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Today’s News - Thursday, April 4, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early morning travel plans mean we won't be posting the newsletter tomorrow, but we'll be back Monday, April 8 - happy weekend!

•   On ANN: Bjone gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Bosker's "Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China," which explains the design phenomenon "in a clear and concise manner without the pretentious tribal signifiers that so plague academic writers."

•   Dunham-Jones offers an in-depth - and totally fascinating - analysis of "the irrational exuberance" of Koolhaas.

•   Levete gets the CNN treatment as "the woman reshaping skylines across the globe."

•   Baillieu hopes that Chipperfield "gets back to what he does best: The architect is attracting headlines for all the wrong reasons" (with links to some of those reasons).

•   Hawthorne is o.k. with the $100-million revamp of L.A.'s Dodger Stadium: it's "not so much a makeover as an incremental step toward better integrating the site with the city - there are more radical ways to go."

•   BDP wins competition to revamp Aberdeen's "sleeping beauty" Music Hall.

•   Brussat goes looking for beauty in Chicago, and finds it "does modern architecture better than any other city. Classicists like me who would rather do without it altogether must reckon with its allure here" (modern and allure in the same sentence - gasp!).

•   Heathcote takes heart in designers "finding ways to counter today's throwaway culture, shifting the discourse from incessant production to intelligent adaptation" (even though planned obsolescence "seems to remain the norm").

•   On artists' fascination with dying malls: they "live on as giant unpickable scabs on cities. As ruins, they have no romance, no majesty; they tell no stories"; beyond "ruin porn," the "new artistic cliché will be the ruins of the service economy, the post-industrial non-ruin" (a great read).

•   Payne explains "how Millennials are tackling the green building experience gap" (oh those pesky catch-22's).

•   A new Green Light New York report looks at how much energy could be conserved if advanced daylighting systems were deployed throughout the city's offices - including the challenges to implementation and how they might be surmounted (surely informative for other cities).

•   Eyefuls of the international student winners in the Trimo Urban Crash Competition: "Bike Base."

•   One we couldn't resist: SWA's "internal exercise" to figure out "how public amenities could be woven into" the 5,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline (bike path, anyone?).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Bergdoll walks Zara through MoMA's "Henri Labrouste" show.

•   Hanley on Pesce's first New York solo show in 25 years: "The kinship he establishes between the body and fabricated objects is everywhere in the show, even if at the opening, Pesce himself was nowhere to be found" (hissy-fit included).

•   "Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006" starts off in Sydney before hitting the road.

•   Five unusual ideas for "greening" schools, courtesy the NBM's "Green Schools" show.

•   Pearson parses Rawlins's "Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction" that is "both a cultural history and an architectural meditation - clear, graceful prose brings Gifford's times back to life" (though he's "not convinced that Gifford's houses truly rise to the highest level of architectural achievement").

•   Heinberg talks about his new book "Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth" - "a haunting look at our current energy path" (boy, are we're in trouble!).



  


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