Today’s News - Thursday, October 26, 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 31 (hopefully, the Internet gods will be kinder than they're being today and we won't post so late!).

●  ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #3 takes on "The Wall": It may never be built, but the real damage the Trump Administration is likely to inflict on the built environment will have lasting consequences."

●  Kamin gives two thumbs-ups (and then some) to Foster's new "elegantly understated" Apple store on the Chicago River that is "simultaneously present and absent, there and not there - its transparency is a wow" (though "'almost nothing' does not come cheap - a jaw-dropping $1,350 per square foot"!).

●  Bagli reports that Heatherwick's Pier 55 (a.k.a. "Diller Island") "is back from the dead" - opponents agreed to drop their legal battle in exchange for the promise to complete Hudson River Park.

●  Perrault is tapped to design a "massive" underground transit hub in Seoul, intended to be a multifunctional, cultural and retail space with "an urban park-themed plaza touted as a rival to New York's Central Park and London's Hyde Park."

●  Badger weighs in on Google's plans for a mini-city "built from the internet up" on Toronto's waterfront: tech campuses "are mostly models of how not to build cities. The challenge, amid all the carbon-neutral, internet-enabled robot-monitor sensors, will be to keep humans in mind."

●  Grabar weighs in on "Googletown": "Sidewalk Toronto is more like a modern-day Levittown. Many have tried to master-plan the vibrancy of an organic city; most have failed."

●  Litt lauds the successful conclusion in the 16-year saga to build "cheap, efficient" bike lanes on the Detroit-Superior Bridge that "shows how far Cleveland has come in making itself a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city."

●  Architect/educator Adams and his students turn a littered underpass beneath one of Boston's busiest freeways into a "thriving green space. One of the first things you notice is how peaceful it is. Everything is more than meets the eye - and that's the point."

●  Cheng talks to Koolhaas and Gianotten about their MPavilion in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens, "inspired by ancient amphitheaters" to "steer debate about the city."

●  Stead pens an eloquent intro to Robin Boyd's eloquent1968 essay "Antiarchitecture" that "might have been written yesterday, or this morning" - he was an "architect who could speak to the punters and avoid being dismissed as either a tosser or a prig" (plan to spend some time with both!).


●  Call for Practices: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam/IABR - 2018+2020: "The Missing Link."

●  Call for entries: Sevenoaks Nature & Wellbeing Centre in Kent, U.K.

●  Call for entries: Applications for Hart Howerton 2018 Travel Fellowship Program, open to undergraduate and graduate students.

●  Call for entries: Nemrut Volcano Eyes architecture competition for a lookout point along the edge of a collapsed volcano crater in Turkey.

●  Call for Entries: 35th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards.

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head to Annapolis, Maryland: 2017 Keeping History Above Water 2nd international conference.

●  Movie time! Architecture & Design Film Festival bows in NYC, November 1-5 (fab line-up!).

●  Petrunia has a great conversation with "Columbus" director Kogonada, and Kyle Bergman, founder of the Architecture & Design Film Festival.

●  Betsky parses "the limited feast of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial. The beauty of 'Make New History' is that it is neither" - he would have called "this modest, but coherent, exhibition 'Make History New, or 'Make New What Is.'"

●  Hawthorne cheers the Getty for finally climbing down from hilltop oasis: with Pacific Standard Time, it has done "what it so dramatically declined to do when it opened" 20 years ago.

●  "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design" at Atlanta's High Museum "delves into the continent's diversity and vibrancy through more than 200 works."


●  Schafer parses Deamer's "The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design" that "asks us to unflinchingly consider the way we work - it belongs on every architect's bookshelf."

●  Cramer offers a "brief climate change reading list that presents the truths and consequences of our global addiction to fossil fuels" with "honest reporting and informed opinion."

●  Bernstein considers Mayne's "mission to compile the definitive list with input from Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, and others" in "100 Buildings: 1900-2000 (Corbu, FLW, and Mies are the most mentioned).

●  Hatherley; Sorkin, and others weigh in with their reading lists "in celebration and reflection on the events of 1917 October Revolution, and learn about their impacts on the built environment today."

●  Wood weighs in on Greenfield's "Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life" that "questions our bright technological future" and "interrogates the costs - the technology sector (like architecture) often doesn't care about its unintended effects."

●  Welton cheers Mostafavi's "Portman's America & Other Speculations," a book "that demonstrates the 93-year-old architect's contributions are no small or unlikeable affairs."

●  Hill offers a trio of Wright tomes "devoted to an architect we're sure to be celebrating again in another 50 years."

We couldn't resist ('tis the season, after all):

●  The ultimate guide to dressing like an architect for Halloween - "remember to keep your facial expression thoughtful, and, when your friends admit they don't know who you even are, your demeanor aghast."

●  Architecture costumes for all occasions: "readers from across the world share their architecture-themed costumes" - submit yours!

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