Today’s News - Thursday, August 8, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, August 13.

●  Pinto pens a pensive (and extensive) analysis of the "legacy of edgy, Superdutch-derivative design" and how it now "faces a strong challenge from a humbler and more contextual kind of architecture," using some of the architects on the World Architecture Festival (heading to Amsterdam) awards shortlist (great read!).

●  Davidson parses two new studies on gentrification ("a term freighted with moral urgency, resentment, and guilt") that "come up with some startling findings. Instead of expending vast amounts of energy trying to shield fragile communities from change, we should make sure they reap its benefits."

●  Sisson looks at how and why the Des Moines 2040 zoning proposal "has become a political lightning rod" - it's been "pilloried by critics," but "you'll hear a different side of the story" from the city planner.

●  Kimmelman talks about "his lesser-known talents as a pianist, his three-plus-decade path at the NYT, and his goal as architecture critic to build a greater discourse around designing cities that are better, healthier, and simply fairer for all" (podcast + transcript).

●  Walker reports that Carol Soucek King has revoked the deal to give her historic Buff and Hensman-designed Arroyo del Rey home to the University of Southern California, citing an "unmendable chasm in the vision of heritage conservation" (preservationist Schave agrees: "USC has a terrible track record").

●  Dillon, on a brighter note, cheers Gallaudet University's campus architect Bauman's master plan that "expands DeafSpace beyond the buildings and into Olmsted's historic campus [and] the surrounding neighborhood": "Aesthetics are something to experience, not to look at," sayeth he.

●  "For love of whimsy" (we love it, too!): Kooroomba Chapel, nestled into a vineyard and lavender farm west of Brisbane, shows Hamilton Wilson's "skill for the easy and apparently simple inclusion of pleasures, evident everywhere."

●  Wainwright waxes poetic about the "gossamer gateway to Avalon - the "miraculously slight" Tintagel Castle bridge "unites magic and history" and, from a distance, shimmers "like a spider's web in the dew" (though it's not "to everyone's liking").

●  Speaking of bridges, LMN Architects' two new pedestrian and bicycle bridges in Spokane and Tukwila, Washington, "aspire to elevate the social experience for the citizens of each community by contributing to the regeneration, well-being, and vitality of the Pacific Northwest."

●  And in Amsterdam, the roundAround project "is basically a bridge made of Roboats - the least traditional solution, but the most versatile and modular answer" to connect Marineterrein and the Amsterdam's city center (pretty wild!).

●  Stinson brings us Nonument, an online database that "chronicles forgotten 20th-century buildings and monuments - a goldmine of information for anyone interested in how political and industrial forces shape architectural interest."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Kristen Richards: Maestro, Please: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, welcomes its first new facility in 25 years - to applause: The Linde Center for Music and Learning, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects with Reed Hilderbrand.

Weekend diversions:

●  Welton is fairly wow'd by "Float Flutter Flow" for the Festival Jardins at Domaine Chaumont sur Loire, designed and built by wHY's New York landscape studio that includes a canopy of 46,000 white goose feathers.

●  Stinson marvels at teamLab's "marvelous 'Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins'" that has transformed Mifuneyama Rakuen Park on the Japanese island of Kyushu into "an illuminated forest of objects - distinctly teamLab - colorful, entrancing and totally Instagrammable."


●  Eigen considers Agrest & Agmon's "Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture" to be a "handsomely produced, lavishly illustrated" and "vivid catalogue of alluring and troubling material and physical processes that showcases the work" of Cooper Union architecture students - "as alluring and troubling as the oily rainbow sheen on a contaminated puddle."

●  Dillon cheers "The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory" - a new edition of the 1991 collection of essays edited by Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller that shows how "the geometry we use has evolved alongside our updated conception of nature as an interwoven set of systems interacting in increasingly complex ways."

●  "Gardens of Her Own" is devoted to Israeli landscape architect Ruth Enis, launched as part of a conference at the Technion on "Gender Politics in Israeli Architecture and Landscape Architecture" (hopefully not behind a paywall).

●  Casas considers his graphic novel "Mies" (in Spanish, with foreword by Foster) to be "a fictional biography."


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