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Today’s News - Thursday, January 5, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days...we'll be back Tuesday, January 10.

•   It's now Sir David (Adjaye) and Sir Ricky (Burdett) to us peasants.

•   LaValley ponders "architecture and ego": "Who is architecture for - the architect - the user - the world? Does it matter? It's not an easy question to answer."

•   Dittmar cheers the U.K. "putting the idea of new settlements on the table again," but it needs to "be more explicit in requiring and providing the resources for master planning and design guidance" (reading Ebenezer Howard's "Garden Cities of Tomorrow" wouldn't hurt, either).

•   A new plan by a new team looks to transform Hobart's Macquarie Point into "a cultural precinct celebrating Tasmania's Aboriginal history"; needless to say the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre folks are more than disappointed that they weren't consulted.

•   WXY and Body Lawson have big plans to transform the "infamous" (and that's putting mildly) Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx into an idyllic affordable housing mixed-use development.

•   Plensa to plant one of his always-striking sculptures on a plaza overlooking the Pacific for the KPF-designed Pacific Gate development in San Diego.

•   A fascinating look at how the ancients recycled buildings and building elements for any number of reasons - including propaganda (our new word for the day: "spolia").

•   Eyefuls of the latest round in the Fairy Tale Architecture series, this time by Snøhetta, Ultramoderne, Smiljan Radic, and Bernheimer Architecture (a frog included).

•   Spend some time tooling around "10 Digital Archives Worth Staying Inside For" (+ a few more to keep you really busy!).

•   Sitz's Q&A with Cesal re: why the Curry Stone Design Prize decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary with Social Design Circle of 100 projects and firms, and a year-long podcast series (launching today - it sounds terrific!).

•   Call for entries: eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition + Bandirma Park (Turkey) International Design Competition for a new genre of urban park + Call for Presentations for 2017 Healthcare Design Conference & Expo.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Wainwright parses "Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings" at the Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London that offers "unparalleled insight into the creative process of her early years" - but "are cracks appearing in Hadid's legacy?"

•   Lange cheers the "rugged vision" of the Lawrence Halprin show at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, that celebrates his legacy, and hopes to help "in its recognition and protection."

•   Iovine finds much to like in the Pierre Chareau show at the Jewish Museum in NYC: "a kaleidoscopic exhibition" of "a master of contrast" showcasing "the intersection of luxury, patronage, and avant-garde art."

•   Davidson digs Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built New York": "sure, the vast majority of these projects were better off dead. But even so, it will keep right on provoking gasps at the sheer, lunatic audacity emblazoned on every page."

•   MoMA's Stierli revisits Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" that "fundamentally changed how we look at, think and talk about architecture."

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