Today’s News - Friday, January 5, 2018

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●  Kamin pays tribute to FLW archivist Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, who "wrote or edited more than 50 books about the buildings, ideas and career of the legendary architect - 'He is almost single-handedly the person who organized the archives,' said Bergdoll."

●  Hawthorne makes a pilgrimage to Portman's Bonaventure Hotel: "As any nostalgist knows, the most depressing kind of architectural space is one that is slightly and tentatively rather than resoundingly out of date" ("intriguingly weird" and "cringe-worthy" considered).

●  Dreessen makes the case for why "Canadian architecture needs the support of a national policy - if we're not careful to nurture our homegrown architecture talent, we'll soon find that all the buildings in Canada are being designed by others."

●  Bozikovic cheers "Unceded," Canada's entry at the 2018 Venice Biennale: "Bringing an Indigenous voice to the world's premier forum for architecture could be a bold step in reconciliation - and a revolution in how we build."

●  American designers don't have to "reinvent the wheel" - they can learn much from experienced mass timber designers in Europe and Canada, especially when it comes to helping "cities add housing rapidly, safely, and efficiently."

●  Kim parses Leers Weinzapfel Associates' Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst, "the world's largest cross-laminated timber academic building - on track for LEED Gold certification and doing its job as a teaching tool, too" (with fab photos by Esto's Vecerka).

●  Great Q&A with Beverly Willis re: gender equity, how she became a pioneer in the field, the goals of her foundation, and the recently-launched "Pioneering Women of American Architecture" website.

●  Harvard GSD announces the six winners of the 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship who "will conduct research on cross-disciplinary subjects ranging from property guardianship to large-scale prototyping of urban environments" (very interesting research proposals).

●  Just when you thought you'd heard it all: A new arts nonprofit called MAGA (yes, that MAGA) is offering tours of Trump's border wall prototypes - and is petitioning to get them "recognized as national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906" (an "unintended sculpture garden"?!!?).


●  Call for entries: Azure magazine's international 2018 AZ Awards.

●  Call for entries: 2018 Ragdale Ring, a temporary, outdoor performance venue in Lake Forest, Illinois.

●  Deadline reminder: Call for Presentations for the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philly in October.

Weekend diversions:

●  Page "unpicks the architectural inspiration behind" the "Star Wars" movies, and Lucas's "magpie approach to architecture" for his planets that, "in some cases, has come to influence our own."

●  Betsky minces no words about what he thinks of Koolhaas's "BASE" at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: it "has made a mess out of a great art collection - it shows the hubris of architects who think that they are something they are not. It is moves like this that give contemporary art history and architecture a bad name."

●  Arieff, on a brighter note, finds "real optimism" in the Cooper Hewitt's "Access+Ability": it "reveals the challenge of bringing empathy to the marketplace," with "more than 70 products initiated by someone who either has a disability or has a family member who does. It's time for the market to catch up to the need"- and hire the designers!

●  Wills also gives thumbs-up to "Access+Ability": it "reveals that a growing number of designers - including architecture students - have woken up to the needs of this often overlooked group, and demonstrates how designers have started to meet those needs with both skill and ingenuity."

●  In Moscow, "AvantGardeStroi: Architectural Rhythm of the Revolution" at the Shchusev Museum of Architecture aims "to attract public's attention to the problem of the preservation of the Soviet avant-garde. Many of the buildings shown - despite being masterpieces - are actually under the threat of demolition."

●  In Ann Arbor, Michigan, "Cloud/Bank" recreates the temporary installation designed by a Taubman College team for the 2017 Exhibit Columbus in Columbus, Indiana, that "features advanced manufacturing techniques in architectural design that are unique to Taubman."


●  Zeiger cheers the "encyclopedic" book "The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion" by Armborst, D'Oca, Theodore, and Gold: it "arms citizens and urbanists with greater knowledge about the forces shaping our public spaces" with "an editorial tone that is forthright but not strident."

●  Salingaros cheers Millais's "Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect," a "refreshing analysis, clarifying what has been hidden for decades"; if it had been "around for the last 50 years, it might have saved us from architectural and urban design mistakes, now ingrained in architectural and planning cultures."

●  Bell, on the other hand, offers a "Brutalist book club," citing three "colossal compendiums of concrete architecture. Once a marginalized and maligned genre, brutalism has burst back onto the design scene."

●  Budds rounds up "10 must-read design books to get you ready for 2018: Knowledge is power."

●  Abbott revisits Burton's 1942 "The Little House" - the "anti-urban children's story everyone loves; Disney's 1952 version makes the city even more menacing."

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