Today’s News - Thursday, September 6, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, September 11. (And our apologies for posting so late - the technology gods seem to be having as difficult a time with the heat as we are.)

●  Researchers Keeler, McNamara & Irish contend that "far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches," which reduces "incentives for communities to make long-term plans for retreating from the shore."

●  Kamin considers outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's legacy: He "thought and built big, but progress was painfully uneven. Chicago is a tale of two cities - one thriving, the other struggling" (the next mayor "needs to spread the benefits of boom times" to all of the city's 50 wards).

●  NYC is expanding Hudson Yards Park - at more than $124 million per acre: "It blows out of the water by far the previous most-expensive park that I had ever heard of, which is the High Line," sayeth Benepe.

●  Eyefuls of the "psychedelic sustainable landscape" that is L.A.'s first roundabout, a stormwater-retaining traffic island (very cool!).

●  Birnbaum explains why landscape architects shouldn't "rely on architecture-centric media - if they are to receive the recognition they rightly demand and deserve. Rather than cry 'boo-hoo' - it's our responsibility to frame the narrative" (lively comments!).

●  The Oakland A's are banking on BIG to bring something entirely new to ballpark design, "with the surrounding development taking a key role in the project."


●  Call for entries: Memorial to the African Americans Enslaved by College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

●  Call for entries: "Beauty"-themed installations for the 14th Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, France, next June; open to young architects and landscape architects.

●  Vote for the People's Choice Award in the AIA Film Challenge (check them out!).

Weekend diversions:

●  Suliman sees hope as "art triumphs over war" at London Design Biennale 2018 and the 40 "immersive installations" that "illustrate how design influences feelings."

●  Egypt, USA, and Latvia win London Design Biennale awards for their "response to the theme Emotional States."

●  Gilmartin cheers "Now What?! Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968" in L.A., "an expansive undertaking" that "reveals" the feminist design collective (from the '90s) Chicks in Architecture Refuse to Yield to Atavistic Thinking in Design and Society's "little-recognized, political work - alongside others who fought for inclusivity in the architecture world."

●  Also in L.A.: "R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models" includes Bucky's "rarely seen" collection of steel and wire tensegrity models.

●  Schwab informs us that Bucky was "his own number one fan - and even made his own fan art posters" - now for sale at $7,000 a pop at the "R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models" show (time to buy a lottery ticket!).

Page-turners (it's a "Making Dystopia" kind of day):

●  Bayley minces no words about what he thinks of Curl's tome: "In 'Making Dystopia,' Curl calls contemporary architecture 'psychotic' and 'deranged'. But it's his own views that are dystopian" - not only is it "windy, overwritten, under-edited, repetitive and full of clichés" - it's "a visually dreary book" (ouch!).

●  Aslet, meanwhile, "cheers on a spirited, scholarly assault on the tin gods of Modernism," but worries that Curl "seems about to explode" - "Making Dystopia" is "a rant" + Powers cheers Dunster's "ZEDlife."

●  Brussat takes on Bayley and Aslet: "Curl seems not to be outlining a conspiracy but rather a deadly virus of gargantuan stupidity. Bayley disagrees. He doth protest too much, and in so doing has confirmed the high qualities of 'Making Dystopia.'"

●  He finds it "hard to fathom" how Aslet could write "a rosy assessment of prospects for the classical revival" - and, "at the same time, penned a desultory review of 'Making Dystopia' - he supports and rejects either side of the same architectural coin. Neat trick - but the result is sure to be dysfunctional."

●  Miranda's great Q&A with Lange re: "'The Design of Childhood,' the pivotal role of women designers, the shape of schools during segregation, and why Silicon Valley may be appropriating the language of children's design."

●  Green cheers Campbell's "A Few Minutes of Design": "This well-crafted little packet of fun" offers "52 ways to ignite your creative spark."

●  Stamp brings us eyefuls from Frampton's "Kengo Kuma Complete Works, Second Edition," which "explores the ways in which Kuma has spent a career taking the ordinary, and through creative energy, turning it into something extraordinary:"


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