Today’s News - Thursday, July 26, 2018

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●  Keskeys parses "a new wave of humanitarian design groups striving to build more equitable cities" in a post-Architecture for Humanity world that "left many architects soul-searching about the state of pro bono design - the Open Architecture Collaborative is leading the way."

●  Kamin cheers Studio Gang's "striking" new tower on Chicago's lakefront: Solstice on the Park "turns the important but prosaic task of saving energy into muscular visual poetry - as significant for the ideas behind it as for the building itself."

●  Budds spends a night on Governors Island "glamping" in a rather luxurious tent "just 800 yards from the cacophony of lower Manhattan" - it's one of the island's several initiatives "experimenting with and rethinking the future of public space."

●  Aberdeen, U.K.-based Covell Matthews tapped to take on its second Trump project: a new "residential community" of 500 homes, 50 hotel cottages, and leisure facilities called Trump Estate (like it would be named something else?) - not everyone is impressed.

●  Jessel x 2: She parses the 2018 AJ Student Survey that "reveals how the eye-watering costs of education are fuelling fears of elitism," creating a "shrinking talent pool" that "will have a wider impact on the diversity of the profession."

●  She asks students, architects, and academics "whether architectural education was becoming out of reach for all but the rich": "Hell yes."

●  Gunts reports that Stephanie Meeks is stepping down as CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and highlights her successes over her eight-year-plus tenure (speculation in one government preservation office about her replacement: Tiffany Trump "may be in line" - gulp!!!).

●  Fiction writer Folk mulls dead malls (rather poetically): "Every video tour of an abandoned shopping center is a chance to gaze upon the wreck of our past selves - a once-beloved edifice that, in the span of a few years, has become so worthless no one even cares enough to tear it down."

Weekend diversions:

●  Davidson walked through "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980, MoMA's "hugely ambitious and revelatory" show, " toggling between elation and despair. It's impossible to savor this treasury of high-order designs and earnest architectural experiments without thinking about how the story ended."

●  Farago finds "Toward a Concrete Utopia" to be "an outstanding, nimble, continuously surprising show" - though "for all its brilliance it can get a little rose-colored in places."

●  Curators Stierli, Kulic, and Kats each select their three favorites from "Towards a Concrete Utopia," and explain their importance.

●  Franklin cheers "A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later," a "small but powerful show" at NYC's Center for Architecture: "Times are changing in this aging, white male-dominated field."

●  Also at the Center for Architecture (opening tonight): "The Fourth Regional Plan: Making the Region Work for All of Us": the Regional Plan Association's "recommendations to promote prosperity, equity, health, and sustainability" is "the product of five years of research and public engagement."

●  In Seattle, "Coming Soon" signs that are popping up in several parks may "resemble the airbrushed architectural renderings developers post to promote forthcoming high-rise condos," but they are actually "like something out of Black Panther's Wakanda - Afrofuturistic visions of a dream deferred."

●  Schwab parses photographer Gregor Sailer's "The Potemkin Village," on view in Arles, France: Images of "the world's artificial cities built by the military or tech companies provide a glimpse into how architecture reflects the ambitions and shortcomings of countries and companies alike - even if that architecture is fake."


●  Brussat cheers Locktov's "Dream of Venice in Black and White": It's "another of her beautiful works. It's difficult to express in words the photos within" + He can't wait to read Curl's "Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism" (sounds like it's right up his alley).

●  Costanzo delves into Schwarting's "Rome: Urban Formation and Transformation," which "probes its political and historical roots" in "a rational, detailed examination" that includes "exceptional and very rigorous" graphics.

●  Blue Crow Media's founder Lamberton talks about his latest venture, "Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map," a bilingual, cartographic guide - and what inspired him to publish it (fab photos!).

●  Overstreet offers a great round-up of "10 books on architecture you can read online for free" (very cool).


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