Today’s News - Thursday, February 1, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, February 6. On a not-exactly-newsworthy (but fun!) note: tomorrow is Groundhog Day. It's expected that Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, will probably not see his shadow - indicating an early Spring! (Yay!) In the meantime, today is another rare posting of two ANN features...enjoy!

●  ANN feature: Weinstein takes on Dickinson and Bernstein's takes on architectural education: They "look in opposite directions when assessing architecture school quality - but the next architecture school transformation may emerge from where no one is looking."

●  ANN feature: Brown, curator of "Five Artists + Architecture" at CCNY's Spitzer School of Architecture, on how the variety of work by the fine artists/teachers "illustrates the breadth of opportunity available to students to integrate a range of visual arts studies into their studio design education and design research work."

●  Booth parses the AJ's LGBT+ survey that "uncovers the pain of LGBT+ professionals - it does not make for comfortable reading - what isn't said is almost as interesting as what is" + link to Waite's parsing of the numbers that "suggest the battle for equality is far from won."

●  The Noguchi Foundation's Dakin Hart is none too pleased that the owners of Bunshaft's 140 Broadway and the plaza with Noguchi's "Red Cube" did not consult the foundation re: proposed changes to the plaza, now on TCLF's list of At-Risk sites.

●  Saffron, on a brighter note (and in honor of Super Bowl Sunday) salutes HKS's stadium in Minneapolis where the Eagles and Patriots will face off in an "otherworldly crystal palace" and "a riveting architectural form" (the downside: it's a bird-killer).

●  Florida's Q&A with Katz and Nowak re: "their optimistic take on the future of cities" and their new book "The New Localism."

●  The rise of "citizen-initiated pedestrian plazas": author and activist Geeting tackles tactical urbanism by photographing snow-bound "sneckdowns" (curb extensions) in Philly, "highlighting areas that could be converted from vehicular to pedestrian use. Remarkably, his documentation has actually helped to reshape intersections."

●  Miller says, "It's not bonkers to be fond of a folly. By their 18th-century heyday these buildings had become barometers of witty erudition and social prestige" - and cheers for the Folly Fellowship, celebrating "30 years of protecting, preserving and promoting these buildings" (some real charmers!).

●  Speaking of follies, the Serpentine Pavilion initiative is heading to China with the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing, designed by Sichuan-based JIAKUN Architects and opening in May (looks pretty cool).

●  Architecture goes to the dogs: eyefuls of entries in the BowWow Haus London kennel competition, exhibition, and auction to raise funds for the refurbishment of a "rehoming center" (a.k.a. animal shelter) for the animal charity Blue Cross (we'd live in one!).

Weekend diversions:

●  "Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech" at Harvard GSD "proposes theories to organize a seemingly fragmented field," and "reveals the non-verbal but human agreements that have shaped architecture's contemporary moment" (lots of pix!).

●  "Aldo Rossi: The Architecture and Art of the Analogous City," presented by Princeton University School of Architecture, "offers a new assessment of his multifaceted achievements as architect, designer, and theorist of architecture and the city - revealing new dimensions of mediation between art and architecture."

●  Bernstein cheers two shows at NYC's Friedman Benda Gallery that show off "masterful furniture designs" by a number of masters, "along with conceptual pieces by a new crop of designers."

●  Times Square is all heart with Aranda\Lasch + Marcelo Coelho's "Window to the Heart" that features the world's largest Fresnel lens "optically bending light - and attention - to the heart-shaped window at its center."

●  Sisson cheers "Felix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for Mexico and Chicago," in Chicago, that "explores the engineer, architect, and contractor who turned everyday material into spectacular shapes. During a period where Brutalism arose and gave concrete a bold, brash reputation, Candela's otherworldly curves offered a graceful alternative" (great images!).

●  SFMOMA's "Designed in California" features more than 100 items that "focus on the role of technological advancements in design since the start of the digital revolution."

●  Dannatt is quite taken by "Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing," a "jam-packed mega-hit" of his "uncanny work" at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, a "lavish exhibition" offering "one surprise after the other, a quite literal buzz of disbelief and delight at each mind-boggling encounter" (deserving "an essay by Anthony Vidler, that fellow wizard of the uncanny").

●  At the Zampelas Art Museum in Nicosia, "Unseen Views" showcases photographs by architect Charis Solomou that "allow concealed characteristics and particularities of the urban experience to become apparent through the photographic lens."


●  Betsky has a blast parsing the Why Factory's "Copy Paste: The Badass Architectural Copy Guide," a "wonderful and useful compendium" that "gives us justifications for stealing and a how-to manual on intelligent plagiarism."

●  Wainwright cheers "Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures" by Roma Agrawal, a "chatty unraveling of surprising stories behind our built environment by the engineer and campaigner for women in engineering" - this "timely and impassioned book will hopefully help to change" her male-dominated profession.


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