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Today’s News - Friday, December 5, 2014

•   In the 10th installment of ANN's Nuts + Bolts series, Stark charts a course from career bewilderment to career betterment: "Be curious, be adventurous, and, when necessary, be assertive."

•   It only took 10 years, but the U.S., Canada, and Mexico now have an agreement allowing architects to practice across North American borders.

•   RIBA does a u-turn re: its call for the UIA to boycott Israel: "We got it wrong" (legalities and £100,000 in lost income might have had something to do with it).

•   A "peace deal" is reached over Holl's controversial Maggie's Centre: it will now include "shared facilities which will improve the grade I-listed Great Hall's desirability for weddings and other commercial bookings."

•   Farrelly is more than cynical about the recent international Bays Precinct Summit in Sydney, a city which "has a way of making cynics from even the most hardened idealists" (especially when there's a "veritable pack of pachyderms" in the room).

•   Turnbull and Atkinson take issue with Farrelly's take on the summit: it was "ground-breaking and unlike anything we have ever seen here in Australia. Of course a little cynicism can be healthy," but "it was clear that this wasn't just another conference."

•   Raptopoulos continues her series on storm-proofing the city with a great Q&A with the Rockefeller Foundation's Kete, who "explains how their ability to move money fast can leverage better federal spending."

•   Heathcote pens a heartfelt ode to the fragile mortality of buildings, ancient and modern: "Whether due to war, religion, taste or nature, architecture is mortal. It is always endangered."

•   King parses the five designs proposed for San Francisco's Presidio: "If the competition has taught us one thing, it's that oversized gimmicks are not what anyone wants. The Bay Area deserves a park that doesn't just look good in photographs, but flourishes in real life."

•   Litt reports on the "muted praise" given Foster's now-approved plans for Cleveland Clinic/CWRU Health Education Campus: "It wasn't a 'wow,' but it was a 'yes,'" even though it is "a less than exciting example of his prowess as one of the most famous architects alive."

•   The proposed Berke/RATIO-designed Cummins HQ in Indianapolis gets quite a different response: it's "elegant, bold and distinctive" - a "cantilevered, twinkling steel and glass behemoth snuggles firmly into a soft bed of foliage" that "invites the sun inside and welcomes nature lovers outside."

•   Shubow, who's fighting tooth-and-nail against Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design, says "Gehry is right" (gasp!) about 98% of today's architecture being sh!t.

•   Wilkinson Eyre is none too happy that the "Tree of Life" proposed for Expo 2015 in Milan "bears a suspiciously close resemblance to their award-winning steel 'super trees'" at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay (but say there will be no suit).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kats says "Uneven Growth" at MoMA "shows architects who are full of good intentions - if only their ideas for improving ailing cities were just as good."

•   "Despite enlightened intentions," Hadid's show at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery "has unfortunately only added fuel to a remarkably intense fire" of controversy that follows her.

•   "Running on Reserve: Architectures of the Reservoir" delves into the Bauhaus Lab 2014, tracing "the relationship between functional architecture such as grain silos on the aesthetics of modernism."

•   Kats cheers both Palm Springs' new Architecture and Design Center and its inaugural exhibition: the "Center is an homage to Stewart Williams, both inside and out."

•   "After Hurricane Sandy: Rebuild by Design" exhibition and symposium lands in Berlin.

•   Peirce parses Rodin's "The Resilience Dividend," which makes the argument that "the resilience of cities lies in the strength of their neighborhoods."

•   In Tokyo, "Toyo Ito: The Making of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House 2005-2014" invites visitors to "share his vision and observe the creative process."

•   Heathcote's pick of the best architecture and design books of the year.

•   Urban explorer and "Abandoned Planet" author Govia explains why he's "addicted to decay" and "what it's like to be a ruin-porn photographer.


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