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Today’s News - Friday, December 14, 2012

•   Weinstein wraps up the year with his list of Top 10 books that "reflect the changing climate - in every sense - of the profession" (one is a "nice gift for your family member who wants to know what architects do - but finds Facebook too text-heavy for his or her attention span").

•   Doig reports on Bloomberg's post-Sandy "bucket list of storm-inspired intentions."

•   Meanwhile, "developers have no intention on walking away" from Brooklyn's waterfront, saying "they're taking into account the impact of the storm" (not everyone is convinced).

•   Pearman issues a call-to-arms to find an alternative to demolishing the Preston Bus Station with a plea to city councilors: "how about instead backing a serious international architecture competition to find a way forward for this wonderful building? A lot of love would come your way."

•   Baillieu bemoans that buildings like the bus station "show how the listings system has lost its way" (the station "fails the celebrity glamour test").

•   Is the demolition of Preston bus station justified? Yes, says a Preston city councilor; no says the Twentieth Century Society.

•   Russell says it's time for the New York Philharmonic to "man up and pick an architect" for an Avery Fisher Hall makeover - and offers his own shortlist.

•   Plans for Seattle's new arena will add a "pop of color" to the city's skyline.

•   The report is in on why the CTV building collapsed in the Christchurch earthquake, killing 115: it was the engineering design: "the building should never have been granted a building permit."

•   Forgotten Chicago celebrates its 5 years of research to build a vast database of articles and images from the 1920s to the 1990s (great pix).

•   A designer speaks out about a pet peeve of ours: news articles about significant architectural projects that make no mention of the architect (gggrrrrrrr).

•   One we couldn't resist: Top 10 in sci-fi architecture ("all sorts of mind-boggling structures").

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Prix takes center stage in Berlin with a show celebrating "70 years, 7 projects, the 7 lives of an architect."

•   "Edgeless School" at NYC's Center for Architecture "investigates how technology is changing education and how architecture itself is changing as a result."

•   Merrick applauds Moore's "Why We Build": it is "packed with passionately held ideas about the epiphanies, farces and humanity in architecture."

•   "Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England" is the "first major book on the subject - and it argues that this is not entirely a tale of remorseless destruction and unsightliness."

•   Goodyear cheers "City Cycling" - a "sober, data-based, academic approach to bicycle advocacy that could be just what we need to move the conversation forward."

•   Arieff's Q&A with Marshall re: "The Surprising Design of Market Economies" and what Jane Jacobs wrong.

•   Makovsky queries Erica Stoller re: her life growing up as the daughter of the legendary photographer.

•   Stead offers an in-depth (and thoroughly enjoyable) take on children's books about architects and architecture, and what they tell us about the profession (great pix, too).


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