Today’s News - Thursday, February 8, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days (we're looking forward to an Olympic weekend!). We'll be back Tuesday, February 13.

●  ANN feature: Weinstein on architectural education and why future architects need to think like curious clients (a follow-up in response to responses he got from Dickinson and Bernstein re: his Feb. 1 feature - at bottom of today's newsletter).

●  Acaroglu offers her "Manifesto for Design-Led Systems Change - a unifying code to move forward with intention, direction, and inspiration."

●  Brussat reports on "a fascinating panel" with Imber and Dickinson (their discussion about beauty "had me wringing my hands with despair"), and D'Aprile's take on talking about buildings (see Yesterday's News): "Architecture today has no canonical design language with which to discuss architecture. Architects are just part of the problem."

●  Anderton et al. launch Bridges and Walls series with a discussion about Trump's border wall: Rael "traces the history of the wall and offers some humorous and poignant counter proposals" in his book "Borderwall as Architecture," and Cantú, author of "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From The Border," shares his experience as a Border Patrol agent.

●  Moore finds Fobert's redesign of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge a "suitably understated" transformation into "a miraculous place, a bubble of humanity and enlightenment" (even if a bit "too "accommodating" to outside pressures).

●  Wainwright x 2: He sees Kettle's Yard's rebirth as "a magical sequence of spaces worth the 14-year wait" with an extension that "is both exceptional and modest."

●  He talks to Asif Khan about his Winter Olympics pavilion in South Korea, "the darkest building on Earth - an angular black hole waiting to suck you in - it looks like a portal to a parallel universe."

●  Hawthorne considers "the shifting politics of NFL stadium design" and questions using Hollywood Park for a stadium just because the 298-acre site will include new townhouses and apartments that in no way deals with the housing crisis: solving it won't "require turning ourselves into some over-packed version of Hong Kong or Manhattan."

●  Gehry tapped to design Facebook's new King's Cross HQ in London? (Rumor has it, anyway).

●  Cuningham Group's Alpensia Resort takes center stage as the Winter Olympic Village in South Korea.

●  Eyefuls of architectural photographer Brittain's "Revisited: Habitat 67" series "offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous Brutalist complex - he observed that Safdie's ideas were still successful" (also on view at Jonathan Tuckey Design in London this weekend).

●  Meier funds an architecture chair at Cornell University and, along with his daughter Ana, has also funded a scholarship for women in the M.Arch program.

●  Itsuko Hasegawa takes home the Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2018 for "her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture + An international shortlist for the inaugural RA Dorfman Award.

●  Eyefuls of ArchDaily's 2018 Building of the Year Awards (some "previously unsung heroes" among the usual suspects).

Weekend diversions:

●  Nechvatal cheers "Jean Prouvé: Architect for Better Days" at the LUMA Foundation in Arles featuring 12 buildings that are "erudite, compelling, and conceptually relevant - an encouraging blueprint for responding to the current crisis of migrants in need of help today" (lots of fab photos!).

●  In Chicago, "Félix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for México and Chicago" is a "testament to the architect's innovative use of hyperbolic paraboloid geometry" (more fab photos!).

●  Hilburg cheers "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts: the "sprawling, playfully curated" show - the "look back at the city's troubled past is startlingly relevant."

●  THIS X THAT's new Store Pop-Up at L.A.'s Geffen Contemporary showcases objects by emerging designers in "Trusses on Trucks" (Wabi-sabi-looking) displays (garden gnomes included).

●  "Rendered Cities" in NYC "addresses the problematic impact of architectural renderings on contemporary architecture."

●  In London, "Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow" puts the spotlight "on the most significant mass timber solutions to date - showing what is possible today, and what will be possible for the cities of tomorrow."

●  Lutyens cheers the V&A's "Ocean Liners: Speed and Style" that examines "how ocean liners shaped modern design" (who knew Corbu "saw the liner as a model for high-density housing" - minus the Art Deco interiors).


●  Baird hails Rykwert's "Remembering Places: A Memoir": "The nonagenarian has now given us a Holocaust escape thriller and an architectural/intellectual bildungsroman in one. It is quite a tale" (and hopes for a Volume 2).

●  Shapiro cheers Moss's "Vanishing New York," though she wishes his "lamentation" offered "a longer historical view and making the force of national politics part of the account," considering NYC of 1918 and 2018 have much in common as we "see a reprise of political values that celebrate the rich and say to the poor that their suffering is their own fault."


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