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Today’s News - Monday, November 9, 2015

EDITORO'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day. We'll be back Wednesday, November 11.

•   Escher takes Giovannini to task for his "insulting and condescending tone" in articles criticizing Zumthor's LACMA plans: "His platitudes become tiresome" - politics and architecture "have little do with each other and muddling these issues serves no one."

•   McKenna continues his mourning for Edinburgh's beauty being ravaged by "small minds" of the city council's "numpties and panjandrums" who, after approving "a vast gold-plated hotel," are about to sign off on "another hotel for the elite" that has "the appearance of Mickey Mouse's head."

•   Rinaldi ponders the pros and cons of design review rules: "Ugly might be hard to define, but there is widespread agreement that it's on the rise. So are regulations. Would design rules create a better-looking city?"

•   Schumacher has issues with renderings for Milwaukee's Lakefront Gateway Plaza, in which most of the people "are white and dripping with hipster chic" - and even the design team agrees: "In hindsight, I'm not sure I can explain why it happened, but it shouldn't have happened."

•   After years of urban decay and civil war, Koffi & Diabate Architectes is determined to improve its home town of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, through design.

•   Cohen delves into why "preservation of existing buildings might be key for enhancing a city's sustainability," but "advocacy will likely do little without significant policy reform."

•   Bey queries Ross Barney re: why "good design is social justice - and her hope to design the Obama Library."

•   The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects' new president "aims to arm members with sound economic arguments to ensure a more 'landscape led' approach to the urban environment that would see green infrastructure embedded into all projects."

•   Eyefuls of Adjaye's almost completed Aishti Foundation in Beirut, a seafront project that combines "two, often conflicting, worlds" - an art gallery and shopping center.

•   Wayne Richards revisits Diamond Schmitt's 1985 YMCA in downtown Toronto that is not "just one more" on its long project list: "the Y continues to endure, resonate and inspire. The building transcends matters of style."

•   An international team of architects, engineers, and scientists have big plans to rebuild a colossal, 400-foot-tall Colossus of Rhodes housing a library, museum, and more, and would be clad "in golden solar panels, making it entirely self-sufficient, which is appropriate for the Greek god of the sun."

•   To "understand what the city of the future might look like, a good place to start would be" the WAF Award winners: "It's the best in breed and the best in show"; World Building of the Year goes to OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren (sorry - this future looks scary to us).

•   Eyefuls of the Australian Institute of Architects 2015 National Architecture Awards (a very small barn in Tasmania included). - The 39 U.S. DOT 2015 TIGER Grant winners divvy up $500 million; standout projects include BRT and bike trails.

•   One we couldn't resist: "20 design words you should never use: Aspirational: Euphemism for extremely and unnecessarily expensive."

•   Call for entries: Storefront's Taking Buildings Down - removal is all that is allowed + 2016 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.

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