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Today’s News - Thursday, February 11, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, February 16. Happy Valentine's Day - and Presidents' Day!

•   NTHP's Meeks makes a convincing case against the argument that "historic preservation districts are to blame for the affordable housing crisis" - it is "deeply flawed - history, sustainability, fairness, and economic vitality can go hand-in-hand."

•   Wainwright x 2: he cheers a new report on London's development system that is "a breath of fresh air" in calling for "a new culture of transparency - and certainly more than soggy notices strapped to lamp-posts."

•   He has a high hopes for Peyton-Jones' "characteristically ambitious swansong" for this year's Serpentine Pavilion: "this five-pavilion bonanza looks a bit like a way of ticking off all the architects she wanted to commission before she left."

•   Moore is quite taken by Jaccaud Zein's "plain brown building with hidden depths": while it is "not a solution to any housing crisis" or "a heart-stopping, mind-blowing masterpiece," it is "a reminder that architecture can be an art of living."

•   Chicago approves P+W's 13-acre Riverline mega-development that will surround Goldberg's River City apartments: "The implications of such a large project are not trivial."

•   The Pier55 development team responds to the City Club of New York's criticism: "City Club continues to make false claims about Pier55 and its public process" - its arguments against the project "may be numerous, but they are without merit."

•   Mattern marvels at "how the 1939 World's Fair anticipated our current obsession with urban data science and 'smart cities'" - and the project's astounding filing system: "the history of filing systems is the history of computing" (archival images a must-see!).

•   Two we couldn't resist in honor of Valentine's Day: Eyefuls of Collective-LOK's gleaming "Heart of Hearts" in Times Square "invites all kinds of reflection" in its dozen faceted glass hearts.

•   And while we usually avoid linking to developers' websites, Related's amusing infographic gives some of Hudson Yards' astounding statistics a romantic perspective (somebody had fun calculating how many bottles of bubbly could fill its water retention tanks + concrete and fondue pots - never mind 250 billion sweetheart candies!).

•   Call for entries: Museum of London West Smithfield international two-stage design competition (emerging firms encouraged!) + 2016 SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (international).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Wainwright weighs in on "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius" at London's Science Museum, and finds himself weighed down (in a good way) by how the show "eerily connects humanity's love of beauty and its thirst for war."

•   We're looking forward to seeing the Tsao & McKown-designed "Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial."

•   "The House. The Mentor. The Archive. Christian Kieckens" in Antwerp "reveals the interaction between architectural history, design research, teaching and the built oeuvre."

•   Baillieu bemoans "British architecture used to be worthy and serious," but with "This is Temporary" by Cate St. Hill, "you will need to turn your bullshit detector firmly on."

•   An intriguing excerpt from "Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning" asks us to "imagine engineers embracing the tenets of ecological design and planning" - and so much more.

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