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Today’s News - Thursday, January 24, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will be attending Contract's 34th Annual Interiors Awards breakfast (very early) tomorrow morning, so we won't be posting Friday's newsletter - we'll be back Monday, January 28.

•   We launch Nuts + Bolts, a new ArchNewsNow series offering practical tips for a more successful, profitable practice, with advice on how to increase your value without lowering your fees.

•   Spending a bit of time across the Big Pond: AE Foundation's Penny Lewis bemoans Glasgow's "crumbling" architectural status: "If Glasgow is looking for a new city brand, I propose 'City of Bungled Commissions.'"

•   Ex-Lighthouse boss MacDonald weighs in on Glasgow's George Square "debacle": "What politicians don't get is that people want to be part of the story," but there is "the opportunity to re-think public engagement."

•   CABE gives thumbs-down to first post-Olympic homes, and "has urged the architects go back to the drawing board."

•   FAT's Griffiths calls for "a new vision for architecture" to deal with the U.K.'s social housing crisis.

•   H&deM on the team to design one of London's tallest residential buildings on Canary Wharf.

•   Chan delves into the conundrum of the Hadid clone in China: "If the most fundamental aspirations of parametricism were to be fully realized there would likely be no 'Zaha Hadid,' the architect, persona, and brand" (a fascinating read!).

•   On brighter notes: King finds Cavagnero's SFJazz Center "poised but somewhat austere. Inside is where things warm up - engaging but quietly intense."

•   Brake finds Phifer's new wing for the Corning Museum of Glass "an enigmatic building that seeks to blur, reflect, and engage the landscape."

•   While the Stedelijk's "bathtub" has been broadly drubbed, the Rijksmuseum "has undergone its own tumultuous" 10-year overhaul; now "a gem, newly polished, all of the Netherlands will heave a sigh of relief" when it reopens in April (great slide show).

•   Miranda offers a terrific take on whether the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer was "really communist - the monumental scale of Brasília wasn't designed with the intent of making life good for the little guy."

•   Brussat offers "a slight demurral" re: Huxtable, who "wrote with a stiletto...her prose may wow wordsmith wannabes like me, but architects should not be proud of her or what she and modern architecture have wrought."

•   Lange offers a post in memoriam for Korab and Stoller.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Q&A with Albrecht, co-curator of "Making Room" at MCNY: "The exhibition fleshes out a problem that needs to be addressed: legal living for young people coming to the city; getting people off of the Craigslist culture."

•   Berke on view in Berkeley - literally!

•   "Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair" at the Albright-Knox in Buffalo presents "a master of accumulation" who "would like his house to question the functionality of architecture."

•   Kishnani's "Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture" is a "must-have guide for essentially any stakeholder in Asia's building industry."

•   "River.Space.Design" is "a great resource for design ideas and examples" that challenges "how we consider rivers in an urban context."

•   With "The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968-1978," Kennedy "has found a way to make the college's vision and material production stand the test of time."


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