Today’s News - Thursday, October 18, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsaletter days. We'll be back Tuesaday, October 23.

●  ANN feature: Edward McGraw/Ashley McGraw Architects: Building Abundance: Creating abundance is more than sustainability or resilience, and should be a driving force in architecture.

●  Kamin takes a serious (and terrific!) dive into the dull plazas, problem promenades, and subpar streets and buildings of Chicago's Cityfront Center - the "'meh' blocks are a cautionary tale for Chicago's next round of megaprojects."

●  King says "the aspirations are admirable" for San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza makeover, but "there's a long way to go. And design for the sake of design is not the answer."

●  TCLF puts out a warning that London's Dolphin Square Gardens, an "expansive interwar landscape, may yet be destroyed by renovations to the apartment block that surrounds it."

●  On a brighter note, Berlin's Tempelhof Airport "is now a beautiful public park that'll soon house some of Berlin's most talented artists" with galleries, an innovation center, and a museum.

●  Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Anna Liu considers Bloomberg HQ's Stirling Prize victory as a "'disastrous result' which could yet be turned into a positive if client and architect shared details of its innovative features."

●  Finch takes issue with Stirling criticism: "The cliché about architects being a bunch of squabbling egos starts to ring true when people who should know better rush to judgment about others' work. Can we avoid turning the mother of the arts into a catalyst for slanging matches?"

●  P+W's Bullock, one of only 424 female African-American architects in the U.S., explains why it was the "lack of diversity that ignited my ambition to push for real change in our industry. I've seen a marked improvement - but we have a long way to go."

●  Sisson parses the Urban Land Institute's Emerging Trends report, and highlights "the 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019:"

●  A new USGBC survey finds that "employees are happier, healthier and more productive" in LEED-certified buildings ("81% of those who work in conventional buildings say the same").

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: rise in the city 2018: Call for mentors and sponsors for an international student competition to design affordable housing in the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa.

Weekend diversions:

●  "The World of Charles and Ray Eames" at the Oakland Museum of California is "an in-depth and personal look at the designers - aiming to draw a link between the design power couple's chairs and toys," and "shows how influential California was as a backdrop for the designers' idealistic experimentations."

●  The Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 exhibition space opens in Chicago's Lincoln Park with "Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture."

●  Corbu is also in the spotlight in Oslo with "Le Corbusier by the Sea" showcasing "his more dreamy and humorous nature," and "draws upon his memories from his summer travels along the coast of southwest France."

●  "Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer" at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is "a comprehensive retrospective featuring more than 500 items, most of which have never been displayed outside Italy."


●  Welton finds "McKim, Mead & White: Selected Works 1879 to 1915" to be "a gem of a book - the all-in-one four volumes are nothing short of your basic spectacular."

●  D'Arcy Jones cheers Thorsteinson and Smith's "Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy": The "folksy presentation" makes the book "endearing, the kind you leave on the coffee table."


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