Today’s News - Thursday, October 22, 2020

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●  Davidson parses KPF's "bold and meek" One Vanderbilt and S9's "brawny" Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard - these two "spectacularly ill-timed" office buildings are "totems of the city's economic hopes - when nobody's going to the office. Please wish them well" (with 200 million square feet under construction - canaries in the coal mine?).

●  Kennicott gives thumbs-up (with reservations) to Planet Word, a new museum "devoted to a huge subject" - language - opening today in a "beautiful" but "severely dilapidated" 1869 school building in Washington, DC (alas, "it is a monument to the loss of cultural patrimony and public trust").

●  McGuigan has a great conversation about architecture and racism with two scholars and a practitioner who "explore the history and ongoing impact of whiteness and white supremacy in the built environment and in design education."

●  Gibson reports that Studio Libeskind is creating a mixed-use waterfront development in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, "intended to act as a cultural gateway that also links the surrounding towns to the Delaware River."

●  Kamin reports that the once-in-doubt Chicago Architecture Biennial "will go on next year with new format and gritty subject matter" that will build on artistic director David Brown's "long-term efforts to find creative uses for thousands of vacant city-owned lots" (with hopes to retain its "international flavor").

●  Architectural Record's 2020 Innovation Conference, themed "The New Future: Architecture, Urbanism, and Communities," kicks off next Tuesday with an impressive line-up of speakers. Registration is free to all and open throughout the virtual event, October 27-28.

●  ICYMI: 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.

Weekend diversions + Page-turners:

●  Nate Berg parses the "Tidal Basin Ideas Lab" online exhibition showcasing five stellar landscape architecture firms' proposals to reimagine the National Mall's endangered Tidal Basin - "with its land sinking and its waters rising, the cherry trees don't stand a chance" (never mind the major monuments that will be under water at high tide).

●  Tanya Mohn digs deep into "Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead," TCLF's online exhibition that puts the spotlight on "the little-known women behind some well-known landscapes" - raising "awareness about 100 years of women landscape architects has been an uphill battle."

●  Natalia Torija Nieto cheers "Shofuso and Modernism: The Architecture and Design of George Nakashima, Antonin and Noémi Raymond, and Junzo Yoshimura" in Philadelphia that "honors the close friendship and collaboration between" the architects and interior designer and graphic artist whose "legacy is genuine and palpable through this insightful show."

●  In Turin, Italy, "China Goes Urban. The City to Come" connects "the culture of traditional China with the impressive transformations of contemporary Chinese cities, and questions the challenges posed by the urban changes taking place all over the planet."

●  Belogolovsky hails the "much-expanded" (734-page!) 5th edition of Kenneth Frampton's 1980 "Modern Architecture: A Critical History" - "arguably the most authoritative architectural treatise undertaken by a single author - most controversial [is] what it chooses to ignore," but it is still "a fascinating adventure - every sentence is enticing and is there for a reason."

●  Langdon cheers "the thoughtful city-making prescriptions" of Peterson and Littenberg found in the "lavishly illustrated" new book, "Space & Anti-Space: The Fabric of Place, City, and Architecture" - "Americans desperately need to learn to build better neighborhoods, districts, and cities. It can give designers, planners, urban leaders, and others a more solid sense of what to do - and what to avoid."

●  Evan Pavka's great Q&A with Roman Mars re: "The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design" - a "sprawling 400-page tome that exposes a cacophony of designed elements that shape cities and; in turn, revealing a narrative centered on people."

●  An excerpt from Stephen Dillon's "Paths to Prison: On the Architectures of Carcerality" - a provoking and disturbing account of the development of supermax prison architecture in the 1960s and '70s: "It is not enough to change the spatial politics of the prison. The prison itself must become unimaginable and the prisoner with it."

●  Fortmeyer cheers Barber's "Modern Architecture and Climate: Design Before Air Conditioning" that "offers perhaps the most comprehensive and concise corrective to the reigning histories of Modernism that have tended to exclude environmental context" (the Corbu example "takes some unexpected turns").

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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