Today’s News - Thursday, April 12, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 17.

●  Menking raises some serious issues about QS's world ranking of architecture schools that is "is so myopically concerned with academic citations as to be nearly worthless as a guide for what comprises quality architecture education in all its 21st-century variety and subtlety" (Yale's architecture school "ranked a lowly 100th in the world behind the University of Kebangsaan in Malaysia").

●  Hume minces no words re: his concerns about the future of Toronto's infrastructure, seeing it cling to its "old auto-dependent ways - the expenditure of public money is always political, but that doesn't justify or excuse the hubris - not to mention the stupidity - of squandering billions doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason."

●  DnA's Anderton, Artsy, and Hamel offer "Bridges and Walls: The Complete Set," their 8-part series that explores "the human and environmental impacts of connection and division" in the age of Trump (definitely worth bookmarking and listening to! If you're in L.A. tonight, they're hosting a (free) celebration of the series' conclusion at the Helms Bakery Design Center).

●  London-based architect Tszwai So wins the competition to design a memorial to victims of totalitarianism in Brussels with "Echoes of the Past," which will include heartrending "large-scale letters from victims and their relatives" set into a plaza (three top designs will be on view at the European Parliament starting April 24).

●  Eyefuls of "Miami's crazy Museum Garage" and its "animated, wildly varied façades" by WORKac, J. Mayer H., Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe, and Keenan/Riley (wild, indeed!).

●  Jeffries has a fascinating conversation with Christo re: his (huge!) 7,506-oil barrel "The Mastaba" soon to float on the Serpentine Lake in London's Hyde Park - "but can I still swim in the Serpentine? 'Of course!'" (his first London sort-of project: he wrapped a naked journalist - who knew?!!?).


●  Call for entries/RFQ: 3-stage Detroit Institute of Arts/DIA Public Plaza + Midtown Cultural Connections Design Competition.

●  Call for entries: World Monuments Fund/WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize Nominations: 10th anniversary of the biennial award recognizing extraordinary modern architecture preservation.

●  Apply to be the new director of NYC's Storefront for Art and Architecture (Eva Franch i Gilabert, "Storefront's inimitable curator and director," is heading to London's AA - our loss!).

Weekend diversions:

●  Rybczynski cheers Chow's documentary "Face of a Nation," a film about world's fairs "that uncovers why American pavilions of late have been a national embarrassment" of "uninspired architecture and mediocre exhibits."

●  Greg Durrell's crowd-sourced "Design Canada," which profiles how "Canada's design movement, born in the mid-20th century, helped transform the country from vast wild outpost to a thriving, unified nation," will premiere in June - but the trailer is ready now!

●  14 must-see exhibitions and installations at Milan design week, April 17-22.

●  Top picks to see at the Australian Heritage Festival, a celebration of Australia's built and cultural heritage that kicks off April 18, include the opening keynote by Farrelly (whose mindful musings we've missed!).

●  The Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark, kicks off "Utzon100," a year-long celebration of the architect's centenary with exhibitions and events around the world.

●  Dezeen collaborated with the Utzon Center in a round-up of 10 of Utzon's most important projects.

●  "Evicted" at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, is an immersive exhibition about "the causes and fallout of eviction" that also highlights affordable housing projects - the NBM "wants to empower patrons to leave with ideas on how to help those on the precipice in their own neighborhoods."

●  Campbell-Dollaghan talks to over,under's Chris Grimley re: his "Brutal Destruction," which opens tonight at Boston's pinkcomma gallery: the "stark photos of important architecture as it's being razed - grisly yet beautiful portraits of buildings with one foot in the metaphorical grave."

●  Lloyd parses the Sainsbury Centre's "Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-1990," a "thorough (and thoroughly enjoyable) exhibition prompts one central question: how is it that a group of architects from Britain - a country often cast as an architectural backwater - came to rule the world?"

●  "The Senses: Design Beyond Vision" at NYC's Cooper Hewitt offers "multisensory experiences from some of the world's most creative thinkers - an inclusive celebration of the sensory richness of design."


●  Collie explains why it's time to revisit to Ruth and Maurie Crow (Australia's own Jane Jacobs), and their 1969-72, three-volume "Plan for Melbourne" that "provides a counterbalance to evaluate the motivations for the transformations of our cities today," and "warned 50 years ago that, without a clear justice intent driving metropolitan development, we risk looking back with regret."

●  Romeo interviews photographer Katsiaris re: her cover and other shots found in "Dream of Venice in Black and White" (luscious photos!).


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