Today’s News - Thursday, September 27, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday (World Architecture Day!) will be no newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 2 (technology gods willing!).

●  ANN feature: Fritz & McDuffie look at the essentials to repurposing, and reinvigorating old, outdated, or abandoned campus buildings - magic can happen.

●  Finch parses "a miserable summer for architectural deaths": Venturi (along with Scott Brown) "didn't merely affect the architectural weather - they brought about climate change - we lost Will Alsop" and Australian Kerry Hill, "another fine architectural designer" (with mentions of Stirling Prize and Kuma's V&A Dundee).

●  From across the Big Pond, Farrell, Gough, Till, and others offer eloquent tributes to Venturi.

●  We rarely do this, but plan to spend some time with this one: "Ethics" - ArchitectureBoston magazine's deep dive into the many shifting facets and fascinating history of ethical practice (the days when it was illegal for architects to advertise (!) and prices were fixed (!!) - tip of the hat to Renée Loth et al.).

●  British architects "are concerned a loss of diversity will lead to 'boring conversations and dull design' after the ARB recorded a 42% fall in registrations from non-British EU architects since the Brexit vote."

●  Kamin parses plans for a (big!) sign on the proposed Salesforce Tower in Chicago: "Are we in for a repeat performance of ridiculously oversized, in-your-face T-R-U-M-P sign? I don't think so. There are more important things to worry about, like the design quality. In a perfect world, buildings would not need signs."

●  King x 2: He queries engineers and the head the Transbay Joint Powers Authority about why the structural steel beam in the $2 billion Transbay Transit Center is cracked (and now they've found a second crack!).

●  He offers a rather humorous take on "why San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower is now a top tourist destination" - he hates to admit that it shows "architecture can be irrelevant in terms of a building's renown" (it's also "a metaphorical comeuppance for the 1%").

●  O'Donnell delves into why Austin, Texas, is "the fastest-growing city in America fueled by sustainable investments" and initiatives, including a pre-LEED green building program - it's "a shining example" for other cities.

●  Two we couldn't resist: A tiny Swiss village, with 12 residents, 11 of whom are over 65, is "on the verge of becoming a ghost town," but architect Giacomazzi hopes to help turn the entire town into a fairytale-like hotel.

●  A fun slide show/essay about New Jersey, "the spiritual home of the American diner. If you're after chrome decor, comfort food, infinite coffee refills, and cheery service, you've come to the right part of the U.S."

Winners (and cheers!) to all:

●  Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critics Saffron and Campbell share the 2018 Vincent Scully Prize - they are among "a crop of voices that is becoming an 'endangered species'" (they'll be queried by Kamin at the National Building Museum on Oct. 29).

●  Grimshaw wins RIBA's 2019 Royal Gold Medal for his lifetime's work.

●  Aravena wins the 2018 RIBA Charles Jencks Award "for his socially minded work."

Weekend diversions:

●  Edelson x 2: He picks the 9 top events, exhibitions, and tours from the 8th Archtober - NYC's month-long celebration of architecture kicks off on Monday.

●  He parses the ongoing (and "sprawling") Istanbul Design Biennial that "wants to change how we learn to design."

●  The 12th Annual Sydney Architecture Festival kicks off tomorrow, and ends with the annual World Architecture Day Oration on October 1.

●  Three reasons to head to Canada: BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion opens in Toronto: the fiberglass "unzipped structure" presents "Unzipped," a showcase of large-scale models of 10 Westbank projects.

●  "Scripts for a New World: Film Storyboards by Alessandro Poli" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal showcases his "anti-architecture" from the 1960s and '70s.

●  In Quebec, the Reford Gardens/Jardins de Métis International Garden Festival presents "Go Outside and Play!" with seven new landscape designs that encourage visitors to play.

●  Novakovic parses MoMA's "Towards a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980": "Beckoning the eye in every room" are Valentin Jeck's "dramatic, saturated photographs" depicting "buildings and monuments that reach out from the landscape like relics of some alien civilization" (great read)

●  Hilburg parses Harvard GSD's "Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative" that "shines light on gaps in urban studies - enjoy the fruits of urban research from four cities" that "compares and contrasts the history and growth of each city to find commonalities and differences."

●  Rose cheers "Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings" at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, that showcases the "high-flying high priest of hi-tech" and "the austere architectural pioneer's greatest hits."

●  Eyefuls of Ezra Stoller's fabulous photographs from the "Pioneers of American Modernism" exhibition in Moscow.


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