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Today’s News - Monday, February 18, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us Pei's Bank of China HQ in Beijing, and Hadid's Antwerp Port Authority HQ.

•   Hadid is not happy with how women architects are treated in Britain: she's faced "more misogynist behavior" in London than anywhere else in Europe.

•   Australian AIA President Penn pens a report on how re-crunching the 2012 GradStats numbers shows that "gender equity in architecture is not as bad as we thought," but it doesn't mean that it is not "an urgent issue within the profession."

•   Calthorpe champions New Urbanism in China: while cities are built from scratch in a few years, "the question is: how do you turn that activity into something benign?"

•   Williams watches the Suzhou "skyline being transformed before my very eyes," then visits ""crumbling, anarchic, messy" Kolkata for the first time in 30 years - almost nothing had changed, except on the fringes: "urbanism in China is clean, sanitized and exciting; India's is grimy, raw... and exciting."

•   Saffron delves into the "real problem with gentrification": neighborhoods that have revived are "not merely livable, but immensely desirable. The trouble is the [Jacobsian] vision is also giving us a new kind of sterility."

•   Crosbie cheers the new Hartford Public Safety complex that "stands as a flag of optimism planted in a bleak landscape...a stand-in for history and it is well done" (though for "die-hard Modernists" it "might make your skin crawl").

•   King gives two thumbs-ups to two new infill housing projects: some might say they're "exercises in urbanism more than architecture, but such a distinction would be unfair...smarts often count for more than style."

•   New role models for affordable housing in NYC are a welcome "trend to replace bland institutional architecture typical of affordable housing with creative and striking design."

•   Micro-apartments may be another new trend, but standards can be very different in different places: "what's humane stretches only to a much can we tolerate, for the sake of participating in that great big metropolitan world?"

•   Water, water everywhere: Kimmelman in the Netherlands enlists Tracy Metz to show him why and how "the Dutch are starting to let the water in": American politicians could learn a lot about how to "improve public life, public space and the landscape at a fraction of the billions American taxpayers pay out for repairing hurricane damage" (and "Sweet & Salt" should be required reading).

•   Green catches up with Metz and American landscape architect Poole at the National Building Museum: "the Dutch go for these types of national solutions because they see water as a collective issue, while Americans think they're own their own" (great pix).

•   UVA students spend a week with Geuze "learning the poetry of 'unreasonability'": his "style was fast paced, witty, and often sarcastic, full of curious comments that had some puzzled, some delighted, and some slighted" (and they learned a lot!).

•   A shortlist of international "architectural royalty" vies to design what could be "the most iconic building to be constructed in Sydney since the Opera House."

•   Hosey on the science behind "why we love beautiful things," and why designers need to understand "more about the mathematics of attraction, the mechanics of affection."

•   Everyone is hard at work on STUDIOKCA's "Head in the Clouds," Figment's summer pavilion on Governors Island, and a Kickstarter campaign is underway (full discloser: yours truly was a juror, and gave it two big thumbs-ups!).

•   The model maker of RMJM's doomed Gazprom tower puts his massive model up for sale in hopes of recouping his £70k (it will also be on view in Edinburgh and London).

•   ENR's 2012 Best of the Best Projects.

•   Call for entries: LANDMARK MIAMI: 6th DawnTown international design ideas competition to create an iconic, architectural monument for the city (no fee).

•   EDITOR'S NOTE: ArchNewsNow turns 11 today - Happy Birthday to us!


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