Today’s News - Thursday, October 19, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days, but we leave you have lots to keep you busy. We'll be back Tuesday, October 24.

●  ANN Feature: "rise in the city" Announces Top 10 Artists for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25 (some very interesting things!).

●  AIA President Vonier responds to Trump's UNESCO departure.

●  Capps considers D.C.'s new $2.5 billion Warf waterfront development and the perils (and some pluses) of "Fast-Casual Architecture": "All in all, it's a fun-if-inoffensive ramble. For the most part, it avoids the most desultory aspects of Fast Casual design" (woonerf included).

●  Hawthorne has high hopes for Fisher's Natural History Museum makeover plans, along with the forthcoming Lucas Museum way: "Exposition Park is getting crowded - there's an architectural arms race underway," but the park's "shifting landscape could help point Los Angeles's civic architecture in a new direction."

●  King hopes that the powers-that-be do more than just rename San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza: "if city leaders really want the plaza to become an aspirational example of 'San Francisco values,' then let's make it into a better public space."

●  Lamster is a bit disappointed in Toyota's new, 100-acre North Dallas HQ aiming for LEED Platinum: it "opted for an aesthetic closer to its own spirit: dependable, efficient and comfortable, if lacking in inspiration" (parking for 6,500+ cars and what sounds like miserable public transit is "green"?).

●  Deadline for cities' bid to win Amazon's HQ2 is today, and Moody's lists the 10 most likely (Austin leads the pack, and "and San Jose "ranks ... nowhere").

●  What LEED did for buildings, ASLA's Sustainable SITES Initiative will do for landscapes - and not a moment too soon.

●  Green: cheers Laurie Olin being the first landscape architect to win the Vincent Scully Prize, and offers some sparkling highlights from Olin's lecture and conversation with James Corner: "Architects are control freaks. It's important to learn their ways of thinking, but then you have to push back."

●  A great profile of Kate Orff, the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant."

●  One we couldn't resist: Brussat reviews Goldberger's review of Goldhagen's "Welcome to Your World": it "applauds Goldhagen in ways that you might expect when a modernist critic encounters a modernist book."


●  Call for entries deadline reminder: 2018 P/A Awards.

●  Call for entries: Adelaide Contemporary 2-stage International Design Competition for a contemporary art gallery.

●  Call for entries: Iceland Northern Lights Rooms International Architecture Competition.

●  Call for applications: Harvard GSD 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international).

●  Call for entries: Nominations for Great Places in America: People's Choice.

Weekend diversions:

●  Grabar cheers the Queens Museum's "Never Built New York": It's a pick-me-up for architects who build a fraction of what they draw and draw a fraction of what they imagine. Many of the wondrous designs hold a lost middle ground: utopian ideas that took themselves and their role in the public good seriously."

●  Hawthorne's take on "PST: LA/LA": "in certain ways is the most ambitious PST effort yet - the shows serve to deepen - and in much-needed ways to complicate - our understanding of the trajectory of Southern California architecture over the last century."

●  "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design" at Atlanta's High Museum has the "lofty goal" of making "an ardent, convincing case for the many ways design shapes consciousness" - and succeeds.

●  Hill brings us eyefuls of "Scaffolding" at NYC's Center for Architecture, where Shigematsu's design "instills a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential."

●  Dawood cheers "Beazley Designs of the Year 2017" at London's Design Museum: Navigating this exhibition "is significantly easier than last year's," with the 62 shortlisted projects "grouped into themes, making them more digestible" - and kudos to Carmody Groarke's "dystopian exhibition space."

●  Doha's Qatar Museum's "Driven by German Design" celebrates Germany's greatest design icons since 1945.

Good reasons to hit the road:

●  Cleveland, Ohio: Meeting of the Minds 2017, summit "will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders across the globe."

●  Ann Arbor, Michigan: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning "Practice Sessions #5" with Ensamble Studio.

●  Paris: CityLab Paris 2017: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges, presented by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

●  Eindhoven: Dutch Design Week 2017: "Stretch" - stretched over more than 100 locations across the city.


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