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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us Dibbs's take on (and eyefuls of) Hadid's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.

•   Pedersen goes jogging in his former NYC nabe, and is struck by the city's changing skyline, most notably Vinoly's 432 Park Avenue: "At 96 visually reads like a cross between an optical illusion and a practical joke."

•   Sydney-based Cole calls for "no unpaid overtime. At best this is a self-destructive tendency, at worst it normalizes wage theft" - the commercial side of architecture is currently "either overlooked as an important teachable skill, or ignored all together at university level."

•   Grimshaw's Middleton minces no words about what he thinks of architectural education "led by an elite band of stylistic dictators - myopically in thrall to its art and style; for nearly half of students it is a stepping stone to anything but architecture" (and "starving the profession of a future generation").

•   Evans explains "why architects need to master the skill of storytelling. It's something that can be learned. What it's not is an add-on that simply frames a presentation."

•   Kimmelman gets "one Grinch moment" sounding one "sour design note" in his otherwise laudatory "thank you note for a few projects that kept faith with architecture's ideals and NYC's better self."

•   Mark x 2: The AJ's top 10 buildings of 2016 + What buildings to look out for in 2017.

•   Hawthorne offers a second take on SO-IL/BCJ's Shrem Museum of Art: among four recent California museum projects, it is "the most thoughtful, the least predictable, and the most encouraging about the trajectory of American architecture."

•   Volner parses this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, "In the face of an emerging political reality," folks couldn't "do much more than nervously knock back another cocktail, hoping that a show of normalcy could somehow hold the line against the new normal" (a good dose of design fair history, too!).

•   Wainwright parses "a busy bricolage of bits and bobs - and a bit of an eyeful" that is Richard Murphy's own abode, the RIBA 2016 House of the Year - "a cave of wonders worthy of Wallace and Gromit."

•   Murphy, meanwhile, blasts his homeland, saying Scotland is one of the "'worst countries in Europe' to be an architect" - and urges "young designers to leave the country to further their careers" (RIAS begs to differ).

•   Fairs talks to Koolhaas re: why OMA's overseas offices are being "given independence from the head office in Rotterdam" (and why he's not surprised by Trump's win).

•   Eyefuls of OLIN's plans for Manhattan's Pier 26, designed for the neighborhood, not for tourists.

•   London's mayor pledges £770m for cycling initiatives, which makes sense, seeing as "cycle traffic on the first two major cycle superhighways has risen by 55% in six months."

•   Eyefuls of Snøhetta's visitor centre for the Lascaux cave paintings that "recreates the appearance and atmosphere of the caves in Montignac, which have been closed to the public for over 50 years."

•   Payette unveils its latest design for the National Coast Guard Museum "perched high" on the New London, CT, waterfront that promises "not take away from the H.H. Richardson-designed Union Station" (skeptics abound, and a lot of money still needs to be raised).

•   Call for entries: Applications for Harvard GSD's Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship in Landscape Architecture + 2017 Modernism in America Awards.

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