Today’s News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're hitting the road early today - and even earlier tomorrow, so there will be no newsletter Wednesday. We'll be back Thursday, October 19 (perhaps a bit late - we don't return until the wee hours of Thursday morning).

●  Will Trump's UNESCO withdrawal affect Detroit's "City of Design" designation and the city's membership in UNESCO's Creative Cities Network? "As of right now, they say they're not sure."

●  On a brighter note, the first phase of the Detroit Cultivator is open, proving "how the power of design and architecture can be a powerful vehicle for common progress" by combining food production, cultural activity, and civic assets.

●  Hall Kaplan minces no words about LACMA's big rebuilding plans: Govan, the "over-reaching museum director, and Zumthor, "of limited museum experience and, as most architects, unlimited ambition" will leave L.A. "stuck with a bomb of a costly building."

●  Phil Bernstein takes issue with Betsky's recent "Architect' Goes to Jail, World Shrugs": while he agrees that "licensure by no means assures architectural competence - Betsky's argument contains some dangerous tripwires."

●  Brady considers how "architecture's cultural cachet is killing it": "The problem starts with how the public sees the profession," and architectural education that "seems to push architect-as-visual-artist perception" - and he has some ideas about how to change things.

●  Hosey uses Harry Weese's Washington Metro as the jumping off point in a thoughtful piece about the pitfalls of labels and "-isms": "An -ISM can help create a larger historical context, but when used as a quick shorthand it can make a work smaller, not larger. All great work resists such simple classification."

●  Pedersen has a great Q&A with Lamster re: why he calls Dallas the "Paradox City," what Amazon wants from its second host city, and his role as a critic.

●  King hails Leddy Maytum Stacy's transformation of the San Francisco Art Institute's Fort Mason campus on a 1912 pier: "the confident restoration is a triumph," and shows why the firm so deserves the AIA 2017 Architecture Firm Award.

●  Eyefuls of Ralph Appelbaum's glittering, glowing plans for NYC's American Museum of Natural History Halls of Gems and Minerals as the AMNH gets ready for Studio Gang's upcoming $340 million expansion.

●  A "writer finds solace" along the Norwegian Scenic Routes that "have been transformed into architectural wonders," especially along the Trollstigen (troll's path)

●  The Westin Anaheim Resort will be "rich with lavish landscaping and elegantly-designed, social gathering spaces" - including a rooftop deck to watch nightly fireworks at Disneyland.

●  In Nashville, historic preservationists, along with TCLF, are up in arms about a controversial mixed-use development (involving T Bone Burnett) near the Civil War-era Fort Negley Park (though the dilapidated stadium does need to go).

●  The WMF releases its 2018 World Monument Watch list that includes 25 cultural heritage sites (maybe Fort Negley will make the 2020 list?).

●  Mock reports on the evolution of Harvard GSD's Black in Design conference, and how the school's African American Student Union has "built a movement" in only 3 years.

●  Kaji-O'Grady, Dean of Architecture at the University of Queensland, minces no words about how access to architectural education is threatened under proposed funding cuts that would "slug" some students with higher costs and "risk harming the global esteem of Australian architects, academics and graduates."

●  The World Architectural Festival names 11 winners in its inaugural WAFX Prize for World's Most Forward-Looking Architectural Concepts, who will be honored at WAF Berlin in November.

●  The British Council for Offices names 3 finalists in the NextGen ideas competition to imagine the office of 2035.

One we couldn't resist:

●  "Environmentalists proclaim the Great Pacific Garbage Patch a country - "Trash Isles" now has its own (beautiful but depressing) currency, flag, stamps, and passport, and its first citizen, fittingly, is Al Gore (his acceptance speech included).


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