Today’s News - Thursday, September 14, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're still experiencing some technical difficulties, so Today's News is all Weekend Diversions. Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, September 19 (with actual news).

●  A good reason to land in London on Saturday: London Design Festival 2017 includes Decorex International 2017; 100% Design 2017; Designjunction, and more!

●  A good reason to head to Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday: VERGE conference, "where technology meets sustainability."

It's Chicago Architecture Biennial time!

●  Wainwright parses the original Chicago Tribune tower competition, Tigerman & Cohen's 1980 reprise, and today's current crop, but "will the relaunch of the call-out by the Biennial produce such seismic results?"

●  Messner & Shaw say "Make New History," the Biennial theme, "raises some serious questions. Is there a more underwhelming word in architecture? What is the real goal of this year's biennial?"

●  Kamin x 2: the Biennial "casts the biggest shadow," but "get ready for an explosion of provocative exhibits and new buildings that are the byproduct of Chicago's construction boom."

●  He cheers "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute": despite "some frustrating gaps," its narrative is "freshly and intelligently told."

●  Welton also cheers "Past Forward": "those who live in the city of the broad shoulders - and those who visit - are in for an education, and a treat."

●  The Graham Foundation adds to the Biennial fun with "David Hartt: in the forest" that revisits Moshe Safdie's unfinished 1968 Puerto Rico Habitat project.

●  Not to be outdone, the Chicago Athletic Association explores concepts of "otherness," normalcy, and taboo with "Unsolicited Sideshow" offering "comment on contemporary culture and politics, and their relationship to contemporary architecture."

●  Expo Chicago at the Navy Pier closes Sunday - "here's what not to miss" (we're drooling!).

●  Here's everything you need to know about this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Elsewhere in the world:

●  Green lights up over Cai Guo-Qiang's "Fireflies" that, starting today, will light up Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway with 27 lantern-laden pedicabs (and rides are free!).

●  "Detroit Design 139" presents 38 "thoughtful" projects that "honor the city's design legacy while pushing the city towards becoming a leader in world-class design excellence."

●  "Exhibit Columbus" brings "a new perspective to Modern icons with architectural installations by emerging designers."

●  "5×5: Participatory Provocations" has architects tackling "thorny political issues" in an "imaginative, sometimes humorous exhibition" at NYC's Center for Architecture.

●  "Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing" at Columbia University "explores race, gender, class, and more."

●  Eliasson's "Multiple Shadow House" is his first solo exhibition in Canada featuring a selection of his previous highly interactive installations.

●  Hebel and Block's "MycoTree," that "shows how mushroom roots could be used to create buildings," has planted its roots at the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

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