Today’s News - Friday, November 17, 2017

●  Campbell-Dollaghan delves into a new study that "shows people don't understand how to use high-performance buildings. The stories themselves are remarkable. Many are not only tributes to advanced architectural technology - but also the ingenuity of occupants who 'hack' it" (a Drinking Bird bopping to keep motion-sensor lights on!).

●  An industry initiative "aims to unlock new sources of energy efficiency for older buildings."

●  The story behind Breathe Architecture's "new model of apartment living" that is "environmentally sustainable, financially viable, and socially responsible" is beginning to catch on!

●  Bailey takes on the opposite end of the spectrum with a Q&A with the $25 billion, data-driven Hudson Yards' developer Ross: "It's beyond ambitious in its scale, and has tremendous potential to set a standard for cities of the future. But if it flops, the consequences are unfathomable" (so far, so good, but architects can leave their egos at the door).

●  Kennicott visits the $500 million Museum of the Bible, opening in Washington, DC, this weekend: it "offers a one-stop-shopping cultural experience, with history, art, architecture, theater and music conveniently packaged under one roof. And it could change the museum business."

●  The New York Public Library unveils $317 million Mecanoo/Beyer Blinder Belle-designed plan for its 5th Avenue flagship, "bringing the long-running, contentious saga closer to an end."

●  Kamin parses the "aspirational yet star-crossed back story" of Jahn's Thompson Center, the "shortsighted plan" to sell and most likely tear it down, and urges anyone on the pro-demolition side to watch Eddy's "Starship Chicago" that "illustrates the essential role the center plays in the life of downtown Chicago."

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

●  On a brighter (very bright!) note, Gaudí's "meticulously restored" Casa Vicens in Barcelona is ready for its close-up as a "dazzling" museum (with pix to prove it it's a real wow!).

Weekend diversions (and lots of em!):

●  "AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017" at London's Architectural Association "is at once a history of women's presence within a very particular educational institution, a history of women's presence within the architectural profession, and a part of the history of 20th-century architecture."

●  "Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-1989" at MoMA "examines how computer-aided design became permanently entangled with art, industrial design, and space planning."

●  Brownell visits "Designing Material Innovation" at the California College of the Arts that is (mostly) successful in exploring how the "messy and nonlinear process" of material experimentation "can go well and go wrong."

●  Speaking of materials, you have a few more days to catch "mies missing materiality" at Mies's Barcelona Pavilion with its marble walls covered in white panels, making it "more minimal than ever before - it appears more like a full-scale model than a building."

●  Cook considers "the endless influence of the Bauhaus" that "broke down the barrier between fine art and applied arts. The results were extraordinary - the true measure of its immense influence is how familiar it has become"; much of it on view in "Bauhaus in Motion" at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin.

●  Bernstein x 2: he parses the Global Grad Show at Dubai Design Week showcasing "submissions from 92 design schools that aim to change the world for the better" - it closes tomorrow - but all 200 projects can be seen online (some amazing stuff!).

●  He parses "Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitect" at the Bronx Museum of Art, and his "indelible influence on architecture": "There is no telling what he would have achieved" if he hadn't died so young, but "we get a certain hint of what his buildings might have looked like" in the work of DS+R, Holl, Koolhaas, et al.

●  Hill hails Belogolovsky's book and exhibition on Harry Seidler: The book presents the show "as an important subject in its own right," informing "readers about the architect's life and work very well - anyone in and around NYC is "urged to head to City College before the show closes" (next week!).

●  "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" at NYC's Center for Architecture is the first dedicated solely to his architectural designs that "ranged in scale from interior residential renovations to an urban plan."

Page turners:

●  Mortice's great Q&A with Cary re: his book "Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone," and "what the public interest design movement doesn't need any more of."

●  Brussat cheers Millais's "Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect": "It is a brave book and a necessary book" that "stacks up the flaws in the maestro's work - it speaks truth to power" (with link to Dalrymple's review that is "even angrier than my review").

●  Brandes Gratz considers "the Greenwich Village apartments created by Jane Jacobs" that are now under threat, and offers an excerpt from her book, "The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way," "with occasional bracketed current comments."

●  "Sirius" by Dunn, Peake & Piscopo celebrates Sydney's "embattled Brutalist icon," released shortly after the announcement that the social housing complex "had yet again been denied a heritage listing."

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