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Today’s News - Thursday, September 13, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: This morning's preview tour of the Statue of Liberty Museum was postponed, so you get Today's News today instead of tomorrow. Speaking of which...tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, September 18.

●  Betsky cheers SPUR's efforts to imagine the San Francisco Bay Area's future with four scenarios that "are believable and interesting, but they don't go far enough. What we need is both more serious research and true visions."

●  Finch finds urbanist Kelvin Campbell's "Making Massive Small Change" to be "impressive compendium" of "ideas, tools and tactics" for "bottom-up community approaches to regeneration and urban improvement - building from the bottom up doesn't mean you have to think small."

●  Merrick weighs in on Kuma's V&A Dundee: It "is the city's Bilbao - or perhaps 'built prow' - moment" + Kuma's view.

●  Glancey parses the four projects vying for RIBA International Prize 2018: "The judges have their work cut out - the shortlist is indeed short," and all are very different, but "equally special."

●  Sayer parses "the sordid saga of Eileen Gray's iconic E-1027 House" (a lot of dead bodies included), and efforts to continue its restoration.

●  Eyefuls of Italian photographers Conte and Perego's images of the architecture and monuments of post-war Soviet Georgia (wow!): "They tell a lot about an era and its artistic value, an era of creativity and experimentation."

●  Keep an eye on these 17 contemporary Brazilian landscape architects who are gaining recognition (very cool).

Deadlines:

●  Call for entries: NAACP Living Headquarters Design Competition (international - no fee).

●  Call for entries: 2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (international - no fee).

●  Call for applications for Harvard GSD 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship (international - $10 fee).

●  Applications for Design + Build Workshop in Lombok, Indonesia, working with three local villages that were 90% destroyed after the recent earthquake (spaces filling up!).

Weekend diversions:

●  AN picks out highlights from the Detroit Month of Design lineup.

●  DS+R's "The Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o'clock" opens on NYC's High Line October 3rd, but best to order free tickets now!

●  A good reason to head to China next week: the inaugural six-day Design China Beijing featuring products and conceptual installations from 80 international and domestic design brands and galleries.

●  A lotta good reasons to be in London right now! Pownall x 2: She parses 12 must-see exhibitions and events at London Design Festival 2018 (we'll take the "fluorescent, poetry-spouting lion" in Trafalgar Square, thank you).

●  She also picks 10 of the best installations at London Design Biennale 2018.

●  A headline we couldn't resist: "8 bloody great installations to see at London Design Festival 2018" (including that talking red lion).

●  100% Design 2018 returns "with a revamped and ever more thought-provoking program."

Page-turners:

●  Moore cheers Iain Sinclair's "Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts": "Easy conclusions are not Sinclair's thing. He nourishes you well on insights. He leaves you gasping with the punch and pungency of his images."

●  Hodgetts hails Gannon's "Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech": "It is simply too big and heavy (at nearly 5 pounds), too lavishly produced, and too all-encompassing in its scholarship to join ranks with its intellectual rivals. As a bonus, it's even fun to read!"

●  Furman says Gordon's "Arquitectonica" captures the legacy of the Miami-based "architectural practice whose rise was as phantasmagoric and miraculous as the city out of which it emerged."


  


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