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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

•   Nobel notes "a cleansing" in architecture: "We see far less reflexive fealty to 'starchitects' now. Even that insipid term seems dated, pejorative. What changed?" (your must-read of the day).

•   Saffron is quite taken by (and most eloquent about) Kahn's FDR memorial: in a world where "posthumous architecture rarely ends well," this is "as pure a distillation of his architectural philosophy as you can imagine...it expresses something few contemporary memorials would dare to suggest: confidence in the future" (great slide show, too).

•   Lange lobs a few good ones re: Mayne's Cornell NYC Tech: "The metaphors are vegetal, but the concepts are digital."

•   Rosenbaum is troubled by Cornell's philosophy, 'Not tech for tech's sake, but tech in support of commerce.' So much for pure research."

•   Merrick muses on Piano's new museum in Oslo: "Welcome to the Comb-over where...mental disturbance will make you feel better."

•   Long takes a long look at Fretton's new London restaurant that proves "small architecture is just as important as iconic towers when it comes to our enjoyment of urban life" (the view and food are good, too).

•   On a bigger scale, NY Mag offers up eyefuls of "9 Experiments in Large."

•   A 1939 WPA post office in Venice, CA, now set to be restored as new HQ for "The Matrix" producer.

•   Ruin-porn fix for the day: eyefuls of abandoned mid-century modern homes by mid-century masters, from Scandinavia to Siesta Key.

•   Code for America fellows have designed a new app that helps communities do their own urban planning.

•   A good reason to be in NYC next week (besides Archtober): Design Management Institute's annual conference: "New Ambition: The Promise of Design" that will lead with the question: what is design today?

•   The winner of NYC Best For Business Infographic Competition: "57,321,231,319 reasons to do business in NYC" (very cool!).

•   Cast your vote for the inaugural Icon of the Year (a definite "fealty to 'starchitects'" here).

•   Call for entries (and lots of 'em!): abstracts for the 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference in Melbourne next June + Breathe: The new urban village project in Christchurch + Cambodian Sustainable Housing International Open Design Competition + RFP for EPA 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants + IIDA International Student Sustainable Design Competition + 3 ACSA Student Competitions.



  


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