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Today’s News - Friday, March 2, 2012

•   Weinstein considers books on Adolf Loos and Jennifer Post: with "this unlikely couple, we can air out that beleaguered term 'architectural minimalism' and trace a trajectory of what might be better identified as 'essentialist architecture.'"

•   Aberdeen votes thumbs-up for DS+R's City Garden Project - "albeit by a small majority."

•   Cary puts out a call for a Global Design Service Corps: "there is a massive appetite for these kinds of opportunities among the next generation of designers, but precious few opportunities."

•   McGuigan ponders: "Can public-interest design become a viable alternative to traditional practice?" + Arch Record rounds up a slew of "goodwill buildings that have both pragmatic and aesthetic appeal" (plan to spend some time here).

•   LeBlanc cheers a Toronto community center expansion that "isn't just a stylish architectural confection - it's become a primer for Toronto on how to involve youth in 'priority neighborhoods' in the construction process."

•   U.K. architects and academics are none too pleased with education secretary's list of 30 buildings school children should see: none is more recent than WWII era.

•   Heathcote hails a shift in architecture for commercial buildings that "is cheaper, much more useful and hopefully represents the future" (great slide show, too!).

•   Hume gives two thumbs-ups to the Balsillie School of International Affairs: "an elegant affair that will bring new depth to the city" that "does a nice job balancing new and old - bell towers meet solar panels."

•   Four notable critics discuss the state of architectural criticism today (there is an elephant in the room).

•   A lively excerpt from Lange's new book about how to be an architecture critic, focusing on Ada Louise Huxtable's classic review of SOM's Marine Midland Bank Building in NYC (great slide show).

•   The winning entry in The Unfinished Grid essay competition is a lively read, too.

•   More on the high hopes some folks have for the Low Line on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Moore is taken by "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History" that "shows how an idealistic postwar housing project went disastrously wrong" (it wasn't necessarily the architecture at all).

•   Arch Digest picks 10 must-see documentaries about architecture, design, and urban planning.

•   "Life Architecturally" follows an "architect duo through their journey in life and in practice as directors of one of Melbourne's leading architect firms."

•   Britain's Network Rail has posted part of its beautiful archive of Victorian and Edwardian infrastructure diagrams on the web: "the architectural drawing of Paddington station looks like a dome-shaped doodle, all exuberant sprays of ivy-like shoots."

•   "Celebrating Pugin" at the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin includes drawings on view to the public for the first time.


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