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Today’s News - Friday, November 13, 2009

•   The "designiest dean of all the business schools" has the answer to what's thwarting innovation: "Bring in the folks whose job it is to imagine the future...That's where design thinking comes in."

•   Pompidou Centre plans to hit the road with a "joyous" and "polymorphous" mobile museum.

•   There might be an urban farm in London's future (sheep, goats, and one cow included?).

•   Not exactly architecture, but something to keep tabs on: success looking dim for Copenhagen climate change conference (too much "distrust").

•   Call for entries, RFP's, and EOI's for Barangaroo Headland Park in Sydney; a sustainable replacement for a building in Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market; and Re-envision the single family home for affordability and sustainability.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ouroussoff finds Saarinen's "curves and glossy surfaces are as seductive as ever, but the story they tell at the Museum of the City of New York "is more conflicted."

•   McGuigan is taken by another aspect of the "fascinating exhibit": discovering Aline Saarinen, who "was a cultural force in her own right."

•   Q&A with curator Albrecht (serving double-duty) re: the effect the exhibition has/will have on Saarinen's legacy.

•   "What We Learned" at the Yale School of Architecture returns Venturi and Scott Brown for a 40-year reunion ("There is poignant ambiguity in the "We").

•   Glancey x 2: he picks his faves from BFI/RIBA's ""Of Dreams and Cities - Architecture in Film" festival; and "Bauhaus Women" shows that Gropius "was keen to keep women in their place."

•   Goldberger's "Why Architecture Matters" offers "graceful explanations of the effects of architecture" on our lives.

•   Bayley's "Woman as Design": "female parts get enthusiastically ogled in this bizarre book...but where's the design?"

•   Gaia + Lovelock: "Whatever one makes of this cranky and idiosyncratic book," readers, "however skeptical, have much to gain."

•   In "Drawing for Architecture" Krier "proclaims himself an environmentalist," but is his "new faith is true, or just politically expedient"?

•   Mies's Villa Tugendhat plays a central character in "a stirring new novel."



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