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Friday, October 18, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: We were in road-warrior mode yesterday and, as happens, those pesky technology gods were not pleased and wouldn't allow us to post. So, here's a rare Friday newsletter. Monday and Tuesday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Wednesday, October 23.

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ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends incorporated into the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas. -- Hopkins hails Jencks, whose "provocation and ever-enquiring spirit has never been more important - postmodernism for him was always more a set of values than a particular aesthetic," and "found their most profound and lasting expression in the Maggie's Centres. Talking to him was always an amazing ride." -- Betsky remembers Urbach: "His untimely death deprives us of one of the discipline's most distinctive talents" who "helped to change our perception of space and place - we have lost an important life, a great spirit, and an agitator for experimental architecture." -- Kimmelman wishes Happy 60th to the Guggenheim, FLW's "control-freak version of urbanism" that "has gone through ham-fisted additions, hostile restorations, lousy paint jobs and too many bad imitations to count. But it endures everything." -- McKeough, meanwhile, looks at "the return of Golden Age design" in NYC, with "many developers and designers looking to the past for inspiration - betting that buyers will seek out homes that feel familiar and comforting," instead of "cutting-edge buildings by starchitects." -- Loiseau cheers Adjaye's Ruby City, "Texas's newest architectural jewel" in San Antonio, now "graced with its own contemporary-art Mecca - in a cabinet of wonders." -- Holmes hails Ruby City: "Despite the structure's towering outward appearance, the interior galleries manage to be both soaring and compact" and "presents a lot of opportunities to 're-see' the surrounding landscape." -- Adjaye offers his take on what projects "changed his mind and approach to work forever": "Making a building is such a big thing. It's very profound. You can't think enough about what the responsibility is - I know this way of thinking makes it overly torturous for myself - even my team think that." -- McKnight cheers the "exuberant" and colorful ("from tangerine to turquoise") appearance of Ronan's affordable housing/library combo in Chicago that sets "it apart from other social housing in the U.S." -- Tim Marlow is stepping down as artistic director at London's Royal Academy of Arts to be director and first CEO of the Design Museum after co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black depart.

Weekend diversions:
-- Wainwright weighs in on "Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World," an "epic exhibition" that "shines a welcome spotlight" on her "brazen, maverick, youthful spirit - a taste of the mischievous spirit runs through all four floors" of Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. -- Moore considers the Perriand show "a mighty exhibition" that "takes over" the "rambling" Gehry building, but, "as in life, her generous, joy-filled work is partially obscured by that of her male contemporaries." -- Hahn hails McGuirk's "Moving to Mars" at London's Design Museum that "explores putting humans on the red planet as the final frontier for design -.and what working with its limited resources could teach us about designing more sustainably on Earth" (also one of the last exhibitions overseen by Sudjic and Black). -- Cohen cheers "Ai Weiwei: Bare Life" at the Kemper Museum in St. Louis: "Throughout his storied career, he has advocated freedom above all else," and "told me he has faith in artists and agitators." -- Keeling on how AIASF, the Center for Architecture + Design, and the Museum of Craft and Design worked together to bring the "" traveling Bauhaus exhibition to San Francisco in two locations. -- For East Coast fans, "Bauhaus: 100 Years Later" takes over two museums in Springfield, Massachusetts: "Even now, 100 years after the school's opening, the Bauhaus' legacy looms large." -- Wilson brings us "+ Pool Light," the "eerie light sculpture" that will broadcast the Hudson River's pollution levels until 2020 via a "50-feet-by-50-foot cross of LED lights that can be seen from miles around." -- In "FORMGIVING" at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, BIG takes "an architectural journey across time from Big Bang to Singularity," and "how they right now give form to your future." -- "Brooks + Scarpa | DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital," presenting "projects exploring urban development, cultural equity, and access to public space," opens tomorrow in Santa Monica, California. -- At the Flanders Architecture Institute in Antwerp, "Case Design: The Craft of Collaboration" presents the Indian design collective's most recent work that "makes one huge plea for greater collaboration and empathy in architecture." -- "GROUNDED: Christoph Hesse Architects, Korbach / Berlin" at the Aedes Architecture Forum "illustrates how building in the countryside can be down-to-earth and creatively individualized, participatory, and energetically forward-looking." -- "Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France" presents "his spectacularly detailed drawings" including "fantastic and speculative structures that were never intended to be constructed" - at Houston's Menil Drawing Institute before heading to NYC.


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