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Today’s News - Thursday, October 10, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 15.

It's a MoMA makeover/sterling Stirling/Chicago Biennial kind of day - and more!

●  Kimmelman says DS+R/Gensler's "MoMA is bigger. Is that better? It's smart, surgical, sprawling and slightly soulless. What the architects have done is refined and tactical" - the museum is "always going to be a work in progress."

●  Davidson says the makeover "might have been either a mess or a compromise; instead, it's a work of confident and self-effacing elegance - every facet is sharp, thin, smooth, and glossy, like Nicole Kidman on Oscar night."

●  Heathcote says MoMA's makeover "solves a lot of problems - but falls back on a version of architecture that now feels a little too smooth, too friction free - offering no resistance, no grain, no attitude, just endless white walls and tasteful space - even so, it looks better than I ever remember it."

●  S. Stephens previews the Architecture and Design galleries: "Does dispersing the A&D galleries throughout the immense museum create an overall understanding of history? Not likely. Let's see how the community of architects and the public respond."

●  O'Sullivan parses Goldsmith Street taking home the Stirling: "So many people remember a time when living in well-built but cheap housing was something normal for those on lower incomes. That memory helps explain why a likable but unremarkable-looking project could win the country's top architectural accolade."

●  Invisible Studio's Piers Taylor re: Goldsmith Street: "At a time when everything looks bleak, an environmentally conscious social housing scheme winning the Stirling Prize is a rare moment of hope."

●  A round-up of what architects, critics, and politicians are saying about the Stirling in the twitter-sphere - "not all reactions were as positive."

In other news:

●  Saffron champions the preservation of a "whimsical stone pavilion" in Philly's Columbus Square whose "fate now seems to come down to the gender of the person who designed it. 'There's a big question about the significance of this building if it's not tied to the first female architect,'" sayeth an official.

●  Budds delves into how the Hurricane Sandy recovery program Rebuild by Design "changed the way New York thinks about public works" - and what it can teach other cities about resiliency.

●  Planners of West Sydney's "new airport city won't include sustainability targets" - they "know they have to contend with a warming climate, but they don't believe sustainability targets are the way to go" (huh?!!?).

●  On a greener note: Shigeru Ban completes a "sprawling," 500,000-square-foot campus for Swatch in Biel, Switzerland, considered "one of the largest hybrid mass timber structures in the world."

●  Pskowski parses Mexico's Apan Housing Laboratory's 32 low-cost prototypes for social housing: "Developers have been slow to adopt the ideas," but the "center's work is seeing results, as Mexican architects focus more energy on designing housing."

●  NYC's Architecture and Design Film Festival's Kyle Bergman picks five flicks not to miss at ADFF next week.

●  A good reason to head to Palm Springs next week: Modernism Week Fall Preview with more than 50 events.

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: In Lesson Plan #4, Sussman and Woodworth, two instructors at the Boston Architectural College, respond to the student open letter for curriculum change, calling for a new, biological approach to architecture.

Three takes on the Chicago Architecture Biennial:

●  Mortice cheers: The biennial "has some very simple advice for architects: Use your skills to start solving the problems that need to be solved. That might not even call for a building."

●  Baldwin dives into "some of the exhibitions and emerging stories" to be found at the biennial.

●  Betsky picks his biennial faves - five of the "most compelling installations from this year's exhibition."


  


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