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Today’s News - Friday, November 1, 2013

•   Zeiger takes issue with how gender issues are dealt with in architecture: "Is grouping women together really a corrective or does it reinforce stereotypes?"

•   Russell offers his take of the three super-slim towers rising on NYC's West 57th Street: "Enough of lazy, no-character glass walls"; "this chest-thumper might be gutsy enough to command the sky"; "this will be the most alluring."

•   Wainwright wonders at a developer who speaks "in rapturous tones of awe and wonder" at the thought of Gehry working next to the Battersea power station: "So how did this rumpled everyman end up being courted by the global elite?"

•   A fabulous presentation of a starchitect-studded development in China anchored by a Holl-designed museum and surrounded by (stunning) villas (available for rent).

•   Six starchitect-studded teams make the shortlist for Canada's National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

•   Winners in the 54Jeff Competition to design a future for the former Grand Rapids Public Museum couldn't be more different.

•   Mark Robbins named successor to Adele Chatfield-Taylor as American Academy of Rome President and CEO.

•   EDRA protests some changes proposed in the NAAB's 2014 Conditions for Accreditation that would "eliminate and truncate key criteria directly related to public health, safety, and welfare, as well as the kind of social research-based approach to architecture."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   MCNY's "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy" tells the story of the superstorm through photos by regular New Yorkers who were in the middle of it.

•   "Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age" exhibition and conference at Harvard GSD "presents landscape architects' projects for the ecological enhancement of operating airfields and the conversion of abandoned airfields." - Saffron's soul practically soars at "Philadelphia's most entrancing new art installation - a wordless narrative of light and color" by Turrell in a modest Quaker meetinghouse.

•   Heathcote gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Pop Art Design": AOC "has impeccably caught this blurring in a pastel-hued, subtly kitsch-infused set that blends Las Vegas, LA and Main Street, woven around the Barbican's concrete columns."

•   "Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair" at Chicago's Field Museum "captures the flavor" of the fair: it is "first-rate" and "compelling."

•   Kamin finds much to agree with in Hunt and DeVries's "Planning Chicago" that "rips the city's failure to guide growth" in a "lucid study" based on "an obscure document: the city's 1966 comprehensive plan" that "took a holistic perspective, going beyond bricks and mortar to address social services."

•   In an excerpt from Greenfield's "Against the Smart City," he "calls for an alternative vision that understands and responds to the messy realities of human existence."

•   Poynor is entranced by Markman's "Door Jams: Amazing Doors of New York City" (amazing pix!).

•   Orton and Worpole's "The New English Landscape" documents the "drosscape" of the Thames Estuary, home to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, which reveals the "sodden flatlands" as a "place of quintessential English beauty."

•   "Tree Houses" is "a gorgeous new book" that "chronicles 50 real-life constructions, most with a far more adult flair" (with pix to prove it!).

•   One we couldn't resist: Meades melds architecture and car design in a florid review of Alfa Romeo's new sports car: it "far surpasses those buildings wrought as examples of 'blob' or 'fold' architecture - it is blobbier and foldier" and "a potential source of inspiration" that "can be ripped off with abandon, impunity, glee" (a must-read, even if you're not into cars!).


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