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Today’s News - Thursday, September 15, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, September 20 (that leaves you lots of time to work on some terrific Calls for Entries below!).

•   Goldberger weighs in eloquently (and a bit humorously) on Heatherwick's formerly "top-secret" Hudson Yards project: "It is sort of a building, but not really; it is sort of a sculpture, but not really. It is similar to a tower, but it isn't quite that, either" (will we call it "The Heatherwick"?).

•   Loos offers his 2 cents on Heatherwick's "stairway to nowhere" at Hudson Yards: it "may be the city's next big landmark - and its biggest Rorschach test: Big, bold and basket-shaped" (with a "small bum").

•   Byrd tours the new African-American museum with Adjaye to find out how he "told the story of the African-American experience - with a building."

•   King (mostly) cheers the long-overdue renovation of San Francisco's historic Bayview Opera House: it may have "a new lease on life," but "the rebirth has a bittersweet tinge."

•   There are only three registered black female architects in Austin - but they "hope to build diversity within Austin's architectural community."

•   Dezeen issues a Brexit Design Manifesto endorsed by a who's who in the design world: "Design can help the UK thrive after Brexit. But first the government must help design."

•   Eye candy for the day: "10 of the most beautiful libraries on Earth - all of them are works of art in themselves."

•   Call for entries: RFQ for River Park Design for Eagle, Colorado + EOI: U.K. Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition + 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence + Blueprint for Genoa international ideas competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Wainwright x 3(!): there are some "fascinating installations" at the Oslo Architecture Biennale, but, "sadly, too many take compelling topics and murder them with a toxic cocktail of willful complexity, pseudointellectual posturing, and dumb conceptual art" (we hear Oslo's great, though).

•   He cheers two London shows: he's in "sweatbox heaven at "Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture" that "gets up a real head of steam."

•   He's smitten by Burtynsky's "awesome images" in "Salt Pans | Essential Elements": "these glossy visions are no mere enviro-porn," though the "manmade scars are incredibly seductive."

•   Martin cheers "Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design" at the V&A.

•   A rundown of some cool-looking installations about to take center stage at the London Design Festival.

•   A good reason to head to Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington - it's Architecture Week 2016 - Housing the Future.

•   A good reason to head to Detroit: the 6th Annual Detroit Design Festival celebrates the city's UNESCO designation.

•   Gauer finds the 18 "thoughtful essays" in Marron's "City Squares" to be "a celebration of these quintessential outdoor rooms as civic settings for the rituals and dramas of urban life."

•   Betsky finds "joy" in LTL's "Manual of Section": "I love this book" - it "opens a world in architecture in which I gladly, with this book as my Baedeker Guide, go wandering."

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