Today’s News - Thursday, August 17, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, August 22. (We'll be spending the weekend engineering a pinhole projector for Monday's solar eclipse!)

●  Green delves into the Trump administration bulldozing what it considers "onerous environmental review processes" - and other (depressing) federal environmental and climate news.

●  Hosey, a former Charlottesville resident, tackles last weekend's mob scene in and around Emancipation Park: it was "the real slipping into the surreal. When demonstrators out-gun the police while waving symbols of hatred, space no longer truly belongs to the public - it belongs to the mob."

●  Capps x 2: his take on Charlottesville: "a rally about a statue in a park is how organizers frame their demonstrations, as conservative and preservationist in nature. But the alt-right's fight is also with public space."

●  On a brighter note, he has a great idea for what Baltimore can do with its four now-empty Confederate statue plinths: take a cue from Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth program (city's artists aren't waiting for an invitation).

●  A refreshing palate cleanser: a round-up of public parks and plazas that illustrates how architects, cities, and communities are taking "the lead in developing essential social infrastructure."

●  Bozikovic cheers changing outdated planning rules to bring street life and economic opportunity to mid-20th century residential neighborhoods that were "master-planned for cars - spaces between the towers will no longer be vacant and arid."

●  Campbell hails Maryann Thompson Architects' Walden Pond Visitor Center as a small but "fascinating new work of architecture that remembers and reflects Thoreau's ideals" (great Iwan Baan pix!).

●  Ditmars pens a letter from Palm Springs describing "the latest projects from the mid-century modern mecca."

●  A look at a cottage industry that has "sprung up to meet demand for secondhand wood, steel, brick, and any other building material that can be repurposed in new structures - but challenges are plenty."

●  Wainwright reviews some of the Design Museum's shortlist in the running for the 2017 Beazley awards (on view beginning in October): "The architecture category, as ever, feels a little out of place, but this year it includes a project of a very different kind to the international museums, schools and galleries."

●  Eyefuls of all 62 nominations on the shortlist for the 2017 Beazley Designs of the Year that "paint a clear picture of the current state of the world."

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head to New Orleans next week: the Architecture & Design Film Festival is "headed to the Big Easy."

●  Tulane sets the stage for ADFF with the exhibition "The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner" - opening tonight.

●  "This Future Has a Past" at NYC's Center for Architecture puts the spotlight on Ain's "vanished" MoMA house. "But more broadly, the show raises questions around what history forgets and why."

●  Winners of the RPA's "4C: Four Corridors: Foreseeing the Region of the Future" competition, on view in Queens, NY, "offers a look at a future in which that region has successfully adapted to sea level rise."

●  Fritchey cheers "Tom Burr/New Haven" in Breuer's empty Pirelli Tire Building in New Haven (now owned by Ikea): "The most compelling part of the show is the way he has brilliantly staged each work in a hazardous section of the building that doesn't meet the city's code-compliant standards."

●  Goldberger gives two thumbs-ups to Newhouse's "Chaos and Culture" about Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens": "It is rare that the entire process of conceiving, designing, and constructing a single building is documented as thoroughly and coherently. It is rarer still that this process is worth a book-length telling. But it is absolutely so here."

●  Artsy cheers Szerli's new book on Norman Bel Geddes that "traces the journey of a penniless man who made his way from the Midwest to New York, armed with the gift of drawing and plenty of grit."

●  Zeiger says Cardasis "is well-placed to untangle the competing forces" of James Rose's career in a long-overdue biography of the too-long-overlooked landscape architect.

●  Libby explains what architects should know about Deutsch's "Convergence: The Redesign of Design": it "imagines a future in which the boundaries between the design and construction industries have not only blurred but vanished."

●  Winter's colorful new children's book "The World Is Not a Rectangle" offers kids "a playful glimpse into Zaha's world, inviting young readers to approach things with Zaha's perspective" (what about us grups?).

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