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Today’s News - Thursday, January 10, 2013

•   Kimmelman tools around London with Burdett to find the city suffering a case of what Ada Louise called "Skyscrapers Gone Wild": he gives (mostly) thumbs-up to OMA's Rothschild HQ, despite its touch of "an architecture of openness meets the architecture of paranoia" (and what was Viñoly thinking?!!?).

•   Detroit Works Project releases its recommendations for revitalizing the city - and gets some serious philanthropic funding for moving forward.

•   Goodyear x 2 re: Hurricane Sandy: "Creating resilient wetlands is going to require coordinated effort and expertise. That shouldn't stop us, though" + "What the Dutch know about flooding that we don't: American cities face not just rising waters, but also political obstacles unknown to the Dutch."

•   King cheers a shift in plans for Pflueger's 1925 Pacific Telephone Building: "The shift paid off."

•   An impressive finalist list of six in Glasgow's George Square competition; Dunlop comments: "With just two whacky exceptions...the submissions are restrained befitting such an important space."

•   Metcalfe is taken aback by a proposal to cover Marrakech's historic open-air market in concrete: "Proof that any project can garner accolades if it's eccentric enough" (what were they thinking, we wonder!).

•   Lamb Hart's A New Humanism: Part 5 takes on Hildebrand's "The Origins of Architectural Pleasure."

•   APA hands out 2013 National Planning Excellence Awards and the first-ever National Planning Achievement Awards.

•   CTBUH's Tall Trends of 2012: "Tall building completions drop, but the industry is on the cusp of another burst of tall building development" (oh joy).

•   Call for entries: Harvard GSD launches the Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship for early-career architects worldwide (GSD affiliation no longer required).

•   Ada Louise tributes and appreciations continue:

•   Iovine remembers "the critic's humor, humanity, and voracious intelligence."

•   Lamster recalls his conversations re: "her long and checkered relationship with Philip Johnson. If he thought he had her in his pocket, he was mistaken."

•   Becker beams: "In our age of hyperbole, the word 'great' flows like ketchup on the great, unwashed mass of the barely 'ok.' Huxtable was far beyond 'ok.' She was the best."

•   A great round-up of moving and humorous anecdotes from the likes of Newhouse, Russell, Campbell, Ivy, Bernstein, and others.

•   Rosenbaum is trying to get to the bottom of why ALH's archives landed at the Getty: it "raises the obvious question: What was she thinking?"

•   Weinstein's 2009 "Life After Ada" (an ArchNewsThen): "There is a life for architecture criticism after Ada Louise - but like 21st-century architecture, no one knows exactly what it is - yet" (ALH's response: "I couldn't agree more.")

•   Goldberger's lovely 1996 tribute made on the occasion of ALH receiving the Museum of the City of New York's Louis Auchincloss Prize.



  


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