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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: We've decided to take a (much-needed) extended Thanksgiving Day break. We'll be back Monday, November 30.

•   Hosey continues his musings on whether architecture is art: "Do we exist to serve ourselves or everyone else - you know, the people who actually live with our work. True innovation creates tangible value, not just imagery for imagery's sake."

•   Beach ponders what looks like the probable gentrification of South London's cultural epicenter: "Peckham possesses two of the characteristics most valuable to property developers: 'authentic culture' and poor people. Where will be left for culture to flourish?"

•   Raleigh invites Goldberger to talk about what it takes to be a world-class city: "it needs planning, personality and architects."

•   It looks like Copenhagen is putting the brakes on Holl's "controversial sky-high bicycle connection" (one critic calls it "magpie architecture").

•   Wainwright considers a new Thames bridge proposal a "no-brainer - a truly public crossing in a place where it is hard to do so, but its planning process must happen out in the open, not behind closed doors."

•   Better late to the High Line party than never: eyefuls of BIG's big plans in Manhattan's Meatpacking District (don't plan on being able to afford it).

•   Sydney's Circular Quay to get its "vertical village" as 3XN's 49-story high-rise gets a green light.

•   Eyefuls of Libeskind's Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, "meant to act as a symbolic gateway between the old and new parts of the city."

•   Giants are coming to a city near you: 10-story articulated sculptures and museums to include the "Fee Fi Foo Fum Snack Shack" and products designed by local inventors and artists (we don't know whether to oooh and ahhh - or gasp!).

•   A fabulous round-up of articles focusing on sheltering the needy following a disaster.

•   Humanitarian architecture: "Architects have to do a lot of unlearning" (competitions and innovation prizes are not necessarily a good thing).

•   Hall Kaplan ponders the "mess" that is Malibu and the future of its Legacy Park "in the marrow of this mess."

•   Post reports on CTBUH's "stunning comeback from near-collapse" and a new agenda that goes beyond just adding affiliates.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Filler cheers "Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk," an "illuminating exhibition" in Pittsburgh that confirms "the unjustly neglected Muller-Munk's rightful place" in the pantheon of design (he designed the Unisphere!).

•   In Paris, "Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Piano Method" shines light on the process behind its buildings.

•   Rose gets all round-y at London's Serpentine Gallery with Simon Denny's "Products for Organizing."

•   SOFTlab goes psychedelic with its "Nova" pavilion that now "brightens cold New York nights with light."

•   Two new tomes take "an unconventional approach to discussing Los Angeles architecture."

•   Rybczynski uses Goldberger's Gehry biography as "a reminder of how tricky it can be to capture the life of an architect," and as a jumping-off point to discuss others that succeeded - and failed.

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