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Today’s News - Thursday, September 29, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, Archtober 4.

•   Hohenadel is fairly wowed by Hadid's new Antwerp Port House: "It goes without saying that [it] is daringly experimental, in-your-face architecture of the love-it or hate-it variety" (with pix to prove it!).

•   Mortice takes a deep dive into Chicago's public housing crisis, and explores how architects and developers are trying to work with residents "to change a broken system" (as in many cities).

•   Kriss takes on Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule tower: "Architectural failure can be beautiful, like the intrusion of another world into our own."

•   Following inaccurate reports, architect Tesoro sets the record straight re: what he really thinks of his former client Donald Trump.

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: 64th Annual P/A Awards.

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!).

•   The 4th New Urbanism Film Festival kicks off in L.A. next week ("foodie tours" included).

•   Capps doffs his cap to MoMA's "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" that tackles how architects, designers, and artists are responding to the global refugee crisis.

•   Peters cheers "The City + The City: Housing the next 100,000" that presents "innovative ideas about where those units could fit by rethinking how people live" at San Francisco's SPUR.

•   The Cooper Hewitt's "By the People: Designing a Better America" looks at "how socially conscious design can help solve the country's toughest problems."

•   NJIT celebrates Newark, New Jersey's 350th anniversary with a one-man show on native son Richard Meier.

•   al-Sabouni's new vision for Homs is detailed in her new book "The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria" and a great TED talk.

•   Two very different takes on Kanigel's "Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs": Garner calls it "flawed" and "a word-heap - graceless, infantilizing of its subject and strangely unbuttoned in tone" (ouch!).

•   Gopnik, on the other hand, finds Kanigel "has found the right tone for his subject, light but serious."

•   Pedersen ponders Settis's "If Venice Dies": it's a "terrific" book that "focuses on the slow, strangling death of Venice via mass tourism," and "paints a dreary picture of Venice as theme park, an ancient Disneyland - an exquisite corpse."

•   Stead finds Manaugh's "A Burglar's Guide to the City" to be "very intriguing, well researched, and original in conception," but treating the burglar: "as a kind of gleeful trickster may well leave you queasy."

•   Rhodes likes "Parliament" that explores design's "funkadelic impact on politics."

•   Welton calls Hill's "100 Buildings in 100 Years" a "winner - a journey worth taking - in person or in print."



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