Today’s News - Thursday, January 4, 2018

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●  Glancey pays tribute to his friend and colleague, the architectural historian Gavin Stamp: "An architect might disagree with him, but he knew his stuff. And how happily he shared this treasure trove."

●  Waite & Hurst round up eloquent (and twitter) tributes to the "elegant and opinionated" Gavin Stamp.

●  Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz and Trump have very different ideas about how to save dying towns: "Trump's obsession with muscle jobs is shortsighted. There remains a disconnect between where job seekers are sitting and where the help-wanted signs are out."

●  Cartwright offers an inspiring profile of New Orleans-based Bryan C. Lee, who is working "to help communities claim back sovereignty over public space and confront injustice in the urban landscape."

●  Franta digs into archives and discovers that in 1959(!), nuclear physicist Edward Teller "warned the oil industry about global warming" and the industry's "civilization-destroying potential. There are lessons to be learned, and there is justice to be served."

●  Meanwhile, as "mega-disasters devastated America this year, they're going to get worse. We see them on the horizon. And we need to start preparing now."

●  Mairs reports on Melburnians' "outrage" over plans for a Foster-designed Apple store in Melbourne's publicly owned Federation Square - approved without public consultation.

●  Bucknell takes a deep (and totally fascinating!) dive into "the complicated and contradictory legacy of Arcosanti - a fever dream suspended between a present past and a future imperfect."

●  Kramer delves into "the second life of FLW's monster house," particularly onscreen: "his striking tile-clad Ennis House is a dramatic, not particularly inhabitable example of how far he would go in his experiments" (and may be Wright's darkest project").

●  Speaking of FLW: if you happen to have $3.2 million lying around, the "curvaceous" Norman Lykes home in Phoenix, the last house Wright ever designed, is up for sale (fab photos - time to buy a lottery ticket?).

●  Novakovi looks back on 50 years of the Canadian Architect Awards and "five decades of architectural hopes, triumphs and signs of our times," and highlights winning projects "that encapsulate the architectural and social values of their decade."

Wither goest the landscape?

●  Birnbaum says, "If you're looking for a good example of poorly integrated site planning, look at what Chicago is and isn't doing" in historic Jackson Park, where 20 acres have already been "lopped off" for the Obama Presidential Center.

●  Budds ponders "the fraught future of monuments," and some of the designers who "are hard at work reckoning with what should be memorialized - exciting local endeavors hint at a more inclusive and honest path forward" to reckon with the past.

●  Cohen cheers a grassroots group of architects, planners, artists, engineers, and community members in Seattle: why fill in a traffic tunnel when it could be Seattle's version of the LowLine?

●  Green cheers Quennell Rothschild & Partners' plan for a "fog garden" to replace a derelict 10-acre reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY (we can't wait to play in it!).

"Best-of-2017" pundits' picks are so last year (see December 21 Newsletter). Now, the pundits weigh in on what to keep an eye on in 2018:

●  Budds outlines "7 trends that augur the future of urban design" ("boutique urbanism is fading" (yay); multi-generational housing goes mainstream; etc.).

●  Glancey highlights some of the "beautiful architecture coming to a city near you" (a lot of familiar names - not a lot of familiar projects!).

●  Wainwright weighs in on "wet docks, giant ducks and the zero-waste city: the best architecture and design" of the new year.

●  Moore zeros in on Kuma's V&A Dundee: "Its gestation hasn't been easy. This year we'll find out if the museum has been worth the effort" (and the wait).

●  Hume sees 2018 as "a year of major transition for Toronto. The change will begin Jan. 6 with the opening of the skating track at the Bentway, the very 21st-century civic amenity that runs beneath the Gardiner Expressway."

●  CNN's preview of the "world's most anticipated buildings completing in 2018" (mostly the usual suspects).

●  One look back: Azure looks at the best architecture and design moments of 2017, and why the editors like them (refreshingly, most are not the usual suspects!).

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