Today’s News - Thursday, August 24, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's News is longer (and took longer) than usual because we're taking an end-of-summer break until after Labor Day. We'll be back (with a lotta catching up to do!) on Tuesday, September 5.

●  We're trying to wrap our heads around Sussman & Chen's theory that mental disorders, such as PTSD and ASD, "shaped 20th-century architecture and design" by the likes of Mies, Corbu, and Gropius.

●  Hurst dives into what can be learned from "the sinking of the Garden Bridge" with "answers to four key questions about its demise" (it "did not go peacefully").

●  Grumblings in Scotland re: third-place Mecanoo being tapped to transform the 1914 Perth City Hall into a visual arts center, "even though judges did not give the firm the highest score" ("It kind of leaves a bit of a nasty taste in your mouth").

●  On a brighter note, formerly condemned Liverpool terraces transformed into new homes now "stand as a shining example of creative reuse against a state bent on demolition."

●  Hawthorne's first take on H&deM's plans for the Berggruen Institute campus: "It has the feel of a last-of-its-kind design - it reflects the limits that come with both severe distrust of new development and a rising ecological anxiety."

●  Bernstein talks to Herzog re: the Berggruen Institute: he "says the proposal marks the first time his firm has employed spherical elements, which he called 'both pure and stupid.'"

●  Watling, who once lived in Phnom Penh, bemoans "Cambodia's disappearing modernist architecture" amidst "rampant development" - perhaps the Vann Molyvann Project will help "raise awareness of New Khmer Architecture outside a design-conscious minority" (check out the pix!)

●  Six shortlisted international teams reveal their concepts for the "restoration, reimagining and rebuilding of Clandon Park" (great presentation).

●  A good reason to plan to head to Seoul: the UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress: "Soul of City"; starting September 3.

●  Q&A with Hahn Jong-ruhl, president, UIA Seoul Organizing Committee: "It's not about boasting what kind of extravagant buildings the host country has, but sharing how the host country's architecture developed, sharing our achievements and mistakes."

●  One we couldn't resist (because it really ticks us off!): seniors have five days to buy a lifetime pass to federal lands for $10 - as of Monday, it'll cost $80.

Weekend diversions:

●  Loos cheers "Exhibit Columbus" as the "'Athens on the prairie' steps into the future" and "renews its big design legacy."

●  An interesting backstory about how "Exhibit Columbus" came about.

●  Paletta praises the Met Breuer's "Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical": his "brave experimentation" shows that "he formed fashions rather than followed them" (great pix!).

●  In Atlanta, this weekend only: the "Big Huge Tiny House Event" could "pique the interest of tiny house enthusiasts - or wonks who really dig urban planning and sustainable, city living" (or to "test the limits of their claustrophobia").

●  New Orleans celebrates Ledner's legacy on view and on screen: "His sense of humor - and his audacity to try wholly new and clever approaches to design - are his hallmarks. At 93, he's still exploring new ideas" (fab photos!).

●  On the outskirts of Marseille, "Utopie Plastic" presents "futuristic plastic homes that paid the price of the oil crisis" (could there be a "plastic comeback"?).

●  In London, "Transient Space" is a "fascinating" show with "a terrific variety of artworks" by "artists in search of the fleeting urban moment, from car parks to parkour."

●  The continuing saga of Magid's Barragán-as-diamond project continues in Mexico with "A letter always arrives at its destination," an "extensive exhibition that completes the circle without any conclusive resolution."

●  Walker parses four books by men "mansplaining the city" with "gentrification advice": "the absence of women from the conversation has directly fed their wealth disparity and urban displacement" + "Must-read books about cities by women."

●  Kinniburgh also parses a handful of books "that seek to deepen our understanding" of gentrification - and how to stop it: "It is not really a cultural phenomenon. It is about profit and power, racism, and violence on a massive scale."

●  Wetherell considers "The New Urban Crisis" as Florida's "mea culpa": "His diagnosis of the crisis he partly caused offers no new insights."

●  Grabar takes a long walk through the "passionate, sprawling, and often frustrating" tome "Vanishing New York: How a City Lost Its Soul" by Moss, "the cranky, tireless scribe of New York's evolution" (bêtes noires include bike lanes, stroller moms, and pedestrian plazas).

●  Kensinger tools around the East Village with Moss "searching for New York City's lost soul": "It's not just the story of a death; it's the story of a murder" (great pix!).

●  Spiegel ponders both Moss's "Vanishing New York" and Shopsin's "Arbitrary Stupid Goal" that "look at what gentrification means for the city - and who's to blame."

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