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Today’s News - Friday, September 5, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Beginning next week, we will be posting four days instead of five. The fifth will be a "floating" no-newsletter day, starting Monday. We'll be back Tuesday, September 9 (so we'd like to point out to you Northern Hemisphere folks to keep an eye out for the Harvest Moon on Monday!).

•   ANN Feature: Field Paoli's Moore explains why the Berkeley South Branch Library is a case study of when a Midcentury Modern building is arguably best remembered and respected through photographic and historic archives rather than reuse.

•   Hosey ponders the green building movement being "at a crossroads": "Will it continue to adapt, improve, and extend its reach, or will it become compromised and co-opted by the very forces it set out to battle?"

•   Western Australia ponders the largest planning reforms since 1963 that "includes more engagement from architects," and possibly establishing "training program for local and State Government staff and elected members in urban design and place-making principles" (what a concept!).

•   Davies is more than a bit pessimistic about the proposed development of Melbourne's Federation Square East: "Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it's all politics," and "looks more like smoke and mirrors than a realistic project."

•   The U.K.'s housing minister "blasts" the Wolfson Economics Prize-winning garden city plan as "urban sprawl. We do not intend to follow the failed example of top-down eco-towns"; URBED's Rudlin hits back.

•   Silverstein finds that a proposed and a built elevated cycletrack in London and Copenhagen "highlight questions at the heart of urban design: Should cities blend or separate transportation options? No easy answers..."

•   Despite the ongoing (horrific) crises in Iraq, "construction on Bismayah New City project is progressing well" for 100,000 residential units to accommodate around 600,000 people.

•   Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial gets tweaked again - this time sans two controversial tapestries, "but concerns remain": maybe "the columns should go up last to 'see if we can live without them'" - "unless we decide we never liked the design in the first place."

•   Steinberg waxes most poetically about how "cities are all about change" - and changes of his own: to depart PennPraxis and head to Drexel this fall.

•   Eyefuls of the Holcim Awards 2014 for Europe "for resilient and contextual projects" (great presentation).

•   Call for entries/RFQ: National Parks Now, open to teams of young professionals internationally.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Betsky on "what architects can learn from Jeff Koons": "Architecture has latched on to, used, and abused just about every way you can make art objects, except for pop art. There is no reason that you can't make pop architecture that is comfortable, firm, and delightful."

•   Floating into view in London: "HippopoThames" by the Dutch artist who floated a giant rubber duck around the world.

•   Capps can't take the floating art thing much longer: "tragedy struck London this week" - with "HippopoThames": "This art isn't all it's quacked up to be. I'm calling fowl. Cities of a feather shouldn't flock together. Oh god - it's time for a duck hunt" (the funniest read of the week - "Moon Rabbit" included!).

•   The white sandy beaches of Sandhornøy, Norway, hosts "monumental structures" that celebrate the Arctic.

•   Kamin's "Terror and Wonder" now a free e-book! ("the images look really sharp in the digital format," sayeth the Blair).

•   "Urban Design for an Urban Century" makes "a forceful argument about both the success of today's burgeoning urban environments and the challenges posed by the current move back to the cities."

•   "The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice" not generally been "seen as incredibly timely, nor relevant," but "all that changes with the 15th edition."

•   Brussat, not surprisingly, cheers Salingaros's "Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction" that "takes a scientific approach to the modernist architectural fraud, using the metaphor of a virus, but also that of a cult."

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