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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

•   Giovannini pens a most eloquent tribute to Parent, whose "quiet demeanor, impeccable manners, and white Rolls-Royce all belied the fact that he was an instinctive subversive - though a highly successful one" (click "Yesterday's News" to read his equally informative review of the recently-closed Parent/Nouvel show in Paris).

•   Betsky bemoans the dearth of good architecture outside of urban cores: "downtown is for strong forms that represent the will of the rich and the powerful. The true architecture of democracy must take place in the vast plains where everybody else lives."

•   A great Q&A with the Mulago Foundation's Starr re: some of the "spectacular flame-outs and fiascoes in the world of global social impact": there's "too much tolerance of big failure, and too much fear of little failure."

•   Hosey takes ADPSR's Sperry's call for architects not to design "buildings that kill" one step further: "Which is worse: buildings that are the setting for thousands of deaths, or buildings that are the cause of millions of deaths?"

•   Cornell "has a proud tradition" of tapping the world's greats to design its signature buildings, so why is it also "building new structures that are bland and boring"?

•   Kamin x 2: he says it's "time for Chicago's mayor and local architects to come up with creative alternatives to the contested lakefront site" for the Lucas Museum - and cheers one architect who "has risen to that challenge."

•   He reports on Jahn's South Michigan Avenue tower getting a 200-foot trim, "a sleeker curving silhouette" - and "a loss of bragging rights."

•   Jerusalem architect and planner Greenfield-Gilat says that "architecture will play critical role in any proposal to divide Jerusalem," but "architects are afraid - they feel it is not their place to deal with political issues - I say the opposite; that is exactly the role of architects."

•   Merin visits Eldar Sharon's housing project in Gilo, Jerusalem, built after the 1967 Six Day War, "to trace the troubled history of a structure that never quite settled in."

•   Wainwright has a field day exploring Palm Springs Modernism Week: "Welcome to a world of Martian landing pads, clifftop Bond lairs and Flintstones sofas" (and some pretty awful stuff being built now).

•   The Kahn/ Tyng-designed Morton Weiss House "is poised for demolition to make room for senior rental housing" (still awaiting official word).

•   Hatherley heads to the "Euroregion" of Aachen-Maastricht-Liège to find "each architecturally distinct, yet together providing an essential understanding of the affluent European heartland" (he's brought to his knees by one gigantic building: "an organism, hairy, sinewy and wiry - a Classicist's nightmare").

•   Hawthorne parses the shortlisted teams for two L.A. parks that face the "tricky task of designing them to best serve the city."

•   An impressive shortlist of six offers visions for the LSE's £100m Paul Marshall Building - with lots of anonymous images that make for a fun guessing game of which is whose.

•   Saffron talks to Steiner, PennDesign's incoming dean, who "explains why gun law drove him from Texas."

•   Saval delves into the "post-cubicle office" filled with napping lofts and lunch gazebos, and whether it makes "employees any happier or more productive" - there is an "insidious side" (with fab photos by Faulhaber).

•   Two we couldn't resist: Eyefuls of Salina Turda, a former salt mine deep beneath Transylvania that now sports a glowing Ferris wheel, mini-golf, row boats on an underground lake - and free wi-fi.

•   ARB is asked (by a sort-of architect) to rule on the legality of rock band named Architects: "it will not take action against the band for misuse of title" (whew!).

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