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Today’s News - Friday, July 15, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for late postings the last few days - our Internet connection has been (annoyingly) intermittent...hopefully, things will run more smoothly next week!

•   Farrelly delivers one of her most eloquent essays re: ageing, the design philosophy of most nursing homes and hospices today (ugh), and ''thinking yourself young'' (a must read for all us baby-boomers out there!).

•   Bennetts explains why he's "cheesed off" about "being shafted by an arbitrary fee-scoring system" (it's more constructive criticism than sour grapes).

•   Richard Rogers "hits out at a new report recommending Britain builds a new generation of garden cities": they might have been "a fantastic idea 150 years ago," but they're no solution to today's crises.

•   Birnbaum borrows "a phrase from another contemporary debate" and calls for architectural criticism to "evolve already!" (and some critics agree).

•   Saffron re: a major thoroughfare between Philly and Lower Merion: "a living, breathing, controlled experiment on how clashing policies affect two hoary American tribes - city-dwellers and suburbanites" that - hopefully - will become "a walkable, urbane street."

•   The first three blocks of Manhattan's East River esplanade that just opened "will likely draw comparisons to the High Line for its embrace of infrastructure, though it's literally the flipside. Here, it's about being beneath, not above."

•   AfH's Design Fellow McMahan reports from Haiti and just how important it is for the College National des Ingenieurs et Architectes Haitiens to recreate itself.

•   Call for entries: 2012 AIA Honor Awards in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Regional and Urban Design + Sustainable & Modular School 4 Burmese Migrant and Refugee Children + 25th Annual Mockett Design Competition for furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Moore cheers a folly, a fountain, and a memorial currently enhancing London's public spaces: "What is pleasing about these three different things is that they all work."

•   Reports from MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program summer follies in New York and Rome: one a concert-friendly space filled with objects that will be recycled to the neighbors; the other "a cool, grass lawn underneath giant Jurassic tulips."

•   Seattle Architecture Foundation's 14th annual model exhibit layout could use "some tweaking," but "quibbles aside, it's great fun to survey these meticulously crafted visions of the architectural future."

•   George Nelson's three decades of creativity take center stage in San Antonio: "You might not know his name, but you know his stuff."

•   Szenasy queries Will Jones re: "Architects' Sketchbooks": "As I look at the many, incredibly varied approaches to communicating ideas, I not only see architects thinking, but also having fun!"

•   An "absorbing new biography" of the "man who invented landscape architecture" captures Olmsted's "achievements and contradictions in a brisk, unvarnished style."

•   "Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis" captures "the catastrophic effects of industrial processes" with "uncannily beautiful" photos (do look!).

•   "The Westward-Moving House," J.B. Jackson's classic 1953 essay is so worth revisiting + "The Eastward-Moving House," David Heymann's contemporary response is worth visiting for the first time.


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