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Today’s News - Thursday, October 1, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day; we'll be back Monday, October 5 (unless Hurricane Joaquin has other plans).

•   ANN feature: Taylor says LACMA's "Frank Gehry" tries a bit too hard to prove that his work "distinguished him as an urbanist" - "The curator doth protest too much."

•   Hawthorne says the show offers "a view of Gehry that is deeply informed if always admiring," but "barely scratches the surface of Gehry's unorthodox working method - or the projects that have slid off track."

•   Kennicott has a few reservations about "this otherwise compelling exhibition": "tying Gehry's work together proves almost impossible, and one is better served by looking at the questions he is asking about architecture."

•   Dunlap reports from the opposite coast: Condé Nast may have left 4 Times Square, but Gehry's 15-year-old cafeteria will remain: "It's aged very well."

•   Bozikovic sees H&deM's proposed Vancouver Art Gallery as "a sensitive response to Vancouver's building culture and a dramatic argument for doing things differently" by focusing "on an urbanistic and architectural vision that is bold and compelling."

•   Griffin calls the VAG design "distinctive and dynamic," and "looks both contemporary and totemic."

•   Geller, on the other hand, is not convinced: he likes "the many covered outdoor spaces. However, while the architects said the building design was inspired by its context and the city, I do not think it honors Vancouver."

•   Heathcote delves into how museums have "again emerged as a tool for engendering a sense of the collective consciousness of otherwise fractured communities."

•   Bliss reports on the "backlash" to FR-EE's High Line-style park in Mexico City: "Critics say the Corredor Cultural Chapultepec is not the kind of public space the city desperately needs" (and will it be truly "public"?).

•   Arquitectonica wins big in Luxembourg (and BIG loses out) on a project that will be the city's tallest building.

•   UC Berkeley graduate students and Kuma come together to design Nest We Grow, a self-sustaining vertical farm in Japan - tea room included (very cool!).

•   Chatham University's new home for its Falk School of Sustainability is on "a bucolic 388-acre farm" north of Pittsburgh.

•   Mruk minces no words re: why "architecture's outdated, costly and time-consuming qualification process" needs a "gut rehab" (what other profession averages 14.5 years to become licensed?!!?).

•   Oto Arquitectos' visitor center on the Cape Verde island of Fogo (ArchDaily's 2015 Building of the Year) has been consumed by a volcano: "It took us seven years after we won the competition and it lived seven months."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Great preview guides to NYC's 5th annual Archtober festival and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

•   Kats's Q&A with "Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles" curator Rago re: "the show, hypothetical home design, and the future of L.A. architecture."

•   Good timing for "HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern" at the Carnegie Museum of Art: it "has lessons to offer" a city planning its future: "much of what Pittsburgh's efforts inspired was the audacity to think big - it is thinking big again."

•   Kahn cheers a Chinese architect finally getting a retrospective at NYC's Museum of Chinese in America: "Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968" is a treasure trove of his "family's rediscovered material."

•   Medina queries Goldberger re: "Gehry's peculiar psyche, his triumphs and disappointments, and giving reporters the finger," as told in the new tome "Building Art."

•   Chow's "Changing Chinese Cities" argues that "it is possible - indeed preferable - for Chinese cities to modernize without superseding their traditional aspects, and calls for a more nuanced approach to urban design."

•   Q&A with King re: his "Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco" that "describes 50 of his favorite architectural works - some well-known icons and other obscure treasures."

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