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Today’s News - Thursday, December 22, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy Every-Holiday-There-Is to everyone! (We heard the number of holidays this time of year is somewhere in the mid-20s - who knew!) We're heading into our own Holiday Hiatus, and plan to return Tuesday, January 3rd (though if we're overwhelmed with news in the interim, we might post once or twice next week). May 2017 be filled with grand adventures and great expectations fulfilled!!!

•   Florida considers whether Jane Jacobs predicted "the Age of Trump" in "Dark Age Ahead" that now "serves as a survivors' guide to a world where facts have no meaning," and "society falls victims to the whims of 'frauds, brutes, and psychopaths.'"

•   Lina Sergie Attar, an architect who grew up in Aleppo, considers "what's been lost from Aleppo's 'magical' Old City."

•   Odogwu cheers the Nigerian Institute of Architects "going green" with the Waste to Wealth initiative, but "wonders if all the practitioners understand the green potential of their profession."

•   Miller finds out why Scherabon gave up architecture to become a data designer: He "wanted to communicate the inequality of cities rather than contribute to it. His work - even while relaying the most depressing information - conveys a certain optimism."

•   Borges considers: "What happened to the future? When did we decide that the present was the best we were going to get?" (ambition and arrogance included).

•   Glancey offers a glimpse of a "quietly exciting new generation of churches, mosques, temples, and chapels where architecture discovers that still point in a fast spinning world offering true solace and peace."

•   Bell rounds up new museums opening in 2017 that will "redraw the world's culture map."

•   The new ICC Sydney "may have gotten off to a rocky start," but it "opened its doors to the world with its head held high" as an "undeniably a city-shaping project."

•   Diamond Schmitt has big plans to revamp a 1932 Art Deco former industrial structure in Toronto into "a bustling mixed-use hub for the city's rapidly growing downtown community."

•   Schmidt Hammer Lassen's (amazing) Dokk1 library in Aarhus, Denmark, is a community hub that "merges old and new concepts of how a public place for learning should function."

•   Dykers explains the "psychology of the new Times Square - well-placed obstacles is the key to unlocking the potential of a space."

•   A fabulous round-up of "30 Moments in Lighting" celebrating Architectural Lighting Magazine's 30th anniversary (Turrell and night skies included!).

•   Call for entries: Arnold W. Brunner Grant (open to U.S. citizens).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ciampaglia cheers the documentary "Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future": "the core of the film is [son] Eric's search for closure with his father," and "taps into a kind of cosmic poetry that's unexpected, expansive, and beautiful" (airing on PBS December 27 - we've seen it - it's a must-see!).

•   Saarinen and Koolhaas documentaries by their sons "are not just interesting explorations of familial relationships and architectural works, but visually arresting films that aim to transform their parent's works."

•   We want to go play at the National Gallery of Victoria's "Haven't you always wanted...?" in Melbourne - "a playful reinvention of the suburban car wash" where Melburnians can "gather, play and daydream."

•   Filler fills us in on seven new books about Brutalism: "the rehabilitation of a once-reviled phase in the building art is underway," though "some older observers will see this fascination as the return of the repressed, a reminder of why Brutalism fell into disfavor and disrepute in the first place."

•   Dwyre calls "Thinking the Contemporary Landscape" a "must-read" book that "explores the divides within landscape architecture and urban design."

•   Schwab cheers "Francis Kéré: Radically Simple": "Unlike world-famous, media-savvy architects - his work stays remarkably rooted in his own biography and identity."

•   Barber and Walker round up the 16 "urban-focused books perfect for young urbanists - and their design-savvy parents" (we probably couldn't handle the "heart-wrenching story of two polar bears").

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