Today’s News - Thursday, February 21, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, February 26.

●  ANN feature: Saxon Henry: Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov, the editor and publisher of "Dream of Venice in Black and White," who talks about her creative process and strategies in creating the third book in the "Dream of Venice" trilogy (luscious images!).

●  Steven Strauss, who ran economic development strategy for NYC under Bloomberg, offers "lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for Amazon HQ2 - the messy breakup is a cautionary tale and raises many questions."

●  A great profile of Professor Christopher Hawthorne, L.A.'s first Chief Design Officer and "the man behind the future of the city," who also teaches at Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy department.

●  Wainwright weighs in on Fen Court, "a candy-striped miracle in the central London skies. Squeezed amid the city's garish landmarks is a glorious, free-to-enter roof garden - Eric Parry's pink-blossomed park in the clouds" (we think he likes it).

●  One we couldn't resist: A California town launches a "Goat Fund Me" crowd-funding initiative to rent "a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land" ("rentable goat herds book up quickly").


●  Call for entries: 2019 RAIC International Prize (formerly the Moriyama RAIC International Prize + $100,000!).

●  In honor of the Bauhaus centennial: Call for entries: Beyond Bauhaus - Prototyping the Future, "seeking groundbreaking design concepts that offer creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time."

●  Call for entries: ArchiGraphicArts 6 International Contest of Architectural Hand Drawings (no fee!), sponsored by and Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing (Berlin).

●  Call for entries: BAM! Berlin Art Museum of the architectural and urban heritage of Berlin, open to students and young graduates.

●  Call for entries: ACSA/AIA 2018-2019 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century International Student Design Competition (no fee).

●  Call for entries: HOME: The Idea of Home (no fee), sponsored by Building Beauty/Sant'Anna Institute.

●  Call for nominations: ArchDaily 2019 Building of the Year Awards in 15 categories.

Weekend diversions:

●  Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Is This Tomorrow?" in London: "It's weird how the architecture of extreme wealth and extreme hedonism is typically wrapped in cool glass. This exhibit takes the wrappers off."

●  Sayer, on the other hand, finds that "Is This Tomorrow?" offers a "pessimistic view of what the future may be. Despite offering genuine moments of intrigue and asking tough questions, one leaves wishing it was 1956 again."

●  In Barcelona, "Lina Bo Bardi Drawing" bears "witness to the importance of drawing in all the stages of her multifaceted career" (fab pix!).

●  MacMillan cheers touring "The Whole World a Bauhaus," making its only U.S. stop at the Elmhurst Art Museum, that "shines the movement's light on the world" and Chicago.

●  The travelling "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" puts down roots in Palm Springs just in time for Modernism Week (and stays planted until April 19).

●  Howarth brings us eyefuls of Desert X's "colorful and provocative installations set against the arid landscape of California's Coachella Valley," east of L.A.


●  Brussat reviews Rybczynski's review of Stevens Curl's "Making Dystopia" in two parts, with link to Part 1: "The opinion of this book by America's most celebrated architecture critic is decidedly surprising - his review is mostly, and most importantly, about what 'Making Dystopia' gets right").

●  Tremonti's Q&A with "Man in the Glass House" author Lamster from inside Philip Johnson's CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto: "I think he's, in some ways, very genuinely sorry for his foolish behavior. But on the other hand..."

●  Stefanovic finds Ringer's "The Material City" to be "a deep-dive into urban density; a celebration of the Australian architects and designers whose work addresses this growing phenomenon," with "interesting case studies and thoughtful essays."

●  Hopkins (mostly) cheers British preservationist Insall's "Living Buildings: Architectural Conservation, Philosophy, Principles and Practice" that is "part manual, part theory of conservation. There are moments of the book that jar. But the underlying message remains fresh."


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