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Today’s News - Friday, November 22, 2013

•   Crosbie reflects on an "urban setting seared into the national consciousness": 50 years later, "it is always Friday afternoon in Dealey Plaza."

•   Stott offers a very thoughtful take on the Battle of Ideas gathering; "it seems that we in the architecture community are living a certain crisis of confidence" in "a vicious chicken-and-egg cycle."

•   Some of our favorite critics gathered in Boston to critique Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and other sites using ASLA's new Landscape Architect's Guide to Boston.

•   Russell cheers H&deM's Perez Art Museum in Miami: "visitors will feel the way it vibrates with the energy of this urban cultural crossroads. It is both majestic and welcoming - a neat trick."

•   Lange finds much to like (and not to like) about Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" at Rice University and the newly renovated Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston: "The light installation is sublime and slightly unsettling. The Blaffer definitely got its $2 million worth."

•   Eyefuls of ARM Architecture's winning design in the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct competition, "a spiraling gallery amid sprawling gardens and theaters."

•   Stephens sets her sight on Fisher's new pavilion at Colby College Museum of Art in Maine: "The combination of discretion and verve strikes an appropriate note."

•   The new Baltimore Design School by Ziger/Snead transforms a former set from "The Wire" in a decrepit factory into "a training ground for tomorrow's designers" (we wanna go back to school!).

•   Litt cheers Cooper Carry for listening to public input re: the new Cleveland Convention Center hotel: the design is getting better, and is "becoming a catalyst for a respectful civic debate over downtown architecture."

•   Berke's "daring adaptive reuse plan" will turn the disused mental hospital designed by H.H. Richardson into a boutique hotel and Buffalo Architecture Center.

•   Auckland plans a "touch of Venice" with a new canal that will "create a metaphorical connection between the large block of reclaimed land and the sea surrounding it."

•   Saffron is not at all sanguine about plans for facadectomies of two historic Philly movie palaces: "a historic designation has become just another fungible commodity."

•   Taipei is named 2016 World Design Capital with the theme "Adaptive City: Design in Motion."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Marc Newson gets his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

•   Landscape notables speak about the legacy of Dan Kiley at the opening of a new photography exhibition at the Boston Architectural College.

•   "Melbourne Now" is a "mammoth and multi-faceted exhibition" at the National Gallery of Victoria putting the spotlight on "the contemporary creatives who have shaped this unique cultural and urban landscape."

•   Architects, artists and designers draw the city of London to raise money for charity Article 25 in "10x10 Drawing the City" exhibition and auction (preliminary bids can also be made online).

•   Eyefuls of star-studded designs (and blueprints) from "Architecture for Dogs" on view in Tokyo (feel free to build your own!).

•   In Toronto, "100 per cent TobeUs: 100 Designers for 100 New Toy Cars" challenged a star-studded group of architects and designers to re-think the iconic wooden toy car.

•   Beltramini's "The Private Palladio" will "delight the bibliophile architect" (once you get past the cover).

•   Conti, in a "contrarian pre-holiday spirit," compiles a must-read list that is far better in most cases than the lavish photo books."


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