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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is a no-newsletter day. We'll be back Friday, October 16.

•   ANN is pleased to introduce "A Filtered View," a new series of musings by Charles F. Bloszies; up first: "Buckminster Fuller (Not Al Gore) Invented the Internet."

•   Sorkin minces no words in his critique of the critics when it comes to their reviews of Whitney: the "focus on the mismatch between inside and out is ubiquitous" and filled with "generic tropes" (and "flatulence").

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the "ambitious" Chicago Architecture Biennial that "banishes the stars and anoints a new generation," though "can't quite decide if it wants to smash the idea of an architectural establishment into bits or simply announce that a new one is ascendant" ("patricide" included).

•   Heathcote parses Caruso St John's two new London galleries: "The balance in the city's art scene is changing - it is the private institutions that are making the biggest noise."

•   King x 2: DS+R's McMurtry Building at Stanford University "shows why the hiring of hot architects can be a two-edged sword - a would-be showcase of the arts tucked within architecture that wants to attract attention as a work of art in itself. Eye-popping? You bet."

•   He explains why "architecture matters" to the future of San Francisco's "ragged but regal Market Street," which requires more "than simply filling in the blanks."

•   McAuley is quite taken by a little known, light-filled art museum built in the 1930s on a kibbutz in Israel that "has inspired some of the 20th century's most iconic buildings" (it's stunning!).

•   Zeiger "ponders what happened to experimentation in Los Angeles": "The time for thoughtful experimentation is neither behind us nor in some far off future - "Blade Runner" was set in 2019 - it's now."

•   Thorpe reports on a new report that "tries to establish what does and doesn't work in making densification successful and popular. But are the solutions it offers sufficient to ensure success?"

•   Capps offers some sage advice on "how to keep your city weird" (in good ways): "To protect a city's character, residents need to welcome change. Picking character over people winds up hurting both."

•   A great analysis of 8 cities that are showing us what the future will look like: "after human beings started putting their minds toward designing cities as a whole, things are getting good."

•   In Sydney, the "skyscraper debate reaches farcical new heights" (a "bout of skyscraper envy" included).

•   Architectus and Make Architects are doing their bit to assuage that envy with their One Carrington Street Sydney.

•   Stephens digs deep into the details of LAX's Terminal 5 renovation: "walls are unadorned, and the space feels eerie and un-luxurious. The renovation is one of the countless elements in an $8 billion massive modernization program intended to remedy this situation."

•   The 2015 German Architecture Prize "recognizes sustainability over glamour" by honoring Sauerbruch Hutton's Immanuel Church in Cologne.

•   Australian-born Donald Gray takes home the €50,000 Rafael Manzano Architecture Prize for Classical Architecture and Monument Restoration.

•   CTBUH receives the NBM's 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction.

•   Call for applications for Next City Vanguard 2016 conference in Houston next May.

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