Today’s News - Thursday, September 7, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's News is a bit longer than usual because we're still catching up after our end-of-summer break. We'll be back (with more catching up to do!) on Tuesday, September 12.

As we watch heartbreaking Hurricane Irma barrel across the Caribbean towards Florida, we thought it timely to re-run a story from Today's News, August 15, titled "As Hurricane Andrew memories fade, Florida weakens building codes." The story, once again our lead item, has been updated with a new title:

●  "Hurricane Irma could test Florida's Hurricane Andrew-inspired building codes - the codes once hailed as the gold standard other states should emulate are under assault."

●  Apparently, the NYT didn't get the memo, but does a good job explaining how, "out of the ruin of" of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, "came changes that helped remake the way South Florida, the state and the rest of the country confront hurricanes."

●  Gunts delves into "how Texas AIA chapters & cultural institutions fared during Hurricane Harvey" - the almost-completed Architecture Center Houston suffered "almost total devastation," yet the AIA is still "playing a major role in disaster assistance."

●  Moore takes on the competition process "that once enabled hungry young architects to design iconic public buildings," but now "has given way to a climate of caution - more likely to favor celebrities over bold new talents - bets are hedged, and everybody's second choice wins."

●  Bennie tackles "how architects can win back trust and influence: instead of looking forlornly backwards, we should look at 'customer' perspectives and assess what architects might do to change these."

●  Booth says it's better to "fight marginalization by pushing forward, not looking backwards. There is no point longing for some supposed golden age before Design and Build and Prince Charles, or whatever knocked the profession off its glorious perch."

●  Florida ponders whether "urban revival is over. People are no longer pouring into America's cities. And that's bad news for everyone."

●  Cortright pushes back on some of Florida's arguments: "Rather that proclaiming the end of the urban revival, his evidence really makes the case for a renewed national commitment to building more great urban neighborhoods."

●  Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi (finally) has an opening date - five years after its scheduled opening: the museum's "soft curves and fresh white façade" will "elegantly" (and finally) "thrust into the glistening emerald waters of the Persian Gulf."


●  Call for entries: The Architect's Newspaper 5th Annual Best of Design Awards.

●  Call for entries: Winnipeg's Warming Huts: Art + Architecture Competition on Ice v.2018.

●  Call for entries: Presentation proposals for Nexus 2018: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics 12th international conference.

Weekend diversions:

●  The European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 is now underway - with some great architecture and urban planning programs, exhibitions, talks, and installations.

●  Hawthorne parses "MoMA's love-hate relationship" with FLW on display in "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive": "for all the elegance of its presentation and the novelty of its curatorial approach, it has a dutiful feel - a Cubist portrait by committee."

●  Meanwhile, Columbia University's new Lenfest Center for the Arts will unpack "Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing," opening this Saturday.

●  Paletta cheers Volner and Kirkham's "This is Frank Lloyd Wright": don't be fooled by its "hipster-friendly" (and most excellent) illustrations - the "narrative dodges simple synopses making it "a substantive account of his life and work."

●  Menking cheers "The New Inflatable Moment" at Boston's BSA Space: "Inflatables are having another moment" in a show that brings back architects' work from the late 1960s to the now.

●  At Yale, "Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine" examines "the transformative process of developing of a new state by blending the urban tissue of a foreign style with the particularities of local conditions."

●  Quito proffers a lively report from "Exhibit Columbus," the "ambitious" festival offering "a Disneyland-like experience for visiting architecture gawkers" for the next 3 months.

●  Get all the "Exhibit Columbus" details celebrating the city's design heritage on the festival's (most excellent!) website (we spent way too much time here!).

●  A good reason to be in Shanghai starting Monday: the "meticulously planned" 40th China International Furniture Fair, themed "Better Life, Better Work."

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