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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

•   This just in: Page\Park wins the competition to restore Mackintosh's masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art.

•   Beam sees a problem with the profession "reduced to hyping its legitimacy in paid promotions on CNN and Fox News," and "adrift on the ever-changing sea of taste and whimsy. Look up. If you like what you see, then go hug the nearest architect. They sound as if they need it."

•   Lubell says it's time for architects to stop arguing about style: the real problem is developers, who too often "leave architects out of the equation altogether. There is a thirst for better work - from edgy to traditional. America is tired of banality."

•   Correa and other Indian masters tell students to "take risks and experiment," though that may be difficult with the current crop of risk-averse clients: "I'm not against big developers; I'm against what they do. They ruin a generation of architects who are not allowed to question."

•   Singerman takes a look at what is "shaping changes in design forms": globalization and internal collaborations are "more important than ever" as influencers.

•   The newly launched Bengal Architecture and Design Institute will "focus on the pursuit of innovation in the lived environment" and human interactions - with a stellar faculty!

•   Bevan delves into how the London School of Architecture hopes to transform training: "London's great architects are emerging in spite of rather than because of its patchy architecture schools. (Conversely, the US has great architecture schools but dreary contemporary architecture.)"

•   Bright, young Australian minds across disciplines come together for Smart Seeds, a 10-week competition to "solve some of the issues arising in the urban design and infrastructure sectors."

•   Ulam digs deep into the Trust for Public Land's Playgrounds Program that lets kids design their own inner-city asphalt schoolyards, transforming them into community parks that benefit public health, the environment, education, and the community (totally great!).

•   Prakash minces no words about Corbu's Chandigarh being threatened by the proposed 27-tower TATA Camelot(!?) gated community: "While the design of the towers themselves is itself of limited aesthetic quality, it is the siting of the project that is the key contention."

•   Q&A with Toshiko Mori re: efforts to save Tokyo's 1962 Hotel Okura by Taniguchi and Kosaka as time is running out on its "Mad Men-esque interiors" with a "plan to demolish the historic main wing in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games."

•   Menking reports on efforts to save Rudolph's "elegant canopy" at his 1960 Sarasota High School, now facing demolition to accommodate the Ringling College of Art & Design's new exhibition space.

•   Update: a "truce" is called on canopies' fate as area architects and Ringling officials research the history of the structures (some contend they were a later addition).

•   Lamster looks at the "reinvention" of Holl's "brazen" and "unapologetically avant-garde" 1989 Stretto House in Dallas; Levy, the original local architect who is designing the addition says: ""I took it on because I couldn't bear the thought of someone else messing it up."

•   Manhattan's newest super-slim tower by P+W "will have built-in parks: And you thought bike storage was a decent amenity."

•   Kolson Hurley takes a long and totally fascinating look at why shopping malls "aren't actually dying. Most of America's malls are doing just fine: If 3.4% of malls are dying, then 96.6% of them aren't."

•   Eyefuls of the winners of the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition (some look pretty scary to us).

•   Five make the shortlist to design Australia's 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition: "proposals range from a pool-side sensory feast to an inverted biblical tower."

•   Orff is taking over from Plunz at the helm of Columbia University's Urban Design Program (yay, Kate!).

•   Olcayto takes the helm as AJ's new editor as Murray moves over to The Architectural Review (cheers to both!).

•   Call for entries: 2015 Houzz/AIA Future of Architecture Contest & Showcase for students and emerging professionals.



  

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