Today’s News - Thursday, May 30, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 4.

●  ANN feature: Johannes Knoops parses the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019: "Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà" - an architecture of hushed narratives.

●  Driehaus calls on Chicago's new mayor to move up "sophisticated design and smart urban planning" as "priorities on her agenda - urban design, which nurtures and enhances, is not necessarily a matter of money but of thought and respect."

●  Kamin looks at how some Chicago skyscraper lobbies, "once stuffy, are loosening up. Some are dazzling, some painfully off-key" (one now "looks more like an Apple store than a modernist mausoleum").

●  Ravenscroft reports that in Paris, H&deM's 42-storey Tour Triangle, which has been "caught up in legal battles since 2014," has passed its final legal hurdle and, apparently, will be built (vociferous comments ensue).

●  Meanwhile, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Tennessee's oldest and largest art museum, has tapped H&deM and local firm archimania to design its new home that "will be a landmark along the six miles of Mississippi riverfront being stitched together by parks, paths and other civic and recreational structures" (we'll se the design early next year).

●  The Princeton University Art Museum has acquired almost 5,000 drawings by Michael Graves that "span the entire range of his subject matter and design concerns - revealing both his classical training and his commitment to draftsmanship."

●  NJIT renames its College of Architecture and Design for "icons in profession" J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier in recognition of their making the "largest private gift in school's history" (they also designed the architecture school).

●  A most excellent reason to head to Vegas next week: A'19: AIA Conference on Architecture 2019: Blueprint for a Better Future, "with some of the biggest names in our industry and beyond. Don't miss it!"

●  Then there's the 10-day Atlanta Design Festival that kicks off this Saturday, themed "Collaboration."

●  Wallpaper* whittles down (from 400+ events) what to see at the London Festival of Architecture 2019, covering everything from "debates on emergency housing and co-designing to exhibitions on Brexit and happiness - this year's LFA has it all."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Susanne Angarano: Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers.

Weekend diversions:

●  Bozikovic: Hillel's feature documentary "City Dreamers," which profiles "four women who shaped the world we live in" (Lemco van Ginkel, Lambert, Scott Brown, and Oberlander), is "beautifully shot. Weirdly, the film does not share the forcefulness of its subjects - you have to wonder if these four minds would like to see a portrait of themselves that is as frank and bloody-minded as they've been."

●  Rose parses "New Towns, Our Towns," a new archive film compilation that chronicles Britain's "pioneering" but "controversial postwar new town movement" (the "overriding visual motif is Mother Pushing Pram").

●  "Nature - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial" on view in New York and the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, presents 60 projects in "seven themes related to how designers utilize science and technology to interact with nature."

●  "Smart Policies for a Changing Climate" at ASLA's Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, DC, presents 20 case studies, and "features solutions, recommendations, and principles from the Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report" (and a call for new case studies submissions).

●  Medina's Q&A with Garutti, curator of the CCA's "Our Happy Life: Architecture and Well-Being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism" re: the "'happiness industry,' the 'cold intimacy' of Instagram, and architecture's new spaces of meaning."

●  Gendall's Q&A with Adjaye re: his use of Ghanian mud to design the country's first foray to the Venice Art Biennale: "Ghana Freedom" is "a prototype for a potential national museum in Ghana. It's a fragment, a test, and Venice is the experiment ground."


●  Lange is not all that taken with MacCarthy's "Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus": "On the whole, she doesn't seem particularly interested in architecture. The lives and skills of Gropius's partners hardly come alive."

●  Dizikes cheers Hyde's "Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye" and his take on "the politics of ugly buildings - controversies specifically over the 'ugliness' of buildings have shaped matters from libel law to environmental policy. Perceptions of ugliness precipitate civic battles."

●  Rafson finds el Samahy, Grimley & Kubo's "Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance" paints "a vivid picture of the mixed emotions evoked by the changing urban landscape" in the "first book to chronicle the city's modernist history in a comprehensive way."

●  Reiner-Roth says Goldberger's "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City" proves that "the ballpark building type is as worthy of design scholarship as any other" (Goldberger and Petrunia in L.A. on Saturday).

●  In "Ballpark," Goldberger "sees ballparks as indicators of how cities develop and sustain their aesthetic values. For better and worse. Cincinnati can be proud of having an early example of the best."


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