Today’s News - Thursday, November 2, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, November 7. To our fellow Americans: don't forget to set clocks back an hour this weekend (ugh - lucky Arizona!).

●  ANN feature: Silva's "From the Treetops #2" looks at Sacramento's overlooked riverfront: "There is a laundry-list of possibilities for creating those oh-so important physical and the more elusive perceived connections to our urban waterfront."

●  Bliss considers how vehicle attacks don't have to be inevitable: "With vehicles increasingly being used as the weapons of choice for acts of terror, the debate over how to protect vulnerable bodies has turned to design measures cities should take."

●  Hawthorne minces no words about what he thinks of plans for Johnson/ Burgee's 1984 AT&T Building: "The Snøhetta plan would transform one of the archly ironic landmarks of postmodern architecture into something agreeably 'updated,' which is to say perfectly bland - the glass curtain wall will hang over the Madison Avenue sidewalk like a guillotine of good taste."

●  Hill considers the AT&T Building makeover as "disfiguring a PoMo icon," but points out that "Gwathmey was the first architect to disfigure the building" in 1993 (a protest is planned for tomorrow at 1pm "aimed at derailing Snøhetta's plans").

●  Wainwright x 2: he spends some quality time with Richard Florida: "the 'rockstar of regeneration' has seen his blueprint for urban creativity blamed for opening up the great can of gentrifying worms" ("It was the service class - the class I had forgotten - that was taking it on the chin," sayeth "the prophet of placemaking").

●  He considers the very busy Adjaye, "his reputation as a worldly charmer," and London's "emotionally fraught" Holocaust Memorial project. "Beyond his evident ability to be able to talk the project into happening, others point to his skill for handling this kind of charged memorial space."

●  Mock talks to Walter Hood about his vision for the landscape of Pei Cobb Freed's International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, that "uses mnemonic devices to trigger memories, both warm and unpleasant": "I was tired of going to different African-American institutions and not being moved" (check out the videos!).

●  Small brings home "10 lessons from Chicago's new landscapes" that "can help Milwaukee improve its own public spaces."

●  Bernstein has a great Q&A with Garrett Jacobs of Open Architecture Collaborative, the successor to Architecture for Humanity, re: the group's origin and goals: "We're much smaller," but "I think our ambitions are way bigger" (there are now 22 chapters in 11 countries).

●  Cary offers 5 lessons for "how all architects can up their social impact" (an excerpt from his most excellent new book, "Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone").

●  Wagner of Baylis Architects bemoans the disappearance of affordable housing in Seattle, and what the profession should do about it: "Let's start with our own expectations. When did we decide that a child needed her own bedroom or his own bath?"

●  Hurst ponders whether "business ineptitude is to blame for architects' low pay" - architecture "needs a new business model," but that "involves architects learning some of that stuff they were never taught at architecture school."

●  Edelson talks to "architectural storyteller" Liam Young, who "uses fiction and film to explore visions of the future" by "exploring where new forms of agency for the architect might exist when so much of what defines cities is being outsourced to large-scale tech companies."


●  Call for entries: AIA | DC's SHOP, MEET, THRIVE: Livability in the New American City: propose a future for retail in the livable city of the 21st century (launched yesterday with a Nov. 15 deadline - a sort of PechaKucha competition).

●  Call for entries: AIACC / PG&E 7th annual Architecture at Zero competition: a zero net energy (ZNE) building for a science education facility in Tiburon, California (free student registration).

●  Public voting now open for ISARCH Awards for architecture students.

Weekend diversions:

●  Ciampaglia cheers "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect," a "long overdue" documentary that "makes up for lost time" (the 95-year-old Roche "seemed bemused at the idea that anyone would have interest in such a film").

●  The New York Transit Museum's "Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis" highlights the unseen recovery efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy and non-Sandy events by MTA engineers and transit workers (link to digital version of the show).

●  "Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope" brings "a little piece" of war-torn Damascus to the Yale University Art Gallery with "a meticulously detailed model, by turns beguiling and unsettling - which is precisely the point."

●  Budds cheers "Poster Girls: A century of art and design" at the London Transport Museum that puts a long-overdue spotlight on "the women designers behind the London Tube's kickass graphic design who should be household names, but aren't," from 1912 to present day (fab images!).

●  Eyefuls of "Tadao Ando: Endeavors," a "huge retrospective" at the National Arts Center Tokyo that includes a life-sized replica of the Church of the Light: "Ando's people lean in to whisk him away, and he departs - looking like a very satisfied man."

●  Hall Kaplan cheers "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin" at L.A.'s A+D Museum: it's "an appealing overview of the life and work of the pioneering landscape architect who I consider one of the most influential designers of his time, right up there with Olmsted."

●  O'Connell considers "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: "Kiley is the Modernist hero you've never heard of": he "continues to enthrall students. 'Once they understand modernism, he becomes a magical figure to them.'"


●  Heathcote gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Richard Rogers: A Place For All People": in the new autobiography, "words don't do justice to all his audacious creations - part memoir, part manifesto and part list of thank yous" ("Perhaps an actual biographer might have squeezed more revealing stories").

●  Messner mulls Philp's "A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City": "many will find it hard to see themselves in his shoes, but this may be a strength" - it adds "a significant voice to the dialogue, without fetishizing or romanticizing the city and the lives of those who live there."

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