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Today’s News - Thursday, June 7, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 12.

●  ANN features: Knoops x 2 (from Venezia): A survey of 10 national pavilions at the Biennale chosen for their translation of "Freespace" - in no particular order other than my own itinerary.

●  He lauds Kenneth Frampton, a New York Lion - now a Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale - he has shaped more than one generation of architects.

●  Wood digs deep into "how to design for disassembly," and talks to Anders Lendager, whose firm is "working towards a circular economy by giving upcycled and recycled building materials a new life," and building scientist Bradley Guy, "who has been advocating for design for disassembly (DfD) for over 20 years."

●  Klotz tells the tale of Ingrid Gehl, "the little-known behavioral scientist who transformed cities all over the world" and "influenced much of the thinking of her husband," Jan Gehl - their story "is a model for what partnerships between behavioral scientists and designers can look like today."

●  Schwab gives us a sneak-peek of James Corner Field Operations' Domino Park, and ponders: "Can NYC's next big park recapture the magic of the High Line?" While it "might be a $50 million carrot for an area that has vehemently fought most new development, it sure is a beautiful one."

●  Zaha Hadid Architects wins the competition to master-plan a waterfront development in a Russian Black Sea city that includes "nine buildings offer varying iterations of a single form" and "vibrant public space" along the water's edge.

●  Cheers to one of our faves! Michael Hodges of Detroit News is honored with AIA Michigan's Balthazar Korab Award for his biography "Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit."

Weekend diversions:

●  Starting in Venice, Miranda has quite the adventure visiting the Vatican's chapels ("The Holy See knows how to draw a crowd!"), and the Cruising Pavilion that "examines the ways in which LGBTQ culture has appropriated semi-public locales" - it "approaches its subject with humor" and "treats its thesis with earnestness."

●  Gendall brings us eyefuls of architectural photographer Peter Aaron's spectacular photos of Syria's ancient monuments before "the gruesome civil war" - they "amount to a staggering chronicle" that "now carry the weight of historical record" - on view at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

●  A good reason to head to Montpellier, France: 13th Festival des Architectures Vives: "SENcity," highlighting the work of a younger generation of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.

●  Jessel offers highlights from the London Festival of Architecture that explores "Identity" - running through June (Great Architectural Bake Off included).

●  Wright learns what made the Manhattan Project so significant from Martin Moeller, curator of the National Building Museum's "Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project" - there were both remarkable - and dark - aspects.

●  In Seoul, "Birth of the Modern Art Museum: Art and Architecture of MMCA Deoksugung" celebrates the museum's 20th anniversary with a look back at its turbulent history.

Page-turners:

●  W. Richards has a wonderful Q&A with Sharon Sutton about her book "When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America's Cities and Universities," why "Columbia University's story should matter to students - and architects - today," and "her own trajectory from an affirmative action recruit at the school to a distinguished career as an activist architecture educator and scholar."

●  Astounding images by aerial photographer Tom Hegen "show human impact on the natural world," soon to be showcased in "Habitat."

●  More astounding images by Edward Burtynsky, who, for 35 years, "has been photographing humankind's industrial intervention in natural landscapes. We all know that humans are scarring the landscape. But he provides the visual evidence on a breathtaking scale - the apocalypse has its sublime moments."

●  Schwab gets Jim Heimann to share three of his favorite buildings featured in the new edition of "California Crazy," which "sheds light on why, exactly, Southern California produces such wacky structures."

●  Waldek brings us eyefuls of Conway's "Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy," highlighting "the state's most stunning buildings gorgeously captured" by Haefner.

●  Wormser's fascinating Q&A with Garber re: her new book, "Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter," the "strictures of Modernism, and why she couldn't live in a glass house today."

●  Campbell-Dollaghan & LaBarre round up their picks of 10 of the "most inspiring design books - from significant design research to pure, unadulterated fun."

●  Metropolis editors pick 19 new books that "dig into everything from the evolution of social housing, to Bucky Fuller's days hanging out with ex-gang members, to Stanley Kubrick's unfinished magnum opus."


  


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