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Today’s News - Friday, September 23, 2011

•   Weinstein offers a meditation on three must-read books that "are proof positive that despite the omnipresence of AutoCAD and BIM, pencils refuse to die!"

•   Goldberger rarely comments on unbuilt projects, but he makes an exception in the case of Apple's Cupertino HQ to ponder "why is Foster's design troubling, maybe even a bit scary?" (a touch of "imperial hubris" perhaps?).

•   Big plans to turn a 54 blighted acres on Long Island into a new hub where people can work, live and shop without a car using "form-based zoning" which emphasizes design rather than density.

•   An eyeful of "starchitects on parade" in a sleepy vineyard in Provence ("Gehry and Ando and Nouvel, oh my!").

•   Is architecture best taught by practicing architects? Yes, says Gordon Murray; no says Kevin Rhowbotham.

•   A stellar shortlist of home-grown and international talent vies for Olympic Park Legacy project.

•   Serie Architects wins a seriously huge project in China.

•   Call for entries: SBIC 2011 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Hawthorne peruses the 1989 "Blueprints for Modern Living" that looked at the "giant, complex legacy of the Case Study program": the "houses were sublime. As prototypes, they were lousy."

•   Huxtable hails the "subtle heresies" in "The American Style," a "small, unorthodox exhibition" at the Museum of the City of New York.

•   Anderton lines up a notable array to talk about "Pacific Standard Time" that showcases (here, there, and everywhere) everything from "indoor-outdoor living to radical ceramicists and lifestyle lessons from Barbie.

•   An eyeful of highlights from Hadid's "Form in Motion" show in Philly.

•   The Nevada Museum of Art "investigates the shifting terrains of architectural invention."

•   The CCA's "Modernism in Miniature" explores the encounter between photography and architectural model-making between 1920 -1960."

•   An eyeful of Palladio in Pittsburgh: "His giant footprints are everywhere."

•   Melbourne's Pin-Up gallery offers "Graphic Architecture," a collection of "resonant printed matter connected to the field of architecture."

•   Here's to PoMo power: quips and quotes from just about everybody re: the V&A's "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion" (some great slide shows, and poor Philip Johnson gets most of the blame) - musings that are definitely worth spending some time with.


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