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Thursday, February 14, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, February 19. In the meantime, we'll be breaking out a bottle of bubbly on Monday, February 18, in celebration of ArchNewsNow's 17th(!) ANNiversary! And Happy Valentine's Day (see "one we couldn't resist")!

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Wainwright parses Ishigami's design for the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion: "He promises to conjure one of the strangest forms the park has ever seen" with "a mysterious cloud of grey slate" - if all goes as planned, "we will be treated to a touch of magic this summer." -- Fox parses "why America's new apartment buildings all look the same - cheap stick framing appears to have become the default construction method" for "blocky, forgettable mid-rises. Whether it's the right formula is something we'll have to wait to find out." -- Welton x 2: He profiles "game changer" Zena Howard of P+W, who "has spearheaded an effort to address decades of community marginalization, posing design as a collaborative tool for change - her work reimagines a city's future." -- He parses ODA's tower atop a 1930s post office in Rotterdam that has stood empty for the past 12 years, and is "about to become the harbinger of a thriving inner city." -- Eyefuls of REX's "radical vision" for Brown University's new adaptable Performing Arts Center "that features a transformative interior production space" - and a striking façade. -- The Getty Foundation gives four (generous!) grants "to support digital mapping of important cultural heritage sites" in Pompeii, Florence, Çatalhöyük, Turkey, and Rio de Janeiro, as part of its Digital Art History initiative. -- One we couldn't resist: 85 Valentine's Day cards "for architects and (architecture) lovers" (some are pretty wild!).

-- Call for entries: Radical Innovation Awards: "A challenge to designers, architects, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality." -- Call for entries: LAGI 2019 Abu Dhabi: Return to the Source: create an iconic work of art for a landmark site within Foster + Partners' Masdar City using renewable energy technology (big cash prizes!). -- Call for entries: Gauja National Park Footbridge to serve as a symbolic entrance to the park in Latvia. -- Call for entries: Call for Nominations: The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide 2019: Living in Nature - Cultural Landscapes Threatened by Climate Change. -- Call for entries: Applications for the Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship, funding undergraduate seniors and graduate students for a summer of travel and study (open to U.S. citizens).

Weekend diversions:
-- Wainwright x 2: "Making It Happen: New Community Architecture" proves that "community architecture doesn't have to mean bits from a skip. It can be elegant and beautiful," as well as "socially worthy, environmentally conscious, and people-centered - small shoots of hope breaking through the ruins of austerity" (in the 1970s, "49% of all architects worked in the public sector; today, that figure is just 0.7%"). -- He's not quite as impressed by "Is This Tomorrow?": "I've seen the future and it's porn, pollution and penthouses" - and "alarmingly bleak." -- Kafka says "David Adjaye: Making Memory" offers a "promising start, an interrogation of how we build memory," but "collapses into 'just' a retrospective - a forgettable one at that." -- Block, on the other hand, offers an interesting Q&A with Adjaye, who says "architecture can combat fake news - recording what has been lost, or what humanity has destroyed, is a vital part of the conversation on conservation and climate change." -- Okamoto offers eyefuls of MoMA's "The Value of Good Design": MoMA "was a central player in the Good Design movement" (1930s-50s), and this show "occupies a strange niche - somewhere between self-criticism and self-promotion. The mixture of commerce and culture is the point" (great pix!). -- Also in NYC, "Candida Höfer - In Mexico" showcases the German-based photographer's "breathtaking" photos that capture "moments within empty social spaces and vacant public interiors - she focuses on exposing and highlighting 'the social psychology of architecture'" (gorgeous pix!). -- King enjoyed SFMOMA's "rewarding, a multidimensional" Sea Ranch exhibition, but is disappointed that the museum "use the show to explore a much broader set of issues - less 1960s-infused place-making nostalgia than a thoughtful look at the difficulty of matching noble architectural visions with economic and cultural realities." -- Eyefuls of what's on view in "The Bauhaus and Harvard" that "highlights a range of less-recognized but prodigiously talented creators, designers, and instructors - many of them women." -- Mun-Delsalle gives us a reason to head to the south of France, where the "the art and architecture Eden" Château La Coste offers "Jean Prouvé, l'Âme du Métal" in the Renzo Piano-designed pavilion.

-- Rybczynski offers a riveting review of the "impassioned bomb-throwing jeremiad," "Making Dystopia," and what Stevens Curl "gets wrong (and right)" - his "language may be immoderate, but he is not wrong"; though the book "is seriously flawed; it's too long and comes across as gossipy. Yet it contains underlying truths." -- Holland hails "Archigram: The Book," the "luxurious new book" about the "rule-breaking rock stars of architecture" (that is "heavier than most of the buildings they designed"). -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "Engineering with Nature: An Atlas" presents 50 pilot projects that used "a range of strategies for designing infrastructure with ecological, social, and cultural benefits at multiple scales" (available to download).


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