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Today’s News - Thursday, February 18, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be blowing out birthday candles later to celebrate ANN's launch 14 years ago - today!!! Also, please note that tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, February 23.

•   ANN feature: As water mains burst, gas mains explode, drinking water is poisoned by lead, bridges collapse, and trains derail, Gisolfi ponders permanent infrastructure: What would be required, and when will we respond to this compelling need for change?

•   Hawthorne parses Goldstein's gift of Lautner's "gravity-defying" house to LACMA.

•   Walker walks us through Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein residence with some amazing photos and a healthy dose of humorous attitude ("The neighbors must be relieved it's being turned into a museum" - we want the hats!).

•   King cheers efforts to ensure that FLW's only San Francisco building and interior are preserved: it is "like no other building in the city - or the nation - and this architectural treasure deserves the strongest protections we can offer."

•   A great round-up of Frank Lloyd Wright-isms and interviews: The Guggenheim is "going to make the Metropolitan look like a Protestant barn."

•   Dittmar gets behind Krier's proposal for a new concert hall in London that "beats Boris's commercial opportunism. Hopefully his counterproposal will be considered as the uplifting proposition that it surely is."

•   Lam considers concrete, "often cast as the villain - synonymous with mean, polluted cities," but "there may be a time when concrete could again be considered beautiful - and even poetic."

•   There's a "unique NIMBY battle" going on in Houston, where plans for a botanic garden by West 8 have "some residents seeing red, not green."

•   An urgent plea goes out to save Dadaist Schwitters' severely storm-damaged Merzbarn in Cumbria, U.K.

•   Ten are now in the running for a new £80 million museum of modern art in Berlin - they're anonymous, for now, but there are pix.

•   An impressive shortlist of five now vying to "improve facilities at one of England's 'best' churches."

•   One we couldn't resist: a re-named off-ramp in Virginia proves "it's a Trekkie's world; we're all just living in it."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Wright says the Betsky-curated Shenzhen Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale is well worth the trip - especially via "the sci-fi Metro."

•   In "Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial," there's "little that you could call mind-bogglingly beautiful. It looks as if it was determined by committee. That's a weakness, but it's a strength, too."

•   "Errors, Estrangement, Messes and Fictions" explores "the creative output of four young L.A. architects" in a "decidedly uncurated show" (and that's the point).

•   In London, Ibsen's "The Master Builder" is a must-see, especially "if you are depressed by your lowly place in the architectural world, or if you're terrified that your shine will soon wear off. You will find it medicinal; a kind of tonic - it should cheer you immensely."

•   Holland reflects on "Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog": it "serves as a record of a remarkable mind, still thinking, still moving through ideas until the end."

•   Therrien minces no words about Ratti and Claudel's "Open Source Architecture": it's "a mutation of the classic heroic architecture myth - a manifesto," and "presents an antiquated model, underestimating the present and thereby underselling the future, the capital sin of a manifesto."

•   Morley cheers Beanland's "Concrete Concept" that "demonstrates the unexpected serenity of some of the world's greatest Brutalist buildings" with "light, cheerful photographs and an accessible, tongue-and-cheek commentary - not at all what you'd expect."

•   Eyefuls of some of the world's most spectacular government buildings in "Reflections: Government" - "they all have one thing in common: They're wonderful to behold."

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