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Today’s News - Thursday, April 7, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 12 - but a heads-up that our wonky schedule for next week may make for an erratic posting schedule - we'll do our best...

•   Anderton talks Zaha with Giovannini, Wiscombe, Hodgetts, Fun,g and Bourlier: "If there was a Mount Olympus of architects, she would be on it."

•   Sorkin recalls "a madcap Brazilian sojourn with Zaha Hadid. What a trip."

•   Glancey bemoans "the way we develop, extend and build - insensitive architecture and gormless planning...we are fast becoming urban illiterates."

•   Davidson x 2 (and on much brighter notes): his own guide (and kudos) to L.A.'s "wildly inventive new architecture."

•   He spotlights Maltzan's and Bestor's residential complexes: "Hoping to transform the city without trauma, L.A. architects are trying for density without towers."

•   Kamin cheers plans to bring the 102-year-old Cook County Hospital back to life with a hotel and apartments, though future phases "have potential trouble spots."

•   Moneo has big plans for 13 acres of Miami's Jockey Club, but "residents hope to permanently block development."

•   OMA and Hassell win the competition to design the new Western Australian Museum in Perth, though there's an approved back-up team that includes Nouvel, should contract "negotiations fail to succeed."

•   Hosey explains how "Lessons from the Leading Edge" can help architects "integrate design and performance in cost-effective ways - a common theme among design firms that have won both COTE Top Ten and AIA Honor awards."

•   In Ireland, "landscape architecture may finally have taken its due place on the podium of Irish-built design."

•   The (very green) Adelaide Design Manual "ensures consistency across projects at all scales," and "will transform Adelaide into a design-led city."

•   A great presentation of the 10 AIA 2016 Housing Awards winners.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   The new PBS documentary series "10 That Changed America" explores America's built environment, from homes to parks to towns, with the "hope to broaden America's understanding of its architecture and cities" (it's not "a mere televised listicle").

•   Sisson cheers the new Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail in Wisconsin (road trip!).

•   Lange loves MoMA's "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond" - a "timely reminder of the beauty and daring that can be brought to public architecture, and the questing intellect required to push the profession forward."

•   Ruthen cheers "Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver" at the Museum of Vancouver - it "touches on four of the city's hot-button current issues: housing affordability, densification, transportation, and public space."

•   Hénault has high praise for "An Architecture for Modern Quebec, 1958-1974" at Montreal's UQAM Centre de design, and hopes "another venue will host this rich incursion into the brave '60s, lest we forget the heroic architects of our recent past."

•   Eeyfuls of Olivier's "stunning - if oddly surreal - series of images" of China's largest ghost town in "Ordos: A Failed Utopia" (amazing images!).

•   Hollwich x 2 re: his "bright, friendly" book "New Aging: Live smarter now to live better forever."

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