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Today’s News - Thursday, January 21, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day; we may - or may not - post on Monday, but we'll definitely be back Tuesday, January 26.

•   Lange x 2: a report on the "opening salvo in the battle to save postmodernism in New York" - Roche's Ambassador Grill & Lounge: "Stop the unpermitted demolition. Landmark this interior and, in doing so, remind people of its undated and undateable wonder."

•   She has a great Q&A with Roche re: the Ambassador and UN Plaza Hotel lobby: "I'd like to see this preserved. They were good spaces. Interiors are where we live. That's what we should protect more than anything else."

•   The City Club of New York calls for a public hearing re: Heatherwick's Pier55: it's "a deal that follows a disturbing trend in park financing. The construction of a new island by a private entity in a public park is unprecedented and contrary to the public interest."

•   In Rangoon, architects are up in arms about a new bank building in the city's heritage core - including the building's architect, who says "the current incarnation of the building was '50% contrary' to the blueprint he handed over to developers" (link to story about what it replaced, and it's even more depressing!)

•   On a brighter note, Nonko reports on how adaptive reuse "has emerged as a major force in New York's [insert any city here] residential real estate" ("I think architects were beaten into doing it," says Eckstut).

•   Schuler looks at "designing for deconstruction beyond adaptive reuse - a design philosophy and set of strategies that acknowledge that the vast majority of buildings have a life span" (what does one do with tons of steel: grant it to public art projects!).

•   Waite "looks at the pros and cons, the risks and rewards" of being an architect/developer, and the "wave of new practices" doing just that.

•   An Australian firm comes up with what could be "the Suburban House 2.0: "Uniting suburban populism with design-nerd aspirations, the Offset House identifies why there's so much confusion and mistrust between designers and the suburban communities they mostly don't work for" (offending other Australian architects' sensibilities intended).

•   London's mayor "blames architects' 'jealousy' of Heatherwick for Garden Bridge row and fuelling negative press coverage" ("politically-driven twaddle" included).

•   Scott Merrill wins University of Notre Dame's 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize (and $200,000), and Havana's city historian takes home the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award.

•   Three of the seven finalists vying for the Obama Presidential Library make up the shortlist to design Syracuse University's National Veterans Resource Complex.

•   Call for entries reminder (and deadline extended!): Harvard University GSD's 2016 Wheelwright Prize for a $100,000 research grant (international).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Zeiger's lively Q&A with Cloepfil re: his "crafty, abstract, and tactile" exhibition "Case Work" in Denver: it's "like making a piece of art that is pure and saying, 'How close can we get to that in the building?'"

•   Eyefuls of 7 "stunning models and drawings and the buildings they inspired" featured in "Case Work" that are "artworks in their own right."

•   Rawsthorn cheers "Josef Frank: Against Design" at the MAK in Vienna: "His commitment to affordable housing is especially timely given its popularity among young design activists."

•   Makovsky delves into what went into making both the book and exhibition "Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson" (amazing pix!).

•   Lynch cheers Furman's "Style: In Defence of Postmodernism": it is a "witty and robust defense - nuanced and optimistic...excitingly well written, admirably ambiguous and slightly intoxicating style without being gratuitous."

•   The latest issue of the new landscape journal LA+ "sets aside questions of saving money or the earth to focus exclusively on pleasure for its own sake."

•   A most delightful read: Sadler's introduction Moore's 1965 "You Have to Pay for the Public Life" - and the original text: "He was the first observer in the field to look seriously at Disneyland - and he liked what he saw."

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