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Today’s News - Friday, January 17, 2014

•   Hawthorne has a very candid conversation with Diller re: the MoMA/AFAM fracas: "I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs. What we're doing is sharing a progress report" (and a lot more).

•   Lawrence Speck minces no words re: the need "to acknowledge that architecture is a group effort. We are not a tidy, self-contained club. Did Ayn Rand do this to us?" (no more dramatic capes and berets, please).

•   RIBA's Hodder wants to get architects' voices heard: "We have to think about who we're engaging with and we have to be seen as part of the wider team."

•   Eyeful's of fjmt's winning design for the Casey Cultural Precinct in Australia (looks very cool!).

•   Between Lange's assessment of WORKac's Edible Schoolyard in Brooklyn (pix by Baan), and Mirviss's musings on FXFOWLE's 3-schools-in-one on the Queens East River waterfront (pix by Sundberg/Esto), we're thinking it would be nice to be young again!

•   Four teams offer some intriguing proposals for multi-use parking garages in four Long Island communities.

•   Call for entries: Harvard GSD 2014 Wheelwright Prize - a $100,000 traveling fellowship open to talented early-career architects worldwide.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Freeman offers a thoughtful take on the fascinating history of the rise and fall of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (all those starchitects in their pre-star days - "it made architecture seem awfully glamorous"), and gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Agrest's documentary, "The Making of an Avant-Garde" (a great read!).

•   Ferro ferries us through a Q&A with the Zawistowski's re: the new film "Reality Check" and "what architecture schools get wrong."

•   Ciampaglia cheers "If You Build It" documenting a high school design class in rural North Carolina that presents "most surprisingly, the limits of design's power to be an engine of civic transformation," but the "students' arc is inspiring, and the psychological impact Studio H has on Windsor is uplifting, if bittersweet."

•   Pearson previews "Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection," on view in Hong Kong, that offers a sneak-peek at what the new museum will have in store.

•   Iovine is quite taken with "The Rebirth of Rome" at the Wolfsonian in Miami Beach: some great designs "will have you wondering how your own aesthetic leanings could be so compatible with those of Benito Mussolini."

•   World Design Capital status for Cape Town is "an African first" as the city kicks off a year-long celebration of culture and design.

•   Lokko cheers "Afritecture: Building Social Change," a "timely" and "ambitious" exhibition in Munich that "gives cause for hope" (her history on Mandela's built legacy is amazing - who knew?).

•   Phnom Penh kicks off a festival celebrating urban art, architecture, and ideas: "By envisaging its potential as a global city, we can create awareness for the new generation of Cambodians."

•   King finds Mires's "Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations" a "thoroughly entertaining book" (who knew the UN could have ended up in the Presidio!).

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