Today’s News - Thursday, November 30, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, December 5 (December already?!!?).

●  ANN feature: "rise in the city" Update #2: Online Benefit Auction Continues! Just in time for the holidays, a cornucopia of creativity - there's something for everyone (including that difficult-to-shop-for friend, colleague, and relative - or yourself!).

●  Morris Dixon remembers Albert C. Ledner: "In the unfolding of any design movement, there are outliers who are seen as too far from the mainstream, too quirky to be celebrated by peers and historians. He was one of those."

●  Aslet minces no words ripping RIBA, its 2017 House of the Year, and member architects who "would prefer to design a one-off bespoke project rather than dirty their hands with the less glamorous business of providing homes for ordinary people."

●  On that cheery (not!) note, we thought you'd like to see the House of the Year (will it really "influence UK housing for many years to come"?) - and the runners-ups - you decide.

●  Betsky ponders when the architecture industry will be "Weinsteined - will it alter how we see the perpetrators' work?" ("Too many male architects see the world as a supine figure waiting for their brilliant erection to bring it to life" - edifice complex, perhaps?).

●  An all-male taskforce, made up of some of Australia's most prominent architects, is tackling gender inequity in Australian architecture, and just released its first report: "Architecture was among the most unequal professions in this country."

●  A bushel of big-name architects send a letter to the Architectural Association warning that its "planned redundancy drive could prove fatal to the institution" (AA's interim director says otherwise).

●  Meanwhile, AA President Porter sends a letter to the AJ, saying its coverage is "clearly unfounded" and "unworthy of the AJ."

●  Eyefuls of SHoP and SCAPE's three-story skybridge, 300 feet in the air, connecting the two American Copper Buildings - a 75-foot-long lap pool, juice bar, and climbing wall included (what - no doggie park?).

●  Bose walks us through Rogers' freshly made-over 1960s Wimbledon House, now a research and event space for Harvard GSD, "defined by a conscious sense of its own transparency - a characteristic that was and still is unusual" (photos by Baan).

●  The air traffic control tower, "all that remains of the long-gone Stapleton International Airport in Denver, has been transformed into an 'eatertainment' venue by OZ Architecture: "elements hark back to the golden age of jet setting in the 1920s and '30s."

Weekend diversions:

●  Hawthorne plans an L.A. architecture tour for his mother-in-law's 80th birthday, choosing "one piece of architecture from each decade that she has been alive."

●  Ray cheers Furman's "vibrant ceramics" of Rome's architectural wonders in "Roman Singularity" at London's Sir John Soane's Museum: he "seems to celebrate his source material with absolute sincerity, albeit with humor - a refreshing antidote to the aloofness that creates space for dark political agendas to thrive" (closes December 10).

●  As you consider "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, here a "9 things you might not know about Kiley's enduring Milwaukee legacies."


●  Wainwright takes us on a wonderful romp through "cheeky, cartoonish" PoMo, "the mischievous movement that made its name from injecting youthful wit and fun into architecture is finally coming of age" - cheers to "Postmodern Buildings in Britain" by Harwood and Franklin, and "Revisiting Postmodernism" by Farrell and Furman.

●  Tucker says that, with Harwood and Franklin's "Post-Modern Buildings in Britain," PoMo "might finally be overcoming its reputation, and finding new relevance."

●  Bernheimer explains "how architecture shapes our cities - and our lives" in "The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure our Lives, Behavior, and Well-being."

●  Kamin rounds up new architecture books "with Chicago ties that are food for the eye and mind."

●  King's picks for his 2017 holiday books gift guide.

●  Lange wonders "why vintage design books are now so radical - and radically expensive."

●  A new box set of three playfully designed architectural walking guides to the rich architectural history of Sydney, "from convict architects to radical modernists."

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