Friday, January 26, 2018

This Week: Jan. 26, 2018

Ballerinas occupy set pieces by Norman Kelley for Brendan Fernandes' "The Master and Form" performance. (Brendan Meara)

A round up of this weeks most interesting stories from around the world of architecture, design, and culture.

Architecture and Ballet Meet to Explore Dancers' Endurance and Form

"In many ways, architecture and ballet are natural accomplices. Both disciplines are irrevocably entwined with the body–as much as contemporary architectural practice tries to shirk this fact–and both are dedicated to the illusion of impossible ease, obscuring endless hours of grueling work and practice. But an exhibition opening this week in Chicago at the Graham Foundation strips away that mask. Instead, Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form demonstrates the often perverse labor that goes into the pursuit of perfection."
More at The Architect's Newspaper "Endurance art that explores ‘mastery’ in architecture and ballet"
By Chelsea Ross

AIA comments on Loosening Architecture Licensure

“The essential purpose of licensing architects is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and shield consumers from unqualified practitioners,” says AIA President Carl Elefante.
More at The Architect's Newspaper  "AIA speaks out against rolling back license requirements"
By Jonathan Hilburg

A map of Earthsea from Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

"Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88."
More at The New York Times by Gerald Jonas

Natalie Moore discusses gentrification, or the lack there of, on the South Side of Chicago. (WTTW)

The Different Faces of Gentrification in Chicago: Video

“We see many challenges in black South and West Side neighborhoods,” Moore said. “I don’t dispute his evidence is there about the challenges that those neighborhoods are facing but we are not seeing a replacement of people in those neighborhoods. We’re seeing population decline.”
Merriam-Webster defines “gentrification” as the “process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.”
Watch the Video at WTTW  "How Gentrification Takes Shape Across Chicago Neighborhoods" by Even Garcia