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Today’s News - Monday, December 2, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: A few days away, and so much catching up to do - with bunches and bunches of must-reads today!

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Perrault's sketches from his Moleskin book; revisits Zumthor's Shelters for Roman Archaeological Site in Switzerland ("It's astonishing to think it was designed and built almost 30 years ago"), and FOA's 2002 Yokohama International Port Terminal; and cheers "The Monocle Guide to Better Living" that is "global to the bone."

•   Niemeyer's 1989 Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo goes up in flames (no details yet on how much damage).

•   A great take on the "bombastic new headquarters" tech companies are planning "to immortalize their grandiose ambitions."

•   Moore takes on "Miami's new vice - an addiction to star architects": though there's much he likes, he also thinks it's "a shame, because Miami held out for some time against the voodoo belief that some billion-dollar permutation of Foster/Hadid/Koolhaas/Herzog/Calatrava/Gehry/Nouvel would be the key to fame and fortune."

•   Viglucci offers a reason to cheer for "the grandest old Miami building no one knows about": it's "springing back to life" this week as the Miami Center for Architecture and Design.

•   Rybczynski spends some serious time in Poundbury and finds "there is a lot more than meets the modernist critic's jaundiced eye - it embodies social, economic, and planning innovations that can only be called radical."

•   Brussat is a bit befuddled: how could Rybczynski write "this fine essay" and also vote for Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial - "It just does not compute."

•   Ransford explains how developers and neighborhood activists find common ground: "public discussions need to start with a focus on built form - 'Show me, don't tell me'" (more important than "visions, values and wish lists").

•   Townsend offers a fascinating look at the "bizarre real estate economics" behind Japan's "penchant for avant garde housing": some houses seem like "follies to the futility of home ownership...clients quietly rebel in the best way they can - through design. Besides, they'll eventually tear it all down anyway" (great business for up-and-coming "outwardly shy, yet media-savvy architects," though).

•   Kennicott gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the Kimbell's Piano Pavilion: it "will please some as modest and unobtrusive and displease others for the same reasons - while subtly deflecting the biggest problem of all, that the modern museum is unsure of what it wants to be and why it exists."

•   Dunlap finds the formerly "forbidding" and now light-filled Queens Museum transformation "astonishing."

•   Saffron cheers Drexel University's new business school that "does a brilliant job of helping to turn the badly treated intersection back into a real place again" and "conjures real architecture out of space and light" (the real surprise is who designed it).

•   Lamster lauds the Dallas parks department for its pavilion program, and is smitten with the most recent - a Snøhetta/Architexas-designed "wonky pavilion with a tennis-ball-yellow interior" (great pix).

•   Theis & Khan "scoops contentious RIBA office competition."

•   Aspden has a most amusing and informative (and sometimes intimidating) interview with Gehry: "Just don't call him a 'starchitect'": "journalists invented it, and now they use it to damn us," sayeth the master ("scrunched-up pieces of green paper" and a deadpan response makes this a must-read!).

•   Wainwright weighs in on the outcries to scale back Hadid's stadiums in Qatar and Japan (which is nothing new, actually), and some of the biological/scatological name-calling: "Hadid has little time for such lewd comparisons."

•   A look at how Hadid uses a hologram to show off her One Thousand Museum Tower in Miami that "that will soon join the Magic City skyline."

•   Call for entries: Louisville Children's Museum: Revitalization of a Downtown Edge international ideas competition + Deadline reminder: DOCOMOMO US 1st Annual Modernism in America Awards.

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