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Today’s News - Friday, September 12, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Monday is next week's "floating" no-newsletter day. We'll be back Tuesday, September 16.

•   Jacobs parses 1WTC and the how and why the "skyscraper we thought we were building is completely different from the one we actually built" (it's "not half bad" as long as you don't "look at it up close").

•   Bargmann parses the "other 9/11 Memorial" taking shape in Shanksville, PA: it's "on its way to being astonishingly beautiful," but its "delay is a national disgrace."

•   A new report "paints a bleak picture of a world that's rapidly running out of time" when it comes to climate change: "We're 20 years away from catastrophe" (yikes!).

•   Dittmar cheers Urbed's Wolfson Prize-winning Garden Cities proposal.

•   Rogers, on the other hand, says building Garden Cities on greenbelts is "a ridiculous idea."

•   Heathcote gives (mostly) thumbs-up to RSH+P's Cheesegrater: it's "a landmark that, despite its height, has the dignity to not shout too loud" (too bad about the "benches-cum-barriers pocked with the biggest and ugliest anti-skateboard studs I've ever seen").

•   Eyefuls of the very long shortlist for the Australian Institute of Architects' 2014 National Architecture Awards.

•   Call for entries: 2014 World Cities Day Challenge for ideas pioneered by your city that other cities should adopt + WoodWorks 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards (projects must be in the U.S.).

•   Weekend diversions (with a British bent):

•   London Design Festival 2014 launches tomorrow with over 300 events and exhibitions + Eyefuls of Hadid's LDF entry - an "elegant wave" hovering over a pond at the V&A Museum.

•  Moore cheers Lasdun's Royal College of Physicians celebrated in "The Anatomy of a Building" and his new book, and Edwin Smith's "serene, mesmeric photographs" at the RIBA.

•   In St. Louis, "Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association" showcases early drawings of bunches of starchitects that "reflect the art- and pop-inflected influences that characterized Boyarsky's AA" (great pix!).

•   In Dallas, Heatherwick takes center stage at the Nasher in his first North American museum show (it will travel).

•   Kats's Q&A with Tel Aviv-based Sagiv, the first architect on a curatorial team for the São Paulo Biennial, re: "fitting his vision" into Oscar Niemeyer's 1957 Pavilion Ceccillio Matarazzo (great pix).

•   An architect and an artist team up for "House in Motion" at the Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen.

•   Nobel is totally taken by Rohan's "The Architecture of Paul Rudolph": "clearly written, beautifully published, and long-overdue - you can see in Rohan's unrelenting Rudolph - if you dare to look, if your psyche can take it - the fears and faults and dreams of every architect worthy of the name."

•   Merkel cheers Belogolovsky's "exemplary new monograph" on Harry Seidler, and Vignelli's design - "square, bold, spare, and black-and-white - matches the architect's aesthetic vision."

•   Medina minces no words about Koolhaas's "15-volume look into architectural elements is exhaustive and exhausting, mad and maddening."


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