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Today’s News - Friday, September 20, 2013

•   Hall Kaplan parses the pages and the "lilting phrases" of Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built Los Angeles": "As a student of L.A. histrionics and history, the book makes one wonder about what might have been - and weep."

•   DePillis minces no words about Washington, DC's height-limit debate: "An overplayed fear of urban 'canyons' is only one part of the opposition" - oh, the politics of it all! (a great read).

•   Long compiles 95 Theses, arguing that "today's obsession with authorship and celebrity leads to serious imbalances in the way we see design," calling "for an overhaul of the way design is curated."

•   Exploring whether architecture is still a boys' club, three women architects in New Zealand "show a new direction for the design industry."

•   A quick take on some good examples of vacant big-box spaces repurposed for other uses.

•   Wainwright weighs in on plan to build an unbuilt FLW in the U.K.: "there is little evidence the maestro of 'organic architecture' would be entirely comfortable with a zombie villa" - it "seems to be less about accuracy and intent, and more about soothing the FLW Foundation by employing one of its architects."

•   Eyefuls of the inspiring winners in the inaugural Social Impact Design Award program.

•   Barber Osgerby bags the Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition (it was our pick, too).

•   One we couldn't resist: A new game you'll have a hard time putting down (or so they say): Prison Architect is "a brilliant game that gives players complete freedom in the creation and management of prison full of dangerous convicts."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Moore cheers a Barbican film fest of flicks based in London that "reveals how fog, rain and gloom of all kinds add to the mystique of the capital."

•   Hutt's "Sukkah City" documents the competition from "jury-room deliberations and internal arguments" to the exhibition in NYC's Union Square (public screening in the square this Sunday!).

•   An "exhibit about buildings that don't exist might not sound all that exciting," but "Never Built Los Angeles" at A+D Los Angeles certainly is.

•   "Sheep Station" at a former Getty filling station in Manhattan's Chelsea offers a "curious little patch of grass" that is "a psychological breath of fresh country air for the post-industrial traveler" on their way to the High Line (pix are great!).

•   The "expertly" curated "Richard Rogers: Inside Out" at London's Royal Academy is "a testament to how architectural designs are devised and developed through an infinite number of methods and can lead to some truly groundbreaking buildings" (lots of pix).

•   "Reinventing the Library: Washington's New Centers for Learning" at AIADC's District Architecture Center offers "stunning photographs and tightly distilled explanatory texts" in a "superior, if small and understated, show."

•   Litt lauds a "luminous" and long-overdue exhibition celebrating the premier architect of Cleveland's Gilded Age: "Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland's Valiant Age."

•   A rundown of Rykwert's four best books that prove he is a most worthy winner of the RIBA Gold Medal.

•   Weighing in at 17 pounds, Zeidler's "spectacular autobiography" is "the most ambitious autobiography anyone in Canada has ever written - he writes without jargon or pretension."

•   A round-up of tomes reviewed, including Rawsthorn's "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life," and Bird's "Hightide: Queensland Design Now" - "a concise yet compelling look at an often understated chapter of Australia's design identity."

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