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Today’s News - Thursday, March 30, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 4. And just a heads-up that next week will be a two-newsletter week (travel for family business).

•   Viladas pens a personal (and loving) tribute to Jeffrey Osborne, gone much too soon (we have our own fond memories of his talents, enthusiasm, and humor - from the '90s to recent Publicolor celebrations).

•   Schwab profiles two Strongest Town competition winners that "illustrate what citizen-backed resilience looks like on a smaller scale - a rebuttal to Trump's sweepingly negative stereotypes of small-town America."

•   Wainwright takes us inside AHMM's new Scotland Yard HQ: "Goodbye fortresses, hello bijou policing" (great views and very cool loos!).

•   A good day for classicists: Stamp scolds Glasgow for seemingly forgetting "its greatest architect" (no, not Charles Rennie Mackintosh): the city "prides itself on once having been European Capital of Culture. The continuing neglect of Alexander "Greek" Thomson's legacy suggests that its culture does not go very deep."

•   Neville queries Quinlan Terry re: how "he had to be steadfast in the face of modernist 'dogma'" (Scruton cheers; Stamp, not so much).

•   Brussat cheers "Classic Columns," Adam's book on classical language that "addresses a topic at far greater depth of perception" than many others.

•   Moving on to the more modern: Gehry's "vast archive" from 1954 to 1988 goes to the Getty ("things that I never thought anyone would be interested in," sayeth Gehry).

•   Kéré wins the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, and Gates (as in Theaster), Goldberger, Hood, and Ronan receive Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture.

•   Call for entries: Sunbrella: The Future of Shade 2017 competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Eyefuls of what's on view in Shigeru Ban's first Australian exhibition in Sydney that includes both his commercial work and his temporary architecture in natural disaster zones.

•   Budds parses Szot's "Mass Market Alternatives" at Boston's Pinkcomma gallery that posits how "algorithmic design could transform suburbia" into healthier communities.

•   Betsky finds "affection and dread" in Marshall's show in L.A. depicting mostly long-lost housing projects as " memorials to a lost Arcadia that was also a place of terror, containment, and isolation."

•   "Hélène Binet - John Hejduk Works" at Cooper Union includes her stunning photos inside, and his "Jan Palach Memorial" outside.

•   A Hong Kong-based artist and an architect build a replica of "2001: A Space Odyssey" set in an L.A. warehouse (far out!).

•   In Brisbane, "Material #01: Concrete" explores "the diversity and potential of concrete," from architecture to jewelry.

•   The sound of silence can be heard - five visitors at a time - at the Guggenheim in Wheeler's immersive "PSAD Synthetic Desert III" (sounds cool!).

•   Budds considers "Who Builds Your Architecture" to be "a wake-up call" and guide to "what being an 'ethically engaged architect' means today."

•   Moreira considers Short's "The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture" to be a "fascinating exploration of the history of environmental design practice," where "the role of architects is shown as central."

•   Moore cheers Glancey "tweaking the tails of a few sacred cows" in " What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower?"

•   Westfall ponders Settis's new tome: "if Venice dies, we will be left with nothing but the dozens of cities and suburbs with Venice in their name and Disney-like replicas."

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