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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

•   Goldberger is more than heartened by SHoP's "radical - and terrific - re-design" for Brooklyn's old Domino sugar site, a hopeful sign that developers "just might, at long last, be starting to shake themselves free of the mediocre and confining design models they have been using forever."

•   Hume hails Hariri Pontarini's six-skyscraper plan for what is now a Toronto parking lot: it's "an elegant attempt to turn a dreary but ideally situated site into a genuine waterfront destination."

•   Pearman finds much to like in FCBS's "surprisingly big and bold" plans for London's Southbank Centre: "I like what I see and it looks logical, achievable, even desirable. Do it" (of course, the devil is in the details).

•   Wainwright, on the other hand, is not so enthusiastic about Adjaye's Hackney Fashion Hub: he worries whether it "will only increase Hackney's social inequalities...lubricating the path for a wealthy private developer" to turn it into "a duty-free shopping lounge" (some local business owners agree).

•   Hawthorne takes to TV to "slam" some of L.A.'s "iconic public places. He calls them depressing, dispiriting eyesores - punchlines. And he has some ideas for improving them."

•   An eyeful of 11 starchitect-designed projects remaking the Miami skyline.

•   An eyeful of Norten's newly-renovated Amparo Museum in Mexico, which he describes as "making a city park out of the collection."

•   More on efforts to save Philly's 1963 Police HQ (a.k.a. the Roundhouse), originally "designed with noble ideals in mind": "Now, city planners are sketching out a plan for the near future that would wipe it off the map."

•   Badger reports on Chattanooga as a test case for the next generation of streetlights that does so much more than light the streets (Coolidge Park now has "Frisbee leagues at 11:00 at night").

•   Lighting-design maven Tillett waxes eloquently about how "fear rules nighttime lighting solutions in public spaces. If we use light not simply to illuminate, but animate the dark, we can achieve more safety for more people without using larger and larger quantities of light."

•   Sadler compares Jobs with Koolhaas and their shared "will to learn about the world through the attempt to change it" (a fascinating read!).

•   Three impressive teams win the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! competition.

•   Eyefuls of the winners in the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition (a "Phobia Skyscraper" and floating skyscraper included).

•   The first arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture winner hails from Brazil, and three Special Mentions for women architects from Spain, India, and Estonia.

•   Call for entries (deadline looms!): Canadian Centre for Architecture's two curatorial opportunities.


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