Today’s News - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

●  Buday on "the art of architectural storytelling," with hypothetical presentations (in archi-babble and in English) - "eye-glazing headaches ensue. Jabbering follows."

●  Betsky explores why "style is critical to how architects make the world better - a good architect should have great style."

●  Wainwright x 2: Trump's White House makeover is "as drab as a down-market hotel - a boring carpet, greige wallpaper and two giant eagles won't make the White House great again."

●  His take on the Carbuncle Cup 2017 "worthy" winner: it "embodies overblown 'crystalline' lumps in vogue on drawing boards a decade ago," resulting in a "mangled red mountain" of "mangled gobbledygook."

●  Finch, on the other hand, thinks "it's time to put the Carbuncle Cup out of its misery" - the "wretched 'trophy' is the product of mental idleness rather than genuine thought about how architecture absorbs and reflects culture."

●  Byrnes delves into the sad fate of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, "an architectural rescue" gone terribly wrong: "What exists now in Goshen is a civic building that says, 'At least it's something.'"

●  Anderton talks to Herzog and Berggruen about the Berggruen Institute: "What is the Institute, and will it please the neighbors?" (some "are already expressing concerns").

●  Hall Kaplan expects the Berggruen Institute campus "will be a most pleasant and desirable environment. But there are questions."

●  King cheers the "sexy, slinky" Lumina Towers that work to make San Francisco's Rincon Hill "a neighborhood": "the ground-level moves aren't nearly as seductive," but are "likely to get better with age."

●  Magdaleno cheers San Antonio's Mexican-American preservationists and the city's "pioneering a preservation approach that values people as much as buildings" (the newly-anointed UNESCO World Heritage site is hosting the Living Heritage Symposium, today through Friday).

●  Litt lauds the new Irishtown Bend plan to transform "the swampy, unbuildable hillside opposite Cleveland's downtown skyline that could become one of the most spectacular urban parks in the industrial Great Lakes."

●  Brussat cheers a new plan for Providence, Rhode Island's Kennedy Plaza, but "some substantial changes would improve this idea further."

●  The newly-announced commissioners and curators for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will tackle "Dimensions of Citizenship."

●  The team heading Australia's pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale plan "Repair," an "immersive, multi-sensory" grassland to "create a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant communities."

●  Grillo grinds down on "the endless rules" of the "psychedelic, safety-third debauch" that is Burning Man: "If you love bureaucracy, Black Rock City is the alternative desert utopia for you."

●  Meanwhile, you can "gorge yourself" on images from Burning Man's "weird and wonderful architecture," courtesy of "scantily clad, goggle-wearing Instagrammers."

●  Eyefuls of the 38 winners of the 2017 ASLA Professional Awards (fab presentation!).

●  Eyefuls of the 28 winners of the 2017 ASLA Student Awards (another fab presentation!).

●  An impressive shortlist of four teams vies for One Sydney Park, and new development that "will incorporate world-class architecture, thought-provoking public art, curated ground level retail, and an abundance of green spaces and common areas."

●  The Architectural Council of Moscow names 20 finalists in the Renovation of Residential Quarters in Moscow competition (shortlist starts about half-way down the page).

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