Today’s News - Thursday, December 14, 2017

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●  ANN feature: Weinstein is jazzed about "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s," a monumental catalogue of a great exhibition, now at The Cleveland Museum of Art, that architects need more than they may know.

●  ANN feature: Bernstein parses Arthur Cotton Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas": Some of the ideas seem impractical, some ruinously expensive, while others ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity.

●  Kotkin & Gattis explain what the pundits pontificating about Houston get wrong, and why the city "has the right approach to urban development - finger-wagging about zoning does not address the real issue: boosting resilience."

●  Rybczynski offers a post-occupancy report three years after KieranTimberlake's experiment in its own studio without air conditioning: "their cooling experiment had failed"; now, with air-conditioning, the studio is "a happier place."

●  A stroll through the Louvre Abu Dhabi with Nouvel, who shows his "undisguised glee" that the four struts supporting the gigantic dome are largely invisible. "Can you find them?"

●  Betsky takes on the Miami Design District, where façadism is "taken to a new level" with "eye-catching architecture" by numerous notable names: "There is little in the way of expensive building materials or structural derring-do, but there is a lot to dazzle the eye."

●  Bernstein's second installment re: Design Miami 2017, H&deM's Jade Signature: it has "flourishes, but it's still a very big condo building on the beach"; Isozaki and Gauld's Bass Museum that is now "more useful, and more beautiful"; and " Richard Meier and Frank Stella: Space and Form" at the Meier Gallery.

●  Bozikovic welcomes back the ROM's revamped 1933 entrance: the entry sequence through Libeskind's Crystal "is mazy and unfriendly - he proved himself a clumsy choreographer"; the fix is what the museum calls the Welcome Project.

●  Great presentations of Arch Record's Design Vanguard 2017: "each has a personal, crafted, and nuanced approach to architecture that has come to define their generation."

●  Call for entries: Arch Record's 2018 Design Vanguard: looking for the best emerging architecture firms from around the world (and no fee!).

●  A very impressive shortlist in the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head to Shenzhen, China: the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: "Cities, Grow in Difference."

●  Six big flops from more than 100 "epic fails" at the "Museum of Failure" pop-up, now at L.A.'s A+D Museum, along with a "failure confession booth" (Trump, the Game "failed because it's a lousy game").

●  Anderton visits the Museum of Failure: "We love a good success story, but we love an epic fail even more," and talks to Syd Mead and Craig Hodgetts about their new book and creating a "plausible reality."

●  A fab(!) 360 video that explores Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built New York" at the Queens Museum.

●  "Aesthetics of Change: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna" at the MAK "delves into the cosmos of an Austrian cultural university that is at once one of the richest in tradition and among the most visionary."


●  "New Architecture New York,' with an introduction by Lange and beautiful photography by Bendov, shows the city as "a playground for architects who wish to innovate."

●  Wallace 's "Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919" will make you exclaim, "Nothing's changed!": "Though beautifully organized, and written with grace and humor, the author does not build stories so much as compile compendious chronologies."

●  Moore's best architecture books of 2017 include tomes by Martin, Rykwert, de Graaf, and Kolbitz that are "weepingly funny"; "wry and engaging"; "not always encouraging"; and "just lovely stuff."

●  Green's Best Books of 2017 is a selection of the best on the environment, cities, and landscape.

●  Hodges picks "books no Detroit enthusiast should be without."

●  Stephens': 2017 architecture monograph roundup proves the genre lives on.

●  The Frankfurt Book Fair folks pick the 10 best architecture books of 2017 to receive the DAM Architectural Book Award.

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