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Today’s News - Thursday, October 15, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, October 20. In the meantime: Stay well. Stay safe.

●  ANN feature: Excerpt: "Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photos by Jonathan Wallen: A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.

●  Saffron on what ails Philly and how to fix it: "Almost every major problem has its roots in poverty. The only way out of that cycle is to create more good-paying jobs" (other cities - take heed).

●  British architect Elsie Owusu considers how "architects can adapt to the challenges of building for a post-pandemic world - architecture must not return to 'business as usual'" - this is "a chance to see visions and dream dreams of a new profession based on equality, diversity and social justice" (follow Jane Drew's example).

●  Salama & Crosbie consider the opportunities in architectural education in a post-pandemic world: "Traditional architectural education was already challenged - schools should become adaptive systems that do not strive to stay the same" (tho' "previous experiences need not be forgotten").

●  Capps x 2: He parses the "a slobberknocker" of stats in the National Civic Art Society's Trad vs. Mod poll: "Regardless of age, geography, or political preference - classical won out over modern by 72% to 28%."

●  He takes a deep dive into how artists, activists, and city leaders are rethinking the memorialization process - and "wrestling with a difficult national dilemma: Who gets to decide what to memorialize, and how?" (great read!).

●  Kimmelman tours the East Village, "home of punks and poets," with artist and author Luc Sante, who "chats about the neighborhood's history," including Warhol's Electric Circus, Astor Place, and the Tompkins Square Park riots: "Living in the neighborhood now is safer, shinier, duller. Back then it was like camping out amid the ruins of multiple pasts."

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  Kamin x 2 re: Open House Chicago kicks off tomorrow: Because of the pandemic it is shifting to exterior and online tours and expanded to 10 days (fittingly, it's the event's 10th anniversary).

●  On a lighthearted note, he highlights "the architecture of Chicago's beer buildings, even if this isn't happy hour for some of them - their ornate brickwork, fanciful turrets make them a savory alternative to less-is-more design sobriety" - part of Open House Chicago, Oct. 16-25.

●  Marianela D'Aprile cheers "Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People" at Chicago's Wrightwood 659 gallery: "The presence of the human is everywhere - and the architectural spaces exude a certain generosity" - he is "someone completely unafraid to try on new ideas, shapes, concepts" to create "an architecture that gives shape to human activity without ever imposing on it."

●  TCLF's "Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead: Women who shaped the American Landscape" spotlights women-designed landscapes and the threats that they face" - the online exhibition links to fab profile pages of this year's selected sites.

●  Reinhold Martin makes the case that the reissued classics "Modern Housing" (1934) and "Black Metropolis" (1945) have a place in design syllabi - especially as educators and students debate the importance of addressing racial and social justice in architecture and urbanism ("Delirious New York" doesn't fare well).

●  Crosbie's great Q&A with designer Paul Wellington re: his "Black Built: History and Architecture in the Black Community," what he learned through his research, and the future of increasing the ranks of Black architects in the U.S.

●  A fascinating excerpt from Roman Mars & Kurt Kohsltedt's "The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design": "From uncomfortable benches to sidewalk boulders, objects that say 'go away' can be hard to detect - until you start noticing them. Some of the goals of unpleasant designs can seem noble - but they follow a potentially dangerous logic with respect to public spaces."

●  Betksy x 2: Daniel Stockhammer's "Upcycling: Reuse and Repurposing as a Design Principle in Architecture" is "one of the most rousing clarion calls for upcycling I have read."

●  He cheers Neyran Turan's "compelling" new monograph, "Architecture as Measure" featuring "models and drawings that are both hyper-realistic and disturbingly dreamlike" that create "narratives of the violence we are perpetuating on this planet. Turan proves herself to be one of the most talented and promising architects of immense talent and critical insight."

Special Event:

●  NYC Architecture Biennial 2020: "Social Inclusion in the Workplace and in Design" October 20-23: Online and free of charge - an opportunity to reach a broader audience around the world - the lectures will be shared in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. ArchNewsNow is proud to be a media sponsor!


  


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