Today’s News - Thursday, September 19, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, September 24.

●  Kimmelman kvells over Holl's Queens library, "a diva parading along the East River," and "one of the finest public buildings New York has produced this century" with "enormous, eccentric windows" - but it's also "a poster child for the perils of public architecture" in NYC.

●  Wainwright applauds Mica Architects' revamp of the "really dark, grim" 1962 Fairfield Halls concert hall and theater complex in Croydon, London: The makeover of "this handsome mid-century ocean liner of culture has been mercifully light-touch" and "feels truer to the intentions of the original architects."

●  Dana Cuff "discusses the founding cityLAB UCLA, doubling the density of Los Angeles, changing planning policies, and social missions in architecture."

●  Roosegaarde and McDonough bring a touch of optimism about the future to Fortune magazine's Global Sustainability Forum.

●  Watch Extinction Rebellion, Haworth Tompkins, and other activists, academics, and practitioners at The Architecture Foundation's Architecture of Emergency summit at the Barbican, livestreaming at 7:00pm, U.K. time, tonight.

●  Smart talks to Turkel re: the benefits of prefab construction in building new Modernist houses, an "entertaining" Poon re: "architects in popular culture - TV and movies," and Caussin "on how Modernism got started and made itself popular in the U.S."

●  The long-neglected landscape and skating rink and pool surrounding the Harlem Meer at the north end of Central Park are getting a $150 million revamp - "the final piece of the puzzle that is the Central Park Conservancy's 40-year renewal plan."

●  One we couldn't resist (Pogo & Wookie insisted): 11 architectural cat shelters by Los Angeles architects and designers created for the Architects for Animals' annual Giving Shelter fundraiser - available via an online auction.

Chicago in the spotlight:

●  Moore re: the Chicago Architecture Biennial that combines "sometimes grim histories with inspiring reactions to them - as pure an expression of liberal values, applied to the realm of city-building, as you could hope to find."

●  Messner says the Chicago Biennial 2019 is "pushing the limits on the definition of practice" with "participants from fields beyond those typically represented in architectural expositions - all grapple with urban and civic issues, through research and advocacy rather than traditional design."

●  Pacheco parses ArchiteXX's Biennial boycott show (because of BP sponsorship) "Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968," that highlights "the impact of social movements on architecture and design."

●  IIT's "Shapeshift: Bauhaus in Chicago" celebrates the school's - and "Chicago's legendary, yet largely unknown, Bauhaus heritage."

●  "Tigerman Rides Again" presents "some of the final creative works produced by the iconoclastic architect - black and white drawings that produce optical illusions" with "a subtly changing array of distorted grids that ebb and flow across the page to create vertigo-like hallucinations."


●  Highlights from the New Zealand Institute of Architects' 2019 Festival of Architecture, taking place from Auckland to Waikato and Nelson to Otago.

●  Cusick profiles Billy Fleming, "an American landscape architect, environmentalist and political activist," and director of UPenn's Ian McHarg Center, who will "address the role of designers and built environment professionals in public policy" at talks in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, as part of NZIA's festival.

●  Goldsborough brings us eyefuls of Exhibit Columbus 2019 that "features 18 site-responsive installations that use Columbus, Indiana's heritage as inspiration and context while highlighting the role that community plays in growing a vibrant city."

●  Hong Kong Institute of Architects brings "Island__Peninsula" to Los Angeles that "aims to compare the contrasting urban landscapes of both cities."

●  A good reason to head to Honolulu next week: Docomomo US National Symposium (including "all things Ossipoff").

●  A good reason to head to Italy: Bologna Design Week, teaming once again with Cersaie, will "explore the wonders of Bologna's creative and architectural heritage."


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