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Thursday, January 17, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 22.

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ANN Exclusive: Q&A with Bernhard Karpf, recently named managing principal of Richard Meier & Partners, re: what the new leadership is doing to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward. -- Walker parses the "tough question city leaders need to start asking" when it comes to climate change: "How much longer can we live here? Adaptation, and how cities could work together to prepare for the inevitable population shifts on the horizon, could be a central part of this conversation" (sadly, some vitriolic comments ensue). -- Wainwright wonders if the government can be trusted "to judge what's beautiful" in its resolve "to put beauty first to create better homes" - and will an upcoming series of public debates where Scruton "will thrash it out with house builders, modern architects will debate with traditionalists" make a difference ("come and make your voice heard". -- M-Rad's Rosenberg calls for "revolutionizing the architecture industry," where "less than 50% of firms survive their first five years. It is not too late to start reevaluating what the architecture firm of the future needs to look like" and "create a new business model." -- It's a Chicago kind of day: Three more groups have filed amicus briefs "alleging that it would be illegal for the Obama Foundation to go forward" with the Obama Presidential Center in federally protected parkland - none of the other Museums in the Park "involved destruction of 19.3 acres of historic landscape." -- Kamin & Wisniewski parse the 5 "sleekly modern" proposals for O'Hare's $8.5 billion expansion - "many with swooping roofs and some with quirky features like hammocks" - but "leave unanswered nitty-gritty questions" (more troubling: an unnamed evaluation committee and no public presentations). -- Keegan's take on the O'Hare terminal proposals: They "tend toward spectacle but are derivative" - Calatrava's "out-vaulting and out-soaring the others" ("dreamy" videos and models are on view at the Chicago Architectural Center). -- Preservationists are not at all happy to see white paint being applied to the exposed concrete walls in the 10-story atrium of Goldberg 's River City condo complex in Chicago (Lee Bey weighs in, too). -- Tarmy takes on "9 buildings we can't wait to see this year" - and "why each is exciting." -- Gamolina's great Q&A with BIG CEO Sheela Søgaard re: "her path before and at BIG," motherhood, and "advising young architects to know what their mission critical is and to work with people who energize them." -- Dezeen offers a handy guide to over 50 of the best architecture, design and technology events for 2019. -- Two that have to be seen to be believed: Eyefuls of tech conglomerate Huawei's "giant faux-European campus" in China that is "so massive that it takes the train 22 minutes to circle" the "12 faux European towns modeled after the likes of Paris and Verona." -- In Turkey, 732 "luxury houses with pointed towers built for fairytale fanatics sits deserted" (huge Disney Castles cheek by jowl - that's luxury?). -- ICYMI: ANN feature: Plaut pens Part 2 of our "Building Abundance" series, offering 3 keys to abundant design. -- ICYMI: ANN feature: Hall Kaplan cheers the 6th edition of "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles" by Gebhard & Winter (despite its "gloomy" cover).

Weekend diversions:
-- The 3rd annual "Ice Breakers" show is about to debut on Toronto's waterfront: "An Illuminated starlight house, with a cascade of colors, kaleidoscopic mirrors and arches of sweet-sounding bells are just some of the sights and sounds" you'll see. -- "Wisdome LA" in Los Angeles' Arts District features five fully immersive domes offering an "unforgettable audio and visual experience" (great pix & video!). -- The Italian studio Fuse's North American debut, "Everything In Existence," exploring "the concept of humanity's relationship to everything around us," is on view at the Artechouse in Washington, DC. -- Eyefuls of architecture from "100 Years Bauhaus," now on view at the Berlin Academy of the Arts. -- "Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at Bizzell" at the University of Oklahoma explores Goff's "eclectic legacy" that "catalyzed a pedagogical sea change during his 1947-55 tenure."

Page-turners:
-- Levinson finds Lewis's "The Fifth Risk" and Giridharadas's "Winners Take All" offer "compelling perspectives on the contentious debate between private interest and public good, and raise provocative questions about an activist agenda for the design professions" (a must-read, if a bit depressing). -- Cramer cheers Pare and Cohen's 480-page "Le Corbusier: The Built Work": "In our hyperactive digital age, its creation seems practically miraculous." ("fun fact": Corbu bound a copy of Don Quixote "with the pelt of his schnauzer" - "fun"?).

  

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