Today’s News - Thursday, February 22, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: We tried doing the newsletter yesterday, but words on the screen looked like Klingon in our flu-infused mind; things were slightly less-cryptic today. Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we hope to be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, on Tuesday, February 27.

●  "Archicritics" are tweeting up a storm over JPMorgan Chase's plans to demolish and replace its 52-story 270 Park Avenue (formerly Union Carbide), designed by SOM's Natalie de Blois, with a 70-story tower (architect as yet unnamed).

●  Buffalo considers landmarking two Frank Lloyd Wright houses - "it would seem like a slam-dunk," but for the owners who disagree.

●  Bozikovic parses MVVA's plans for Toronto's next great park on the waterfront "that will reshape the tail of the Don River: "Much is still up in the air, but you can trust that these parks will serve their purposes of flood control, repairing the wounded ecology of the area, and providing a beautiful variety of experiences."

●  Meanwhile, MVVA's renovation of Saarinen and Kiley's St. Louis Arch and Cooper Robertson's museum expansion will be ready for their close-up in time for this year's 4th of July celebrations.

●  Adjaye just-opened spy museum in NYC offers visitors the chance "to see just how good of a spy they would be" (for a "whopping" $39(!), one would hope a martini - shaken not stirred - would be included).

●  Glancey offers a fascinating glimpse at "how the Olympic cauldron came to be": "The most successful have been simple and restrained. The momentum, though, remains in favor of circus-like spectacle. Visual restraint is not the order of the 21st Century Olympic day."

●  Great Q&A with former State Department design excellence guru Casey Jones re: "his yearlong sabbatical, what led him to private practice (Perkins+Will), and the importance of civic architecture" (congrats, Casey!!!).

●  Thom Mayne Young Architects Program for 6th-graders at a Bridgeport, Connecticut, school, led by Pratt architecture students, is extended for third semester.

A deadline, the RAIC Gold Medal, and a competition result changed because of charges of plagiarism.

●  Call for entries: Expressions of Interest: Future Campus - University College Dublin International Design Competition.

●  RAIC awards 2018 Gold Medal to Saucier + Perrotte Architectes.

●  3rd-place winners will now take 2nd place in the Skyhive Architecture Competition following "accusations that a participant plagiarized their entry."

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head Down Under next week: Sydney Design Festival 2018: "Call to Action" fab programs, people, and "Common Good" at the Powerhouse Museum.

●  Patel parses architect Mina Chow's "Face of a Nation," premiering at the inaugural ADFF:DC, that "examines the implications of the U.S.'s waning role in international expositions," weakening the image of American ingenuity and ambition - the story of a nation undergoing an identity crisis."

●  Hawthorne hails LACMA's "Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985": the curators "manage quite effectively to coax a wide-ranging cast of characters into a single curatorial frame - for a nearly endless supply of ironies."

●  "Social Housing - New European Projects" at NYC's Center for Architecture presents 25 European case studies by 20 firms that "captures some of the best and most innovative examples of not-for-profit housing at a critical juncture for the sector."


●  Moore cheers Sennett's "sharp insights" in "Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City" that is both "timely and engaging. His sympathies tend towards the vital, complex, diverse, bottom-up aspects of cities. 'Messy' is a favorite word. 'Open' is another."

●  Kamin lauds Gyure's "Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World," a "deeply-researched, lucidly-written, and handsomely-illustrated book" that "offers a fresh look at work of the scorned World Trade Center architect," and "paints a more nuanced and truer portrait."

●  A round-up of "the best books on digital fabrication, robotics, redefining architectural scale, and guides on how to design for a science fiction future."


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