Today’s News - Thursday, December 19, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is ANN's 3,625th newsletter - and the final posting for the year (and decade!). We'll be back Tuesday, January 7, 2020(!). In the meantime, we wish everyone a Merry Merry Happy Happy Everything for the Holidays and the New Year!!!

●  ANN feature: Peter Piven: Cultural Fit: What is cultural fit when design firms merge or acquire, and how do you achieve it?

●  Smith parses Sidewalk Labs' new "generative design tool" that "analyzes the potential impact of each respective plan against quality-of-life measures - a boon to participatory planning and an opportunity for increased community engagement."

●  Landscape architect Signe Nielsen on "assessing resiliency and risk. Planning in the era of climate change will require an honest look at what we can and cannot protect" - and requires "an honest assessment of three essential considerations."

●  Topal minces no words about it being "time to radically rethink museums' design programs and architecture to make them truly public" ([named] "starchitects have betrayed us over and over again" - ouch!).

●  In L.A., local activists target the 2028 Olympics "believing that preparations for the games will displace low-income communities - and networking with activists abroad who feel the same."

●  Betsky, on a brighter note, was on the "super jury" that picked the best building of the year at the World Architecture Festival, and tells us "why the work at this year's WAF gives hope for the future of architecture" ("There was nary a blob to be found").

●  A great presentation of the winners of Canadian Architect magazine's Awards of Excellence "for projects in the design and construction phases, as well as graduating student work" (which is amazing!).

●  Austin Williams has a fascinating conversation with Deyan Sudjic, soon-to-be former director of London's Design Museum: "Since being lured away from academia - to which he says he was ill-suited - he hasn't looked back. His career has helped to shape the culture of the modern museum."

●  Anderton's Q&A with Weiss & Manfredi about their "Loops and Lenses" concept for the La Brea Tar Pits "that won't uproot the mammoth family from its lake of tar - promising Angelenos a remake of the tar pits that would feel like an improved version of an old friend."

●  Q&As with 3 Pittsburgh architects re: "how they are using the power of sustainable design to make a difference for our city and the world."

●  Kamin parses Chicago architecture over the last decade: "If the designs I've reviewed offer any clue, it is that this is an age of pluralism - a multitude of directions rather than a single dominant style - exuberant, digitally enabled forms appear to be on the wane," and "landscape architects are ascendant."

●  Anderton & Artsy's survey of L.A.'s best spaces and places in 2019 - "five examples of smart makeovers. Each repurposes an existing space (concrete infrastructure, parking lots, an iconic building, an old bar, a ruptured part of downtown) - privately owned but open to visitors."

●  Koolhaas and AMO are taking over the Guggenheim's rotunda in February with a multimedia installation that "will explore the transformation of and various challenges facing the planet's undeveloped areas."

●  In the spirit of the season: London's Museum of Architecture's 2019 "Gingerbread City" explores transportation in "a miniature candy land - delightfully whimsical and theoretically edible" - over 100 designers offer "imaginative ways of rethinking mobility in cities."

Page-turners (and great gift ideas!):

●  Kamin offers 6 recommendations "on urban visions, an iconic suburban campus, an intimate garden, ballparks, and more - for your favorite architecture buff."

●  Welton picks 4 tomes that offer "rhythmic prose and good design" (we love Mr. Waffles!).

●  A round-up of "15 brilliant new books on design, cities, and more - to give - or keep for yourself."

●  Q&A with photographer Arseniy Kotov re: his upcoming book, "'Soviet Cities: Labour, Life & Leisure,' his enthusiasm for Soviet history, fascination with rockets, and nighttime adventures."

ICYMI - ANN recent features:

●  Locktov's Venice Gift Guide spotlights 20 Venetian artisans and small businesses that suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented November flood - when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.

●  Janet Adams Strong reflects on Jean Holabird's "Paper City," the artist's 3D watercolors of NYC buildings now on view in a display window of Ralph Walker's 1930 Western Union Building (in NYC).

●  Dalrymple's Lesson Plan #7: An Implicit Rather than Explicit Model for Teaching Architecture.

●  Locktov describes the flood damage wrought on the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, including Scarpa and Botta interventions, and calls for support of fundraising for the restoration of one of Venice's architectural and cultural treasures.

●  Norman Weinstein: Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019: 10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests.


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