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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

•   We are so saddened to learn that we've lost our friend John Belle - Dunlap pays eloquent tribute to the architect who "conveyed a genial joy in bringing back to life the masterworks of his predecessors."

•   On a brighter note, Budds brings us eyefuls of REX's "marbelous" Pereleman Performing Arts Center at the WTC: "Let's hope the completed structure hews closely to the conceptual design.

•   Betsky responds to Govan's response to his criticism of Zumthor's LACMA: "I will not argue that this building would be astonishing. I am worried how good it will be" (and would it really be cheaper than renovating the campus?).

•   Moore listens to Schumacher preaching "the gospel of parametricism," but isn't convinced it actually works: it's "a technophile aesthetic with shaky technical justification. Which is not enough to grant it the world domination he thinks it deserves."

•   Jolliffe says it's time "to stand up to the toxic culture at architecture schools," and the "pernicious academic attitude that has normalized suffering."

•   An architect calls out the design for a new riverfront landmark in Bangkok that's a fairly close copy of Foster's design for Crystal Island in Moscow, and offers "his help to bring legal action against the boardwalk design team."

•   King delves into the "profound" need for housing, and cheers "architects - the ones with a social conscience, at any rate - who are exploring forms of living arrangements that might expand the options and pull down the costs."

•   Eyefuls of Rogers Partners/Nelson Byrd Woltz's proposal to cap a highway in Atlanta's Buckhead nabe.

•   Eyefuls of the oh-so-green Malaysian Institute of Architects' new HQ in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur (skybar and herb garden included!).

•   The short list to redevelop Chicago's Union Station includes Studio Gang, Gensler, Pelli Clarke Pelli, and SOM.

•   Seavitt Nordenson has mixed emotions about "Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist" at NYC's Jewish Museum and the curators' "strange trope" that "has produced somewhat uneven results" (the show closes this Sunday!).

•   Tokumitsu and Mol offer a most interesting take on life in today's "nowhere" workplace design that "asks us to be permanently on call - and demands that we vanish at a moment's notice" (and leave no trace).

•   Zalcberg parses the "real reason why offices are becoming more casual" (it's Millennials, what else?).

•   A website offers a guide to calculating architectural fees "that aims to untangle this subject for young architects and the wider public."

•   Cheers to the winners! Mendes da Rocha wins the 2016 Praemium Imperiale.

•   LAVA takes home the European Prize for Architecture.

•   Interior Design names the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees.

•   Innovation by Design Awards winners "represent what's best about design today."

•   Call for entries: Applications for 2017 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellow and Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellow + 4th Annual Fairy Tales Competition.

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