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Today’s News - Friday, October 12, 2012

•   Davidson offers an "exclusive look at a private city within the city": "Hudson Yards is handsome, ambitious, and potentially full of life. Should we care that it's also a giant slab of private property?"

•   Kimmelman likes what he sees in two of David Baker's housing projects in San Fran and Oakland that "have created ripples of change in their communities," and "represent what I think is a shift of priorities in the architectural profession."

•   A new community housing project in a Melbourne suburb "does not fit the typical social-housing model."

•   Meanwhile, a soaring Tower Melbourne will be either "a city-defining project and an iconic landmark" or a ''blight'' - depending on who you talk to.

•   Behre hopes Clemson University's second try for a new architecture center will make it past the NIMBYs this time: the university "has done much to address neighborhood concerns that helped derail its earlier architecture center plan."

•   Maki to make his first mark in the U.K. with a Muslim cultural center and university for the Aga Khan.

•   Chan reports that architecture buffs are "doing Home Alone-style, double-cheek face slaps at the idea" of a proposal to paint a mural on Philadelphia's PSFS Building.

•   Waterstudio has plans to build a new floating neighborhood with 1,200 homes: building "for the rich helps to refine a technology that can in turn be used to benefit the poor."

•   Seattle's Floating Bridge competition winner would give new life to the old SR 520 bridge pontoons as a community park and a floating wetland + Eyefuls of the other winners.

•   Former RMJM colleagues set up Kettle Collective, "a new Scottish-based venture with global ambitions."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Q&A with Nahmias, one of the filmmakers behind "Unfinished Spaces" documentary about the Cuban National Art School project, re: the origins of the project and the rumors of Norman Foster's involvement (premieres tonight on PBS).

•   Carnegie Museum of Art's "White Cube, Green Maze " highlights "a new trend in museum design - away from Bilbao-esque icons" that could be "a model for less well-funded institutions" (great slide show).

•   Moore has a most interesting conversation with Brodsky as "Russia's greatest living architect " prepares for his first London show: "It's refreshing to hear an architect admit that he might make mistakes - but then he is not a normal architect" (great slide show, too).

•   Hadid's "Pleated Shell Structures" opens today at SCI-Arc Gallery (a rather archi-babble-filled description, but looks interesting).

•   "Buildings That Heal" at Drury University showcases architects who have "made a big difference in the lives of many, rather than addressing the needs of the few."

•   Schumacher manages to avoid a hernia carrying the latest 18-pound Phaidon Atlas home: it's "a weighty book indeed" - on many levels.

•   Lanks weighs in on "Frank Lloyd Wright: Art Collector": apparently "he didn't have great taste" (lots of pix).

•   Walter offers a round-up of children's books on the built environment even grownups can enjoy.

•   One we couldn't resist: Vanderbilt's most amusing take Corbu's Villa Savoye joining the Lego Architecture Series.


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