Today’s News - Thursday, March 8, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 13 (that's about how long it will take us to dig out from under 15 inches of snow - and clear the 30-foot branches that just missed the house and car!).

●  ANN feature: Silva's From the Treetops #3 looks at how temporary, multi-disciplinary arts projects are transforming the proverbial "white cube" gallery town of Sacramento by elevating the discourse around what art can be and the potential spaces it could occupy.

●  In honor of International Women's Day 2018: Zatarain tells us what happened when she asked male architects: "How would your career be different today if you were a woman? The men's bewilderment was immediately palpable - clearly perplexed, somewhat indignant. It is foolish to think that we can move forward if those in positions of power remain unconvinced that the playing field must be leveled" (a must-read!).

●  Parlour editor Clark reflects on the Australian organization's development since 2014 and "what still needs to be done. The good news is that many people and practices listened - but there is still a long way to go."

●  A fascinating look at Florence Taylor, Australia's first woman architect, by revisiting Freestone and Hanna's 2008 book "Florence Taylor's Hats": "She was variously a pioneer and a conservative, an egotist and a confidante, a workaholic and a style setter, a ratbag, a philanthropist, a tyrant and a heroine."

●  Ponsford talks to five top women in world architecture about "what it will take to break down barriers, and offer words of advice for the next generation of female creatives."

●  #PressforProgress: the official International Women's Day 2018 website: "With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated."

●  Bernstein, with a few quibbles, cheers Holl's "magnificently luminous" Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University + St. Hill's take on Holl's Maggie's Centre Barts in London: "It has a joyful, uplifting presence - warm and cocooning."

●  A great round-up of reports from Brainstorm Design 2018 in Singapore that brought a who's who of the "tribes of the design community together."

●  Dickinson will bring together design tribes from Building Beauty in Sorrento, Italy, the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and the University of San Francisco in a live international design event series, beginning next Wednesday.

Winners all:

●  An impressive list of honorees in ICAA's 2018 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition.

●  The same can be said for the Re-thinking The Future /RTF Sustainability Award winners: "Each is one step forward towards the more sustainable future."

Weekend diversions:

●  Gompertz minces no words about BBC Two's "Civilizations" series: too many cooks "over-egged the pudding" - the show "is more confused and confusing than a drunk driver negotiating Spaghetti Junction in the rush hour" (but thumbs-up for the camerawork, at least!).

●  Wills cheers Hawthorne's "That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles": "at its core this is an intellectual investigation that culminates with an unexpectedly emotional kicker" with a "charged, if controversial, conclusion."

●  "Even the most astute Wright scholars will be surprised" by Hawthorne's "That Far Corner", which "provides compelling evidence that Wright's California designs may not be what they seem" (now streaming on KCET, Amazon, YouTube, Roku, and Apple TV).

●  The Architecture + Design Film Festival heads to Los Angeles next week, but there are free sneak-peeks on Saturday during the first Short Films Walk: LA (SFW: LA).

●  Beachler, production designer for the mega-hit "Black Panther," explains how the "voluptuous" sets are an "unexpected blend of Hadid and Buckingham Palace" (a rather biting - almost bitter - comments section!).

●  Davidson cheers "Aldo Rossi: The Architecture and Art of the Analogous City" at Princeton that "brings to light his poetic legacy. While relatively small," it "nonetheless packs a wallop."

●  "In the Public Interest: The Architect's Role and Responsibility," presented by AIA Seattle, "explores architecture's responsibility to the public - and provides avenues for getting involved."

●  "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation" at Taubman College in Michigan presents 24 commissioned, experimental drawings that explore the impact of emerging technologies of design and production.

●  London's ICA presents "Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture" that includes recent and new investigations into "instances of deferred responsibility by state agencies that have contributed to the deaths of migrants."


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