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Today’s News - Friday, March 21, 2014

•   Szenasy pens a poignant In Memoriam to Metropolis's Horace Havemeyer III: "He loved design. He respected architecture. He was fascinated by the creative mind" (and we will truly miss him).

•   Culvahouse pays personal tribute to Allen Eskew, who Tim first met as a student at Tulane in 1978: "because he always sought to bring people up as he brought them along, he has left both city and firm able, strong, and ever optimistic."

•   Plan to spend some time tooling around Bloomberg/BusinessWeek's "The Design Issue 2014" (it's worth wading through some annoyingly-jumpy home page graphics).

•   Olcayto explains why the Owen Hatherley - Sam Jacob split over the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is "not really surprising. Their world views are, in fact, poles apart. The surprise was, in retrospect, that they managed to come together in the first place."

•   Zaha's "curvy futuristic $450 million Dongdaemun Design Plaza meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital" opened today. "And not everyone is happy with the outcome."

•   Another (great) look at how a handful of new starchitect-designed "towers along Manhattan's 57th Street will cast a pall across Central Park," and those who hope "to stop more from rising."

•   Lubell reports on OMA's "collection of near-misses in California," and the San Francisco high-rise project that just might break the curse.

•   Chaban spends some serious time with Calatrava: "To understand one of the most unknowable architects of his generation, a good place to start is with his art" (and gets some interesting insights about the now value-engineered WTC transit hub and working on the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church nearby).

•   Pasternack gets into the engineering details of what makes Moscow's Shukhov Tower so impressive (aside from it looking like "a cross between the fantastic visions of Dr. Seuss and the avant-garde geometry of Malevich").

•   Heathcote waxes poetic about the "poetic architecture" of Barragán and Bo Bardi's own homes, and how each rebelled against Le Corbusier's contention that "a house is a machine for living in" (fab photos, too!).

•   Hume "walks us through ROM's architectural history - from historic to flashy."

•   An impressive roster in the 2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards, including the Gold Medal.

•   Eyefuls of the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Speaking of Zaha's Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the "Designed to Win" exhibition, imported from London's Design Museum, opened today.

•   "A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky" at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers "captivating images of natural and man-made landscape that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris."

•   Brussat (mostly) cheers Dover and Massengale's "Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns": "Except for its el-cheapo sans-serif typeface, it is a great roadmap to greater cities and towns."

•   Vidler cheers Maxwell's "Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowhow: Learning to Live with Uncertainty": "This scholar's evident love for buildings is beautifully conveyed to his readers."

•   Genadt offers high praise for "Kengo Kuma - Complete Works" - though not actually "complete," it is "a careful collection of 25 of the architect's outstanding buildings."

•   Carey gives (mostly) thumbs-up to van de Water's "You Can't Change China, China Changes You," a "rich and fervent account" of the Dutch architect's first five years in China.

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