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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Zeiger explains why "taste be damned - Venturi Scott Brown's Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego addition warrants preservation simply because their names are attached to it." -- Betsky begs to differ: "No, Mimi Zeiger - just because something was designed by a good and important architect does not mean we automatically need to save it - not everything old is worth saving. Just let it go." -- Shepard tours Duqm, an industrial city "rising from the sand" in Oman with a port, luxury hotels, and housing for 111,000 - SOM's master plan "follows the guidelines of transit-oriented development virtually step by step." -- Mumbai Architecture Project members explain why "architecture in India today is inconsequential - reduced to a consumable item, an object of desire. It is critical as a nation to bring good design and meaningful architecture back into the national discourse." -- Vyas, director of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, calls for "establishing design schools to hone the skills of Indian artisans" that will "enable them to become entrepreneurs - teaching them management - the business of crafts and design - so they can develop their skills into businesses." -- Kimmelman spends a perfect summer day in 3 "lush parks" that "drastically remake the East River Waterfront along the Brooklyn and Queens shorelines - a monsoon swept as if out of nowhere across the river. New York never seemed wilder or more magical." -- Leigh Brown parses Tulsa's new $465 million Gathering Place, "one of the largest and most ambitious public parks ever created with private funds - and the latest example of deep-pocketed citizens rebuilding cities through projects they perceive to be in the public good." -- Sulcas spends some quality time in DS+R's Zaryadye Park, "Moscow's first new green space in 50 years - and one of the most ambitious and expensive architectural projects in Russia in decades. That the park was built at all - let alone by an American-led design team - is mildly improbable." -- Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Russia, "ex-RMJM design director Tony Kettle is threatening legal action against a Russian rival in an escalating row over the authorship" of the Lakhta Centre, Europe's tallest tower (formerly Gazprom Tower). -- Some experts weigh in on "rethinking school design in the age of the mass shooter. Absent major design upgrades, what can perennially cash-strapped school districts do to address the situation?" -- The AIA "outlines plans to make safe school design and best practices available to architects and education officials," releasing four steps as part of its Where We Stand: School Design and Student Safety statement. -- One we couldn't resist (not for the acrophobic): "8 spectacular destinations for intrepid design lovers. Architecture that's worth the hike!"

Asbestos in the news:
-- Grabar explains why "the Trump Administration is not bringing back asbestos - and couldn't, even if it wanted to." -- Walker reports on the AIA calling for the EPA to "impose a 'blanket ban' on asbestos - which the architecture industry has largely shunned since the 1970s" (with pix from Russia "of pallets of asbestos with a seal featuring the president and the words 'Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States'"). -- Alter says that, while "the EPA is making it easier to get asbestos products approved, it's unlikely anyone will bite. Bans didn't make asbestos go away; lawsuits did" (check out the vintage ads!).


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