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Today’s News - Thursday, January 12, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for late posting - the Internet gods seemed to have abandoned us so they could play outside on this oddly warm winter day. And please note: tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 17.

•   Hawthorne weighs in on George Lucas selecting L.A. over S.F. for his museum and what it says about the city: "it's a city that builds first and asks questions later," and "has more to do with the shifting trajectory of development and investment than about L.A.'s hospitality to adventurous architecture."

•   Things are not looking so rosy for Heatherwick's Garden Bridge as the "charity behind it admits it has no idea how much the final bill will be," and "admitted that it cannot be considered a going concern because there are too many risks associated with the scheme."

•   Park outlines what needs to be done to win over the NIMBY's re: Green Belt developments: "Ministers should be instilling confidence that new garden towns and villages epitomize what well-designed, sustainable living environments should look like. Perhaps it's right to be a NIMBY until they do."

•   It's back to the drawing board for Siza and Domingo Santos after public outcry and ICOMOS slams their winning design for a new entry and visitor center for the Alhambra it.

•   On brighter notes: Giovannini cheers H&deM's Elbphilharmonie: it's "like a Fabergé Egg with a wondrous secret inside - a landscape in a box."

•   Moore: celebrates the Pompidou Centre on eve of its 40th anniversary as Rogers and Piano "recall the sheer joy and bravado - and the struggle - of creating it."

•   St Hill takes a deep dive into WilkinsonEyre's 20-year relationship the Dyson Campus and its latest expansion that includes mirrored walls that "makes the buildings seem smaller than they really are, as well as frustrating would-be prying eyes."

•   Davidson digs WXY's transformation of NYC's Astor Place "with a combination of modesty and flair. This is distinguished, if self-effacing, public design."

•   Green cheers a "smart" new streetscape for Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is "as innovative as anything created by the techies who work along the street."

•   Waite weighs in on what Schumacher's e-mail tells us about the future of Zaha Hadid Architects: the "leaks are doing nothing to assure those on the outside that there is unity and a steady hand on the tiller."

•   Keskeys offers a great Q&A with Schumacher re: his most recent controversies and his use of social media: "I stand by what I've been saying," but "to avoid a similar PR disaster I will certainly have to be more circumspect in the future" - and what he's looking for as an A+Awards juror.

•   Stead is quite taken with a New Yorker cartoon: "Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not 'properly' architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline."

•   The Curry Stone Design Prizes announces the Social Design Circle of 100 winners for 2017, and the launch of Social Design Insights podcast series that begins with the question: Should Designers be Outlaws?

•   Bird offers a thoughtful history of Winnipeg's Warming Huts competition, and finds this year's winners to be "jewels of invention, humor or drama" that "range from the humorous to the haunting" (a Kapoor included!).

•   And Torontonians will soon be able to warm up in Winter Stations on their own beaches as lifeguard stations are transformed into "a take on Japanese hot springs, modern lighthouses and suspended trees" - and much more.

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: "Support."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Donoff cheers "Loop," an installation lighting up Montreal's Place des Festivals with "13 giant zoetropes, or wheels, outfitted with 24 images to tell a different fairy tale" (very cool!).

•   Crager gives two thumbs-ups to Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built New York": "an erudite, well researched trove of glorious failures, grandiose coulda-shouldas, and outrageous why-nots" - but "without those architects who have the vision and audacity to think big, where would we be?"

•   Vidler says he has "yet to come across the equal to this investigation of the recent past and the potential future" as can be found in Berkel and Bos's "Knowledge Matters: Eleven Tools to Reorient and Expand the Architectural Profession."

•   Hall Kaplan x 2: his pick of "some positive planning books for the tough Trump years ahead" + Cheers for Buckner's richly illustrated "The Lyman House and the Works of Frederick P. Lyman."

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