Today’s News - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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●  ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Who Isn't a Born Architect? Simon Unwin envisions children in their playful place-making defining architecture's essence in "Children as Place-makers."

●  Yoon tells the tale of Frances Shloss and a rain gutter at Cornell in the 1940s as a lesson for today: "Despite the elimination of outright discriminatory policies, women continue to uniquely face obstacles from the start - we have a responsibility and an opportunity to make the academy and the profession more just and equitable.

●  Russell cheers Holl's Hunters Point Library: "The design stops at nothing to lure visitors upward - the design shows how a public place can be created with transcendent allure" (but "reforming sclerotic procedures" is a must).

●  King cheers Cavagnero and Hood's make-over plans for Roche and Kiley's Oakland Museum of California that will finally connect the "walled-off civic treasure" to Lake Merritt.

●  Adjaye wins The Abrahamic Family House competition to design a mosque, synagogue, and church on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

●  The Carbon Leadership Forum releases EC3 (Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator), an open source tool "to easily evaluate carbon emissions of building materials."

●  Among the 2019 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant winners are landscape architect Walter Hood/Hood Design Studio, and urban designer Emmanuel Pratt/Sweet Water Foundation.

●  The American Planning Association's 2019 Great Places in America recognizes 13 great neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces.

●  A good reason to head to Hollywood next week: 34th Annual Architecture in Perspective Conference celebrates and promotes the field of architectural illustration.

●  Netflix's "Abstract: The Art of Design" Season 2 premieres tonight with "a fast and entertaining deep dive into" the worlds of Olafur Eliasson and Neri Oxman (trailer included).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Maxinne Rhea Leighton: What is a Sage? Climate Week and the Design Profession: This is not about fighting climate change. This is about standing with the planet, our communities, our youth.

Weekend diversions:

●  Kamin explains why you should see the "provocative, often-powerful" Chicago Architecture Biennial: Even though it "emphasizes the social side of architecture, it does not lapse into dull do-goodism" - it "has grit underneath its fingernails as well as its head in the clouds."

●  Keegan offers 5 takeaways from the Biennial: "There's so much emphasis on research, critique, and process that you can't find much that could pass for architecture. Making things should still be the end goal of architecture and architects. But that's apparently a topic for another biennial."

●  Gauer re: Chicago's "challenging" Biennial, "an impassioned declaration of concern for issues that architectural practitioners often ignore. The rhetoric may sound overly earnest, but what matters is the quality of the exhibits" that link complex topics to architecture.

●  Eyefuls of Amir Zaki's photos of "broken space and empty skate parks" in "Empty Vessel" at Orange Coast College in California: The "eerie, hyper-real prints offer "the visual juxtaposition of the different scales of 'vessels' intended as a commentary on architecture - spaces and emptiness."

●  Hartt's "The Histories (Le Mancenillier)" in FLW's only synagogue, itself "a work of art," in a Philly suburb "is a fitting addition to the nontraditional house of worship."

●  Giovannini hails "Furniture: 1960-2020" in Paris offering "nearly 300 often sassy, always spirited postwar pieces - brilliantly presented - an ecumenical portrait of design in a doubting, nonconformist, sometimes subversive age" ("often you sat in a concept, not in comfort").

●  So sad to hear Littmann's "For Forest" that fills a soccer stadium in Austria with 300 trees is now "being guarded around the clock after being targeted by two hard right parties" ("Go away and take your sh*tty forest").


●  Fisher offers 3 excerpts from "The Architecture of Ethics," his new book that "considers some of the most ethically contentious issues the profession currently faces."

●  Paletta ponders Grimley, Kubo & el Samahy's "Imagining the Modern," in which they argue, with "a greater polyphony than such accounts usually do," that urban renewal "was responsible for creating the postcard Pittsburgh" ("dissenting voices are allowed in").

●  Pedersen's Q&A with Hendrickson re: "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright": Instead of a straight biography, "he looks at the cracks in the facade (the sometimes insufferable Wright persona), reexamining the history, questioning it, attempting at times to re-report the established record."

●  Filler parses Gropius, "the unsinkable modernist," via MacCarthy's "Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus, " Wingler's reissued "monumental 1969 monograph," and the Harvard show: "Whatever else one might think of Walter Gropius, it is hard not to be impressed by his most salient talent: survival."


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