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Today’s News - Friday, December 20, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: This will be the last newsletter in 2013. We'll be back January 2, 2014 (or perhaps Jan. 6 - we haven't decided yet). We wish everyone Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays and a New Year filled with grand adventures and great expectations fulfilled!

•   Belogolovsky continues his ANN series One-on-One in a thoughtful Q&A with Colombian architect Orlando Garcia, who talks about why architecture is not exactly global and how good architecture and urban design can reach the greatest number of ordinary people.

•   Weinreb dives deeper into the data to find out why no women made the cut in her "Pioneers of Sustainability" report: "Clearly, something went wrong."

•   Dittmar disses (oh so politely) Feilden Clegg Bradley's Southbank Centre scheme: it "isn't wrong, it's just bland."

•   Wainwright wanders the Shenzhen Biennale: it may be "an industrial wonderland," but the "curators have struggled to interpret the loose theme of 'urban border' through variously immersive, participatory, but often meaningless installations."

•   Eyefuls (by Baan) of Wang Shu's first building since winning the Pritzker: it offers "a lesson in craftsmanship and material expression through an unfolding interior landscape" (indeed!).

•   Jing Daily picks China's Top 5 Architectural Wonders Of 2013.

•   Chaban x 2: he brings us eyefuls of what's planned for the Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island: with "top architecture and no fences," Bloomberg's "new genius school has a smart new look."

•   He profiles Burney, "a soft-spoken British bureaucrat you've probably never heard of" who has "a bold new vision to NYC's architecture. He's Teddy Roosevelt meets Jane Jacobs" (and "experts are listening").

•   Gareth Hoskins is tapped to overhaul Vienna's Weltmuseum (World Museum).

•   Q&A with Valerio re: innovation being "table stakes for architects" and "lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from architects."

•   Baillieu bids adieu to BD as she "gazes into her crystal ball for 2014 and beyond: if architects spent less time worrying about self-protection...and more time helping to foster a society where people understood what they do - this would help drive the profession back to a position of respect."

•   Eyefuls of Faith & Form's 2013 International Awards for Religious Art & Architecture.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Bozikovic finds the CCA's new show (with a mile-long title) a "fascinating" exhibition that "makes a case that modernist planners of the 1940s and 1950s were much more sensitive and practical."

•   Berger explores the Art Institute of Chicago's "New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture": it "does a good job of addressing" a lot of questions, such as "If architectural renderings are works of art, who owns them? Who gets credit? What, really, is a rendering?"

•   Wilson is wowed by a Mendelsohn exhibition in Berlin: "his sketches reflect the extraordinary fertility and vitality of this architect's vision - and touch on genius" (great pix!).

•   Wilk wonders at "Human-Space-Machine: Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus": Theatre at the Bauhaus" at Bauhaus Dessau that describes "a time in which technological advancement was both the enemy and the answer."

•   The Holcim Foundation's new "The Economy of Sustainable Construction" examines "the relationship between commercial and sustainable values, and explores the paths that construction will take in the 21st century."

•   Brussat cheers "Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City" by Stern, Fishman, and Tilove: "Truly a château among books" with "hundreds of 'better suburbs' pictured so profusely and described at length in gracious prose" that "are truly glorious."

•   Ciccone has a few quibbles with Arrenhius's "The Fragile Monument: On Conservation and Modernity": it "stays entirely in the waters of historic preservation theory," but should be "of interest to all those looking for a critical history of the field's origins."

•   Gerst's "Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry" is "a lovingly produced new tome" that pays tribute to Bucky's "mad genius."

•   "Men At Lunch" is a new documentary that revisits the iconic 1932 "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" photograph (atop the Empire State Building) and its links to the history of New York City.

•   One we couldn't resist - 'tis the season, after all: an insane installation of Christmas lights in Australia that has reclaimed the Guinness World Record.

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