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Today’s News - Thursday, March 17, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy St. Patrick's Day (and watch out for that green beer)! Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 22.

•   Finch says all the hand-wringing about the glut of towering plans for London and New York's skylines misses some salient points: "The failure to develop a proper tall buildings policy is a minor tragedy. The failure to provide sufficient housing is a major scandal."

•   A new report describes the procurement process for Heatherwick's Garden Bridge across the Thames "as beset by 'blunders' and 'confusion'" - just as the ink dries on the construction contract, "effectively giving the go-ahead for work to start."

•   Young gives two thumbs-up to Dattner/WXY's Manhattan salt shed: "It is in these moments that the aesthetics of the city come alive, which is quite a wonderful gift" to NYC.

•   Salingaros thinks that the "majority of contemporary design caters to machines, not people," and explains why "adaptive design offers another way."

•   Moore "explores how young designers are making their own rules to get ahead - it takes ingenuity" (with cheers for "New Architects 3" that offers "a snapshot of what less-established names can and might, given the chance, do").

•   Dickinson takes issue with a proposal to "clone the dead Penn Station - it takes creativity off the table as a design criteria," and turns off "part of our cultural brain, because that creative right side, has, for many, become too scary to trust."

•   Brussat, not unexpectedly, takes issue with Dickinson: his "stock modernist cant about innovation is the old 'of its time' hooey decked out in creativity blather" - rebuilding Penn Station would bring "some real beauty, some real joy back into Midtown. Why is Dickinson against that?"

•   Wainwright gleefully wallows in Ballard's 1975 novel "High-Rise," and ponders "what the author would have made of today's rash of skyscrapers for the megarich" as a film adaptation is about to hit theaters (a great read!).

•   Hall Kaplan cheers the bequeathing of Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House to LACMA: he "loved to talk about his buildings. And I loved to listen."

•   Cheers to the winners of the 2016 Asia Hotel Design Awards (we're ready to check in!).

•   Call for entries: Design Trust for Public Space Inaugural Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "New Town Utopia" documents the history of Britain's Brutalist towns: "They face a lot of struggles, but there was so much optimism that went into their creation."

•   Medina cheers the CCA's "probing" show "The Other Architect" that is "premised on architects working at the fringes of traditional practice, and on the privileging of the collective endeavor over the Roarkian individual."

•   A look at what went into making MoMA's "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond": "When approached for a solo exhibition, Ito said, 'If you want to understand my architecture, you have to understand my peers.'"

•   "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie," now at BSA Space in Boston, chronicles "the evolution of the self-proclaimed modernist and his eponymous firm."

•   Poon parses RIBA London's "Creation From Catastrophe" that considers the architect's role in rebuilding cities after disasters.

•   Rowland delves deep into Goldberger's "Building Art" and Gehry's LACMA show: "we, poor readers, are trapped within the contradictions of Gehry's own unresolved personality," and the show, "like his biography, is full of contradictions."

•   Goldring may have a few quibbles with Eisenman's "Palladio Virtuel," but overall, the "elegant object in itself, offers delight."

•   LeFevre cheers Millett's "Minnesota Modern": "Minnesotans, with their no-nonsense approach, cultivated a singular midcentury sensibility worth saving."

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