Today’s News - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

●   We are so saddened by the news that we've lost Hilary Ballon much, much too soon; we could always rely on her wisdom re: "cities and the intersection of architecture, politics, and social life."

●   Heathcote identifies one cause of London's Grenfell Tower fire: "He says 'prettification' was at least partly to blame."

●   Volner takes a long (and most excellent) look at "the legacy and lessons" of the "uninspired vertical bunker" that was Grenfell Tower: "The story of high-rise social housing after World War II is littered with travesties," but today's designers and builders are "not repeating the mistakes of the past."

●   13 cities (so far) are defying Trump by posting "deleted climate change information and research from the EPA's website that was notoriously scrubbed" (Bravo, we say!).

●   Eyefuls of new "dramatic proposals" by 7 teams to "reconfigure a several-mile stretch of the concrete-lined Los Angeles River."

●   San Francisco has big plans to develop Treasure Island into "a major cultural destination - akin to Governors Island in New York."

●   Kimmelman visits Rotterdam in the "waterlogged Netherlands," where climate change is seen as "an opportunity," and Maeslantkering, giant surge barrier, is "an object of surpassing beauty, one of modern Europe's lesser-known marvels."

●   Winstead parses Kimmelman's "Changing Climate, Changing Cities" series.

●   Capps ponders whether drones, algorithms, and automation could lead to a boom - or bust - for landscape architects.

●   Hawthorne ponders the world of inequality and privilege from the 92nd floor of Viñoly's 432 Park: the "design is ruthlessly simple - concentrated wealth rendered in Spartan terms," but "in purely architectural terms," it's "the kind of high-rise even an acrophobe could love."

●   Saffron, on the other hand, cheers a new Philly high-rise that offers "a lesson in combining style and public spirit" - with "a bit of design swagger."

●   Cipriani wins our most-eloquent-passage-of-the-day with her review of Mass MoCA's latest addition is an "epic stage," where "marble sculptures rest beautifully on rippled, creaking pine, weathered to a smoky espresso" - and music becomes her muse.

●   Betsky: revisits the Clyfford Still Museum and the Nelson-Atkins "to see how successful they have been" - it was "worth every dime and every ounce of work it took to get them to be this good."

●   Waite gives us a sneak-peek at Kéré's 2017 Serpentine Pavilion (opening this Friday), and a great Q&A with Obrist and Peel: "We fell for his natural storytelling powers."

●   Meanwhile, OMA unveils its design for Melbourne's MPavilion 2017 that "puts a twist on ancient amphitheaters" - it's "a theater for ideas" (fab images and animations!).

●   Seven impressive teams in the running to design the Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens (great presentation).

●   Shaw questions whether architecture is having "a crisis of ideas. Why would we want to 'hang' a skyscraper from an asteroid, and why are we taking this proposal seriously?" (we couldn't agree more - fake news strikes again!).

●   A good reason to be in Prague this week: reSITE 2017 In/visibleCity focuses on "how the invisible shapes the visible in a city" with "a special emphasis on female architects and leaders" (the other invisibles?).

●   A good reason to then head to L.A.: Dwell on Design 2017, with an impressive, new featured speaker series.

●   One we couldn't resist: here we go - again: a Georgia architect sues SOM for stealing 1WTC design.

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