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Today’s News - Thursday, March 16, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 21.

•   ANN feature: Q&A with "The Gargoyle Hunters" author John Freeman Gill: NYC is as essential to the story as any of the human characters, and he brings them all to life with eloquence and affection.

•   Gill parses how terra-cotta gargoyles severed from the Woolworth Building's crown 35 years ago inspired his first novel.

•   Medina meanders through H&deM's Elbphilharmonie, and ponders whether it could be Hamburg's Guggenheim: "it certainly looks the part of a winner" and "feels as though it belongs."

•   Many in Melbourne are not feeling merry about plans for a $1.2 billion five-tower development on the city's waterfront.

•   UK architect Waugh weighs in on "his affinity for CLT, its limitations and capabilities": "The main limitations are perceptions."

•   Morgan cheers Sasaki's "temple of sweat" at Bryant University: "it is one of the most handsome new educational structures in Rhode Island, elegant and logical" (neutered bulldogs included).

•   Brown and Stevens pen a poignant (and amusing) obituary for the 49-year-old Fogarty Building in Providence, Rhode Island, that "passed away on Monday, after a protracted and debilitating illness" - a funeral is planned for tomorrow ending "with pints and good cheer" (as good wakes do).

•   De la Fuente tells the tale of "Brutalism, a campus love story - or how I learned to love concrete."

•   Byrnes' great Q&A with Lizabeth Cohen re: Ed Logue: "Lurking in the background of today's Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses stories is a man who had a little bit of both in his soul."

•   Capps recaps the "latest twist" in the RFQ for Trump's border wall: the deadline may have been extended, but "political maneuvers may be raising the cost of participating in the bidding process higher than any firm can bear" (and maybe it won't be a wall after all).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Moore marvels at "Imagine Moscow" at London's Design Museum: Soviet architects' plans "were fanciful, monumental and strangely moving - brave and creative, sometimes brilliant" (with a bit of "piled-up wonkiness" thrown in).

•   Bennett parses "Imagine Moscow" - "an audacious display of 'blue sky' thinking" - and a number of other shows celebrating the centenary of the Russian Revolution + A fabulous round-up of images of the "unbuilt Moscow."

•   Spike cheers "It's All Happening So Fast" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture: "an accessible and compelling interpretation of modern Canadian environmental history."

•   The Serpentine's "Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation" lands in Hong Kong.

•   Eyefuls of the Chicago Architecture Club's 2016 Chicago Prize winners and shortlisted submissions to the "On the Edge" competition on view at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

•   Zyscovich's "Plan Z for Miami: From Infrastructure to Open Space" at the Coral Gables Museum presents a "bold proposal for new bike bridge connecting Miami to Key Biscayne."

•   Ellard's "Places of the Heart" offers readers "a deeper appreciation of how architectural and environmental design can affect human well-being."

•  In "Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice," the "contributors deliberately engage questions of identity - all of the authors are female."

•   Crain's "The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910" chronicles "the roots of the city's role as an international cultural center."

•   Kolson Hurley finds Krumwiede's "Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction" to be a mix of "satire, sci-fi, and the sublime in his plans for utopian villages built out of suburban mega-homes."

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