thought-provoking call to action" - 30,000 copies will be given to Chicago students.

●  An excerpt from "No Small Plans" that follows Chicago teens "as they wrestle with designing the city they want, need, and deserve."

●  Eye-candy for the day: "Dronestagram contest winners and the art of the drone-based selfie."


  


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