Today’s News - Thursday, June 15, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 20.

●   ANN feature: Crosbie sits down for a fab Q&A with Kevin Roche, who celebrated his 95th birthday yesterday: "I learned everything I know about architecture from Eero."

●   Wainwright and Walker talk to building fire experts re: the tragic Grenfell Tower fire: it was a "disaster waiting to happen."

●   Keskeys looks at the best - and worst - skylines around the globe that "give rise to individual moments of architectural triumph, controversy, and outright animosity" (watch out, London! Lucky Frankfurt!).

●   An Australian musician-turned-architect is "behind an energy-harnessing eco-village" in a historic gold mining district that "seems to be sprouting a number of 'green' developments."

●   Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the National Gallery of Ireland's revamp by Heneghan Peng - "not obvious casting for a work of subtlety and nuance" (it reopens today!).

●   Miller delves into "the complex restoration" of Gaudí's "wild" Casa Vicens in Barcelona: "his buildings aren't simple to maintain - or to restore."

●   The Bruner Foundation announces the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence winners (fab presentations!).

●   Cheers to the ASLA's newest Honors recipients!

Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!):

●   Kafka x 2: RIBA's "Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling: Circling the Square": it "tells a tale of two Londons" and why "Mies failed and Stirling prevailed" ("as long as the prince approves").

●   He cheers the Barbican's "The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945" that "highlights Japanese architects' thrilling, seemingly impractical, sometimes topsy-turvy experiments with the house."

●   Miller talks to the curator of "Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction," also at the Barbican, who "explains how the genre has shaped design - from the 19th century to today."

●   Rappaport's "A Worker's Lunch Box" in Philly is a study of the people who work in factories, and her "Vertical Urban Factory" is on permanent display in Brooklyn.

●   Cochran calls Ai Weiwei and H&deM's "Hansel and Gretel" at New York's Park Avenue Armory "breathtaking."

●   Kinsella considers "Hansel and Gretel" to be "a bit superficial, albeit selfie-friendly. Applying this technology to real life, however, is truly terrifying."

●   Stapley-Brown says "Hansel and Gretel" is "a panopticon playground" that "looks at how surveillance changes the perception of public space - a mix of menace and fun."

●   Ayers' Q&A with Kapoor re: "Descension," his "spiraling whirlpool" in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the "intersection of meaning and not-meaning."

●   Lange leads a line of interesting takes on MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" with the least-positive take: the show "seems like a half measure: plenty to see, but unsatisfying both for the superfans and the anti-fans, like me."

●   Quirk talks to Bergdoll re: "why he hopes the show will signal a Wrightian renaissance, and learning to live with the messy contradictions that make Wright Wright."

●   Stephens thinks the FLW show is a "handsome installation" that "frames the works on display with an understated rigor."

●   Budds thinks "Wright was a great architect - but he was even better at branding - perhaps his greatest achievement was constructing his persona."

●   Another great excerpt from Hession and Pickrel's "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York - The Plaza Years, 1954-1959."

●   An excerpt from Smith's "Wright on Exhibit" brings us "some of the giant ideas America's first real starchitect wanted his public to embrace."

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