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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

•   In the second installment of ANN's "Nuts + Bolts" series, Hausman ponders the art of clear communication.

•   Altabe takes issue with Hadid's claim of "misogyny among the master-builders" in the U.K.: after being awarded the title Dame for services in architecture, can she "legitimately say, 'There is a skepticism and more misogynist behavior here,' when she flouts taste so aggressively?"

•   NYU's new Center for Urban Science & Progress has a high-profile physicist on board to help "take on the quest to solve the daily miseries of city living."

•   The struggling city of Niagara Falls has high hopes that it will come back to life with a user-friendly Niagara River waterfront after the removal of a parkway (named for a certain Robert Moses).

•   Esmonde cheers that the city will be "free at last from Moses's clutches": the parkway "could have been a Communist plot, it was so subversive...the road to recovery is no road at all."

•   Walljasper makes the case for why "we need great parks as much as ever," especially in hard economic times: "They are the foundation of community and democracy."

•   Hume pays tribute to Toronto landscape architect Hough, who "was decades ahead of much of North America when he argued that nature plays a fundamental role in the city" (though his work "goes largely unnoticed today").

•   A project in Syracuse aims to resurrect the city's street life and "bring commerce and artists to the sidewalks" in the city's fledgling entertainment district.

•   A buy-out by community of craftspeople preserves Sheffield, U.K.'s manufacturing heritage: at Portland Works, they will "teach their inherited skills to young people."

•   Russell visits Williams & Tsien's Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago: it is "a haunted take on campus-Gothic grandeur" where "architecture gets out of the way in the warehouse; in the tower, assertiveness takes over - ambivalence may prove to be its secret weapon."

•   Budds says Cavagnero's SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is "modern architecture at its best...intended for the public rather than a rarefied few to enjoy."

•   An eyeful of London-based OAC's plans for huge Tanmen International Oceanic Fishing Culture Centre and Museums in Hainan, China (an artificial island included).

•   We don't cover a lot of residential work, but there are always exceptions: Stamberg Aferiat's Shelter Island retreat is "a colorful re-examination" of Mies's 1929 Barcelona Pavilion.

•   Voelz Chandler (we've missed her musings!) puts the spotlight on a Denver suburb that is the first post-World War II development to be listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places: "preservation of these homes has faced challenges."

•   Britain's architecture minister "goes post-war crazy with his decision to award statutory protection to the two 1960s icons."

•   Rose reports on the reversal of Americans buying European architectural treasures and shipping them home: an FLW house in a flood-prone zone that needs a new home looks like it might end up in the hills outside of Florence (as in Italy).

•   Bey offers an amusing report re: Bob Hope's Modernist Palm Springs manse being for sale: "The house's back-story is more befitting a drama than a comedy. Now all that history - and the house - can be yours for $50 million."

•   Balmond's Star of Caledonia landmark on Scotland-England border is up for approval - and it looks like it might be a go.

•   An urban planner and landscape architect wins approval for his kelp sculpture for an ocean-front park in Dana Point, CA.

•   Only a few days to catch "Ed Tyler Inspirations - Architects and the buildings that inspire them" in London (great slide show if you're not there).


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