Today’s News - Thursday, October 5, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 10.

●  ANN feature: Swett, an architect and former Congressman and Ambassador, has a message for the next generation of architects: Leaders with the skills and sensibilities of an architect are needed now more than ever.

●  Cramer delves deep into climate change, and how architecture must change as well: "the architecture profession will have to relearn the great joy of doing more with less - and commit totally to mitigation and resilience."

●  An entire coastal island community in Louisiana is being relocated inland, with a master plan by Baton Rouge-based CSRS (60 years ago, it was more than 22,000 acres - 320 acres are left).

●  Experiments around the world to address affordable housing shortages take an unusual tack: "new housing units are being sold without bathrooms, kitchens, or even interior walls" - buyers decide "whether to opt for more Spartan or luxurious accommodations."

●  Moore parses the Bilbao Effect 20 years after Gehry's Guggenheim became "the most influential building of modern times": it had "a wow factor that cities around the globe were soon clamoring to copy," but "its true lesson is that it can't be copied."

●  Wainwright finds himself having some serious fun in the "brick-tastic brilliance of the new Lego House" by BIG: "Everything is awesome!" (fab photo gallery by Iwan Baan!).

●  On a less cheerful note, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic have "put the brakes on" plans for the $500 million Geffen Hall renovation, and will "seek less dramatic ways to improve the hall."

●  A good reason to head to California next week: the Monterey Design Conference 2017.

●  A good reason to head to Montréal at the end of MDC 2017: World Design Summit Congress: "an international incubator or re-thinking the mission" of design.

Weekend diversions:

●  Byrnes has a fab Q&A with Lubell and Goldin re: how they turned the book "Never Built New York" into a show at the Queens Museum: "Despite its focus on could-have-been's, they present their research with a genuine enthusiasm for the works without falling into nostalgia traps."

●  Gilmartin offers a most excellent round-up of "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA," and its "far-reaching and ambitious" exhibitions that "offer much to even die-hard architecture wonks."

●  There's still time to catch Partisans & Storefront for Art and Architecture's inaugural "EDIT" festival featuring "Letters to the Mayor / Developer: Toronto" - in Toronto (great pix!).

●  In Munich, Turkish architect Tabanlioglu "has turned his collective images and travel anecdotes" into the show "Stage 0 - Travelogue."

Chicago Architecture Biennial:

●  Kamin x 2: he had his doubts about reviving the Tribune Tower competition: "there was ample reason to wonder whether the third time would be the stale dud," but "Vertical City" is a "visual delight - a heady mix of reality and fantasy."

●  He parses six of the Biennial's satellite exhibits that "vary widely in quality," but "taken as a group, the shows can be considered a success."

●  Keskeys says "forget esoteric ideas - here's what the Biennial really tells us about architectural practice today: 1) When architects and makers unite, magic happens. 5) Architecture doesn't need to be so serious."

●  Mortice cheers "The River Edge Ideas Lab" and its big design dreams for the Chicago River.

Page turners:

●  Hall Kaplan ("born and ill-bred in New York") on Moss's "Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul": it is "a polemic, unrelenting in exposing the raw greed that has compromised the once-proud city. However obnoxious his rant may be, you have to pay attention."

●  Bellafante, on the other hand, considers "Vanishing New York" a "comprehensive, emotional exploration. The pleasure (or agony, depending on your predilection) of reading Moss is his purity."

●  Schwab talks to Doctoroff about "Greater Than Ever: New York's Big Comeback," and the challenges facing every city today: "He sees the smart city as a revolution that's on its way."

●  Reston offers a rousing excerpt from his "A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial" that delves into "the classroom process that helped refine Maya Lin's submission - its foundation was a brilliantly devastating political commentary on the Vietnam War" (wailing and resentment included).

●  Moore gives thumbs-up (and down) to Piesik's "Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet": "This compelling survey of houses doesn't quite meet its lofty aims" - it's more than "a National Geographic romp through the exotic, but it is less convincing when it tries too hard to make its points."


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