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Today’s News - Thursday, December 17, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, December 21. (Just a heads-up: we'll only be posting Monday and Tuesday next week.)

•   ANN feature: In Bloszies' A Filtered View #3, he tackles the paradox of a socially progressive but architecturally conservative San Francisco: "'Disruption' is the new buzz-word, but our new architecture (with a few exceptions) is anything but disruptive."

•   Cuff takes on L.A. NIMBYs objecting to a new Saitowitz project who use the D-word "hurled at every project Angelenos want to defeat. Density is inevitable; the only questions are how we build it and where we want it."

•   Wainwright parses the two new designs (by Ito and Kuma - perhaps) for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium: "they look like a fried egg and a stack of saucers," and "might seem a bit bargain-basement - the whole process has been a sorry but familiar saga."

•   Scharmen has some issues with Assemble's Turner Prize win: "No one seems to have asked 'but is it architecture?'"

•   Lamster and Lange pen a most amusing year in review, handing out lots of hilariously-named prizes "with no shortage of material, focusing on works demanding praise and damnation - sometimes both."

•   Anderton offers a great Q&A with Herda re: the Chicago Architectural Biennial: "don't expect to find showy formal experiments or a definitive new architectural 'ism.'"

•   Canada names its team for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

•   Sisson rounds up "10 neighborhoods that have influenced U.S. architecture."

•   We'll find out in January which of five teams will be tapped to design the Canadian Canoe Museum (it won't be easy - it's an impressive list).

•   Saffron has more than a few quibbles with how Philly is portrayed in the film "Creed": the city "is in the midst of its own Rocky-like comeback. Yet [it] leaves you with the impression that the city is still a dysfunctional, hard-luck place" that it was in the 1970s.

•   Green, on a more glamorous Hollywood note, finds out from Chip Sullivan what landscape architects (and architects, for that matter) can learn from Tinsel Town. Why? "Because they are 'creating the landscapes we all want to be in.'"

•   Hall Kaplan, usually one of our favorite curmudgeons, ends the year on a positive note, finding inspiration in UCLA Landscape Architecture graduate student presentations.

•   One we couldn't resist: A town in North Carolina (pop. 809) "bans solar for fear it will 'suck up all the energy from the sun'" (written by an NC native who is totally embarrassed - and funny).

•   Call for entries (deadline reminder): Meeting the Architecture 2030 Challenge ($15,000 prize).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Landon lauds "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie" at NYC's National Academy: "the architectural world has begun embracing with renewed interest the ideas he first articulated in the 1960s. Again and again, the show returns to themes that first took shape in Habitat 67."

•   Byrnes cheers "Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc: Une architecture du Québec moderne, 1958-1974" at UQAM in Montreal: "If there's one group of architects that best represents the Quiet Revolution that swept through 1960s Quebec, it's PGL."

•   Josef Frank takes center stage at the MAK in Vienna: "his work has been little known up until recently, perhaps because of his anti-doctrinaire, middle-ground approach" (great pix!).

•   Aliento cheers Michler's "Hyperlocalization of Architecture" for being "a richly textured exploration of how design responds differently and very much regionally in achieving sustainability."

•   Webb is (mostly) wow'd by "China Architectural Guide" by Chakroff, Godel, and Gargus: "Jinhua is overrated: an architectural zoo curated by Ai Wei-Wei, which has become a neglected folly and is no longer worth traveling to see."

•   King offers his annual round-up of architectural books that would make most excellent gifts (McCarter's "Steven Holl" is an "uncommonly intelligent monograph").

•   Ananthanarayanan's "The Fold" offers origami architecture that showcases heritage buildings in India; it "combines the skills of an artist with that of an architect and a sculptor."

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