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Today’s News - Thursday, November 8, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days- we'll be back Tuesday, November 13.

●  AIA San Francisco Equity by Design releases its 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey findings - "the largest data set ever collected," with "14,360 respondents in every state and across six continents."

●  Ravenscroft reports that Stockholm's "new regime" plans to block Chipperfield's Nobel Center, Foster + Partners' previously-approved revised plans for an Apple Store, and the city's Olympic bid ("Chipperfield remains hopeful that a solution can be found").

●  Holder ponders what the consequences could be re: reported Amazon HQ2 plans to split between two cities: "Why did Amazon go all Solomon on us in what may be the final week? Perhaps pitting regions against each other until the bitter end has been its M.O. all along" (never mind the deep data it now has on 200 regions "at its disposal").

●  A lot of not-happy folks re: Amazon's reported decision to split its HQ2 between New York City and Virginia: "Critics say Amazon's decision to split the headquarters make the drawn-out process seem like a PR stunt" (tweet storms ensue!).

●  Green, on a brighter note, reports on experts weighing in on landscape architecture and public health: In "study after study, all this research is meant to arm landscape architects, planners, and others with the facts they need to make the case to policy makers and legislators" - designers should "influence the big decisions."

●  Three we couldn't resist: The We Are Human Rights project "develops tools for change by pairing designers with activists" to tackle issues in seven countries.

●  Vivienne Westwood, Nan Goldin, and Tilda Swinton are among 10 artists and activists commissioned by Visionaire magazine to design protest posters "ranging from gun violence and criminal justice to climate change and equal voting rights" that can be downloaded for free (very cool).

●  Shiundu puts on a detective's hat to find out if the inspiration behind Kenya's landmark Kenyatta International Convention Centre really was a donkey's penis (probably not) and, along the way, clarifies who designed the icon (turns out the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo had the answer).

Deadlines:

●  Call for submissions: Harvard GSD's 2019 Wheelwright Prize (international): $100,000 travel-based research grant awarded to early-career architects.

●  Call for entries: Proposals for Lincoln Institute Case Study Awards.

●  Call for entries: Lincoln Institute/Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Curriculum Innovation Awards.

●  Call for entries: Applications for three different Architects Foundation Scholarships.

Weekend diversions:

●  A great reason to head to Sarasota: A Q&A with Paul Goldberger, who headlines the 2018 Sarasota MOD Weekend celebrating the centenary of Paul Rudolph's birth.

●  Corbu's Paris home reopens its doors to the public following two years of restoration, which includes - "his ocean liner-inspired bedroom" now looks as it did during his lifetime (fab photos!).

●  "Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths" at the Canadian Center for Architecture "challenges the typical narrative of the heroic architect by revealing a counter-reading of postmodern procedures" (we're still trying to figure out what that means).

Page-turners:

●  Byrnes' Q&A with Lubell re: "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA" that "plays all the Modernism hits and a lot of deep cuts" - Lubell's "site descriptions give a rewarding perspective on the ideas that fueled each design and how reality has guided their aging."

●  An excerpt from Lamster's "The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century" that reveals Johnson "spent the late 1930s quite differently: as a wealthy young aesthete gadding about Germany and embracing Nazi politics."

●  Jensen cheers Tzonis and Lefaivre's "ambitious" new book, "Times of Creative Destruction: Shaping Buildings and Cities in the Late 20th Century" - they "chart the sometimes-erratic development of these seismic shifts while reassessing their own writing and thinking over the past five decades - with a light touch and easy good humor"; it's "thought-provoking and inspiring."

●  Brussat x 2: He cheers Stevens Curl's "Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism": "Modern architecture has hoaxed the world for well over half a century. Curl exposes this tragedy and the immoral theories and practices of its proponents - his tirades are entertaining, and glow with the vitality of truth."

●  He follows up with jeers for Bayley's thumbs-down for "Making Dystopia" ("it is natural that modernist architects shellacked by Curl are fighting back, and fighting, as is their habit, dirty"), and cheers for Daniels' take (see next story).

●  Daniels finds "Making Dystopia" to be "a polemical, but deeply scholarly, history of architectural modernism, its antecedents and its results, practically all of which have been baleful" (Gropius, Mies, and Corbu "possessed psychopathic ambition, ruthlessness" - includes another Bayley take-down).

●  On a brighter note, Waldek highlights 10 projects from Pare's "Le Corbusier: The Built Work," a photographic survey that Jean-Louis Cohen says captures the projects' "present features" - from "buildings that have been so recently repaired, to the wounds inflicted on others - that one hopes is only temporary."

●  Filler minces now words about what he thinks of Rense's "gaudy" (and "unintentionally hilarious") new compendium "Architectural Digest: Autobiography of a Magazine 1920-2010" (he's sure he's on her enemies' list - if he's not, this should do it).


  


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