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Today’s News - Thursday, October 31, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, November 5. In the meantime: Happy Halloween! And for those of us in behind-the-times states: Don't forget to turn your clocks back this weekend (ugh).

●  ANN feature: Lesson Plan #5: Letter from an architect to the gurus [teachers] and chelas [disciples] of architecture: From India, Shirish Beri writes this special letter out of a restlessness that arises from a genuine concern for the present state of architectural education and profession, as well as that of our society.

●  Myers, co-steward of The Architecture Lobby NYC chapter, makes the case for architects to unionize: It's "a tool to bring greater stability to the architectural labor force and to give a clear societal voice to the profession" (click "Yesterday's News" to read Wainwright's report on a new union in the U.K.).

●  Orange explores how some coastal cities "are reclaiming land as a barrier against rising water - then selling it off. But critics argue that climate change defense should not be a business model."

●  Wainwright introduces us to some local councils in the U.K. that "are finding innovative ways to build housing" by "taking an interventionist approach" and "be more creative" (42% now have a housing company).

●  Grabar delves into why "the hyperloop and the self-driving car are not the future of transportation: The bus, the bike, and the elevator are."

●  Welton cheers the new student life center by Duda/Paine Architects that "is now the beating heart of the Emory University campus in Atlanta - the architects have designed a temple to transparency."

●  Sitz reports on an unexpected (and unwelcome) mid-construction discovery causing a delay and increasing the cost of ARO's restoration of the Johnson/ Barnstone/Aubry-designed Rothko Chapel in Houston.

●  ICYMI: 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.

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to head to Canada over the next two weeks: the Architecture & Design Film Festival is heading to Vancouver and Toronto, both opening with "City Dreamers," a film that "explores the lives of four trailblazing female architects: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown."

●  Kwun cases the: Chicago Architecture Biennial, where "participants often reveal uncomfortable truths beneath the gleam of the city's handsome facades" - and highlights some of the themes.

●  "Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style" at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum is "the largest show about the Glasgow Style that has ever come to the U.S., with many of the 165 objects never seen here before" - then it hits the road to three other cities.

●  Wainwright hails the "fun, candy-colored romp through the transformative power of play" found in "Play Well" at London's Wellcome Collection: "The idea of kids freed from fences set alarm bells ringing among the health and safety lobby," but Play England seems to have that covered.

●  "The Whole World a Bauhaus: From 1919-1933: The Bauhaus in eight chapters" at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe Germany, explores how the Bauhaus managed "to become such an innovative force in design and teaching, and in societies."

●  Block brings us luscious eyefuls from "Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World" at the Fondation Louis Vuittton in Paris that delves into the designer's expansive life and career: "While her work seems contemporary now, at the time it was too avant garde to become widely adopted."

●  Evelien Bracke, curator of "Lina Bo Bardi & Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d'Arte Palma 1948-1951" at the Design Museum Gent, "picks five seminal furniture designs from the studio and explains how they were ahead of their time" (great pix!).

●  "The Architect's Studio - Tatiana Bilbao Estudio" at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark "explores the studio like a monograph come to life" (great pix!).

Page-turners:

●  "Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present," co-edited by Lam and Livesey, "covers the defining of national institutions and movements, how Canadian architects interpreted major external trends, regional and Indigenous architectural tendencies," and more.

●  King considers Barasch's "Ruin and Redemption in Architecture," an "eye-popping survey of 66 buildings," shows "the deft reuse of distinctive older buildings" by "imaginative designers and devotees."

●  Ciampaglia has a grand time touring Oppenheim & Gollin's ("elegant") "Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains" and ponders: "Why do bad guys in the movies always live in 'good' houses? What does it say about me that I would (maybe literally) die to live there?"

●  Frey considers Otto's "Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics" that "examines the radical veneer behind the Bauhaus' clean-cut aesthetics."

●  Levy lauds photographer Bronkhorst's "Gerrit Rietveld: Wealth of Sobriety" that "unearths the architect's lesser-known projects to expose under-the-radar projects by revered Dutch architect."


  


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