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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

●  Lambert pens a most eloquent tribute to Dan Hanganu: "In contrast to the weak, mealy-mouthed or too-clever-by-half developer projects, his buildings accomplish something all too rare: they heighten the quality of the surrounding buildings and spaces."

●  Weder's also eloquent words re: the "rule-breaking" Hanganu: "Few architects have enriched the country with such distinctive exuberance - he sought a counterpoint to what he saw as the formulaic rigidity of conventional modern architecture."

●  Bless the Freedom of Information Act! Records show Trump's Texas border wall "would tear through three wildlife areas and put more homes and other structures in jeopardy than previously known - battles over the wall could be even more contentious."

●  Kimmelman finds lessons from Hurricane Harvey "is America's tale. The hard truth is that climate change will increasingly require moving - not just rebuilding - entire neighborhoods, reshaping cities, even abandoning coastlines."

●  Houston unveils its post-Harvey downtown master plan that "has tried to shift away from car-dominated urban planning."

●  Davidson casts "a skeptical eye" on Snøhetta's plan for Johnson's AT&T Building: "Now it's the Norma Desmond of skyscrapers, built for another era but hoping for a glorious third act. Maybe architecture's Norma Desmond needs to age with extravagance."

●  Hawthorne tackled the "misguided" plan for the AT&T Building last week; this time he tackles Jahn's 1985 Thompson Center in Chicago: "It can be tough to take threats to these buildings seriously in large part because [they] never seemed to take themselves seriously. Their energy was cheeky and adolescent - sometimes brilliantly so."

●  O'Sullivan considers the V&A turning "a chunk" of the Robin Hood Gardens into an exhibit: "Given the estate's name and the profile of London museum-goers, it's hard not to notice the irony: The building is being taken from the poor and given to the rich" (it "isn't historic preservation. It's taxidermy").

●  Critical responses to the V&A's acquisition of Robin Hood Gardens, though the Smithsons' son "said he was touched by the museum's acquisition."

●  The original architect of San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza "responds to criticism of his work and concerns over new plaza. Not everyone is thrilled with the upcoming redesign."

●  Roux turns the news day a bit brighter with her take on touring the Louvre Abu Dhabi with Nouvel: "it's hard not to be thrilled by what Nouvel has achieved - a town of its own making, with something of the air of a rediscovered village" (Nouvel has "never been one to shy away from a bit of bling").

●  Your must-see of the day: EarthCam's time-lapse video of the Louvre Abu Dhabi - 70,000 hours of footage of "the entire construction process from start to finish in less than 3 minutes" (watch full-screen - breathtaking!).

●  de Lange parses Heatherwick's Zeitz MOCAA and "how branding and architecture reinforce culture" - the design "is as poetic as its purpose and message," and "an important case study in support of the dialogue between graphic design and architecture."

●  King parses San Francisco's Salesforce Tower: it won't open for months, but "the building's impact on the city's physical and social landscape already is profound" (fab images and infographics!).

●  Clarke tours Foster's Bloomberg HQ in London: it is "a thing of beauty and a feat of sustainability - flashy it is not - touring this building is an education in considerate, cutting-edge construction."

●  Bill Gates buys 25,000 acres in Arizona to build to build a "smart city."

●  Remember "seasteading" and lofty plans for building floating cities that faded away? Well, it's back: French Polynesia agreed to let the Seasteading Institute begin building a floating city in its waters.


  


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