Today’s News - Thursday, November 14, 2019

●  ANN feature: Mathias Agbo, Jr.: Lesson Plan #6: Teacher, Don't Teach Them Nonsense: Reforming Architecture's Broken Education: A curriculum overhaul alone cannot fix the problem; rather, the practice of architecture must first reform itself for any pedagogical reforms to make sense.

●  Cramer considers "the future of architecture education is the future of civilization," and calls on architects to "read the drafts and comment on the constitutional documents of architecture school accreditation" that "are up for grabs, but only until Nov. 22."

●  We lose Shoji Sadao, "the quiet hand two 20th-century visionaries," Bucky and Noguchi - he "was an architectural samurai - he understood them both and added to their mix, without need or benefit of self-glory."

●  "Venice is on its knees," says the mayor, as more than 80% of the city is under water (up to 6+ feet!) - he blames climate change - Saint Mark's Basilica "was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years - but the fourth in the last 20" (videos & photos - heartbreaking!).

●  A new study by the FIU Sea Rise Solutions Center has Floridians considering changing the building code to require elevating coastal buildings an additional foot - "despite waffling political rhetoric, the people who plan and build in coastal Florida consider the threat of sea rise very real."

●  Shaw hopes L.A. doesn't "become New York - it doesn't need global architecture to maintain its position as a worldwide force - but red flags are emerging. Don't let it succumb to the pressures of 'global architecture.' Don't let Boyle Heights become Hudson Yards."

●  Nelson brings us the soon-to-open Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art & Design, carved out of a former high school (Elliott & Rudolph buildings) that "showcases how a museum's architecture can both shape a space and stand up as its own work of art" (Terry Riley's stints at the Miami Art Museum and MoMA helped).

●  Welton cheers the Del Mar, California, Civic Center that includes more public space than the town hall and offices - the city fathers "are savvy thinkers. After turning down a starchitect or two, they turned to the lesser-known Miller Hull Partnership and got much more."

●  Cornell researchers have released Urbano, a free software that "employs data, metrics and an easy-to-use interface to help planners and architects add and assess walkability features - a tool that works well with the design process, which can be fast, messy and circuitous."

●  Sussman & Ward explain "why buildings need 'eyes,'" and the biometric software that "predicts where people look 'at-first-glance' - it does not matter if the 'face' in front of us is an inanimate building facade, it's going to check it out."

●  The Cooper Union launches the Student Work Collection Database, showcasing the school's "experimental, influential approach to architectural education" by documenting "more than 4,500 projects by over 1,500 students from the 1930s through the present."

●  ICYMI: 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?

Weekend diversions:

●  Jacobs parses both the Detroit and Chicago Biennials: "They pose more questions than they answer about the role architecture plays in society. The combined effect was to make me think that the best way to tell architectural stories is in situ, in the places where architecture happens (or fails to happen)."

●  Moore mulls "Hello, Robot" at the V&A Dundee, that "raises more questions than it answers. Its aim is less to stargaze the future than to question what is actually going on, now that smartphones have in effect made people into cyborgs" - it is "cautiously positive - an intelligent exhibition on an important subject."

●  Bucknell parses both "Moving to Mars" at London's Design Museum, and "Designs for Different Futures" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that "prod at the ethics, anxieties, and material culture of humanity as we gear towards a future interplanetary society."

●  "Architectures on the waterfront" at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona features 68 works from the EU Mies Award archive that "bears witness to how the transformation of waterfronts has been fundamental both in large metropolises and in small urban centers."

●  The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul offers the outdoor exhibition "Architecture and Heritage: Unearthing Future," featuring work by five architectural firms based in Asia.

●  Starting tomorrow, "Postcommodity: "The Point of Final Collapse" will use data from the sinking Millennium Tower in a sound installation at the San Francisco Art Institute that will broadcast to North Beach and downtown every day at 5:00 pm until the tower "is fixed or torn down."


●  Assemble's Jane Hall spotlights eight female trailblazers included in "Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women": "It is a necessary political act to name women as authors of buildings."

●  Korody has some issues with Colomina's "X-Ray Architecture": It "is devoid of the evaluative testimony of any ill, injured, disabled, or dying body not belonging to an architect, a striking omission" - it "might have benefited from a closer examination of the relationship between ill, injured, or disabled bodies and a built environment that excludes them."

●  Hill brings us eyefuls of Fueyo's illustrations from Oppenheim's "Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains," an "extremely fun romp through 15 films," and "a visual feast."

●  Eyefuls of Herwig's photographs of "opulent details" in "Soviet Metro Stations" that, along with Hatherly's introduction, "gives an insight into the array of political influences and architectural styles seen during the Soviet era."


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