Today’s News - Thursday, August 10, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, August 15.

●  ANN feature: Nuts + Bolts #15: McKissack & McKissack's Anders offers three core practices to help keep the peace in managing relationships on construction projects.

●  Urban Design London's Kurland offers some suggestions to planners who "need better design guidance. There are many ways architects and their clients try to hoodwink planners. The fight-back starts here."

●  Sorkin offers a "simple idea" to resolve "NYC's most awkward developer feud": "invest the $250 million earmarked for the largely vanished Pier 55 in Pier 40. Then add as much additional fabulousness as possible."

●  BNIM's Hoxie and Native American activist Tilsen talk about the challenges of "envisioning and creating a sustainable community for his people": "Progress moves at the speed of trust."

●  Scruggs picks 3 ideas that work anywhere to "help cultural institutions survive redevelopment pressure," based on Seattle's "The CAP Report: 30 Ideas for the Creation, Activation & Preservation of Cultural Space."

●  Ascarelli explores how Newark, New Jersey, is "trying to navigate arts-driven revitalization equitably as a new (and wealthier) residents move in" (both cities now have a cultural advocate in City Halls).

●  REX's Prince-Ramus talks about "rejecting 'starchitecture,'" philosophy, and designing the arts center at Ground Zero: "If there are many possible solutions, we always choose the one that is most beautiful."

●  Davidson ponders "why dystopian movies look so much like our world": "The fantasies of visionary filmmakers simply recycle the present and make it bigger, and worse" (check out the 2016 Pentagon video!).

Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!):

●  Middleton parses three films that illustrate how "architects on the silver screen don't do themselves or the profession any favors" - they "tend to shoot themselves in the foot in these films."

●  Hawthorne proffers that the "understated" film "Columbus" is "a complex portrait of small-town America through the modernist architectural mecca of Columbus, Indiana - and a timely portrait of Donald Trump's America."

●  Jenkins considers "Columbus" is "soulless, by design" - the characters "are more like miniature humans in a 3D model of a modernist structure, their slightly messy presence meant only to set off the purity of the overall scheme."

●  Ciampaglia says that while "'Columbus' might look like a standard indie film with gorgeous shots of photogenic buildings, at its core is a challenging examination of the way place influences human interaction."

●  Anderton talks to "Columbus" director Kogonada "about this valentine to architecture and contemplative movie-making."

●  There's just a short time left to catch "Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World" and its "landmark objects" at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (great pix!).

●  Lange cheers "Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical" at the Met Breuer that "displays a giddy and comprehensive collection - demonstrating his devotion to making the everyday weird."

●  Denny delves into Ain, "the Red Scare, and the house that disappeared" that is now the subject of "This Future Has a Past" at NYC's Center for Architecture.

●  Saffron cheers the globe-trotting Louis Kahn retrospective making its last stop in Philly (it almost didn't happen), and how the "real gold" in the show is the "crude cardboard models" that "make his genius all the more human and accessible."

●  Keats gives kudos to "Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts" in San Francisco: they are the "architectural equivalent of concept cars" that "show how wild the future may be, and why you should care."

●  Anderton ponders "California: Designing Freedom" in London, "a survey of California design from the drug-fueled 1960s style of the hippies to the tech-utopian visions of Silicon Valley's founders."

●  "The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney," in Sydney, puts the spotlight on the city's "forgotten mid-century modernists," but "who had a lasting impact on its culture and look."

●  There's not much more time to catch the traveling "Zaha Hadid Architects: Reimagining Architecture" in Singapore before it makes its last stop in Melbourne.

●  In "Utopie Plastic," futuristic prefab micro-homes from the 1960s land on the lawns of Friche de l'Escalette, Marseille's new sculpture and architecture park.

●  Mañosa: Beyond Architecture" traveling exhibit puts spotlight on the Filipino icon.

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