Today’s News - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

●   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Toyo Ito's Gifu Media Cosmos, "an inventive and imaginative example of the potentials inherent in timber construction" (a beautiful, "sprawling, latticed timber roof" included).

●   The world is nowhere near finishing feting Frank: Kimmelman weighs in with a fab multi-media take on FLW, who "hated New York, thought about making the Guggenheim pink, and still dreamed of mile-high skyscrapers" (and MoMA's "fine exhibition").

●   FLW vs. FBI (who knew!): "Hoover's snoops were only a minor irritant compared to the real damage that was done by the Federal Housing Authority."

●   Glancey parses FLW's 5 best buildings and what they tell us about the man: "'Frank Lloyd Wright built a house over falling water/which he really shouldn't have oughta.' Most of us are glad he did."

●   The spiral house FLW designed for his son David was under threat, but a "savior" has donated it to the recently re-minted School of Architecture at Taliesin.

●   Hawthorne x 2: He parses why FLW houses in L.A. "deserve a closer look" to figure out what he was "trying to do, or say"; one reason: "he was attempting to put a definitive end to a deeply troubled decade in his personal and professional lives."

●   He blames Walter Benjamin for the "perfect - and perfectly overused" word "unpacking": "For those of us who wish 'unpack' would pack up and go - this spring has not been a happy season."

●   There is other news in the world: AIA President Vonier weighs in on how "cities around the world have been redesigning to protect against" attacks such as happened in London (and elsewhere, of course).

●   Hosey explains why Washington, DC's "own form undermines its ability to develop high-performance buildings," despite its moniker as the "quiet capital of sustainable design."

●   Hume explores what is "changing the way Toronto looks at streets. The truth is that street-building is a lost art in Toronto - it remains on the wrong side of history" (includes his 4-part documentary).

●   Bozikovic, on a brighter note, cheers the million-square-foot development on the banks of Toronto's Don River that "reinvents the condominium typology, with refreshing results - replete with intelligent urban design moves" (a woonerf included).

●   Plans for LEVER's tallest mixed-use, mass-timber building in the U.S. get the green light in Portland, Oregon (affordable housing and a "rocking wall" included).

●   Bernstein profiles "Mr. Brooklyn," a.k.a. Jonathan Marvel: though he merits the title - "he spends almost as much time on airplanes as on the bike he pedals around New York City."

●   Salingaros explains "what architectural education does to would-be architects" via five very specific things: #2: "It brainwashes them. #5: It promotes a kind of 'architectural sadism.'"

●   A good reason to be in Montpellier, France: 2017 Festival des Architectures Vives/FAV Montpellier (too bad our jet is in the shop).

●   33 projects win the 2017 Knight Cities Challenge: "They share a willingness to step outside of their comfort zones" (Detroit, Miami, and Philadelphia in the lead with the most grants).

●   From over 500 global applicants, 10 students are named 2017 MAD Travel Fellowship winners.

●   Call for entries: RFQ: PHL Image Maker: Landscape Design Competition to create a landscape at Philadelphia's airport.

●   Call for entries (deadline reminder!): 2017 Faith & Form/IFRAA International Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards.

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