Today’s News - Thursday, January 11, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 16.

●  ANN feature: Angelucci's Q&A with Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni re: mass housing, sustainability, the social role of architecture, and her award-winning "Tree Unit" affordable housing scheme: "Architects and planners have the responsibility to be engaged in the lives of those for whom they design - and offer solutions. We often lack this in our profession."

●  After announcing it will put the parking garage underground, the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park has released revised renderings - the main building is taller, slimmer, and has a less-monolithic façade.

●  Heatherwick unveils two towers with bubble-like windows (think Zeitz MOCAA) that will straddle the High Line; a RAMSA-designed "boxy, brick tower" is also part of the Hudson Residences project.

●  Hume offers his wish list of "9 things Toronto needs to do for 2018 - but probably won't" (more thoughtful planning and hiring a city architect included).

●  Eyefuls of the National Memorial Hall for Israel's Fallen, "an architectural gem built of 'stone, concrete and light'" (and in the running for the 2018 RIBA International Prize).

●  Bevan has a great sit-down with dRMM's Sadie Morgan: "there can't be many people brought up in a socialist commune who now advise a Conservative Government - she prefers to be inside the establishment tent aiming out, making a difference" (and "we need to get some joy back in our lives" - amen!).

●  Sun sits down with Central Saint Martin's Jeremy Till to talk about architectural education: "the strange thing about architectural education - students have become dependent on being brutalized."


●  Call for entries: UN-Habitat International World Habitat Awards 2018 for outstanding housing projects.

●  Call for entries: LAGI 2018: Melbourne: renewable energy can be beautiful: submit ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate carbon-neutral electricity for the city Down Under (no fee!).

●  Call for Applications for Residency in Austria 2019: a studio apartment in Krems + stipend for 1-3 months.

●  Early registration deadline (save money!) for the Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference in April.

Weekend diversions:

●  A round-up of architecture documentaries to watch in 2018 (some familiar, some welcome surprises!).

●  Eyefuls of Architects of Air's stunning inflatable "luminarium" in Melbourne's Federation Square, inspired by "Gothic architecture, geometry and nature" (amazing!).

●  Also in Melbourne, "Garden Wall" in the National Gallery of Victoria's Grollo Equiset Garden is "an ethereal installation" by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects.

●  Five local architects create (cool!) temporary gallery spaces, including a mirror-clad pavilion and a seemingly "dilapidated shed" on the grounds of the Alvaro Siza-designed Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal.

●  At the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, the (star-studded) "Cities Grow in Difference" spotlights urban villages and "their capacity to balance chaos and order through common sense, negotiation and improvisation" (great pix!).

●  A spotlight on 3 of 20 rising young architects in Singapore being showcased in "20 Under 45: The Third Edition" at the Urban Redevelopment Authority Centre.


●  An excerpt from Goodell's "The Water Will Come" questions whether the massive barrier known as MOSE (or Most Outrageous Squander Ever, per Locktov) can save Venice from drowning - its tangled tale of corruption and engineering problems "have led observers to wonder if it will ever work."

●  Locktov, on a brighter note, talks about "Dream of Venice Architecture" that is "another perspective on a Venice, which is beautiful without being banal, true to herself and without prejudices, unique despite belonging to everybody."

●  Newman parses Fisher and Harby's "Robert Venturi's Rome": "Vacillating between highlight reel and inside baseball," and "by design or otherwise, the publication feels timely and in keeping with a broader revivalist spirit currently underway. Still, it takes a unique kind of architectural navel gazer to appreciate the meta-narrative" based on Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction."

●  Gómez cheers Standards Manual's series of "meticulously crafted facsimiles of design manuals. There are design nerds, and then there are design nerds" who can "transform abiding obsessions into illuminating, resonant art."

●  Bozikovic gives a shout-out to the University of Toronto, which "may have the best architecture in the city" in an excerpt from his and McHugh's "Toronto Architecture: A City Guide."

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