Today’s News - Friday, December 8, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because we missed posting on Tuesday, this is an unusual Friday news day. Monday will be a no-newsletter day - we'll be back Tuesday, December 12.

●  ANN feature: Belogolovsky's Q&A with Zhang Hua re: why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry.

●  An all-women team wins the Cambridge to Oxford Connection Ideas Competition with "VeloCity," chosen for its "person-centered scale."

●  Menking marvels at the new ICA Miami by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, "an exemplary building" and "a triumph, inside and out."

●  Meanwhile, Miami Beach's Bass Museum renovation by Gauld, Isozaki, and Caplan gives it 50% more space without having to build a new wing: "Out with the old and in with the new-ish."

●  Curry considers the remaking of a one-time Nazi island resort: "Will the redevelopment whitewash its dark origins?" (critics say the developers are "ignoring or suppressing efforts to remember its dark past in order to sell apartments - Stuke sees it differently").

●  In honor of "Learning from Las Vegas," a round-up of "the best architectural ducks of 2017 - projects that take the idea of the duck a few steps further."


●  Call for entries: Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize for early-career architects to win $100,000 traveling fellowships.

●  Call for presentations: 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Philly next October.

●  Call for entries: ETAR Museum Hotel Architectural Competition, part of the Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

●  Call fore entries: Inaugural Bushman Dreyfus Architects/BDA Prize: Charlottesville: Identity & Design ideas competition.

●  Call for entries: Antalis Interior Design Award international competition to spotlight a new generation of design talent.

Weekend diversions:

●  A stellar lineup for "In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day" symposium at NYC's Met Museum tomorrow - it will be live streamed (H/T to Marwa Al-Sabouni!).

●  "Big Time" is an "elegant documentary" and "gorgeous film" that presents Ingels' "gift for storytelling with marker drawings and funny analogies" ("charm and intelligence" and "7 knots of westerly breeze" included).

●  A rather different "Big Time" take on the profile of "wunderkind" Ingels: "Neither scholarly enough to fully satisfy architecture buffs nor distinctive enough as a biographical portrait, it falls somewhere in the bland middle," though it does "boast a stylishness befitting its subject."

●  At London's Design Museum, "Support" features five young designers-in-residence who have been working on ways to make life better (robots, rainbows, and a chant included).

●  Eyefuls of "Totem," totemic sculptures by London designers for International Peace Day that will be auctioned off for Amnesty International (very cool).


●  Q&A with Ruggles re: "what surprised him, and how his findings might help other architects - and us" after writing "Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns & Their Impact on Our Well-Being."

●  Q&A with Berger & Kotkin re: "Infinite Suburbia" and the future of the suburbs - the analyses and provocations upend our notions of what the suburbs are and what they will become."

●  Kotkin & Berger pen a hefty piece re: "Infinite Suburbia" and why "the urban revival is an urban myth, and the suburbs are surging" (don't buy into the "the supposed ascendency of dense urban cores" portrayed in "a gusher of books" - take that, Glaeser and Gallagher).

●  Evans meanders Miami Beach in a (sort of) "holiday mind," taking in "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" and Bevan's "The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War" - a "fascinating" if "uncomfortable" read.

●  Q&A with Sinclair re: "The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City": nothing escapes his "sharp wit" in his "final pilgrimage through the city" and its "strange, ambivalent soul" with "elements of darkness and light."

●  Brussat cheers Adam's "Classic Columns": "Without the flapping of arms and gnashing of teeth," this "subtle and fecund thinker describes the most essential differences between modern architecture and traditional architecture."

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