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Today’s News - Thursday, August 6, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: This being August, we've decided to make tomorrow a second "floating" no-newsletter day this week, and we're taking Monday off as well. We'll be back Tuesday, August 11.

•   Eyefuls of the Chicago Architecture Biennial's Lakefront Kiosk competition winners, finalists, and honorable mentions.

•   Hosey bemoans that while "celebrity gives architects extraordinary power to address the injustices that intersect their work, too few architects do" (ouch!).

•   Bayley ponders whether "architecture would be better off without" global stars, like Hadid, who "do not want to respect their client or his site, but to venerate themselves" (double ouch!).

•   Capps considers whether the "first national World War I memorial should be restored before another is added," especially when so many competition entries "treat Pershing Park as if it were a vacant lot."

•   Brussat finds it "disappointing but hardly surprising" that so few of the WWI Memorial competition entries are classical or traditional: "Much of this reflects the folly of architectural education today, where learning how to design takes second place to purging design intuition and inculcating the novelty mania."

•   A look at how - and why - Tulane's architecture school (once considered "a little stuffy") "became a community builder" after Hurricane Katrina: "After the storm, the school reinvented itself as a destination for students and faculty interested in building in low-income neighborhoods and fragile environments."

•   CTBUH 2015 10 Year Award Winner: Calatrava's Turning Torso in Malmö for being "one of those superb examples that went beyond the creation of a signature tower and helped shape an entirely new and invigorating urban fabric."

•   Call for entries (lots of 'em!): 2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture (deadline looms!) + Contract's 37th Annual Interiors Awards + FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition for Governors Island + Krakow Oxygen Home: a community center for people with lung cancer.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Taylor-Hochberg offers a fascinating take on "Frank Gehry," post- Pompidou and pre-LACMA: both shows have "been shaped largely by Gehry himself," which "raises an interesting question: does it compromise an exhibition's critical integrity if the creator of its contents also handles its design?" (in this case, probably not).

•   Snoad takes a look at "Vienna, the Pearl of the Reich: Planning for Hitler": the "unflinching exhibition uncovers how the city's architects collaborated in a frenzy of Nazi urban planning." (egos and "dick-swinging" included).

•   Shaw has a swell time at Cosmo, this year's MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program pavilion, but with a caveat: the "spectacular water-filtering monstrosity is brilliant in so many ways, but MoMA has turned YAP into a green-washed farce that makes it impossible for young architects to make truly architecturally engaging work."

•   Mayne and Yi discuss their "Haiti Now" - "a herculean resource on post-disaster urbanism in Haiti."

•   In "Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society," Simpson "shares his critical perspectives on aging in place, the history of aging communities, and the future of retirement."

•   Fischel "prescribes curbs on excessive local land use regulation" in "Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation," suggesting that "communities should 'make only little plans.'"

•   Brussat re-reads de Botton's "The Architecture of Happiness": it "is fun and worth reading," but it's also "a debate with himself that he loses."

•   A great excerpt from Cooper Marcus and Sachs' "Therapeutic Landscapes": "While they can be very successful, there are now too many examples of labyrinths that are poorly sited, badly designed, or just shouldn't be there."


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