Today’s News - Thursday, September 28, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 3. (Apologies for tardy posting - the technology gods were not on our side today.)

●  ANN feature: We are pleased to be a media sponsor of Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise's "rise in the city," an art-filled auction of 100 artworks by architects and designers for the non-profit's inaugural project: expanding an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.

●  Vonier explains why attempts by state and federal agencies to roll back "common-sense" building codes, especially after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, "is ill-advised public policy," not only because they are "important to citizen health, safety and welfare, they make basic economic sense."

●  Viglucci taps building experts, architects, and planners to lay out take-aways for Miami-Dade, post-Hurricane Irma, which"might have been but a dry run for the real thing."

●  Three finalists now in the running to design Lithuania's Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Centre in time for the city's European Capital of Culture 2022 celebrations.

●  A good reason to be in Adelaide, Australia, next week: the Festival of Architecture and Design: Future Citieswill explore affordable housing, urban sprawl, and climate change that "are prompting us to re-examine conventional development models and challenge housing stereotypes."

Deadlines (lots to keep you busy!):

●  Call for entries: Applications for 2018 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, Richard L. Blinder Award, and Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship.

●  Call for entries: 4th IE Spaces for Innovation Prize for young architects and designers.

●  Call for entries: AIT Award: Best in Interior and Architecture 2018.

●  Call for entries: "Dream of Venice in Black & White" photo submissions for the 3rd book in the "Dream of Venice" series.

●  Call for entries: International open call for the Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

●  Call for entries: Submissions for panel discussions or workshops at the 2018 AIBC Annual Conference: "Spaces Between" next May

Weekend diversions:

●  Hester cheers "Ex Libris," Wiseman's "joyful" and "riveting" documentary that is a "3-hour love letter to the New York Public Library" in "a series of thoughtful and charming odes to knowledge."

●  A spotlight on 5 projects in Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built New York" at the Queens Museum: "Some projects were foiled by their architects' wily ambition, while others came tantalizingly close to creation, only to be struck down by politics."

●  Sokol parses the five Miller Prize winners' installations in "Exhibit Columbus" that "seek to burnish the city's reputation precisely for the people who call it home. 'We wanted residents to be tourists in their own town.'"

●  Showley delves into Archtoberfest, San Diego's Architecture and Design Month that kicks off today, with a lineup that takes on homelessness and flying saucers (we're looking forward to seeing what projects win the annual Orchids & Onions awards for good and bad design).

NYC's Archtober 2017 kicks off!

●  Plitt picks 10 Archtober events not to be missed: "Come for the architecture trivia, stay for the pumpkin carving - all sorts of delightfully nerdy events" all over New York City.

●  Howarth hails Archtober's "packed program."

●  The Center for Architecture (Archtober's home base) features the Shigematsu-designed show "Scaffolding," opening Monday, that gives scaffolding a "thorough examination" as "a flexible architecture, a nuisance to some, an aesthetic choice to others."

Chicago Architecture Biennial:

●  Hawthorne says "Make New History" is an "elegant and densely layered exhibition - cerebral, well-tailored and faintly ironic" (though sometimes loses momentum "as it pauses to chase its own tail").

●  Zeiger thinks that, though the "Biennial tackles the broad and tempestuous topic of history," it "plays it too safe" - it's "an exhibition that is uniformly technically and aesthetically virtuous, but stuck in the shallows" (there are exceptions).

●  Moore gives a conditional thumbs-up: "Fundamentally, this stuff is good - the cities of the world will be better places if these architects get more say in their design" (but, oh those "willfully opaque captions verge on the catastrophic").

●  Mortice ponders whether "beige is the new black in architecture" as the biennial "makes a home for outcasts and weirdoes, often stigmatized in design because they just aren't weird enough."

●  Shaw outlines "five fundamental problems" with the Biennial: "'Make New History' does not do that," but it does "offer a strong case study for what we can do better."

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