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●  Hostile architecture: an interesting debate between architect Furzer, "whose designs try to combat hostile architecture," and Harvey, co-founder of "a company that produces many of the offending benches."

●  Capps, at the opposite end of the spectrum, talks to Kéré re: "how architects can design 'coherent and peaceful cities.' Design can't change politics, but it can shift perception."

●  A fascinating look at "the beginning of the end of China's 'weird architecture.' Whoever wants to design the next big projects will have to adjust to taking on business parks and suburban housing rather than cities' trophy buildings."

●  Hume cheers the ROM's "new (old) entrance" and the Toronto museum's "most unabashedly extravagant room" (Libeskind's Crystal "has never quite fulfilled its promise").

●  MVRDV and BIG have pixilated plans for a new neighborhood in Abu Dhabi's Makers District.

●  Chicago could be getting its own Hudson Yards-scale waterfront neighborhood (with some stellar names attached) on one of the city's last undeveloped pieces of land.

●  Morgan cheers Leers Weinzapfel's new, "exemplary" Design Building at UMass Amherst, one of the largest timber frame structures on the East Coast, where the use of glulam and CLT "on such a scale allowed for a near revolutionary accomplishment."

●  Sighs of relief as London's Architectural Association says it "does not plan to close its exhibitions and publications departments (AA Files are safe - for now).

"Tis the season for 2017 Best of Everything lists:

●  Feast your eyes on some astounding (and we mean astounding!) shots shortlisted for the 2017 Art of Building photography awards, run by the U.K.'s Chartered Institute of Building.

●  Eyefuls of some luminous and luscious pieces in Lyon's festival of lights (a "unicorn" of sorts included!).

●  Moore's pick of the best architecture of 2017: Postmodernism back, "it's hard to look past the charred stump" of Grenfell Tower, "vast wealth can produce splendiferous buildings," and "two victories for good sense" + 5 best buildings.

●  Birnbaum rounds up 2017's notable developments in landscape architecture, some "of great finesse, depth, and complexity" - though it seems "a creeping homogenization is taking hold - are we becoming lazy - or just willing to accept a little mediocrity?" (shout-outs for books, journalists(!), and Scully, too).

●  Mairs profiles Top 10 skyscrapers of 2017, "from the unapologetically tall to the peculiarly shaped" (but mostly meh?).

●  Morby marvels at the top 10 designs of 2017 that aim to create a better future.

●  Budds takes a different tack, and picks the "10 design trends of 2017 that need to die" (do better next year, please).

Winners all!

●  Polshek is named 2018 AIA Gold Medalist, and Minneapolis-based Snow Kreilich Architects takes home the 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

●  "Seven exemplary projects" take top honors in the 50th Canadian Architect Awards.

●  From Down Under, eyefuls of the 2017 Victorian Premier's Design Awards (great presentations).

●  Fast Co.'s Innovation By Design Awards 2017 include "projects that improve the urban fabric."

●  A "technically superb" rest area on Lake Kolima in Finland named 2017 Finnish Wood Award winner.

●  Winners of the 8th ISArch Award for Architecture Students announced.


  


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