Today’s News - Thursday, December 20, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last newsletter of 2018 (what a year on so many levels!). It's a bit longer than usual, but you have a few weeks to take it all in. We thank all our readers for heads-ups about stories we missed, for graciously pointing out errors, and for your many ye olde notes of good cheer. Wishing you all a joyous holiday season - and see you next year! Here's to a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year for us all (peace on Earth and a healed environment would be nice, too).

●  Davidson parses what could be in store for Sunnyside Yard, a rail yard in Queens seven times bigger than Hudson Yards: He cheers Chakrabarti's "encouraging mixture of realism and imagination," but "it's hard not to worry. When stakes are high and intentions are pure, the system tends to respond with a mixture of venality, hype, and habit."

●  Crosbie's great Q&A with accessibility guru Peter Stratton re: "why architects still struggle with disability requirements" 28 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act/ADA passed.

●  Mobbs delves into how "beauty still trumps sustainability for many - despite the looming threat of climate change - it's very possible, and preferable, to do both at once"; and "the unpronounceable UN thing called the 'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'" ("buckle up and do what you can").

●  Deeks delves into "what's stopping Australia from building smart cities. The construction industry has made huge transformations with innovative methods and materials overseas - the Australian construction industry is far too traditional and risk averse."

●  Betsky's Year in Review 2018: "The style of our time is reuse. Don't replace; renovate. Don't replicate; intimate. These should be our watchwords."

●  A roundup of the best pro-bono projects opening in 2019: "Around the world, architects are finding a sweet spot in donating their services for a common cause," bringing "fresh design in unsuspecting places."

●  A roundup of "the 14 most anticipated buildings of 2019. Some will be loud, contorting their exteriors - while others are decidedly more muted in their appearance."

●  Hausman & Parman parse how to rev up AEC firms' content engines on social media: "Don't Control; Aim for Substance; Embrace the New; Keep it Simple - and Real."

●  ICYMI: Weinstein at his eloquent best with his pick of the 10 Best Architecture and Design Books of 2018, which he describes as "invaluable and impeccably designed"; "quirkily inclusive"; "charmingly loopy"; "enthralling"; "produced with panache" (and then some!).

Ending the year (and the news section) with four we couldn't resist:

●  New Fairy Tale Architecture tales by LTL Architects, Mary English & Xavier Vendrell, and Bernheimer Architecture, and others (who doesn't love a good fairy tale?).

●  Eyefuls of "iconic 20th-century American buildings re-envisioned in the Gothic Revival style" (a hoot!).

●  "Last Night I Dreamt I Was a Robot" and "Selfies on Parade" are among the tracks on a mixed tape of architects' bands: "Readers may know them from their work in their day jobs, but by night, these architects unleash their true passions" (some very impressive names!).

●  In the spirit of the season, photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff "takes us on an illuminated tour of NYC during Christmastime," when the city becomes a place for "fun, fantasy, and endless heartwarming moments."


●  Call for entries: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/ACSP Case Study Awards (deadline tomorrow!), and Curriculum Innovation Awards (you have more time).

●  Call for projects: Houston, We Have a Problem: Ecology & Responsibility, issued by the BDA, DAZ, and der architekt magazine.

●  Call for proposals for the ASLA 2019 Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego next November.

●  Call for conference sessions & workshop proposals for Build The World We Want: Implementing Low Carbon Solutions, the North American Passive House Network annual conference in NYC next June.

Weekend diversions:

●  Budds cheers "The Road Ahead" at the Cooper Hewitt, which "hopes to foster more engagement around mobility issues - and perhaps rally more political will around a future that works better for more people."

●  "Art Within Art: The Everson at 50" in Syracuse, NY, celebrates Pei's first-ever museum, "a brutalist building that broke the mold on traditional museum design."

●  "Architecture Effects" at the Guggenheim Bilbao: "All architecture promises effects, but a building that actually produces them inflects history itself" (like Gehry's 1997 game-changer in Spain).

●  Raskin gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the Tatiana Bilbao-organized "Two Sides of the Border" at Yale that "uses student work, Iwan Baan photography, and maps to present multitudinous - though sometimes blurry - visions for the contentious region."

●  Fixsen fixes on "Dior: From Paris to the World" at the Denver Art Museum, designed by OMA New York's Shigematsu: "Petals and gardens quietly underpin the design. But the motif is anything but delicate" - he and his team "rely on tough materials, moody lighting, and sensuous curves" (with pix to prove it!).


●  In an excerpt from Suckle & Singer's "Cocktails & Conversations: Dialogues on Architecture," former Dwell editor Dameron and OMA's Shigematsu "discuss specificity and process-oriented design over a bourbon drink" (full disclosure: yours truly was the book's Consulting Editor).

●  Scruton reviews Curl's "Making Dystopia" that "could well provoke a worldwide architectural revolution - he tells the story with passion and conviction, and fully justifies his judgment of the modern movement and its aftermath as a catastrophe."

●  Stephens & Brasuell's very lively takes on the Top 10 Urban Planning Books of 2018 (great read, even if you don't read the books).

●  Denny delves into "Not Interesting: On the Limits of Criticism in Architecture" and "Possible Mediums" - two books that "rethink theory and criticism's role in architecture - both reject the premise that theory be left to theorists or criticism be left to critics."

●  Budds parses the book we want for Christmas: "Pet-tecture: Design for Pets" presents over 200 "paw-some structures for dogs, cats, bees, horses, hermit crabs, chickens, and more."

●  Green's Best Books of 2018 picks are the "best on the environment, cities, and landscape" ("delightful" with "magical drawings" and "impressive" included).

●  Curbed's picks of "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more. Beyond their stimulating content," they "all look stunning on a table."

●  A roundup of "15 books for architecture buffs and their little ones."


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