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Today’s News - Monday, October 5, 2015

•   Happy World Architecture Day!

•   Kamin weighs in on the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "a sprawling, captivating mixed bag" that is "by turns, surprisingly streetwise, maddeningly megalomaniacal, deeply humanistic, playfully forward-looking and head-scratchingly intellectual."

•   Wainwright finds the Biennial to be "a diverse pick'n'mix of architecture today - an intriguing hotchpotch of the strange and wonderful," but ponders "why won't it engage with the city in a more meaningful way?"

•   Q&A with the Chicago Biennial's co-curataors Herda and Grima re: their focus "on innovation, idea-generation, and global dialogue."

•   Finch tackles ethics and politics: "It is regimes that would not allow international architects to work within their borders that you really need to worry about - design is not trying to represent a fixed attitude to politics, but how culture can take its place and hold its own - a still small voice of calm, in a troubled world."

•   Waite and Fulcher on ethics and architecture: Hadid's BBC Radio 4's interview "has prompted a discussion of architects' moral responsibility," and "kick-started a media-wide debate about the morals of architecture and the idea that buildings are designed in an 'ethical void.'"

•   Architects for Social Housing target the Stirling Prize for shortlisting RSH+P's luxury Neo Bankside flats, and are "looking for an architect to design a temporary pavilion" for their planned protest at Mipim London.

•   Nouvel gets the green light for Tours Duo, two "leaning towers" on Paris's Left Bank (sure to inspire much grumbling).

•   Collective Architecture tapped to take over the transformation of Edinburgh's iconic, but currently derelict, Calton Hill: "Malcolm Fraser Architects did some brilliant design work and we're taking those plans forward."

•   A Hadid kind of day: her Moscow debut is "a stunning avant-garde office complex" that many hope will attract archi-tourists, but "the issue of public access for those who want to enjoy the interior appears to be unresolved."

•   Hohenadel shows off eyefuls of Hadid's "dizzying piece of architectural eye candy" in Moscow with a "photogenic black-and-white central atrium"; it is "easy to imagine the interior as the set of a futuristic office dramedy."

•   Eyefuls of Dame Zaha's "curvaceous" luxury tower joining "the throng of bombastic buildings" along the High Line: "Schumacher anticipates there will be 'super-cool people' in the building. Super-wealthy may be more accurate" (only $50 million for the penthouse?).

•   Woodman says "it's time to find a retirement home for some of London's less-loved memorials. It is not just the quantity, but their scale and their frequently bombastic or sentimental expression."

•   A good reason to head to the City of Brotherly Love this week: DesignPhiladelphia's "most ambitious project ever," with architects transforming a forgotten, dumpster-lined alley into the Pearl Street Passage.

•   The winner and other teams of VAI/USNPS "National Parks Now" competition launch pilot projects.

•   Back in Chicago, three winners take home 2015 Burnham Prize with their single images that explore the question: What is the State of the Art of Architecture today?

•   Rural Urban Framework takes home the 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize for its efforts to address depopulating villages and "China's unprecedented rural-to-urban migration."

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