Friday: The Careerist

  • The Hotel Trades Union narcs out asbestos conditions at the Waldorf-Astoria to NYDN gossip Lloyd Grove. (New York Daily News)
  • Thor openes a “VIP” section. (Our spies tell us it has room for about nine people and is about as fun as the first car on the L train at 2 a.m.) (Eater)
  • Architects are shocked that their glass buildings–the “Sculpture for Living” and the Meier towers, anyone?–kill millions of birds every year. (Audubon)
  • Eric Janssen was the first broker to advertise on grocery store shopping carts. Three unclaimed Manhattan supermarkets remain for all those who have followed suit! (The New York Times)
  • Before you dine out, always check the mouse dropping quotient. (NYC Department of Health & Hygiene)
  • Economist Kermit Baker writes that after six years of “recession-like conditions” in nonresidential construction, 2006 may see real growth. (The American Institute of Architects)
  • An objective and subjective rating of careers that categorize jobs. Both journalist and architect land in the “fair” category, while landscape architect is an “excellent” career choice. (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Are design review boards ruining everything?
    As even the most cursory grasp of architectural history will make plain, however, there has hardly been an important work of American architecture–let alone a revolutionary one–that has kowtowed to its surroundings in the way design review boards now widely insist upon. (Inman News)
  • A journalist goes on a one-person crusade to teach newspapers how to properly represent the numbers they receive from the spin-doctor community. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • The skyline of Shanghai, is bright, modern and marked by L.E.D. screens. But its newest architectural project, Xintiandi, houses high-end shops and restaurants in the manner of American pedestrian malls. (New Yorker)
  • – Riva Froymovich