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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

•   Doig takes a "wildly unscientific" look at data showing many of our assumptions about cities are wrong: "Portland's not that cool, L.A. not that superficial" (it's "just for fun, so try not to take it too seriously and freak out. We're looking at you, New York").

•   Goodyear takes a dig at Doig re: his "Cities are Meaner" piece: "some people are nice, and others aren't. Maybe people who live in cities just get more chances to show which side they're on."

•   Berg reports on a UCLA class applying the Living Building Challenge (LEED-ND doesn't go far enough) to a Marina Del Rey, CA, neighborhood: "This idea of renovating existing development to reduce its impact has huge potential in a highly developed world."

•   Minneapolis picks the winning team in RiverFirst competition for a "sweeping vision" for its Mississippi riverfront parks and public spaces.

•   Balmori makes the case for "focusing on our shared landscapes, arguing that they are increasingly the 'terrain for discussing our issues,' much more so than buildings."

•   Blanchfield reports on "Women Shaping Our World: Architecture, Gender and Space," where four powerful women in the field debated troubling statistics and remedies.

•   Litt x 2: he cheers Saitowitz's University Circle Uptown development: "Clevelanders are going to be stunned and pleased by a development that shows how traditional urbanism can blend with cutting edge architecture to produce a new center of gravity for the city."

•   He also gives two thumbs-up to Snohetta's Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University - "a visually stunning object on a dead-flat campus" (and bemoans that current times - with a swipe at the NYT (a.k.a. Kimmelman) - that have put "cutting-edge design is on the defensive," so it might not get the attention it merits).

•   BIG heads to the beach with two torquing towers in Miami's Coral Gables.

•   Pakistan's most prominent Modernist warns that half of Karachi's buildings could collapse in an earthquake: "Such remarks coming from the first Pakistani graduate of AA - one of the world's most prestigious schools of architecture - needs to be taken seriously."

•   Saffron gets down with dirt (literally) as a Loeb Fellow: "thanks to the effort of several committed architects, dirt is making a comeback" - and she has the sore shoulders to prove it + More proof: an eyeful of her and fellow Fellows' MudWorks at GSD: "an argument in layered texture and color that rammed earth is a viable material and should be taken seriously by contemporary architects."

•   Perhaps the least glamorous project types offer the most inspiration: lessons learned about light and views in designing a school for autistic children: "Maybe what is viewed matters more than how much is viewed" + Architecture students from Down Under design and build a day care center for children suffering the crippling effects of the Vietnam War.

•   Mallory waxes poetic about "emotional buildings" that have bitten the dust after serving their purpose - or maybe not (great slide show).

•   Rose gives (mostly) rave reviews re: last week in architecture; except for Titanic Belfast: it's "been compared to the Guggenheim and the Sydney Opera House, but it looks to me like a cross between an iceberg and Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin - neither of which are ideal reference points" (ouch!).

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): Norden Fund Travel/Study Grants + 6th Annual R+D Awards (deadline extended).



  


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