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Today’s News - Thursday, January 26, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be breakfasting (very early) with Contract magazine's Interiors Awards winners tomorrow, so there will be no newsletter. We'll be back Monday, Jan. 30.

•   Weinstein writes about "Writing about Architecture," Lange's "perspicacious primer": "use it often and you'll never think of the word 'critic' pejoratively again."

•   Makower makes the point that sustainable cities are "proving grounds for green technologies, and fertile territory for the burgeoning green economy" (excerpt from the annual State of Green Business report, also included).

•   Kimmelman reflects on the similarities between Manhattan's "thriving Penn South" and St. Louis's ill-fated Pruitt-Igoe housing projects: architecturally, the have much in common, but their outcomes were very different.

•   An economist examines the results of the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: "the confidence of many economists on the prospects for a lasting economic recovery in the US borders on chutzpah" (Hong Kong, Australia, and the U.K. don't fare much better).

•   Chaban x 2: as he tries to make his way through JFK's "incontinent" Terminal 3, he ponders: "How is it that New York wound up with not just one but three of the worst airports in the world? Architecture might be the least of its problems" (a serious - and amusing - read).

•   He mediates a debate between critic Goldberger and skyscraper economist Barr re: the Manhattan Skyline: "in the end, it seems they are more in agreement than disagreement."

•   Brussat cheers the re-birth of the Providence Arcade topped by 48 micro lofts: "This sort of lifestyle could help downtown lead the city out of the economic slump."

•   There's a promising initiative to rescue Moscow's crumbling buildings: offer cheap rent in return for quality restoration - and help the city "reclaim its former glory."

•   Q&A with non-profit No Longer Empty folks who are transforming a formerly-forlorn Bronx landmark into a temporary venue for contemporary art.

•   Zandberg has two bones to pick: "Somebody is confused about the difference between the green tufts...on the plaza and durable green planning," and the kerfuffle re: the National Library competition (see yesterday's ANN): "the architecture profession might have saved a little of its honor if it had come out against the decision to build a fancy new home for the library, rather than protest the method."

•   The Auckland Architecture Association and "boaties" get behind opposition to expansion plans for the Bledisloe Wharf (there go harbor sightlines).

•   Azerbaijan announces plans for the world's tallest tower: a 185-story "superscraper" on one of 41 artificial islands in the Caspian Sea (no architect named, but we probably won't be surprised).

•   Q&A with Cloepfil re: architecture, design in Portland, NYC's enlightened design excellence programs and development incentives, and so much more.

•   127 organizations in 68 cities named finalists for $15 million in creative placemaking grants.

•   Call for entries (deadline looms): The Unfinished Grid essay competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Lerner travels through "The Greatest Grid" at MCNY and came away "with a powerful sense of its intelligence and resilience."

•   Alsop returns to his controversial ("even the Arts Council has branded it 'not fit for purpose'") The Public arts center with "Will Alsop - A box of delights."

•   Inskeep explains in "Instant City" how Karachi "reflects the developing world...a celebration of what cities at their best can be and a study of the unforeseen consequences."

•   "The Architectural and Cultural Guide Pyongyang" illustrates "the ambitious, often spectacular - and sometimes odd - structures of North Korea's capital" - with Kim Jong-Il's treatise On Architecture (great pix!).



  


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