Today’s News - Thursday, March 1, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, March 6 (March - already!??!).

●  ANN feature: Belogolovsky's new One-on-One: a Q&A with Bassam and Fellows re: the partners' devotion to Modernist architecture, high-level craftsmanship, and the use of beautiful, natural materials.

●  Anne Marie Burke pays tribute to Richard Weinstein, whose contributions as a planner in NYC, then as dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning were "stunningly impactful" (per an e-mail from a friend).

●  Feiden makes an eloquent plea to save the Union Carbide building: "Most troubling of all, it would negate the breakthrough work of a woman pioneer in the old boy's club of post-war American architecture - de Blois not only cracked the glass ceiling, she also built it"; 270 Park Avenue is "a masterpiece both of elegance and restraint."

●  Berlinski takes a long (often sly, wry) look at the "architectural sacking of Paris" - some current proposals "call to mind glowing egg cartons, or bathtubs" - the city "must confront these two queer facts: French architects are awful, and French leaders have no taste. This is a dangerous combination" (a must-read!).

●  Fishbein, on a brighter note, describes how mostly-forgotten immigrant architects "came to define how New Yorkers lived in the 19th century - and still live to this day" (and she names them!).

●  Hassan parses Pakistan's crumbling architectural heritage: Karachi "is mushrooming into a mega-city" with "every inch a valuable commodity for developers - the focus is on tearing down old and building new" (fab/sad slide show).

●  Miller takes us down many "roads to nowhere" via America's "long and divisive history" of carving highways "through thriving 'ghettoes' to walls segregating black and white areas - it is only by acknowledging the power of city planning to impact lives that we can hope to prevent the injustices of the past and fix those of the present" (fab/sad aerials!).

●  Richardson & LSA graduates tackle London's much-needed "rubbish revolution - the grot is piling up. The way a society deals with its waste says much about its attitude to the future."

●  Weder's great Q&A with Douglas Cardinal, who "contemplates the past, present and future. Through dozens of projects of every size and genre, he has embedded his Indigenous values in his work" (his great sense of humor comes through).

●  Dunlop talks to Richard Meier re: his firm's 55th anniversary as he "looks back on a career of landmark structures renowned for their beauty, clarity and order" (and how Corbu's "loss became architecture's gain").

●  Finch ponders the U.K.'s "tuition fees rethink" that "is an opportunity for architecture schools - as the story of the London School of Architecture shows, Will Hunter's proposition of education, training and a form of pupilage has taken root" (and fears that "Brexit would wreck our university sector turn out to be drivel").

●  Fairs reports on fears that the "UK's vibrant design economy is at risk from education policies that undervalue creativity," according to the Design Business Association's Dawton: "we're in the process of designing a generation of young people whose creativity is seen to be valueless - convincing their parents that there isn't a future for them in creativity."

●  On this side of the Big Pond (and on a brighter note), the AIA and The National Girls Collaborative are joining forces to encourage creativity and aim for "educational goals that prepare girls for future careers such as architecture."

●  A good reason to be in Singapore next week: A stellar line-up of designers, academics and CEOs speaking at Brainstorm Design 2018: How does one get designers to think like business executives, and vice versa? Or what's the difference when designing for cities and countries, rather than companies?"

Weekend diversions + 1 page-turner:

●  "Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958-2018" at Pratt Manhattan Gallery explores 60 years of work by three influential women artist-designers whose "overlapping careers span the arc of the Modernist era."

●  Eyefuls of collages, encaustics, and silkscreens from "Richard Meier: Artist" at Sotheby's S|2 Gallery in New York (very cool).

●  Vallerand (critically) parses "The University is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture" at Montreal's CCA that "presents another way of teaching and talking about architecture."

●  Anticipation for Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario "has been frenzied."

●  Robinson's take on Moss's "Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul" is a page-turner (and a must-read) in itself: "Unless and until social priorities change, the City of Mystery will be slowly destroyed, a gleaming, deathly boring City of Wealth rising in its place - we cannot have both."


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