Today’s News - Thursday, October 24, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 29.

●  ANN feature: McGraw brings us Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance: Schools are more than conduits of knowledge. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.

●  Wainwright bemoans Manchester selling its soul for luxury skyscrapers that do nothing to "help the city's rocketing homelessness problem" - only 28 "social homes were built last year" (with 13,500 households on the waiting list) - but "Mancunians' vocal criticisms are beginning to have an impact."

●  Leigh minces no words about the "planned mutilation" of NYC's "glorious" Frick Collection: "'Stripped classical' doesn't do justice. 'Anorexic classical' is more like it. Selldorf's ham-handed scheme is so unwise and uncourageous" (the board's October 30 hearing could change things).

●  Nouvel sues the Philharmonie de Paris architect over a €170.6m fine for the project being over-budget and behind schedule - the claim is "all the more unusual for the fact that the concert hall was targeting only the architect and no other business involved" (and could be "a death sentence for Nouvel's studio").

●  Sayej, on a brighter note, reports on the City Canvas initiative "hoping to beautify the blahs" by inviting female and non-binary artists to create murals for some of NYC's over 300 miles of scaffolding.

●  A shortlist of four teams of architects and landscape architects now vying for the National Medal of Honor Museum to be built in Arlington, Texas.

●  Firehouse Magazine announces winners of its 6th annual Station Design Awards "recognizing outstanding achievement in station architecture and design" (to be showcased in the November issue and online).

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends incorporated into the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.

Weekend diversions:

●  Wainwright cheers "Moving to Mars" at London's Design Museum, a "fascinating show" and "an accessible introduction to the questions of space habitation, without dumbing down" - though "despite the technical ingenuity, the prototypes on show wouldn't make anyone much want to move to Mars any time soon."

●  Moore says "Moving to Mars" is "an intelligent and thoughtful exhibition. Its most compelling sensation, though, is one of wonder."

●  Welton wanders "Thomas Jefferson: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals" at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, where "the uplifting content of early American civic buildings is offset by the reality of enslaved labor - as this show reveals, the moral price for Jefferson was high."

●  Morse says the Jefferson exhibit "has something to stir the masses - we will see how the masses receive it," and it "may help us better appreciate why Palladio's design elements remain so visually satisfying - if love lifts us up where we belong, so does Andrea Palladio."

●  Jaklitsch considers "Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020" at NYC's Japan Society, designed and curated by Atelier Bow-Wow, is "a promising but ultimately underwhelming exhibition - what is interesting is that which is excluded or left unsaid."

●  "Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America" at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York spotlights "the distinct cultural contributions" of the likes of Loos, Neutra, Schindler, and Gruen, "practitioners whose expertise not only changed the profession but in some cases, the American zeitgeist."

●  Eyefuls of the "pooch palaces" on view this weekend at Barkitecture 2019, celebrating its 15th anniversary in Austin, TX - to be auctioned for animal charities (some real wow's for your bow-wow!).


●  Hall Kaplan hails urbanists "celebrating the crafting and care of public spaces" in Chase & "Envisioning Better Cities: A Global Tour of Good Ideas"; Mallach's "The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America"; and editors Bharne & Khabdekar's "Affordable Housing, Inclusive Cities."

●  Weder weighs in on "Driverless Urban Futures - A Speculative Atlas for Autonomous Vehicles": Meyboom "has issued one of the most comprehensive texts of this impending development," and "calls for architects to play a major role in this urban reformatting, given the multifaceted nature of this complex issue."

●  Kamin gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Bey "training his camera and critic's intelligence on a wide range of unsung buildings and the role they play in people's lives" in his "eye-opening" book "Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago's South Side."

●  Moore measures Jenkins' "A Short History of London: The Creation of a Wealth Capital," an "accessible history" ("if a little skimpy"): "I'd quibble with his animus against 60s architects. He claims that they never apologized for their mistakes: my own memories - they were agonized by self-flagellation. But it is no bad thing to be reminded that Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden were nearly swept away."

●  Wainwright weighs in on Meuser's "Zoo Buildings: Construction and Design Manual," a "weighty new tome" that "aims to provide guidance for future zoos" - perhaps this "thought-provoking guide" will one day "find itself in the history section."

●  Among the "60 beautiful stills and hand-written reflections" in Fiedler's "The Working Journal," Ranalli "reflected on his 40+ year career in NYC."

●  An excerpt from Francis's "Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design": These inflatable structures and "this deceptively simple technology has been at the forefront of architectural movements - enabling cutting-edge artistic practice and symbolizing technological utopianism."


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