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Today’s News - Thursday, November 17, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day. And a heads-up that we'll only be posting on Monday and Tuesday, November 21 & 22 - the rest of next week will be dedicated to celebrating Thanksgiving and all that we're grateful for.

•   Many Melbournians say "no thanks" to Apple's hopes of building a $50 million megastore on Federation Square that would require demolishing LAB & Bates Smart's Yarra Building (in secret negotiations?) - the company "would save itself a lot of hassle by looking elsewhere."

•   King, on a brighter note, cheers the California College of the Arts for choosing Studio Gang to design what could be "San Francisco's newest - and potentially most unusual - college campus."

•   BIG x 2: it is now confirmed that it, along with Heatherwick Studios, will be designing Google's new London HQ.

•   BIG, along with Silvio d'Ascia Architecture, wins a competition to design a Paris Metro station that, from the air, looks like a gigantic "P" + a stellar line-up to design 10 other stations.

•   Kéré is tapped to design a "huge mobile theater" at Berlin's Tempelhof field as the "Francis Kéré. Radically Simple" exhibition opens in Munich.

•   Landscape architects are "often the unsung heroes of a project, entwining natural life with man-made environments in extraordinary ways" - here are 15 firms you should know.

•   There's still some good news to be found in DC: Gehry and Lin are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Springsteen, too!).

•   Call for entries: 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2016/2017 ($2 million in prizes) + Harvard GSD 2017 Wheelwright Prize for $100,000 traveling fellowship + Speakers for VERGE Hawaii 2017: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   The new documentary "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" tells "a great story," but what concerns Morris is "an oversimplification of the story and the fact."

•   Heathcote parses London's new Design Museum and its first show "Fear and Love": it's "a fruity mix" with a "simple and superb" exhibition design; the building itself is "encased in layers of super-tasteful light oak" - or is it "more like an oak-lined concrete sarcophagus."

•   "Demolished Sydney" at the Museum of Sydney "recalls some of the most significant demolitions of the past 200 years," and how many "have made way for some of the city's most iconic buildings."

•   Eggler is disappointed that MoMA's "How Should We Live" offers "some dazzling moments, but falls short of expectations" (though "the curators' insistence on gender parity and design partnerships is commendable").

•   Makovsky and Rajagopal cheer NYC's Jewish Museum for rescuing the French avant-garde architect Pierre Chareau "from obscurity" with "a groundbreaking exhibition."

•   Three (fab) takes on Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built New York": Sam Roberts calls it an "imaginative picture book for adults" + Budds finds an important lesson: "Keep hubris in check" + NY Post(!) posits: "It all could've happened" (all well worth reading - and great pix!).

•   King gives two thumbs-ups to Turner's "Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco" - an "unexpectedly fresh addition to the ever-longer shelf of books on the ever-provocative architect" that offers "glimpses" of FLW "as a force unto himself."



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