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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

•   Another grumpy news day, much of it from across the Big Pond (starting with the Schumacher brouhaha - what else?):

•   Woodman winces: "Architecture needs a spokesperson; don't let it be Schumacher" (but "hats off to Patrik; he pulled off a media coup of quite epic proportions").

•   Ritchie is riled: Schumacher "appears not to apologize for what he said - he puts the onus on others for not having understood what he was trying to say."

•   Giovannini parses ZHA's retort: though not a "rebellion within the ranks against Schumacher's leadership," it was "a reaction to opposition within the 400-person company itself and in response to hostile pushback from the public."

•   Q&A with Noero re: "self-help housing, neoliberalism, and what Patrik Schumacher doesn't understand" ("and, yes, Donald Trump").

•   Peter Cook did his own stirring up of things at WAF by blasting the "conspiracy of boring" in contemporary architecture - but he is "optimistic the world will get bored of being boring."

•   Bennetts, meanwhile, brings us a recap of WAF 2016: he doesn't agree with Schumacher, but "enjoyed the provocation," being in Berlin while Obama was there as the U.S. "prepares to anoint a lousy developer as his successor," and more.

•   Krier minces no words about what he thinks of Perrault being tapped "to lead the regeneration" of Paris's Ile de la Cité: his "experience with traditional urban fabric and architecture is non-existent."

•   Ijeh takes issue with London's 1 Undershaft: don't "be fooled by [Parry's] velvety unction of architectural snake oil" - it is a "terrible piece of architecture - his worst building to date by far" and "will inflict inestimable harm on his previously well-earned stature and reputation" (ouch!).

•   SOM's Brian Lee gives a preview of what will be discussed at the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong (getting underway today): it's "time to take the ego out of skyscrapers."

•   Baillieu makes the case for why architects and developers "need to think about what happens in a place, not simply what it looks like, if they want to attract the younger generation" (most of the time, they fail "dismally").

•   Finnish architect Pallasmaa calls for a "Guggenheim Helsinki rethink," and blasts the plan as a "ruthless business presented as a cultural project."

•   Moore x 2: he's not at all convinced that lighting up London's bridges is necessary "to make the Thames 'world-class' - it looks absolutely stonkingly wonderful - and not greatly in need of improvement."

•   He cheers the "uncompromising beauty" of Salter's Walmer Yard: "Britain has not seen houses like this for decades - so bespoke that they will require very particular people to inhabit them" (or "world's most exotic Airbnb").

•   A look at how "Raymond Jungles saved BIG's Grove at Grand Bay from becoming yet another vaguely generic luxury high rise in Miami."

•   Soonian Glenn parses Santa Monica's "ambitious" Zero Net Energy requirements: developers elsewhere "aren't uniformly prepared for the code change," but local "practitioners are used to being held to tough standards."

•   Mumbai picks the team to master plan 500 hectares on the city's eastern waterfront.

•   Green pens an eloquent tribute to Balmori, "equal parts incredibly inventive and generous" ("gigantic bright-red glasses, a tutu, and punk-rock sneakers" included).

•   Stirling's No 1 Poultry, a "post-modern masterpiece," is now England's youngest listed building.

•   Call for entries (deadline reminder): AR MIPIM Future Projects Awards.



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