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Thursday, December 5, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, December 10.

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-- ANN feature: Weinstein's annual round-up of top 10 architecture and design books of 2019 offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests. -- Darmanie, a Trinidad & Tobago-based urban planning consultant, bemoans the many planners and architects who "see qualities of urbanism and socialization on the public streets as an unfortunate menace standing in the way of their vision. Intentional or unintentional, the effect is the same" - replacing "the urbanism of the city with a vapid nothingness." -- Eyefuls of BIG's The Portico gateway building to Milan's CityLife district (with towers by Hadid, Libeskind, and Isozaki) that includes two low-scale buildings "joined by a giant, curved canopy to provide the district with public space." -- Franklin parses "America's largest mass timber building" at the University of Arkansas, a 202,027-square-foot residential project constructed from CLT, by Leers Weinzapfel, Modus Studio, Mackey Mitchell Architects, and OLIN. -- Get a gander at "untitled," two residential towers in Toronto: "Using parametric design, the sculpted, fluid form of the balconies follows the wave pattern of Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Gust of Wind' - a visual abstraction of music" (hmmmm). -- Kamin reports that "time running out to save a Frank Lloyd Wright cottage in Glencoe" that "could be spared a date with a wrecking crew, but it's unclear if preservationists can put together funds to move it." -- Gendall brings us an "exclusive look" at Berlant's 1968 "The Marriage of New York and Athens" (in storage for 45 years) in enclosures designed by Gehry, "his longtime friend." -- ICYMI: ANN feature: Conners Ladner: Designing Landscapes to Adapt to Hurricane Season: By focusing on cultivating native ecosystems, landscape architects can help to build landscapes that are both more resilient and more authentic to place.

Weekend diversions:
-- Martin offers some cool stuff "not to miss" at Aric Chen's inaugural Design Miami 2019 (ends Sunday!). -- Dolick parses the Chicago Architecture Biennial, "a searing critique - exposing and connecting how architects' collective experiments, convictions, and fetishizations are resulting in grave repercussions." -- Wainwright on "Eco-Visionaries" at the Royal Academy, London: "There are some powerful moments, but overall the mood feels less visionary than plaintive - and leaves you with the impression that architects aren't really cut out for the challenge of what lies ahead. Which is a shame" (because they are). -- Giovannini x 2 (from Paris!): "Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World" at Fondation Vuitton is "a generous exhibition" that "spans seven decades - her imagination and career never stayed still. There was life after Le Corbusier." -- He considers a recent week of performances in Corbu's Villa Savoye and "Moderne Maharajah" at the Museum of Decorative Arts "that open up our understanding of a period we thought we knew cold." -- Tatke parses Lyon's celebrations of 150th anniversary of architect and city planner Tony Garnier's birth: "While little known outside of France, he is as closely associated with Lyon as Antoni Gaudí is with Barcelona." -- Welton cheers "Museum Forms: Paul Clemence et Julien Spiewak" in Geneva that pairs Clemence's photographs with Spiewak's works on paper that "establishes a dialog. It's about the perception of space inside and outside international museums." -- "Alan Karchmer: The Architects' Photographer" at the National Building Museum features projects by Calatrava, Ando, SmithGroup, and TEN Arquitectos, and others.

Page-turners:
-- Boddy considers Lam & Livesey's "Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present" to be "an astonishing achievement - we'll be talking about it for decades - a heroic accomplishment, and its editors and contributors have earned a standing ovation." -- Budds cheers Serraino's "Ezra Stoller: A Photographic History of Modernism" that "offers an unprecedented exploration of what made his images so captivating - he made midcentury architecture sing - he was an evangelist for a movement." -- Prodger finds Hendrickson's "Plagued By Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright" to be "an overheated biography - self-referential, full of what-a-clever-boy-am-I writing, spattered with show-off phrase-making, and achingly self-aware." -- Hewett on "Plagued by Fire": "The real achievement of this painstakingly researched, hugely digressive, wildly overwritten but ultimately moving book is that it persuades us that this vastly gifted but desperately flawed man might actually have been loveable - that is quite something." -- Schmückle von Minckwitz says Kuenzli's "Henry van de Velde: Designing Modernism" is "a snapshot of modern architecture's beginnings. Though still largely unknown, the Belgian-born architect and artist forged ideas that defined 20th-century design."

  

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