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Today’s News - Monday, September 28, 2015

•   Berke to step into Stern's shoes as the dean of Yale School of Architecture (the first woman in the school's 100-year history).

•   Moore parses the good and not-so-good sides of Hadid, "a visionary whose ideas don't always make sense - the shape comes first, the means of achieving it follow. She is forthright, funny, passionate, sometimes generous, sometimes furious."

•   Feary bemoans the waning relevance of architects, who "arrive far too late in the political and real estate food chain to be of any real significance in initiating how the built environment is produced."

•   Bakshian sees not much more than "monumental egos" and "narcissists" among the finalists for the national World War I memorial: "'Attack of the Mole People,' anyone?"

•   Miranda has a field day with the Petersen Automotive Museum's "gloriously bad redo," though "there is something about the building's willful awfulness that I have to admire."

•   Dittmar parses the National Trust's embrace of post-modernism and its "brutal utopias": "much of the appeal of brutalism is a nostalgia for this optimism and vigor in the public sector [and] desire to move away from the fractured corporate-dominated world we live in."

•   Harclerode sees a partial preservation victory in the (sort of) recycling of Pei's 1949 Gulf Oil Building in Atlanta (at least it wasn't totally demolished).

•   Meades ponders "the brutal charm of the Soviet bus stop. The norm is wild going on savage - they certainly don't lack grandeur and audacity" (Herwig's stunning photos prove it!).

•   Schumacher cheers the competition to design a segment of Milwaukee's lakefront and "truly smart design work from some finalists," but worries the "tiny park" is being asked to do too much - the project's scope should be expanded.

•   Cohen isn't going NIMBY with his call to "stop building mediocre parklets" - they "are a clever form of tactical urbanism that theoretically reminds people that streets are public pace," but "pavement parks" are better.

•   Tuckey explains how well-designed outdoor spaces can bring communities together.

•   Bernstein cheers Manhattan's new salt shed: it is "an architectural gem - a shapely concrete container that is winning rave reviews - even from people who have no idea what it's for."

•   Eyefuls of Wardle's summer pavilion at the National Gallery of Victoria, a "meadow of fuchsia pink, orange and purple blooms" designed with a chuckle in mind: "We thought, with some humor, of paying reverence to another Sydney."

•   A round-up of Israeli architects who are "finding their place in the international design scene" + Eyefuls of 7 Israeli workspaces "that achieve the ultimate degree of awesomeness."

•   Adjaye in his own words re: "the people and places that fire up his creative juices and how architecture can - and should - change the world."

•   Rhodes offers a fascinating look at the "bizarre, bony-looking future of algorithmic design," and the "distinction between explicit design and generative design."

•   Call for entries: Architizer's 4th Annual A+Awards + Meeting the Architecture 2030 Challenge: redesign the facade of 200 Park Avenue + Baldwin's "70 Years Bold" Design Competition: design a commemorative door knob.

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