Today’s News - Thursday, November 16, 2017

●  We lose Ledner, an FLW apprentice "who went on to design modernist marvels including the National Maritime Union HQ in NYC: "the implicit humor of this unorthodox trio (of buildings) transgressed mightily against the dead-serious modernism of the period," wrote Christopher Gray.

●  Schneider ponders whether Jahn's "red, white, and blue elephant" (a.k.a. Thompson Center) is worth saving: the "boundary-breaking structure captured Chicago's imagination, if not its heart. Will ordinary citizens fight for a quirky civic space?"

●  Dickinson considers Stern and Saarinen at Yale, and "what the old 'modern' and the new traditional' dormitories say about style, architecture and the zeitgeist."

●  Kolson Hurley considers "the weird, wooden future of skyscrapers," and Lever Architecture's towering ambitions on Portland, Oregon, that will be "the country's tallest human-occupied all-wooden structure."

●  A proposed wooden skyscraper for Chicago, the result of a collaboration between Perkins+Will, Thornton Tomasetti, and the University of Cambridge, is a "magnificent design - long live the wooden revolution."

●  Scheeren's 88-story "Sky Forest" will bring "leisure and landscape design to the skies" of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

●  SOM's 56-story tapering skyscraper in London will be subjected "to wind tunnel testing and 'extensive analysis' of how it will interact with sunlight so as not to overshadow other buildings - or produce a dangerous solar glare" (no melting Porches here).

●  Litt x 2: he cheers "a brilliant lakefront project" in Euclid, Ohio, that "offers a snapshot of an attractive, working-class Cleveland suburb addressing its future proactively. Kudos all around."

●  He also cheers the Cleveland Museum of Art's Doan Brook project that "blends art and environment," and is "a gesture of outreach to the surrounding city."

●  TVS Design is leading the team for the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center that will make it the second-largest in North America.

●  Two Cornell alumni help renovate Upson Hall.

●  Nine projects show "the diversity and architectural possibilities that come from repurposing things like old factories, wharfs, and power plants in new ways" (alas, not all architects are credited).

●  Wainwright reviews Seoul's first (now ended) architecture biennale that used "giant blobs and floating parks to look to the future - and atone for the costly sins of the past.'

●  Weder weighs in on MoMA's (now closed) Frank Lloyd Wright extravaganza "Unpacking the Archive": "He was wrong about a lot of things. But both his triumphs and his mistakes have taught us much - and for that we might be grateful."

●  Five quirky solutions to open office woes (we'll take the nap nook, please!).

●  Eyefuls of the four 2017 Curbed Groundbreakers winners.

●  Maria Nicanor named Executive Director of the Rice Design Alliance, after stints at the Norman Foster Foundation, the Guggenheim, and the V&A.

●  A wonderful round-up "weird and wonderful" Soviet sanatoriums that "challenge the standard notion that architecture under communism was unsightly and drab."

●  One we couldn't resist: "14 impossibly chic cat houses designed for a fundraiser for Architects for Animals and FixNation.

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