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Today’s News - Monday, July 16, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us "a nomadic, stateless and cosmopolitan" pavilion in London, and "a mobile, sustainable and Itinerant sculpture" in Portugal.

•   Toronto's deputy mayor thinks his downtown is no place to raise a family (well, he doesn't actually live there himself).

•   Hume, on the other hand, reports on a study that finds just the opposite: "more families than ever do want to live downtown," and most suburbanites want their neighborhoods to be more urban (he also minces no words about the deputy mayor's "ignorance and anti-urban prejudice").

•   He heaps high praise on Teeple's 60 Richmond: it "lifts affordable housing out of the realm of the merely useful once and for all," and "offers that rarest of luxuries: thoughtfulness and intelligence."

•   Rochon finds downtown Toronto "a monotone composition of lookalike glass towers and deadening streetscapes...development doesn't have to be this drab" (she does finds a few bright spots).

•   Hawthorne is taken by the "reawakening of pedestrian life" along L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard (great video clips, too).

•   Plans for an elevated boulevard in Oklahoma City pit advocates for pedestrian-friendly streets against highway engineers over the design; developers claim it will be "a deal killer for creating another vibrant downtown district."

•   Doig cheers (with reservations) the boom in new, well-designed transit hubs: "whether a transit hub can turn a concrete jungle into a vibrant scene is largely untested."

•   Plans for China's biggest shopping center are "a visually stunning proposal" - if its claims of environmental responsibility prove to be more than just greenwashing.

•   Dickey spends time with Koolhaas discussing so many things, including the "massive, monumental, contrarian, and controversial" CCTV HQ: "he knew there would be political criticism" - but it was worth it.

•   Why a South Korean architect was hesitant to participate in the Venice Biennale - and why he changed his mind.

•   Goldberger minces no words about what he thinks of the "bombastic classicism" of the London Bomber Command Memorial: "To call this grandiose would be an understatement" - it "commemorates an aspect of World War II fraught with ambiguity, and classicism rarely serves such situations well."

•   Cott hopes architects will be "willing to step into the fray" to be "effective mediators in what is about to become a ubiquitous discussion" re: the "battle lines between building owners, occupants, and preservationists" when it comes to the fate of Brutalist buildings.

•   Olympic Park legacy chief says design will be important in new housing projects, but will up-and-coming practices have a shot? "Everyone is up-and-coming. David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid have yet to do their best work."

•   Moore cheers Kohn's "offbeat" White Building that "has all the hallmarks of a sensitive Olympic legacy," but bemoans "the possible scrapping of the Lea River Park walkway...the 'Fatwalk' is in danger of foundering."

•   Friedberg (of Peavey Plaza fame) tackles "change and continuity" in landscape architecture: "I have resisted preservation for its own is when a thing of value is destroyed to be replaced with something of lesser value that I take issue with that change."

•   Kimmelman can't seem to say enough about Hardy's theater atop the Vivian Beaumont: "a nimble addition to Lincoln Center with architectural benefits out of proportion to its size" (that's just the start).

•   MacCash takes us on a tour of Gehry's piece of Pitt's Make It Right neighborhood in New Orleans: there's "an ineffably playful aspect to the plan" - it's "residential design the way Peter Pan might imagine it."


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