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Today’s News - Thursday, April 13, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 18. Zissin Pesach and Happy Easter!

•   The Garden Bridge Trust's Davies hits back at Hodge's report, "stopping short of accusing her of bias" - and Hodge responds (succinctly).

•   Buday bursts a few theoretical bubbles re: architecture being able to change behavior: "Architects may soon need a better value proposition - or go extinct" (you be the judge re: reference to Goldhagen's book - excerpt below).

•   Zieger zings around Vegas to determine if starchitecture can survive in Sin City: "The celebrity factor of Gehry or Koolhaas can't outpace a reunion tour by the Backstreet Boys at Planet Hollywood."

•   Flatman explains "why we should appreciate London's success while it lasts": it "might be struggling to accommodate its burgeoning population - but that's surely better than the Detroit-style decline it once faced."

•   Kamin x 2: He has high hopes for the latest phase of Wrigley Field's renovation (a side that once looked "ragged as an old, dog-bitten blanket"), though "nothing is ever easy at Wrigley."

•   He parses Landmarks Illinois' latest list of the Chicago's most endangered places.

•   Wainwright wanders the newly opened Leaway path along London's once-forgotten river of "fridge mountains, distilleries, and scrap yards," now "a green playground."

•   Saffron takes issue with Philly's City Council "effectively" killing the city's the 10-year-old electric-car program (and spots for the 56 electric car owners): "The real driver of this moratorium is parking envy."

•   Waite parses AJ's 2017 Life in Practice survey that "shows a profession under pressure - it makes for a sobering read."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   On a brighter (with a touch of sad) note: watch the AJ documentary "Zaha: An Architectural Legacy."

•   Mural Arts Philadelphia exhibition "Park Powers & Trash Academy" showcases the investigation into Philly's aging Mifflin Park, spearheaded by Damon Rich.

•   Budds cheers Pentagram's construction wall around the Philadelphia Museum of Art "that's actually beautiful. This is one wall that earns our seal of approval."

•   Hawthorne hails Sutton's "When Ivory Towers Were Black": it is "most valuable as an instruction manual for a new effort to diversify the field. If we can only show the resolve to follow it, the road map is there."

•   Goldhagen offers us two meaty chapters from "Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives."

•   Cipriani cheers Al's "The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream," an "entertaining, muscular, often funny book" that chronicles the "seven aesthetic waves in the city's history of tourist-driven architecture," that is "exuberant, embarrassing, sometimes hideous, sometimes fabulous."

•   Davidson takes us on a tour of Manhattan's 42nd Street, yesterday and today, "where fine instincts and modern technology fuse into a boulevard of noble ambitions."

•   Budds cheers Fynn's effort to document the complexities of Corbu's Chandigarh, 70 years later.

•   Lasky talks to "The Gargoyle Hunters" Freeman Gill: "Did you mean to make baby boomers weep with nostalgia?" + "Encounters with Gargoyles as They Gobble Up Buildings."



  


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