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Today’s News - Thursday, February 16, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: A bit of "He who tooteth not his own horn, his horn shall not be tooteth-ed": February 18th marks the 15th(!) ANNiversary of launching ArchNewsNow (we hardly feel a day over 99!). To celebrate, we won't be posting tomorrow or Monday, but will be back Tuesday, February 21.

•   ANN feature: Millard takes us on a deep dive into Humes's "Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation" that offers a fascinating, in-depth look at transportation systems - and the supporting infrastructure that is "breaking the world."

•   Brook digs deep into the soggy, sad saga of Mexico's plan to build a $13 billion airport on a sinking lakebed in a nature preserve - and "preposterously" seeking LEED Platinum (with reference to the "tin-pot banana-Republican" in the White House).

•   Farago offers breathtaking - and heartbreaking - images in Getty's digital exhibition of 18th- and 19th-century Palmyra, now being leveled by ISIS: "To understand what's being lost, spend some time looking at "The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra."

•   Wainwright cheers local authorities "becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis" - and showcases "six of the best new council-led housing projects" (one is "the UK's largest ever Passivhaus development").

•   Eyefuls of Meier's "revolutionary" Teachers Village in Newark, where the "façades offer a delicate interplay between the architect's signature all-white aesthetic and, herein lies a major departure, brick" ("We basically had to learn how to do a brick building").

•   BIG's bid wins the competition to design San Pellegrino's factory and HQ in Northern Italy (lots of archways! and "Experience Lab" included).

•   Some in Parliament are raising questions about the "completely unsuited" site for the UK Holocaust Memorial + Rykwert's own (eloquent) objections.

•   Murray ponders why women leave architecture: "Because it's a diseased profession" - but there is hope: "The future of the profession depends on you not falling silent again."

•   NCARB launches a new program that will allow architects without a degree from an accredited program to pursue NCARB certification.

•   After years in storage (in pieces) on Long Island, Frey's (formerly) much maligned 1931 Aluminaire House finds a new in Palm Springs.

•   Speaking of which - Palm Springs' Modernism Week launches today!

•   Call for entries: Building Voices International Design Competition for innovative built environments and systems-focused solutions in Hawai'i.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Walker has some issues with Netflix's "Abstract: The Art of Design" series: those profiled "are unquestionably stylish visionaries, but the focus on spectacular, dazzling achievements makes design feel like an Olympian feat, rather than something that touches the everyday."

•   Farrelly weighs in on DS+R's "Exit" show in Sydney: "So, does it work? It's not clear. It is interesting, like a news segment designed for people with no capacity for abstraction."

•   Welton cheers the Venice Biennale's "The Architectural Imagination" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: "the exhibition is nothing if not optimistic."

•   There's still time to catch Mark Garcia's "Up Close: The Models of Zaha Hadid" at Cornell (until Feb. 25).

•   "The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio" takes the spotlight at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

•   Belogolovsky traveling "Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture" lands in Shanghai.

•   Lamb Hart offers a most thoughtful excerpt from his tome "A New Look at Humanism in Architecture, Landscapes, and Urban Design" that explores the different "dimensions" of beauty.

•   How could we resist more luscious images from Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built Los Angeles."

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