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Today’s News - Thursday, February 9, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, February 14. We now officially declare this a snow day - we're off to make snow angels and build snow creatures...

•   Budds delves into free architecture schools, and finds it may not be "as crazy as it sounds ": "Could the solution to changing architecture lie in changing how architects are made?" (more than 30,000 have signed up for Harvard GSD's free online course!)

•   Berg x 2: a great 4-part series (in 2 parts) that explores a variety of strategies for "future-proofing your firm" ("Learning to Share" sounds good!).

•   Moore parses the "flamboyant" Calatrava, his huge London project, and his "checkered history" that seems to indicate "if the shape conflicts with function, function tends to lose."

•   Eyefuls of the 5 shortlisted designs for a (gigantic!) Wall of Answered Prayer planned for "a prominent, yet-to-be-confirmed location on a motorway outside London" (some concepts of "wall" are interesting).

•   Some surprises among the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards winners.

•   A fab presentation of the Fairy Tales 2017 Winners (some interesting tales, too).

•   Call for entries: EOI for Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to re-imagine Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens + RFQ: Perth City Hall redevelopment (that's Perth, Scotland).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A round-up of 16 films from this year's Sundance/Slamdance festivals "where architecture and design are featured characters."

•   Q&A with BIG's Bjarke re: new Netflix docuseries "Abstract: The Art of Design" with a behind-the-scenes look at "this must-watch show."

•   A feature film about the Farnsworth House is in the works that promises to portray "the trials and tribulations behind Mies's magnum opus dwelling" (Bridges and Gyllenhaal together again - sort of).

•   The 2016 Venice Biennale's "The Architectural Imagination" brings the 12 proposed projects for Detroit back to their home city" (we wonder if the Detroit Resists folks will on hand).

•   "Visions of Southern California: Mid-Century Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp" at the San Bernardino County Museum tells the story of how the duo overcame discrimination: "As corny as it sounds, [their story] is kind of the American dream."

•   UCLA cityLAB celebrates its 10th anniversary at L.A.'s A+D Museum by "casting an eye toward how livable cities will be designed during the next 10 years."

•   Belogolovsky's Q&A with Ambasz re: his "critical approach to architectural meaning and form-making which competes with many of architecture's more poetic practitioners" ("I detest writing theories. I prefer writing fables"); "Emilio Ambasz: Architecture Toward Nature" is on view at the Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Center.

•   Stephens parses Florida's "The New Urban Crisis" as "either a tardy, richly ironic attempt to undo damage for which Florida himself deserves partial blame - or as a timely, if lamentable, analysis of unintended consequences accompanied by an appropriate mea culpa."

•   Green cheers Beatley's "Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design" as and "excellent" book that "details the many ways cities can create room for nature."

•   Glancey's "What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower?" offers "a fresh set of eyes" looking at famous, forgotten, and underrated architectural gems.

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