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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not letting you know that we would not be posting yesterday (and thanks to all who sent notes of concern).

•   Brandes Gratz on why women planners "aren't often offered seats at the table," except that "women have been in the forefront of saving and regenerating American cities. Jane Jacobs was just one of them."

•   Davidson's amusing take on the NYC DOT planners' focus on public seating, making it more like the "Department of Staying Right Here."

•   Pottstown, PA, votes to eliminate architectural review of it historic downtown; not all are pleased (and hopefully not a harbinger of bad news for other HARBs).

•   K. Jacobs visits the WTC Memorial and is disappointed to find "a collection of compromises."

•   Archaeologists may be busy at work on the contentious site of Jerusalem's Museum of Tolerance - but the architects aren't as Chyutin goes the way of Gehry.

•   It looks like Rogers Stirk Harbour's towering plans for NYC's Port Authority Bus Terminal bite the dust: "the on-again, off-again project may finally be dead."

•   Farrelly's (very funny) take on cleaning vs. greening and "how easily eco-neurosis can set in, progressing quickly to eco-paralysis."

•   Glancey finds inspiration in Dieste's "soaring brick forms" in Uruguay that prove "it is possible to build magisterially and beautifully in hard times."

•   Idenburg reports from Ithaca with a thoughtful take on OMA's Milstein Hall at Cornell: "At the end of two decades of iconicity it revokes the early debates around Post-Modernism," but "is it a prelude or a coda?" (great pix, too).

•   Hadid talks to Tina Brown about architecture, feminism, and the difficulty of getting a day of rest.

•   Blum studies Studio O+A's strategies that act "like a subtle siren call to the next wave" of high-tech start-ups: "We're the ones you hire to design the office that gets you the big campus."

•   Arieff accesses the Vibrant Cities Challenge: Can a single good idea save cities like Detroit? "Though noble," it seems "far more geared to what IDEO refers to as the 'inspiration' end of things than the solution side."

•   AIGA launches "Design for Good" initiative to encourage design-driven social change.

•   The AIA ABI edges upward, which is "an encouraging sign...But there continues to be a high level of volatility in the marketplace."

•   Woodman weighs in on BD's Architect of the Year Awards 2011 winners.

•   Call for entries/applications: Harvard GSD's Loeb Fellowships.


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