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Today’s News - Friday, March 15, 2013

•   Florida explains that "ideas trump resources" when it comes to "enduring economic growth," with Calgary being a case in point in "how resource wealth can be used to build a robust knowledge economy."

•   Blanchfield launches a series of case studies of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts: first up: Corona, Queens is "a powerful example of putting cultural vitality and institutional partnerships to work for the benefit of the community."

•   Wainwright wagers that instead of the U.K.'s education secretary "waging war on architects," both sides might be better off taking a look at Niemeyer's 1980s education centers in Rio that "could show the way for embedding great design as standard. Properly developed, with the involvement of architects, might system building actually be a good thing?"

•   It's only six years old - and a Stirling Prize-winner - but private homeowners have "have mounted an audacious bid to list the housing development to guard against 'damage' by social housing residents' modifications" (not-so-poor dears even have pix to prove it).

•   Ulam reports on a new draft report that "suggests ways to protect against rising tides in New York City" ("retreat is not an option").

•   Bosker takes us on a video tour of some "copycat architecture" China is using to "modernize, define and celebrate itself" (wedding cake props included).

•   Pallister has an interesting Q&A with 41-year-old Fujimoto re: his 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, his practice, and more: "The playful aspect of my architecture is very important because that's how I think about life."

•   Brownell, meanwhile, takes a look at how Fujimoto's "compelling" Serpentine Pavilion is only "the latest example of an aesthetic of dematerialization unique to Japanese design."

•   Vanstiphout calls on the architectural profession "to understand its own unique power" and "realize that their only hope to survive...and to get something done, is to engage the will and the support of the people - and use it as a battering ram to break open the status quo."

•   "Designs of the Year" curator Collard looks at some of the shortlisted buildings: despite a down economy, "this raft of innovative developments indicates that international creative and design communities remain as resilient and resourceful as ever."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kimmelman and de Monchaux are enthralled by Labrouste at MoMA: the "gorgeous" show casts the architect "as a radical reinventor of public spaces," and "also establishes a more intimate view."

•   Betsky basks in a slew of "recent exhibitions on architectural drawing" that "give hope for the future of the profession - we seem to be undergoing a Renaissance of drawing," despite technology.

•   An eyeful of the 20 semi-finalists in the Street Seats Design Challenge now on view in Boston.

•   In "Raise the Roof" at the Science Museum of Virginia "you start to realize the complexity of simplicity."

•   Heathcote and Moore find much to like about Rawsthorn's "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life" - though "I would have liked her to devote more time to design's emerging darker side"; and "it's a tad unfortunate that the 'other 90%' only get about 10% of the book."

•   A great excerpt from Gallagher's "Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention": "we need to evolve some new ways for our cities to govern themselves. They cannot be mere extensions of what we're doing already."

•   Wainwright gives (mostly) thumbs-up to a new guidebook to Hong Kong's elevated walkways: "Although sometimes falling foul of the architect's tendency to fetishize the visual richness of exploded diagrams over the clarity of what they actually mean, it represents a valuable piece of work."

•   Paletta parses Reeser Lawrence's "James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist" that "rigorously re-examines" the architect's own thinking: "Read and re-vision."

•   Q&A with Rawlins re: Horace Gifford and the "Architecture of Seduction," which "details the forgotten history of an openly gay architect who only now is being recognized."

•   Hail the Ides of March (it's Friday!).


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