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Today’s News - Friday, November 7, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Monday is next week's "floating" no-newsletter day. We'll be back Tuesday, November 11.

•   If architecture is being "subsumed as a profession, denigrated to a position beneath project management and contracting in the pecking order," Kelly suggests "ways architects can remind the public that architecture is essential to the quality of civic life."

•   Edelson ponders whether the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art can "claim lineage to Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe's Chicago work. Right now, it's tough to say - as Mies said, 'The devil is in the details.'"

•   Amaya shares her personal exploration of the "rapid urbanization" of "village cities" from Bogotá to Bombay (fascinating!).

•   Despite some vociferous critics, plans for the £2 billion, SOM/BDP-designed redevelopment of London's Covent Garden are set to be approved (towers included)..

•   Kaufman reports on plans to give Minneapolis some much-needed green space, but "when is a free park not a free park? The saga is enough to make one's head spin."

•   Brake traipses the High Line at the Rail Yards, and concludes it "would be a mistake" to polish up the new segment to resemble the other portions: "The public deserves to see this piece as it was. It was the power of the remnant landscape that became the reason for the preservation of the elevated line itself" (Corner may agree).

•   Nelson Byrd Woltz offers a long-range plan for Houston's Memorial Park to make it more resilient, but "explaining to Houstonians that their park is not what they always thought it was and that restoring it to an essentially pre-historic ecology may be the most sustainable solution has proved challenging."

•   Crosbie cheers the new Visual & Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University: it is "a playfully provocative and engaging building that reflects the unconventionality of the artists who work and study there...who gain creative energy from the architecture."

•   A look at Svigals + Partners' design for the Sandy Hook Elementary School: "The trick was to make it more secure while balancing those things that make a school wonderful."

•   Eyefuls (not just a list this time) of the 2014 National Architecture Awards winners (great presentations).

•   Grima and Herda announce the title for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (an homage to Tigerman's 1977 conference), and Iwan Baan signs on as first participant creating new work.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A good reason to head to Hobart's buzzing arts hub: the Australian Design Biennale + A good reason to head to L.A.: 3rd Annual DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made in the West Hollywood Design District.

•   Heathcote and Jones weigh in on the field of 888,246 ceramic poppies populating the Tower of London's moat: it's a "blend of spectacle and 'edutainment' - memory as spectacle" + "There is a fake nobility to it. What a lie" - WWI was "not noble. A meaningful mass memorial to this horror would not be dignified or pretty. The moat should be filled with barbed wire and bones. That would mean something."

•   Flint traces Corbu's steps for a "dreamy" research project to write "Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow": it was "a window into how Europe is - or isn't - celebrating one of the great figures of the 20th century."

•   "Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory" reveals a design process that "relies on patience and slowness, a refreshing counterpoint to the rapid-fire modular design of today."

•   Ferro brings us eyefuls of "architectural fantasies that will make your brain hurt" from "Imagine Architecture" ("blatantly apocalyptic" - what fun!).


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