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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: With early-morning meetings and our annual post-Heritage Ball/Party@the Center break (a.k.a. recovery) ahead - we will not be posting tomorrow or Friday, but will return Monday, October 29.

•   Weinstein looks deeply into Ando's "thoughtful heart" and his "spiritual engagement with Modernism" presented in two new books.

•   Mehta has questions "all creative placemakers should ask," including are "the outcomes we're aiming to achieve actually the right ones to begin with?"

•   Wainwright wanders Mecca and is more than a bit appalled by the "voracious development that has seen historic sites bulldozed and locals forced into shantytowns" (so much for creative placemaking - though it does have a "Big Ben on steroids").

•   Bernstein reports on plans to build a viaduct connecting Panama City to outlying suburbs that opponents say would be like "putting a roof over Machu Picchu" (but it would shorten the drive to Gehry's Museum of Biodiversity).

•   It seems the "starchitects are descending on Toronto"; first the Gehry-Mirvish King West project, and now Foster's massive Oxford Place.

•   Perhaps they should all attend the Designing Cities Conference in NYC right now and pick up a copy of the first-ever Urban Street Design Guide (you can get it online).

•   Most excellent tips and info available on the MAS Summit for New York City's Development, Density and Diversity conference website, including the 3rd Annual MAS Survey on Livability and much more (with coming updates).

•   Baillieu minces no words when it comes to troubles brewing around Kuma's V&A Dundee scheme that "calls the whole competition process into question. We've been here before, of course."

•   A neighborhood group is ganging up on Studio Gang's design for "an eye-catching, flower-shaped" rooftop ballroom atop a Michigan Avenue hotel.

•   Russell offers refreshing relief from all this grousing with a glowing review of H&deM's Parrish Art Museum: it is "quietly monumental" and "exudes a powerful primordial calm."

•   Hill asks an intriguing question: "What do you do with a building that's been the site of a mass shooting?"

•   Through the ongoing Jakarta Architecture Triennale, IAI Jakarta is reintroducing its profession to the public.

•   The AIA ABI report on architectural billings is up - the best since 2010 (fingers crossed it's a trend!).

•   The AIA teams up with the U.S. Commerce Department to promote the export of American architectural services to India and Sri Lanka.

•   The RIAI takes its show on the road to Shanghai to promote Irish architectural talent to Chinese businesses.

•   Eyefuls of winners in Building Trust International's HOME Competition (some great ideas!).

•   A good reason to be in NYC this weekend: the Designers & Books Fair offers a star-studded line-up (and lotsa books!).

•   One we couldn't resist: Niemeyer "sees his nonlinear approach to design carried over onto a quintet of Converse sneakers" (a must-have for your shoe rack - next to Zaha's sandals).



  


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