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Today’s News - Friday, September 28, 2012

•   Norway's TYIN tegnestue Architects wins the 2012 European Prize for Architecture for its humanitarian work and "architecture of necessity."

•   Saffron cheers the Design Advocacy Group and PennPraxis for "10 years of effecting change in" in Philadelphia, "proof that good ideas can bubble up from the mire of bad times."

•   Move over London Eye and Singapore Flyer, and make way for the even taller New York Wheel - along with a mixed-use outlet mall-entertainment-hotel complex next to the Staten Island Ferry landing (lots of pix!).

•   A "group of high-profile architects" advising L.A.'s mayor calls for redesign of the Los Angeles Convention Center: "This is not good city design."

•   Schwartz reports on Baker's low-income housing project in San Francisco "that anyone would love to live in," more proof that "housing for the poor doesn't need to be horrible" (great pix, useful links, too).

•   Gould and Hosey mark Rachel Carson's 100th birthday by posing the question: "Is the environmental movement losing touch with its feminine side?"

•   2012 Architect 50: the fourth annual ranking of U.S. architecture firms: "They are the powerful and the philanthropic, the talented and the profitable."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Carmageddon 2 hits L.A. this weekend, but have no fear: "Artmageddon - Less Car. More Art" is here.

•   Bongiorno describes the "perfect storm" that formed to produce Columbus, Ohio's first-ever Design Week.

•   Spend an overnight tomorrow night at the Ontario Association of Architects' Future of Architecture at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto.

•   There's a spectacular "Golden Moon," designed by a Belgian architect, floating over a reflecting pool in Hong Kong's Victoria Park as part of the city's Mid-Autumn Festival (great video).

•   "Yung Ho Chang + FCJZ: Material-ism" at the Ullens Center in Beijing is "a nod to what he considers the importance of craftsmanship in architecture."

•   A good reason to be in NYC next Thursday: Arch Record's 10th Annual Innovation Conference (great line-up!).

•   Heathcote offers an excerpt of his new tome, "The Meaning of Home," in which he explains why Thoreau's and Morris's homes were "so massively influential that contemporary architecture would not have been the same without them."

•   Hatherley on the Twentieth Century Society's "The Seventies": "What comes across is the overwhelming post-60s guilt that beset architects throughout that decade." when "hi-tech became another species of an architecture vaguely ashamed of itself."

•   Hamilton revels in Zaleski's "Long Island Modernism: 1930-1980": "We could easily have been learning from Long Island, as well as Las Vegas"; the examples "are like ruins in a park. It's sad, but heartening, to see them restored to freshness in these pages" (wonderful photos, too).

•   Moore parses Meades' "Museum Without Walls" that shows him "at his dazzling, contrarian best. You should just sit back and enjoy the ride."

•   Benfield finds bliss in ASLA's "The Landscape Architect's Guide to Washington, DC": it is "unique in its point of view and fabulous."

•   Merkel queries architect Wheelwright about his debut novel: it isn't about an architect or architecture, but both had an influence.



  


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