Today’s News - Thursday, August 16, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, August 21 (heads-up for news junkies: we'll be taking a break the last week of August).

●  ANN feature: Weinstein welcomes two new books: Frampton's new edition of Kengo Kuma's works, along with Franklin and Till's "Radical Matter," a global survey of novel thinking about sustainable materials, offer new slants on how materials matter.

●  Giacomo "Piraz" Pirazzoli pens an editorial re: the Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy: It was "a national symbol of elegance. Will this finally be a turning point for concrete as a hybrid construction material for bridges? It has long been seen as a poor material used by modernist egos - even though it fails in durability."

●  Sidewalk Labs releases first images of its vision for Quayside on Toronto's waterfront, "but information on how data will be collected - and how much - is still being kept under wraps," and the project still "faces several hurdles."

●  O'Sullivan delves into how Amsterdam's "man-made island for sustainable, affordable housing" came about: "plans for this new land are nearly as striking as the creation of the island itself," and "could stand as a global example."

●  Cox Architecture and UNStudio win the competition for the $2 billion Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne - if/when approved, it will be Australia's tallest building and "an exemplar of sustainability."

●  Gehry unveils designs for the YOLA Center - a former bank building transformed into a youth orchestra hall and performance space that includes "a glass-fronted box with a transparent roof pop-up allowing sunlight to stream into the concert hall below."

●  At least 75 architects, critics, and architecture curators have signed a petition "imploring" the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to reassess Selldorf's expansion plans (many articles - this one includes link to petition, should you wish to sign).

●  One we couldn't resist: Diaz parses designs that "are hilariously mocking Trump's Space Force logos," including a "submission from design legend Milton Glaser, who responded with this masterpiece."


●  Call for entries (deadline looms!): "Exit Architecture: Speculations on the Hereafter": "critical and speculative looks at both present and future visions of post-mortem architecture and 'new ways of marking our exit' from this world."

●  Request for Qualifications/RFQ: International Design Competition for Landscape of Columnar Jointing area, Jeju, South Korea.

●  Call for entries: Guest Artists & Designers for Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) in January.

●  Call for Papers: 56th International Making Cities Livable/IMCL Conference on "A Healthy City for All" in Portland, Oregon, next June.

●  Call for entries: 2019 IMCL Design Awards Competition: Designing a Healthy City for All.

Weekend diversions:

●  Ciampaglia cheers "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles," Stephen Gee's new documentary on PBS "serves as a valuable primer on one of the great, overlooked architects of the 20th century - if it is an eye-opening introduction for Angelenos, it's revelatory for the rest of us."

●  "Skyline" at NYC's Skyscraper Museum "attempts, for the first time, to simplify and organize New York's nearly 150 years of skyline development into five significant periods" (check out the amazing interactive "sliders" to see the skyline across time - very cool!).

●  Schwab explains "why Kerala, India, has the world's wildest church architecture - with brightly colored modernist facades in the shape of globes, arms, and ships" featured in a photo series that focuses "on the churches' delightful facades" in "Haubitz + Zoche: Postcolonial Epiphany - churches and cinemas in South-India" at the Reiss-Engelhorn museum, in Mannheim, Germany (fab photos of amazing graces!).

●  Eyefuls of the black & white images from "Eternal City: Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects" at the Vittoriano in Rome (who knew RIBA has thousands of them!).

●  SOM's "widely-traveled" show "Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture" lands at the MAK Center in L.A., showcasing "the similarities that exist between artistic and technical designs, and how SOM 'embraces and integrates engineering into works of public art.'"

●  Page-turner: Two new tomes on Roberto Burle Marx by Seavitt Nordenson and Doherty "yield vastly different tones - both illuminate his astuteness, approaching clairvoyance, still pertinent today."


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