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Today’s News - Thursday, March 10, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 15.

•   ANN feature: Q+A with Rob Rogers re: the challenges and rewards of public projects, the value of competitions, and cross-disciplinary team work.

•   Graham has issues with architecture and urban design being "in the throes of a green fever dream - designing a perfect green building or eco-city isn't enough to save the world."

•   Schwab delves into China's new ban on "weird" architecture and, most interesting, why it started "gravitating toward idiosyncratic architecture in the first place - the weird buildings themselves will remain, persisting as peculiar monuments to the imagination."

•   Lyman parses the Hungarian prime minister's "edifice complex" and why his big building plans have "some in Budapest rattled" (starchitecture included).

•   Betsky is more than a bit ambivalent about Lautner's Sheats House being bequeathed to LACMA: good news that it will be open to the public, but "there is one reality to houses serving as museums that disturbs me: they are dead."

•   The WMF joins with the Shukhov Tower Foundation, DOCOMOMO Russia, and others in a two-day Shukov Tower Watch Day in Moscow next week to celebrate its 94th anniversary, and launch of a petition drive to save the modern icon from demolition.

•   Sadik-Khan x 2 excerpts from her and Solomonow's "Streetfight" (both fab reads!): she talks "asphalt, Staten Island, and the adrenaline of infrastructure" (and why "the tabloids got it right. I am wacko").

•   Her take on NYC's bike wars: "the bikes won," but only after "the bitterest public fight over transportation since Jane Jacobs held the line against Robert Moses."

•   Moore x 2 excerpts from his new tome, "Slow Burn City" (more great reads! Bevan's review below): his manifesto "declares that if London is to grow to 10 million, it desperately needs an intervention" (and better public housing and city planning).

•   His part deux "looks at London as a wonderland for all tastes - where the pleasure industry is a driver of the city's prosperity" (racy content included).

•   Eyefuls of the competition-winning design for a pre-school that "doubles as an urban farm" - it's not just in a corner of a playground, but a "new model especially useful in cities, where students are more likely to be isolated from nature."

•   Cottrell & Vermeulen wins BD's Architect of the Year and Education Architect Awards, and Feilden Fowles is named Young Architect of the Year.

•   Eyefuls of some amazing proposals that won the Jacques Rougerie Foundation's 6th International Future Architecture competition that include "deep-sea zoos, towns made from space junk and drifting 'iceberg' homes."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   MoMA's "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond" surveys Japanese architecture since 2000, including responses to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster "that demonstrate both a commitment to users' emotional needs and a sensitivity to practical constraints."

•   Snarkitecture takes over SCAD with "The Future Was Then" that explores "how people manipulate their surroundings."

•   Bevan considers Moore "one of the world's best architecture critics," so "it feels wrong to critique a critic who gets so much right, but 'Slow Burn City' simply doesn't deliver. He only really gets his dander up with a section on housing."

•   Kolson Hurley cheers Hopkins' "From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor," and explains why "Hawksmoor's revival matters."

•   Darley definitely added cheer to our day with her "trawl through the funniest architecture in literature - let's celebrate a sense of the wry."

•   Hawthorne parses the film "Knight of Cups" and what it "says about L.A. and its architecture - art and architecture buffs will find pleasure naming the specific floats in Malick's parade."

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