Today’s News - Thursday, November 9, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days, We'll be back Tuesday, November 14 (and just a heads-up that next week might be only a 2-newsletter week - we'll keep you posted).

●  ANN Feature: Stormy Weather: Landscape Design Responses for a Changing Climate: Experts from Sherwood Design Engineers explain that, as designers and engineers move forward to adapt communities to changing weather patterns, providing flood protection while integrating social and ecological benefits will generate value and multi-functional infrastructure.

●  Blander's Q&A with GSD's Keenan, co-editor of "Blue Dunes: Climate Change By Design," re: "the future of climate science in light of our current political situation": "Until local governments take and bear the burden of more responsible land use planning, there's not much that we can do" (how depressing).

●  Kamin considers the corner of a veil of secrecy surrounding the Obama Library in Chicago that has finally been lifted - at least a bit: no new renderings, but new details offer "hints about where things have gone since we saw the initial plans" for what is "shaping up to be a precedent-shattering presidential center."

●  Wainwright introduces us to Williams and Agrawal, a duo of architects-turned-planners "determined to lure architects back into working for the greater good" by "encouraging the best young designers to go into the public sector."

●  McKnight walks us through Yale's 50th Jim Vlock First Year Building Project - a prefabricated two-apartment home for the homeless (lots of pix!).

●  Schuetz, on a less cheerful note, parses a new study offering "more evidence that housing affordability is getting worse. If you aren't rich, don't move to California. Or maybe Florida either."

●  A debate among architects about whether Queenstown, New Zealand has "an architectural character": it may be "missing 'local flavor,'" but it has "diversity" vs. "No amount of stone is going to make a crap design nice."

●  Davidson explains that, while "we can't crazy-proof everything," the horrific truck attack on NYC's Hudson River Greenway was "eminently preventable" - there's a fairly simple solution, "yet that simple intervention somehow never seems urgent" (except in Las Vegas).

●  The American Planning Association offers a suite of Autonomous Vehicle Resources "to assist communities in addressing the questions and challenges posed by this new technology."

●  The National Trust for Historic Preservation has the U.S. Army's support to find a new use for the Mountain View Officers' Club in Arizona, "one of only two WWII-era African-American officers' clubs in the country."


●  Call for Entries (deadline extended!): International Making Cities Livable Design Awards Competition.

●  Call for Papers (deadline extended!): Proposals for the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference next May.

●  Call for Entries: 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.

●  Call for Entries: 2018 Coverings Installation & Design/CID Awards.

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head to Berlin next week: World Architecture Festival 2017, the 10th "annual dose of architectural excellence to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired."

●  A few days remain to catch - free online - Eddy's documentary "Starship Chicago: A Building on the Brink" that makes the case for saving the Thompson Center, Jahn's "polarizing postmodern icon" in Chicago.

●  Minutillo offers her take on the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial: it is "a telling sign that the new generation is not afraid to look to the past. Based purely on the strength of the Biennial, the future of architecture is bright" ("dead architect du jour" included).

●  "We Believe" is a "spectacular" light installation that will link two iconic Arne Jacobsen masterpieces in London and Denmark - controlled by the public.

●  Lots to see in NYC: "SuperDesign" is a chance to "rediscover the controversial creations of Italy's most radical movement": "We had a thirst for rebellion. It's time to rediscover this attitude. Young people need to believe that the world can change," says Audrito (fab photos!).

●  Mendelsohn delves deep into Matta-Clark as he takes center stage in "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts: he "was less interested in reimagining the city's buildings than exploring its gritty underbelly and engaging the people and places that modernism had failed" (great read; fab photos!).

●  "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" at the Center for Architecture "brings both his built and never-realized works to the forefront - the first show to focus solely on his architecture."

●  Lubell & Goldin parse "10 places that define New York City, reimagined" - see lots more at "Never Built New York" or just "roam the city, with these visions in the back of your mind."

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