Today’s News - Thursday, June 14, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 19. And a heads-up that, with the AIA's A'18 confab coming to NYC next week, we will only be posting on Tuesday.

●  ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #5: San Francisco's Tilting Tower: Is the Millennium Tower likely to fall over? In a word: NO: Bedrock, in San Francisco anyway, is over-rated.

●  A resolution calling for changes to the AIA Code of Ethics addressing harassment, abuse, and inequality is on its way to the conference in NYC next week.

●  Radtke Russell, Poirier & Parsons take a deep dive into "why another hurricane can devastate Puerto Rico and Texas - again, and how Florida is doing a better job of protecting itself": "Perversely, most government financial incentives are rigged in favor of rebuilding instead of resilience. If there's any silver lining to the 2017 storm season, it's that it brought the conversation of resilience to a new level."

●  McCool delves into whether Uganda's "critical shortage of architects is costing lives (there are just 178 registered architects - 18,700 short of the Commonwealth Association of Architects' optimal number) in this rapidly urbanizing country, where buildings frequently collapse," but "more professionals may not be the solution."

●  Miranda takes a deep dive into how automation is "transforming buildings, and making them less hospitable for human use," creating "post-human architecture."

●  New renderings of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's new riverfront home by AS + GG in Mies's 1970 Illinois Center (very cool!).

●  Lamster had us laughing out loud with his musings about "who would win a World Cup determined by architecture. Group C: France: Le Corbusier: adored, hated, brilliant, essential, just like the French. Denmark: Bjarke Ingels is the Cristiano Ronaldo of contemporary architecture, a preening bad boy who craves adoration, and sometimes deserves it" (and we don't even follow soccer!).

Dateline: Venice Biennale:

●  Betsky's Part 2 review: "there are some beautiful places that were just empty, or nearly so, creating a simple moment of freedom - other pavilions and displays approach the question of what frees space by showing the opposite" (with his own fab photos).

●  Alleyne sees the U.S. Pavilion as a rebuke of Trumpism: "It was perhaps inevitable that the shadow of the Trump administration would loom dark over the American exhibition"; meanwhile, British Pavilion "counters the Brexit-era rhetoric of isolationism and nationalism with a striking gesture."

●  As a fragment of Robin Hood Gardens now sits in Venice, Peter St John considers what its destruction "says about London's housing crisis" at a time when market-driven private housing seems "mean and ordinary compared to the social vision of many architects working within the welfare state in the 1960s and 1970s."

Weekend diversions:

●  "Past, Present, Future" is a new documentary series of interviews that aims to "serve as a database of useful thoughts on design intended to push the next generations of architects and designers forward in pursuit of the architecture of tomorrow."

●  A pick of the 7 best pavilions at Belgium's 2nd Triennale Bruges, themed "Liquid City," which "focuses on how urban locations are easily susceptible to change."

●  Josh Stephens is quite taken by Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez's "City Dreams" at MoMA: The "bright, garish, playful, unlikely, and intricately detailed models of buildings and cities look astonishingly like a collaboration between Le Corbusier and Pee-wee Herman - for all his whimsy, his creations convey earnest political messages - quite a burden for a collection of foam core and cardboard" ("Corbusier would have a heart attack").

●  Wainwright cheers the "magnificent" Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition (and his "penchant for garish color schemes") in Glasgow: "From sci-fi libraries to steam-punk tearooms, his dazzling creations made Glasgow a design paradise - and even crop up in Blade Runner, Doctor Who and Madonna videos."

●  "Idencity: six designs from the LSA to challenge the identity of London" at the Roca London Gallery is the first exhibition of the LSA's Design Think Tanks, where "students from the London School of Architecture work alongside some of Britain's leading architects" (worth clicking through to project links - great presentations!).

●  Bronstein's "London in its Original Splendour" envelops the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE in "a fantasy London" of 3D rendered wallpaper inspired by archaeological artifacts and "the design legacy of the nearby buildings" of Wren, Soane, Lutyens, and Stirling.


●  Langdon cheers Farr's "ambitious" new book "Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future" that "aims to help urban designers, architects, planners, and engaged citizens grasp the complex challenge - a conscientious and extremely generous compilation of ideas, techniques, and model projects that can make the world a better place. Be sure to seek it out."

●  It's an Alexandra Lange kind of day: Keith's great Q&A re: "The Design of Childhood," and "why child-focused design is actually for everyone. 'Designing for children can shake architects out of their workaday patterns, but I wish they would apply that color and movement to adult space too.'"

●  West's great Q&A with Lange re: "her fascinating book" and the importance of "movements like Free-Range Parenting."

●  Last but not least: an excerpt from "The Design Of Childhood": "An eye-opening exploration of how a child's playthings and physical surroundings affect their development reveals the surprising histories behind human-made elements in a child's landscape."


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