Today’s News - Thursday, January 10, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 15.

●  A rare ANN feature double-header: Plaut pens Part 2 of our "Building Abundance" series, offering 3 keys to abundant design: "Hint: Designing for less bad won't get us there. Aiming for abundant design requires seeing and working in new ways that are largely unfamiliar, challenging - but oh so worth it!"

●  Hall Kaplan cheers the 6th edition of "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: Fully Revised 6th Edition" by Gebhard & Winter (despite its "gloomy" cover).

●  L.A. is a city of concrete - "from FLW's modernist mansions to Schindler's tilted houses" - here's an eyeful of "some lesser-known structures are just as striking" from a new map by Blue Crow Media.

●  Saffron offers (mostly) high praise for Foster's "dynamic, elegant" Comcast tower in Philly: "The skyline view is probably the least newsworthy thing about it" - it's "the rare corporate behemoth that speaks directly to its hometown, intimately, with affection." - Welton looks forward to February 3, when Foster's "efforts to untie the Norton Museum's Gordian knot will be unveiled - a 1941 Beaux Arts plan restored by a modern master."

●  Agbo offers a thoughtful reflection "on reading Adolf Loos's controversial essay ["Ornament and Crime" 1908] as a young African design student in Europe: If Loos were alive today, he would certainly be mortified by current aesthetic trends. Today, erasing history, denying our collective identities, and rejecting the deeper pleasures of acknowledging the past, are the real crimes."

●  Betsky parses a new shelter design at Taliesin West that "questions what it means to be organic - the whole point of the structure is to question what the very notion of 'organic,' 'authentic,' or 'real' means."

●  Farago offers a fab take on Rudolph the "mischief maker" at 100: "His name has been synonymous for so long with Brutalism's solidity that we forget how camp his architecture was - behind closed doors it winked and ogled" (and don't miss "Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey" at NYC's Center for Architecture!).

●  Madsen's Q&A with Richard Rogers, "who has a wardrobe as colorful as his personality"; they tackle sustainability, climate change, urban growth and density, "and the architect's role as problem-solver."


●  Call for entries: Architectural League Prize 2019 (formerly Young Architects' Forum): "Just" - explore "the implicit tensions between architecture's affinity for the just so in materials, tectonics, and organization, and a call to act justly."

●  Call for entries: Utzon UNBUILT international competition: "interpret a selected Utzon project by merging Utzon's own project description with something you see in the project" (open to anyone under 40).

●  Call for entries: Azure magazine's 2019 AZ Awards for Design Excellence.

●  Call for entries: ADC 98th Annual Awards: Spatial Design "celebrates all forms of craft, design and innovation."

●  Call for conference sessions & workshops: 2019 North American Passive House Network Conference and Expo in NYC next June.

Weekend diversions:

●  Walker is wowed by "Paris to Pittsburgh" documentary (now free online) that "portrays a U.S. economy fueled by renewable energy jobs - its message is far more powerful now. When Trump's speechwriters picked Pittsburgh to play against Paris as a simple alliterative device, they clearly chose the wrong city."

●  Lutyens cheers "Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer," a major retrospective of "the cult designer who shaped a nation" at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (great pix!).

●  Niemeyer mock-ups and engravings signed by the architect can be seen on the streets of Rio de Janeiro through January.

●  We would love to chill out at the "world's largest ice and snow festival" - the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China (fab photos convinced us!).


●  Goldberger cheers Lamster's "The Man in the Glass House," a "stimulating and lively new biography" of "one of the most compelling architects who has ever lived, which is not the same as being one of the best architects" - and a story "for the age of Donald Trump" showing us "that, however electrifying the ability to command the spotlight may be, it does not confer the lasting qualities of greatness."

●  Design leaders from Pentagram's Bierut to MIT SENSEable City Lab's Ratti pick the "9 books designers should read in 2019."

●  Walker, Sisson & Polsky pick 101 books "about making cities, but also books about how cities have made us."


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