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Today’s News - Thursday, February 23, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, February 28.

•   Walker wades deep into how cities are dealing with climate change "as the White House aims to stifle climate science": they're cooperating globally and planning locally.

•   Speaking of politics, a good reason to be in NYC next week: Parsons' "Making Home in Wounded Places: Memory, Design, and the Spatial" 2-day symposium (impressive line-up of speakers!).

•   Romero takes a totally fascinating tour of Fordlândia, Henry Ford's 1928 "failed utopia" deep in Brazil's Amazon: "It turns out Detroit isn't the only place where Ford produced ruin."

•   Lenora Brown parses the fascinating history of Johannesburg's Ponte Tower, "an ode to the gods of brutalism" considered "an apartheid-era architectural triumph" - and now "a mainstay of movies about the end of the world."

•   Waite ponders the sad fate of Hodder's once-lauded National Wildflower Centre - it's "a rotting mess" and "tragically decomposing" - and it's only 16 years old (before/after pix are heartbreaking).

•   Rawn returns to Tanglewood with "ambitious" plans to add a new complex to its 1994 Seiji Ozawa Hall for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

•   A major donation brings the Denver Art Museum closer to completing its plan to renovate Ponti's North Building and add a welcome center by Fentress and Machado Silvetti.

•   An impressive shortlist of five international teams now vying to design Toronto's Etobicoke Civic Centre.

•   Kamin considers how architects and urban designers are preparing for the coming era of driverless cars: "The possibilities are dazzling. There is also a dystopian alternative of technology run amok."

•   Call for entries: The Driverless Future Challenge (how timely!) + Architect magazine's 2017 R+D Awards + Hong Kong Pixel Homes Competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Lambert reflects on her 75 years in architecture as part of "Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years at Work" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

•   The Met Breuer revisits four of Breuer's buildings.

•   In Austin, the goal of "Shape the Conversation" is to "to 'pull off the cloak of invisibility' of women in architecture."

•   Toronto's Winter Stations are bringing Torontonians to their winter waterfront with what Rochon calls "gutsy" and "lyrical" installations.

•   Hawthorne hails Krumwiede's "Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction": it's a "satirical jolt for the earnest world of architecture publishing."

•   Brownell cheers Rael's "Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundary" as "an intrepid" book that "captivates readers with bittersweet tales and imaginative futures."

•   Lewis parses four Jane Jacobs tomes: "The [two] new biographies are satisfying. But they leave nagging gaps."

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