Today’s News - Thursday, July 12, 2018

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

●  ANN feature: Steinglass pens Nuts + Bolts #19: The Challenges Firms Face when Talented Staff Decide to Leave: Talented staff resignations have become more commonplace, and the challenges of "firm building" are now more about staff retention than recruitment.

●  Kimmelman has a great podcast on Australian radio re: "the world's sinking megacities" and compares them "with Australia's cities, for better or worse."

●  Betsky enters the to-rebuild-or-build-new debate using Mackintosh's Mac and Nathalie de Blois's Terrace Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati (who knew?): "When it comes to the buildings that really matter, it is better to build ghosts than to build banality."

●  Saffron ponders "a tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball" - and how/why it happened.

●  On a brighter note, a National Trust for Historic Preservation pilot program partners with Historically Black College and Universities in a hands-on preservation training program for architecture students that will also breathe new life into historic structures across the country.

●  Lamster takes Dallas area CVS Pharmacies to task for committing "urban malpractice with generic store designs that poison neighborhoods - their wan architecture degrades the civic space and pedestrian life."

●  Eyefuls of the 10 (impressive) finalist teams in the running to design two parks on Toronto's waterfront (great presentation!).


●  Request for Qualification/RFQ: Lead Architectural Design Services for Chicago's O'Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project.

●  Call for entries: WAF Architecture Drawing Prize for hand-drawn, digital, and hybrid works.

●  Call for entries: 2018 Architecture MasterPrize (formerly AAP Architecture Prize) for international Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design.

●  Call for entries: Essays (written or illustrative): What is Affordable Housing?

●  Call for entries: Mockett 33rd Annual Design Competition for innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware.

Weekend diversions:

●  "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980" at MoMA throws "an international spotlight onto the thus-far underappreciated work of the eastern bloc's socialist architects."

●  MoMA curator Stierli zeros in on "the women who built socialist Yugoslavia. The few women architects who ultimately commanded public profiles did so in spite of both the region's and the profession's male-dominated cultures" (great read!).

●  Dwamena weighs in on "Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams," also at MoMA, that puts the spotlight on "the self-anointed 'prophet of African art'" who "constructed dream cities and a universe of peace, equality, and equity for all" (fab photos!).

●  Marani finds "Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela" at the Museum of the City of New York to be "an informative, concise, and accessible exhibition - a narrative embedding his career within a rapidly changing city" (fab photos!).

●  "NatureStructure" at the BSA Space in Boston "shows how infrastructure and nature can work together" - sayeth curator Burnham: "We need to get really excited about infrastructure again."

●  Gunts cheers Snarkitecture's "Fun House" at the National Building Museum - it "brings their indoor beach back to D.C., along with a few new surprises" that "tell a story about the partners' idiosyncratic approach to interpreting the built environment" (fab photos!).

●  The Clark Art Institute's "The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy" is a treasury of "remnants of the wrought iron that once decorated Paris, rescued from the dustbin of history" (great slideshow).

●  Bucknell parses Sam Jacob's "Disappear Here: On Perspective and Other Kinds of Space" at RIBA London that "reframes architectural perspective as a mirror of politics, society, and world-making power - more subversive than critical."

●  Menking is more than a bit meh about "Immersive Spaces Since the 1960s" at Berlin's Gropius Bau: it "promises a great deal but delivers small pleasures - don't expect anything approaching a complete or scholarly examination of the topic."


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