Today’s News - Wednesday, October 3, 2018

●  ANN feature: Julie D. Taylor: Venice in Three Parts - Part 2: There are three distinct types of displays at this year's Biennale: immersive experiences, artistic expressions, and marketing efforts. Guess which are most satisfying?

●  Josh Stephens' eloquent tribute to Venturi: "He made the world safe not only for ornament but also for variety," and "advocated for joy. Funny that joy even needs advocates, but it does. He knew that Modernism is not joyful."

●  Moore pays tribute to Venturi and Scott Brown, wonders when she will "get the respect she deserves," and thinks their "best buildings were joyful and skilful + Cheers for Haworth Tompkins's "clever redesign" of the Bristol Old Vic.

●  Hume at his pessimistic best: "Toronto is becoming a bore," and "has turned into a kind of Groundhog Day. Doesn't anything here ever change? What it needs is something that will lift it out of its funk - a grand project" like the Rail Deck Park - which was "met with finger-wagging, head-shaking and no end of tut-tutting" ("a glorified dog poop park" included).

●  Betsky delves into "how monolithic apartment buildings are smothering cities. Mediocrity reigns in too much architecture. Building a city out and up is not bad. Bad buildings that replicate their own banality block after block are."

●  Some of Sydney's "leading urban designers have called for a rethink on high-rise residential developments with warnings" that they "risk making us sick" - and call "for public support of 'gentle urbanism.'"

●  Flavelle parses a new angle in the climate debate, and "how to adapt to the end of the world": "As the U.S. stumbles through a second consecutive season of record hurricanes and fires, more academics are approaching questions once reserved for doomsday cults. There are even more pessimistic takes" (oh joy).

●  Wainwright ends our pessimistic streak with kudos for London's elevated and "forgotten 'pedways' being reincarnated in a more imaginative form than ever" (with fascinating history of the pedway's evolution).

●  The Met Breuer will host the Frick Collection during its "controversial overhaul. It is unclear what will happen after the Frick moves out" because plans for Chipperfield's extension of the Met on 5th Avenue have been revived.

●  Betsky ponders what should happen with the Met Breuer: Cancel the Frick's "generic and bland" addition, "leave the mansion as it is, and move the whole operation into the Breuer building" or perhaps the Cooper Hewitt should take over the Breuer building.

●  Green cheers Phifer's new Pavilions and PWP's landscape at the Glenstone Museum in Maryland: The "the building is not only a portal to the art, it's an entry into a whole other landscape" (we'll be posting our take one of these days soon).

●  Zilliacus at ArcSpace parses Kuma's V&A Dundee, "built in hopes of regenerating a post-industrial city. Whether or not this is a formula that actually works is debatable. Museum-supporters are hopeful" that it "may be enough to unite certain critics and supporters."

●  Roux talks to OMA's Ellen van Loon (who's speaking at the Frieze fair in London on Friday): The "risk-taking Dutch architect: may be under the radar," but "the only woman among the studio's eight other partners is more interested in grand public commissions than having her name over the door" - her "innate sense of openness allows her to think freely, particularly as a woman in a male-dominated profession."

●  Morshed brings us the fascinating history of a partnership between the USAID and Texas A&M University in the 1960s that resulted in the Department of Architecture building at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology: "Creating a new academic program was nothing short of a momentous achievement. Professional architectural education in this country could not have begun at a more enlightening space," designed by Vrooman (who served as first dean) and others.


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