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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

•   ArcSpace revisits MVRDV's 2005 Gemini Residence on Copenhagen's waterfront + Wiles whiles away some time with Winy, the "pixel prophet using towers to increase urban density and using the pixel as a basis for 21st-century architecture" (Lego's included).

•   McEwen takes on "urbanists vs. technocrats" in Detroit: "what we are seeing are two different disciplines - abstract finance and urban planning - telling two very different stories about the same city" (a fascinating read).

•   Hume tackles the car vs. condo syndrome: "Condos are helping to turn Toronto into a real city. Transit is the city's and the region's Achilles' heel."

•   Jaffe reports on a new TOD initiative in Phoenix, a "walkability gamble that might actually pay off" - even with the city's "rich history of sprawl."

•   The New South Wales Government releases its planning application for Darling Harbour precinct overhaul that includes "extended public parkland that is identifiably 'Sydney' in character."

•   Litt lights up at the thought of Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare aiming for "a bright lights, big city feel. The idea is not to mimic the glitz of Times Square, but to make the district's artistic vitality visible day and night."

•   Pogrebin gets word that the Municipal Art Society of New York has tapped Calatrava, DS+R, SHoP, and SOM to re-envision New York's Penn Station and Madison Square Garden (hope springs eternal?).

•   An Israeli architect and planner minces no words when it comes to what it's going to take "if there is to be any real hope for Israeli architects to help shape the future" when starchitects seem to be hogging the limelight: "Never has architecture been given to such extreme extravagance, to such little true human purpose."

•   A look at the "rise and fall of RMJM": it is now "being swallowed up" by an investment firm. "But the Scottish architecture world is confident that it could once again, phoenix-like, rise from the ashes" (well, not the entire Scottish architecture world).

•   MIT's D'Hooghe looks to remake the 'burbs by building better big boxes: "The future of our cities is in the gradual densification of our suburbs. If we can make the big box more intelligent..."

•   Lamster queries Bernheimer about his "rather analytical approach" to designing a new outpost for an iconic New York fast food joint (beyond design, "I don't believe ketchup should be allowed in a hot dog restaurant").

•   Speaking of fast-food joints, Capps has an amusing (and most interesting) take on McDonald's looking for a new master architect - make that "McArchitect" (some great links, including to the job offering).

•   Revisiting a 1988 L.A. Times Magazine feature that offered what futurists thought the city would look like in 2013, "what they got right (and wrong) paints a fascinating picture of the ability and limits of people to guess where the world is heading."

•   Dunlap offers a most eloquent tribute to Toan, who "was among the first architects to wrestle seriously with the challenges of creating long-term living quarters in space" (Rick Bell as astronaut stand-in and Star Trek included).

•   RAIC | Architecture Canada bestows the inaugural 2013 Emerging Architectural Practice Award to 5468796 Architecture.

•   Next week AIA celebrates National Architecture Week.


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