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Today’s News - Thursday, April 5, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 10.

●  ANN feature: Belogolovsky's very interesting Q&A with Fumihiko Maki, who talks about why he avoids using exposed concrete outside of Japan, why the Metabolist movement didn't quite catch on, and Yoshio Taniguchi's buildings: "He is our Mies van der Rohe."

●  Sad news x 2: We lose Hank Dittmar much, much too soon - sometimes we agreed with him, sometimes not - either way, we will miss his always thoughtful, informative, and engaging prose.

●  Finch reflects on the life and times of Peter Davey, whose "passing marks the end of a way of life - it is difficult to overestimate the contribution he made both to architectural journalism and the profession itself" (he also "enjoyed being an anachronism").

●  C. Moore rounds up a selection of architects who are "employing a new concept that uses parasitic dwellings attached to existing buildings as a potential measure to ease homelessness. It's a controversial and drastic step towards attacking the crises."

●  Flynn considers open source architecture and its cheerleaders who "say it could solve the global housing crisis. The reality is a little more complicated" - while concepts are being developed around the world, "the supply chain technology available has yet to catch up."

●  Imber ponders whether architecture is still art by considering "the effects of digital renderings and algorithms against traditional methods" like hand-drawing. "As we give ourselves over to the machines, can we really understand humanity through building?"

●  Salone del Mobile issues its latest manifesto calling for Milan and the design industry "to promote innovation and sustainability, encourage sharing of ideas, and champion the work of young designers - the event has faced some criticism in recent years that the new manifesto targets."

●  Miletic rounds up the "Top 10 architectural disasters of all time - architects being human don't always get it right."

●  Call for entries: ARCHITECT's 12th Annual R+D Awards (early bird deadline (save money!) is April 13!).

Weekend diversions:

●  Wainwright x 2: He cheers "Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18" at London's Design Museum: it's "a broad and provocative mix contrasting the slick output of commissioned campaigns with homemade memes and protesters' hastily daubed placards that fizz with visceral anger" (other museums are acquiring such ephemera).

●  He also cheers "Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture" at the Cartier Foundation in Paris: The Japanese architect is a "structural alchemist and defier of physics," and his show "is a tranquillizer dart of pure poetry - the simplicity with which he explains his projects belies the fiendish complexity behind the façade" (so does his book).

●  "No dust goggles or potable water supply required" to see "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC: "Inside the 1859 building, the pieces take on an almost Rococo vibe, adding their trippy, futuristic detail to the grandiosity of the space" (fab photos - especially those showing desert then museum installations!).

●  In "Naoya Hatakeyama: Excavating the Future City" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (and in the book), the Japanese photographer considers urban landscapes, and reflects that "taking a photograph of architecture by using a camera is tantamount to placing a small architecture against another large architecture and having the small one swallow the larger one."

●  "Lived Space: Humans and Architecture" explores "our psychological and physical attachments to the spaces we build and inhabit," at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Page-turners:

●  Betsky parses "Handbook of Tyranny," in which Deutinger superbly "draws the ways we kill, harm, and exclude - with beauty - it is amazing how creative designers can be when they are trying to harm, contain, or keep out people."

●  Zepp Jamieson hails Cohen's "The Sustainable City," which "clearly defines the direction in which we need to move - for anyone looking for a cleaner and most sustainable urban lifestyle, it is required reading."

●  Cohen "fleshes his argument out" in "The Sustainable City", in a podcast that offers "a glimpse of the urban systems of the future."

●  Seward sees Lerup's findings in "The Continuous City" to be "as revelatory as they are perturbing. If humankind is to survive the era of global warming, there remains much more work to be done."

●  AN editors round up their favorite climate change books of 2018 (a great round-up!).

●  Grabar cheers Freeman's "Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World," an "immersive, trivia-packed history, in part a story of factory tourists," that explains why "the symbols of technology and modernity" now "symbolize something very different - the final product is the space itself."

●  Hill hails Gil's "Concrete Chicago Map" - it's "ideal for travelers less versed in its architectural wonders. But surprises there are" (great pix!).


  


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