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Today’s News - Thursday, June 27, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: In honor of the 4th of July next Thursday, we're declaring it Independence Week, and taking a much-needed break. We'll be back Tuesday, July 9.

●  Sisson parses "Foot Traffic Ahead," a new report that "finds walkable urbanism isn't just sustainable and enjoyable, but more profitable" - and "has harsh words for cities (and states) that aren't adapting to the market demand."

●  Mortice reports on an ongoing plan in Detroit, by landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels, that "weaves together refurbished single-family homes" in a neighborhood "atomized by vacancy and foreclosure" with "a network of productive and amenity landscapes - a unique model for Detroit - or anywhere else."

●  Lobo reports on Groupe Rousseau Lefebvre's transformation of a 1960s elevated expressway in Montreal into Parc Bonaventure - "now blooming with rich vegetation punctuated by public exercise equipment, playgrounds, and public art" (and architectural follies).

●  Bernstein cheers OMA's first public building in NYC: The expansion of SANAA's 2007 New Museum "is so fully resolved that it seems like it couldn't have been imagined any other way - a work of architecture of almost preternatural beauty."

●  The Architecture Lobby gets behind the Green New Deal, and calls on architects to "look beyond design and at the bigger picture by becoming activists in the industry for smart and equitable collaborations that benefit all."

●  Edelson reports that the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis wins the Gold Medal (and $50,000) in the 2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, which "honors outstanding projects that improve the social, economic, and ecological vitality of American cities."

●  An impressive list 2019 nominees for UNESCO World Heritage Sites: "There's one US-based nomination: the 20th century architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright."

Weekend diversions:

●  Ulam reports from the 2019 Venice Art Biennale: "The only thing holding an otherwise disparate show together is the focus on the ills of our time. 'May You Live in Interesting Times' is intended to be aggressive and disturbing."

●  Souter's focus is on how "rising tides and climate change color the Venice Biennale. Artistic allusions to rising waters can be found across the Biennale - they strike home with a particular power given the ongoing destruction of the natural world."

●  Farago waxes poetic (and political) re: "Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx" at the NYBG: "The sun-starved among us have all summer to immerse ourselves in a Shangri-La that will thrill anyone caught in the concrete jungle. I had moments when I felt irresponsible for being so happy" (he loves "that Brazil," but knows "it doesn't exist").

●  Welton parses "Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion" at Richmond, Virginia's Valentine Museum, "the culmination of a conceptual competition that generated 70 responses from national and international artists, planners, designers and architects" about what to do with now politically incorrect monuments.

●  Virginia Tech's Solar Decathlon Middle East-winning FutureHAUS, which "combines minimalism with 'The Jetsons,'" has "set up shop in Alexandria's Potomac Yard neighborhood to be near the grounds of VT's forthcoming Innovation Campus" (just don't call it part of the tiny home movement).

●  Stinson brings us eyefuls of the soon-to-be-touring Bicycle Architecture Biennale, and the "compelling projects" from around the world that "present case studies that demonstrate how designing with cyclists in mind often leads to more livable cities in general" (bike path across a lake in Belgium by Lens°ass Architecten - wow!).

●  Perched along the Broadway Mall in Manhattan are "10 oversized birds, whose real-life counterparts are threatened by climate change" - made from "old floorboards and shipping pallets to fashion a flotilla of colorful fowl."

Page-turners:

●  Landon is made almost homesick by Locktov's "Dream of Venice in Black and White": "No one else inhabits their city the way the Venetians do theirs - the book investigates this lived Venice - a coherent, and very intimate, portrait of the city and its people."

●  Brussat (of course) cheers Dalrymple's take-down of modern architecture in his reviews of Curl's "Making Dystopia": "At the risk of stoking pity for the modernist dystopians, readers familiar with modernism's terrible legacy see only justice in his running up the score, and can only long for his next onslaught."

●  Kamin cheers Goldberger's "insightful new book": "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City" is "a serious yet accessible examination of ballparks past and present, filled with sharp aesthetic judgments and flavored with piquant details, revealing America's attitudes toward its cities, for better and for worse."

●  Lowry found himself waxing nostalgic over Goldberger's "Ballpark": "Ballparks are one of the few public aspects of American life that have gotten more beautiful rather than less. I'm one of millions who appreciate, and have benefited from, the return to beauty so ably chronicled in this book."


  


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