Today’s News - Thursday, January 18, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 23.

●  ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #4 considers iceberg architecture: "We should keep our pencils above grade most of the time. And we should support theories that preserve real icebergs before they trickle away completely."

●  Amazon HQ2: 20 finalists in the running for its second headquarters: "Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity."

●  Saltz considers Büchel's efforts to have Trump's border-wall prototypes declared a national monument "brilliant - a perfect memorial to how close the U.S. came to giving in to the ghosts of racism, xenophobia, nativism, white nationalism, mediocrity, and a cosmic fear of the other."

●  Kamin x 2 re: the Obama Presidential Center: he's basically o.k. with it being in an Olmsted park, "but the design still needs refinement. Unlike the former president, the tower does not yet speak with a clear and compelling voice."

●  In a Q&A re: the Obama center, he expands on a few points: "This is a high wire act and if it isn't right, it is both a lost opportunity and a potential blight on Jackson Park."

●  Green delves into what Boston is doing to become more resilient, taking a "landscape first" approach with Stoss and ONE's "flood control measures that have social, environmental, and economic benefits."

●  BIG + ONE + Sherwood show their plans for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge to protect a San Francisco creek from flooding that "aims to tackle problems like lack of affordable housing, unemployment, traffic congestion and pollution" (floating villages included).

●  Italian architects 2A+P/A convert Sottsass sketch into a black barrel-roofed pavilion for the Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans in France, using a bit of backwards engineering.

●  Paris-based Marc Breitman and Nada Breitman-Jakov to take home 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Prize (and $200,000); Dresden-based Torsten Kulke will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award.

●  FXFOWLE rebrands as FXCollaborative Architects, and will be decamping from its Manhattan HQ to a building the firm designed in Downtown Brooklyn.

●  Call for entries: UIA-HYP Cup 2018 International Student Competition: propose a co-living cluster in one of China's 1st- or 2nd-tier cities (Patrik Schumacher chairs the jury).

●  One we couldn't resist: "Fact Check: Which of these architecture rumors are actually true?" (is it illegal to take photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night? Yes!).

Weekend diversions:

●  A good reason to be in Toronto, starting today: Interior Design Show/IDS Toronto, now in its 20th year.

●  Scott cheers "Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan," a "profoundly beautiful film" that is "an unassuming (though hardly unambitious) examination of a grand, at times grandiose, subject" (and Burnham "is in some ways the villain").

●  Green cheers "The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand," a new documentary about "the only woman to be among the 11 founding members of ASLA" (trailer included).

●  Anderton & Artsy parse two must-sees in Los Angeles: Opie's short film "The Modernist" about "an arsonist who loves mid-century-modern L.A. houses so much, he's driven to destroy them. It manages to be both shocking and funny"; and "Mike Kelley Kandors 1999 - 2011" - he "was obsessed with Superman's hometown on the planet Krypton."

●  The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, opens "THIS X THAT" pop-up in the MOCA Store today with limited-edition items by a very interesting mix of architects and designers.

●  Filler does a fine job parsing "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect": "Many reasons for this master troublemaker's continuing grip on the artistic imagination are evident" at the Bronx Museum of Art (he "was the James Dean of postwar American art").

●  Farago parses "Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s" at NYC's Skyscraper Museum that "looks at the rapid renewal and growth of this urban district - as a residential and cultural destination."

●  Belogolovsky's "Emilio Ambasz: Nature Toward Architecture" in Shanghai examines the ideas and buildings of the "architect, designer, curator, and writer who has been designing and building radical green projects for 40 years."


●  "Infinite Suburbia," edited by Berger, Kotkin, and Balderas Guzman, is "a mammoth collection of 52 essays - and, like suburbia itself, is sprawling, often beautiful, and a bit relentless."

●  Campanella's "Cityscapes of New Orleans" is a compendium of essays that "is more than a rote demonstration of knowledge."

●  Cole's "Sir Edwin Lutyens' Arts & Crafts Houses" includes his own photographs of 45 houses that "illustrate the contemporary timelessness of Lutyens's designs 100 years after those first images, and to celebrate his enduring genius."

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