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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's take on OMA's G-Star Raw HQ in Amsterdam, where the Koolhaas/Dutch jeans company "combination seemed like a natural fit."

•   Goldhagen's take-away from the Venice Biennale: "It is ironic justice that Koolhaas's very failure to control the message in the national pavilions is precisely what makes this year's show the most illuminating and important exploration of architectural culture in recent history."

•   A great Q&A with Herzog re: the Biennale's Swiss Pavilion and the prospect of one day curating his own Biennale: "If I did so, it would be about the impossibility of displaying architecture."

•   Bentley has high hopes for Chicago's Biennial: it's "a perfect time and place to put big questions to our designers, artists, and architects, pressing them to start a conversation that will go beyond the expo pamphlets and cocktail parties."

•   Hume on the Manhattanization of Toronto and why it's a good thing: "What makes Manhattan unique" is its "passionate embrace of density. That's where Toronto has trouble."

•   Sydney's Urban Taskforce tasks two architects to figure out how the city "can welcome up to 100 new towers in next 50 years."

•   D'Eramo minces no words about what he thinks of UNESCO's World Heritage Site program: it's "a serial killer of cities wandering about the planet" that "drains the lifeblood from glorious villages and ancient metropolises, embalming them in a brand-name time warp."

•   Brussat considers D'Eramo's "infantile essay" about UNESCO's "urbanicide": "we wouldn't need to anoint great places as World Heritage Sites if modernism did not make them so rare."

•   Ijeh considers: "What did Scotland do for architecture? ...whatever the result of the referendum, its architects will continue to transform the built environment well beyond the bonnie braes of their homeland."

•   London's planning chiefs "are privately seething after being dragged into legal proceedings" about Holl's Maggie's Centre for St. Bart's hospital.

•   Berg takes on what Ban's Pritzker win means beyond making him a celebrity architect: "it has also reframed humanitarian architecture as world-class alongside all those fancy houses and museums."

•   Rosenbaum's take on the "Zaha brouhaha": why is she "now being uniquely and unfairly saddled with the burden of becoming standard-bearer for the social conscience of architects? Because of her big mouth. Her 'mistake,' as a woman who abrasively speaks her mind without a filter, was being forthright about what most other architects prudently avoid discussing."

•   Altabe has thrown her "share of bricks" at Hadid, "but the hits she's taking for the problems of the construction workers in Qatar aren't fair. I'm on her side in her pushback."

•   Kozlowska queries: "acclaimed architects design buildings in some of the most oppressive countries. Are they neutral artists, or should they take more ethical responsibility for their projects?"

•   Stott rounds up "6 reasons why Hadid shouldn't have sued the New York Review of Books."

•   Q+A with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO re: news of the FLW School of Architecture pending accreditation loss, and the school's past, present, and future.

•   Efforts are underway to save the only FLW-designed house in Florida (a very cool hemicycle home), and transform it into "an all-around public legacy."

•   The shortlist for BD's Carbuncle Cup 2014 is announced (we'll know which won tomorrow).

•   Call for entries (registration deadline looms!): vision42design proposal for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard for 42nd Street in New York City.

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