Today’s News - Thursday, December 6, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's news is a bit long, but tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days, so you have time to take it all in. We'll be back Tuesday, December 11.

●  Weinstein at his eloquent best with his pick of the 10 Best Architecture and Design Books of 2018, which he describes as "invaluable and impeccably designed"; "quirkily inclusive"; "charmingly loopy"; "enthralling"; "produced with panache" (and then some!).

●  Hagberg Fisher criticizes the current state of criticism - these days, "all anybody wants to talk about is urbanism - there are more angles of attack. Bike lanes! Scooters! Traffic! Writing about a single building is harder. It requires more nuance, experience, and practice."

●  Betsky reports on a recent gathering of a "black-clad array of architecture deans and officials" in Beijing: "Within the next five years, Therrien pointed out, the first Generation Z-ers will be appointed deans at major architecture schools. The rest of us should get ready for retirement - assigned to the dust heap of history."

●  Kimmelman cheers Snøhetta's revised plans for the AT&T building (a.k.a. 550 Madison): "This time, less is more. And credit to those who stood up for saving an architectural lightning rod - it was one of Johnson's decorated sheds," and the original plan "dressed the shed in drag."

●  Gonchar gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Allied Works' National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio: The "inventive circular structure was tricky to analyze. 'I had never designed a building that no one wanted to build,' Cloepfil says wryly" (if only it "were more transparent").

●  Lubell takes us on a tour of Miami and its starchitect-studded "bold and brilliant" architecture: "The city's recent wave of designs for buildings and even parking garages could be its most ambitious yet."

●  Speaking of Miami, we cheer Aric Chen being named curatorial director for Design Miami/ next year, and Nash's Q&A re: Chen's new role, what he envisions for 2019, his current design inspiration, and more.

●  ICYMI: 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!

Winners all:

●  The five finalists in the running for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2019 "hint at MoMA's commitment to showcasing forward-thinking architects who use eye-catching design, strategic planning, and social media to garner global influence."

●  Richard Rogers wins the 2019 AIA Gold Medal: "Rogers shows us that, perhaps, the architect's most lasting role is that of a good citizen of the world," sayeth Palumbo.

●  Payette wins the 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award: "Their internal culture is one of curiosity and inclusiveness, resulting in a vibrant studio workshop powered by research and collaboration," sayeth Scott Wolf of Miller Hull.


●  Call for entries: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards: open to any architect licensed in the U.S.; projects may be located anywhere in the world.

●  Call for entries: the Chicago Architectural Club's 2018 Chicago Prize Competition: Crossing the Line (international, and oddly, 2018 is correct).

●  Call for entries: ZK/U Berlin Residencies, open to "artists, scholars and practitioners who concern themselves with the phenomenon of 'the city.'"

●  Call for entries: 2019 Fairy Tales competition (one of our faves - but register today or pay higher fee).

●  Call for entries: Gauja National Park Footbridge competition (international): design an entryway footbridge to Latvia's largest national park (early-bird registration deadline looms!).

●  Call for entries: Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition (international): design an observation tower and boardwalk in the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve early-bird registration deadline looms!).

●  Call for entries: The Rome Collective Living Challenge competition (international): design a concept for affordable housing in Rome that fits the ideals of a co-living lifestyle (early-bird registration deadline looms!).

A weekend diversion we couldn't resist:

●  "The most wonderful slime of the year: Tate Britain's giant Christmas slugs accompanied by swathes of blue and white LED slug trails across the building's historic facade" (how could we resist?!!?).


●  Welton x 2: "Le Corbusier: The Built Work": "Its scope alone is fairly breathtaking - it has it all" (great pix by Pare!).

●  His Q&A with Helen Thomas re: "Drawing Architecture" re: the book's intent and more.

●  Campbell-Dollaghan cheers Thomas's "Drawing Architecture," an "unusual, unpretentious" and "subtly provocative" book - "especially in a field that has spent decades, and plenty of ink, debating whether drawing is 'dead.' Thomas manages to make it seem a bit silly."

●  Fixsen's great Q&A with Lamster re: "The Man in the Glass House," a "dynamic composite sketch, one that shifts throughout Johnson's numerous (and ludicrous and troubling) ideological transformations."

●  Betsky cheers "Mark Foster Gage: Projects and Provocations," a "scrumptious new monograph. It is a strange world indeed, and an elegant one, that succeeds in disquieting and delighting exactly because it so strangely familiar."

●  Friesike's "It's a Gas: The Allure of the Gas Station" presents "the world's weirdest gas stations. While gas stations are not exactly known to be beacons of brilliant architecture, this book proves otherwise" (Jay Leno "waxes poetic," too).

●  "Garage" by Erlanger and Govela is "an intellectual history of an often overlooked space - a symbol of suburbia, a site of rebellion, and a very strange room - the first time the machine is given a room to sleep" (think FLW and Jobs and Wozniak).


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