Today’s News - Thursday, November 7, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday. Once again, we were in road-warrior mode and, once again, those pesky technology gods were not pleased. Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, November12.

●  ANN feature: Duo Dickinson: The End of Design Movements: We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?

●  ZHA's Schumacher and Pratt's Harriss "clash over long-hours culture": He argued that "worrying about exploitation of workers could have a 'paralyzing' effect on companies like his." She argued that "working long hours leads to a decline in productivity and could trigger mental health problems."

●  McCaughan considers whether "starchitecture still sell condos" in Miami; the answer is Yes - "both eye-catching design and name recognition are important elements of success - evocative art, architecture and design have become integral to the city's identity."

●  Bray reports on "the rise of rooftop farming in space-starved Hong Kong," and the organization "spearheading a movement to turn idle rooftops and urban spaces into farms" (50 so far).

●  The Centre Pompidou "rolls the dice on cultural diplomacy" with the Chipperfield-designed Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, opening tomorrow.

●  Waldek profiles Shanghai-based X+Living, the "female-led architecture firm turning heads in China" with its "stunning buildings, otherworldly interiors, and funky furniture designs."

●  Dorte Mandrup wins the competition to design "The Whale" on the island of Andøya in northern Norway, to be "a new touristic attraction" in "a small town of 2,600 citizens, which happens to be one of the best places in the world for whale watching."

●  MODU + Eric Forman Studio wins the 2020 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition with "Heart Squared" - "125 tilted mirrors to reflect the shape of a romantic heart, all inside a steel frame that calls to mind an anatomic heart."

●  Call for entries: 2020 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship, open to undergrad and grad students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design entering their final year of study next September.

●  ICYMI: 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.

Climate change? What climate change?

●  Mitchell of EIT Climate-KIC explains why "cities are a critical player in effective climate action - proving to be great beacons of ingenuity and innovation," but they need more "support to experiment, learn and take bolder steps."

●  Carrington reports that the climate crisis has 11,000 scientists warning of "untold suffering. Most countries' climate plans are 'totally inadequate'" - but they do "identify some encouraging signs."

●  A look at how some architects in Bangladesh are designing buildings for its worsening monsoon climate: "Good design is essential if these challenges are to be addressed. The solutions are often straightforward" (alas, "Dhaka is in the grip of developers").

●  Ending on a good news note: "Italy to become first country to make learning about climate change compulsory for school students" - the education ministry "is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model."

Weekend diversions:

●  Marinova mulls Studio Bow-Wow's "Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020" at NYC's Japan Society: "So what is the essence of Japanese architecture today? The answer will vary depending on whom you ask."

●  Gibson, meanwhile, talks to Atelier Bow-Wow re: how "major development spurred on by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has greatly reduced opportunities for smaller architecture studios in the city": "'We are totally kicked out' from working in Tokyo."

●  Ingalls explores photographer SHAN Wallace's "W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine: Exploring Barriers, Real and Perceived" at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. that surveys "the history and varied meanings of walls throughout the world - her work demonstrates that barriers, no matter how indomitable they seem, can never contain the scope of human imagination."

●  Speaking of walls (and a good reason to head to Dubai Design Week next week) "WAL(L)TZ," the Lebanon pavilion by Beirut-based T Sakhi Architects includes "an interactive wall portraying the socio-political barriers in our society through a psychological and physiological journey for its visitors.

●  Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto opens a new experimental gallery tonight "with a metaphoric cave installation 'New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking)' - an underground, cave-like, soft utopia" encouraging "self-directed rest and meditation."


●  Novakovic has a few quibbles with Lam & Livesey's "Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present," but they ultimately "get it right" - the editors' "curation weaves together a thoughtful narrative," and "the critiques are a credit to the book's importance."

●  Glassie gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright": "Hendrickson employs tremendously rigorous research. His is not an effort to exonerate - but to dig deeply into who [FLW] really was" with "persistent and expansive curiosity" that "takes readers beyond Wright in important, revelatory ways."

●  An excerpt from Hendrickson's "Plagued by Fire" that considers FLW, "Ernest Hemingway, and the art of omission: What does the "Iceberg Theory" look like applied to architecture?"


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