Today’s News - Thursday, May 17, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, May 22.

●  Mairs parses the latest Grenfell Tower fire report that blames "siloed thinking": "Ignorance, indifference and inadequate regulation led to the disaster, not the cladding alone" - the report "does not recommend a ban on the combustible building materials" (huh?!!?).

●  Talbot's great Q&A with Lucy Bullivant re: "new community-led models for planning and architecture emerging around the world" that are helping solve the housing crisis: "These models involve a lot of engaged, inventive people."

●  TCLF's Birnbaum takes issue with those who find the lawsuit against Obama Center in Chicago's Jackson Park "puzzling": "Rather than 'beating up on the Obama Center's locale,' why don't we stop beating up on Jackson Park itself?"

●  Ahuja eloquently describes the history and future of hospice design: "Hospice - as both space and practice - explicitly negates the institutional paradigm," but "the anti-institutional stance has become its own sort of convention. Were palliative design ever to become truly standardized, its ubiquity would be every bit as depressing as the mid-century mega-hospital."

●  Anderton and guests on "deconstructing Kanye": His Yeezy Home "would hire tens of architects and industrial designers," but "is that good news for a profession?" CityLab's Mock thinks getting into real estate "would be as ill-advised as his sweatsuits ('hideous')" - and his "dictatorial tendencies might infuse his approach to city-making."

●  We cheer and wish all good things for our friend Paul Makovsky, who, after 18 years at Metropolis magazine, is taking the helm at Contract Magazine as editor-in-chief.

Winners all:

●  A look at the 6 candidates vying for the 2018 CTBUH Urban Habitat Award.

●  A look at the 4 winners in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design's design competition that offer "innovative and fully practical housing solutions that embrace the local challenges, culture, value, and vision of Northwest Arkansas."


●  Call for entries: Euro Velo Stops competition to design rest stop cabins along Europe's large-scale EuroVelo cycle path network ("winning designs will be considered for construction as a part of the Bright Blueprint initiative").

●  Call for entries: IsArch Awards for Architecture Students - 9th Edition: open to students of architecture and young architects who have graduated within the last 3 years.

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head to Copenhagen, the Danish Design Centre, and beyond: the Danish Design Festival celebrates diversity in design and craft in the city and elsewhere.

●  Tomas Koolhaas interviews his father about the film "REM" and much more (including Kanye West sharing the title "provocateur"); our favorite quote: "I don't dare to be so obnoxious that I refuse selfies."

●  A good reason to be in New York City for the next while: NYCxDESIGN celebrates the world of design across the city's five boroughs.

●  Not to be missed: 2018 Design Pavilion NYC returns to Times Square (but only through Sunday).

●  While you're in town, don't miss "Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela" at the Museum of the City of New York; Boehlert talks to Albrecht, Pennoyer, Stern, and others about the architect's "extraordinary legacy."

●  Sisson cheers "NatureStructure," opening today at BSA Space in Boston, which "features more than 30 projects from around the globe that demonstrate the potential of collaborating with, instead of overpowering, nature."

●  Moore x 2: He brings us "a rare interview" with John Outram, "a young-looking 83, who can expect star billing" in "The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture" in London: "His buildings reach out and grab you. Once seen, they are not forgotten. They move you and engage you. Which is not something you can say of most new buildings."

●  His take on the V&A's "The Future Starts Here": The "interactive look at the future of design is refreshingly hopeful. There is spookiness - but also wonder - intelligent, well-presented and quietly provocative exhibition shows these possibilities without drawing bogus conclusions."

●  Bucknell walks through a blast from the past found in Vitra Design Museum's "Night Fever" that presents the designers who "answered the call of the night" and "made disco" - it "begs us to stay out a little later because who knows what the world will look like the morning after. (Fear not, wall flowers: Dancing is optional.)"

●  In "Hong Kong's Disappearing Tong Lau," British photographer Stefan Irvine's "spectacular panoramas capture the city's disappearing architecture" at the Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong, May 18-20.


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