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Today’s News - Thursday, December 1, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, December 6.

•   Guggenheim Helsinki plans really bite the dust this time - among the objections: "one of the Finnish capital's best locations would have been handed over to a 'McDonald's of art'" (ouch!).

•   Volner channels "the architecture of Trump": "The problem is one of attitude - all the buildings, good or bad, just don't care one way or the other - the more theres they build, the less there there is" (the Panama City hotel/resort is "a fat, unlovable building" that should pay a royalty to Dubai's Burj Al Arab - double-ouch!).

•   Sisson parses a new report that contradicts a common NIMBY argument: "Low-income housing doesn't affect nearby property value."

•   Harvey hails Auckland's Bishop Selwyn Chapel, "an elegant and delightful sacred space," and "the most magical and poetic New Zealand building I've visited this year."

•   Concerns abound about how public Chicago's Jackson Park will be when "private money begins to reshape a public jewel" (i.e. the Obama presidential library).

•   Weather permitting, 'tis the season to "relax in hammocks in the middle of 5th Avenue," part of the LOT's glowing "Flatiron Sky-Line" installation, winner of this year's Van Alen Institute/Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.

•   Hudson takes a deep dive into the pros and pitfalls of crowdfunding to get projects off (or on or into) the ground "from the people who've done it."

•   Call for entries: 2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On The EDGE + World Landscape Architecture/WLA Awards.

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

•   Hawthorne says the Louis Kahn show at the San Diego Museum of Art is "a pleasure to walk through; what it doesn't do is reassess the relationship of his work to that of his peers or his era. Kahn belonged, or was assigned, to an architectural category of one."

•   Miranda evaluates how the Salk Institute, "Kahn's masterpiece in our midst, is holding up - the building that guesses tomorrow is aging - very, very gracefully (and scientists still love working in it).

•   Sorkin Studio and Terreform's "Metrophysics" at SCI-Arc explores green cities, and "has the potential to inject a dose of inspiration for a university in transition and city searching for a new moral compass."

•   Roberts explores "New York at Its Core," the Museum of the City of New York's "audacious curatorial gamble" that "explains why New York is so New Yorky."

•   Also New Yorky: Hearst Tower celebrates its 10th anniversary with "Building with History: The Exhibit" that showcases, for the first time, Foster + Partners projects "gathered in one display - a journey through the firm's 50-year history."

•   Still in NYC, Scherer parses "Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions" at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery that "explores the work of Napoleon's architect" and "his evolving style in all its cool grandeur."

•   Darley lauds the V&A Micro Museum's "Planning the Dream" that showcases East London's Lansbury Estate, and "the contribution made by this modest pocket handkerchief of land to post-war development," and "a reminder of an era of social responsibility."

•   Eyefuls of "Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection" in Hong Kong, the museum's first design show with exhibits that date from 1937 to now (check out Li Naihan's human-scale replica of the CCTV building as a wardrobe!).

•   Brussat x 2: he doesn't like 1 WTC, but Dupré's fascinating "One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building" takes "the widest look imaginable at an endeavor vital to the spiritual and emotional revival of the nation after 9/11. It is as big a book as its subject is tall."

•   He cheers Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built New York" that is "chock-a-block with the sort of crash-and-burn modernist egotecture that Manhattan has wisely avoided countless times over the years, but, I'm afraid, not quite enough."

•   Mattioli also cheers "Never Built New York": Goldin and Lubell "describe with irony, and sometimes nostalgia," the most significant projects "that would have drastically changed the city - but never did."

•   Eyefuls from Harmon's "In You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City": over four centuries, the maps "grew less starry-eyed and idealistic, more satirical and dystopian."

•   Mulder's "The City Beautiful" is the photographer's "homage" to Corbu's Chandigarh, India.

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