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Today’s News - Thursday, December 7, 2017

●  Goldberger reflects oh-so-eloquently on Vincent Scully's legacy: "His subject was not buildings so much as it was the role buildings played in the making and the preservation of community. He had heroes, and villains."

●  Betsky, no less eloquently, remembers Scully: "He talked about architecture in a manner that made me believe it was the most beautiful and important human act. He changed my world not just by what he said, but how he said it."

●  Goldhagen is enraptured by Heatherwick's "stunning" Zeitz MoCAA in Cape Town: "This is one of the most important new public buildings anywhere - it tugs on your emotions, inspires a sense of delight."

●  Wainwright considers the V&A's new venture in Shenzhen by Maki: it's "an oasis of calm in a jumble of kitsch," but also "so straightforward it verges on dull - giving more the feeling of a mall than a museum."

●  Bernstein reports from Design Miami 2017, with "furniture by architects, design by artists," and Aranguren + Gallegos "might well have fumbled" the new ICA Miami - but didn't.

●  KoningEizenberg, Snohetta, and TEN Arquitectos vie for the El Paso Children's Museum - now it's time for the public to weigh in.

●  At night, Laurendeau's Cogeco Amphitheatre in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, "looks as if a glamorous premiere is underway - both a landmark and a symbol of the city's transformation," the "open-air venue celebrates all things theatrical."

●  Lubrano Ciavarra's retro TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of 1WTC is "a stunning, red-hued dream space - a fantastic flashback to the 1960s world of aviation" (we were there - it is, indeed!).

●  Hawthorne talks to Meier re: the Getty Center's 20th anniversary: "Anything you were unhappy with when it was finished? Anything you would do differently?" "If there was, I've forgotten about it."

●  Meanwhile, Meier designed the Getty Center "to protect its treasures from flames" (as wildfires loom!).

●  A look at Michael Graves's Clos Pegase Winery on its 30th birthday: the PoMo project "still holds a fascination. The marriage of pop culture and commerce is rarely so considered."

●  Allies and Morrison win the competition to revive Surrey's Clandon Park and the 18th-century Palladian mansion gutted by fire in 2015 - with images from its glory days and its ruins today (wow!).

●  A new mixed-use development is proposed for a parking lot adjacent to Denver's Coors Field that "has been a major gap in the urban fabric separating the vitality of the historic district from the stadium."

●  Predock donates his home/studio and archives to the University of New Mexico for the Predock Center for Design and Research (funds needed for "improvements to make it available for regular activities").

●  Berg and Cetra offer "end-of-year giving tips for architecture firms" to reduce their tax burden - though "not all giving has to be tax related."

●  Alter reports on the National Civic Art Society's new Rebuild Penn Station campaign with "glorious new renderings - when you think that a little reconstructed and restored Leonardo da Vinci painting just sold for $430 million, then $3.5 billion to reconstruct Penn Station sounds positively cheap" (no mention of SOM's $1.6 billion redevelopment currently underway).

●  A round-up of "the 12 best architecture controversies of 2017" ("whoops" included).

●  The Twentieth Century Society declares London's Commonwealth Institute building was destroyed in its conversion to the Design Museum, but "it is not the fault of the museum or their architects."

●  The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards is under fire (on social media, of course) for its "stale, male, pale" jury - and the organizer hits back, "accusing a female designer of highlighting the issue out of spite for not being shortlisted" (41 men and 4 women?!!? We're with her!).

●  One we couldn't resist: the "Uncomfortable is a mind-bending, humorous project that redesigns everyday objects to make them more difficult to use" (chain-handled fork, anyone?).


  


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