Today’s News - Thursday, November 29, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, December 4 (December already?!!?).

●  ANN feature: rise Up: Sponsors are cheering on their student/architect teams working to find low-cost, sustainable housing solutions in the rise in the city 2018 design competition - but there are still teams that need sponsorship. Join those who are already reaping the rewards of the partnerships!

●  Brussat bashes Moore's attack on Scruton: "He has crafted an utterly despicable if entirely predictable attack. This is not criticism but character assassination."

●  Corcoran considers "acts of hate," such as the racist vandalism of the African Burial Ground National Monument in NYC, which "highlight architecture's role in framing history" and "the role of memorial spaces."

●  The Oakland A's promise a "'bigger than baseball' mega-ballpark" (and a whole lot more) on the Oakland, California, waterfront, designed by BIG (tweeted John King: "Given the shameless knockoff of its VIA 57 West in NYC, I'm guessing Bjarke Ingels didn't spend a whole lot of time on this proposal" - ouch!).

●  Buday proffers a not-very-optimistic future by channeling Howard Roark and how he "would tackle climate change": "The end is nigh - now is an excellent time to panic There's nothing like a crisis to bring out the hero in all of us - Roark would say solving the unsolvable is what imaginative architects do every day."

●  On a more optimistic note, a new AIA report finds that, in "tracking their predicted building design performance" for 2017, "architects and engineers participating 2030 Commitment see progress in carbon reduction."

●  Heathcote parses the Apollo Awards 2018 Museum Opening of the Year: "It is occasionally said that the age of the blockbuster museum is over. Then along comes the Louvre Abu Dhabi - Nouvel has avoided cliché and obvious symbolism, always reinterpreting and creating something new, futuristic and surprising -.this is a stunning architectural spectacle."

●  Bernstein outlines Fentress Architects' cylindrical design for U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, themed "What Moves You," which will include a ride by Virgin Hyperloop One, while AS+GG's "central event space beneath a 65-meter-high dome - will dwarf the 69-foot-high U.S. pavilion."

●  Caldwell cheers the 5th SarasotaMOD Weekend for continuing "to appeal to a range of interested parties," and parses the festival's focus on Paul Rudolph.

●  Crosbie celebrates Rudolph's 100th birthday with a reprise of a 1988 interview re: the 25th anniversary of "his most controversial project" - the Yale Art and Architecture building (and much, much more): "I don't think of it as an object. I think of it as participating in urbanism" (he thought of himself "as a very bad teacher").


●  Call for entries: AIA Chicago's Disruptive Design international competition: New solutions to affordable housing - 3-part competition (no fee).

●  Call for entries: Reimagining the DL&W Corridor International Design Ideas Competition to transform the abandoned, 1.5-mile elevated rail corridor in (no fee, but be sure to read Disclaimer at the end of the Competition Brief).

●  Call for entries: The Forge Prize: 2019 AISC Vision in Steel for Architectural Excellence (U.S. & Canada).

●  Call for entries: Urban Zoo Coworking Design Challenge: design the interior concept for a new chain of coworking spaces set to launch their first location in Riga, Latvia (early-bird registration deadline looms!).

Weekend diversions:

●  Speaking of Rudolph: "Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey" (where "most of his projects went unbuilt") opens today at NYC's Center for Architecture.

●  "Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968" opens today at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco: it is "the first exhibition to examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women's, and LGBTQ movements of the past 50 years."

●  For "Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing" at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, Lin has created "a series of new works and ambitious site-specific installations that invite visitors to interact."


●  Welton cheers Suckle & Singer's "Cocktails and Conversations: Dialogues on Architectural Design" that compiles 40 sessions of the AIANY program: "No lectures. No pedagogy. No theories. Just cocktails and conversation. They're all in first-person, and they're all intriguing. You have to mix your own drink. But thankfully, the recipes are all there" (full disclosure: yours truly was Consulting Editor).

●  Hewitt hails Curl's "controversial" but "cogent and well-argued" book, "Making Dystopia" that "doesn't look kindly on the narrative presented by the major historians. If we ignore books like Curl's, our cities and landscapes will continue to get the same insipidly abstract designs - and our profession won't advance to meet the challenges of this troubled century."

●  Moore sits down with Archigram's Cook, Greene, and Crompton to "discuss - and defend - their legacy" and the 300-page (and astounding!) "Archigram: The Book": "Perhaps their biggest gift to architecture is an attitude."

●  Sisson has his own Q&A with Cook; Greene, and Crompton re: lots of things - and "Archigram: The Book" that "ticks all the coffee table boxes, and reads like a more colorful, creative, and upbeat view of where modern design should be headed."

●  Lutyens picks his faves, "from the monumental to the modest," found in Jodidio's "Green Architecture" that looks at "how cutting-edge architecture also draws on age-old traditions."

●  Keane is very keen on Meredith & Sample's "An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture" that "offers a whimsical, non-linear, and exhaustive glimpse of people - and sometimes aliens, animals, or Rorschach blots - in architecture through the eyes of some of the greatest designers in history."


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