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Today’s News - Thursday, February 4, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, February 9.

•   ANN feature: In his "A Filtered View #4," Bloszies ponders whither sustainability's flying buttress - and when will "energy-producing technologies find an aesthetic foothold."

•   Wainwright wades deep into what might be in store for Havana "as Cuba opens its doors to the world" and "developers are queuing up to pounce": the city "may well find itself catapulted from having too little money to having too much, too fast, with all the usual consequences" (a great read!).

•   O'Sullivan considers the "capital of what is supposedly the happiest nation in the world": "Even Copenhagen makes mistakes - what does it need to do to keep the good times rolling?"

•   Bevan "sees the twilight of starchitecture falling" and "a deliberate move away from the formal excesses of parametric architecture's high noon - there is a longing for human touch."

•   We welcome - and cheer! - two new insightful sites for architectural and urban discourse:

•   Steuteville says Jacobs's Vincent Scully Prize speech, made 15 years ago, still resonates today - a wonderful introduction to the new Public Square: A CNU Journal.

•   Pedersen launches Common Edge with a great Q&A with Kamin re: "the Chicago Biennial, George Lucas, and the magic of Jeanne Gang."

•   Meanwhile, a judge rules that Chicago's Friends of the Parks' lawsuit against the Lucas Museum can proceed.

•   Hadid's quarrel over the Tokyo Olympic Stadium could be coming to a boil: "To claim that the major similarities and many identical instances in the design," as well as "thousands of fine details are 'automatic' or due to chance is not credible."

•   Gunts reports on preservationists' fears that Pelli's 1969 Comsat building in Maryland could be under threat: it is "an exceptional example of the 'machine in the garden' aesthetic and an ideal candidate for adaptive reuse" (perhaps the new owners should check out how Alexander Gorlin Architects et al. are reimagining Saarinen's Bell Labs in New Jersey).

•   Lynch has a most interesting Q&A with Weishaar re: his World War I Memorial, critics of his design, and what might change.

•   Cheers to the Arch League's 2016 Emerging Voices winners - a most interesting mix (when is it not?).

•   Help wanted x 2: NYC-based Van Alen Institute seeks Deputy Director + Chicago-based Association of Architecture Organizations seeks an Assistant Director.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Brussat uncovers a 1946 documentary about the rebuilding of Plymouth, U.K., after WWII: it's "a fascinating romp through a postwar of pessimism-tinged optimism - watch the film. It's a trip and a half."

•   A great round-up of the "top places to watch architectural lectures online" (and add your own).

•   Parnell gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston," a must-read "for concrete fanboys and postwar architectural historians like me."

•   A good reason to be in Palm Springs next week: it's Modernism Week!

•   Bose visits "Planet Eames" at London's Barbican: "Distilling a pithy review from a whole constructed 'world' is a daunting prospect - for what more is there to say about such gilded darlings of design? As it turns out, quite a lot" (and she says it quite well!).

•   There's a "Cycle Revolution" going on at the London Design Museum - "bike tribes" included.

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