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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

•   ArcSpace offers 7 must-read architectural manifestos: even though they've "become a somewhat unfashionable genre, architects should let themselves be reminded of just how much debate a few adequately polemical lines in a book can spark."

•   Architects beware: Bernstein reports that the California Supreme Court "ruled that two large firms could be forced to pay damages" to condominium owners "who claimed their apartments were too hot - years after the developer rejected the architects' recommendation to use low-E glass."

•   Critics beware: Zaha sues Filler and NYRB for defamation of character for a review she claims exposed her "to public ridicule and contempt, depriving her of confidence and injuring her good name and reputation."

•   Filler follows with an "I regret the error."

•   Parker takes the pulse on Charleston's love/hate debate over Cloepfil's design for Clemson University's new architecture school.

•   Welton reports on the "saga unfolding over modern versus traditional" in a historic Raleigh neighborhood: the "two sides to this story turn on the definition of one word: compatible. It's also about evolution in architecture - and Cherry's Craftsman-inspired home is a walking, talking example of that."

•   Bernstein reports on "Taliesin troubles": The FLW School of Architecture is set to lose its accreditation, and is "open to forming a partnership with an accredited institution, which would allow the school to continue offering degrees."

•   More on architecture's "glass ceiling" for women: "the hurdles haven't changed."

•   Rotenberk looks at two sides of the debate going on in Chicago re: the city's cultural boom, and how underserved communities vying for some of the projects "say that art and culture can be a major factor in renewing neighborhoods" - and help reduce crime.

•   McLaren offers an in-depth look at socially-conscious design organizations that "should telegraph to designers and architects that they need not be just another 'brick in the wall.'"

•   Berg offers his take on why over-the-top proposals may never be built, "but such outlandish designs profoundly influence how our cities will be built"; some "crackpot architectural ideas of the past are becoming built parts of our cities."

•   Kantchev considers some of the over-the-top architecture that is making Astana, Kazakhstan, "a hotbed for architectural experimentation," transforming it into "Manhattan on the Steppe."

•   Millard ponders whether "resilience has eclipsed sustainability as a core design concept" that calls for "a new definition that involves interdependent systems of infrastructure, resources, transportation, security, and culture."

•   McKean reports on Tokyo's "refuge parks" that are really "cleverly disguised survival bunkers" that will "allow entire districts to survive the critically important first 72 hours following a disaster" (benches become cooking stoves, manholes double as toilets, and food and water under the verdant hills).

•   King gives us a sneak-peek at five competing visions for a swath of San Francisco's Presidio: "for all the visual flourishes, they emphasize the practical over the poetic."

•   Lange offers her take on artificial turf, "one more park taboo" that is being broken: "Designers celebrate its good points...rather than apologizing for it as ersatz. Unfortunately, we can't just roll out the green carpet."

•   Saffron has high hopes for Philly's new Dilworth Park that shows all indications of being "a welcoming civic space" - above and below ground.

•   An alphabet soup of green groups join forces to create one rating system.

•   Supporters rally to restore SAH's flood-damaged Sullivan/Wright-designed HQ in Chicago.

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