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Today’s News - Thursday, August 13, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is a "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, August 17.

•   Zeiger checks out what some of the players in the L.A. River saga are saying about Gehry wading into the water; some are oh-so politically correct, others - not so much.

•   Miranda tries to grok why planners in the 60s decided to run a freeway through L.A.'s "prettiest park."

•   Seattle was all set to move forward with Corner's waterfront plan - until "a new kid on the block" decided to "shake things up" with an alternative proposal (High Line-style park included).

•   Appelbaum considers his own Superstorm Sandy experience in Lower Manhattan that has him "rethinking Jane Jacobs in the era of climate change," and finds himself defending the kind of density "that would make Jacobs spit."

•   A look at how the Archive Institute is using urban planning and architectural history "to prevent numerous infectious diseases through the redesign of urban housing."

•   The Committee for Sydney's chief executive lays out some of the "game-changers for affordable housing" in a new initiative, "A City For All" (inclusionary zoning included).

•   Davidson x 2: he explains why mandatory inclusionary zoning may be the "dullest, most important phrase in New York": though it's a "cryptic string of words," it "could make the city both more desirable and more affordable" (carrots and sticks included).

•   He spends more than one wine-laced lunch with Nouvel and pens a most intriguing profile of the "master without a style": "What makes him interesting is the interaction of his talent and his flaws - the fact that an architectural genius can also be an egomaniacal sculptor" (a great read!).

•   Rogers hits out at the cancellation of Hadid's Tokyo stadium: "Japan lost its nerve."

•   Libeskind gets a green light for his 26-story, mixed-use "Pyramid" (literally!) in Jerusalem ("the requisite boutique hotel, and a rooftop observatory and restaurant" included).

•   Call for entries: Black Rock City (Burning Man) Street Plan Design Competition (who could resist!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Betsky ignored the naysayers who told him to skip SelgasCano's Serpentine Pavilion because it's "a meaningless structure. I was pleasantly surprised. These architects seem to just wanna have fun, and, what is more important, make us wanna have fun too."

•   Darley is fairly dazzled by Murcutt's "Touch the Earth Lightly" in Glasgow: "to find the work of that quiet, thoughtful soloist, glowing out of the darkness of the Lighthouse's reticent yet generous warehouse space is a considerable treat."

•   "Sydney Modern Project" at the Art Gallery of NSW shows off "the art gallery that Sydney is not getting" - along with the one it is.

•   In South Jakarta, "Supermodels" celebrates a century of Dutch design and architecture.

•   "Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia" is a "huge retrospective" at Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art.

•   Art museums across New Orleans remember the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, but "they barely seem to be about Katrina at all"; many "ruled out so-called disaster porn because of what they could trigger."

•   McDonald's "Conservation for Cities: How to Plan & Build Natural Infrastructure" is "a practical manual for anyone interested in the benefits of integrating natural infrastructure into our cities."

•   Can DiCaprio and Scorsese pull of "Devil in the White City"?


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