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Today’s News - Thursday, May 30, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Saucier + Perrotte, Calatrava, and Ito.

•   Bernstein brings us eyefuls of the four proposals in the MAS Design Challenge to rethink Penn Station and Madison Square Garden (more than just eye candy, but a long way from becoming a reality).

•   King is left baffled by Apple's plans for a new store on San Francisco's Union Square: "that a company renowned for design innovation has hired one of the world's most acclaimed architecture firms, only to unload a box that would look at home in Anymall, U.S.A."

•   Lamster laments a lack of "communal cooperation until there are dead bodies on the ground - planning, to some, is a dirty word."

•   Watson-Smyth on London's Brutalist architecture and why it needs to be seen in context: "The architects behind the movement believed they were creating a new utopia. 'It's a very optimistic style.'"

•   Brussat bemoans: "not even modernist architecture critics bother to claim that modernism has produced any lovable cities...the primary purpose of architecture is to design a civic realm that soothes the savage breast. Modernism fails every time."

•   Freeman ponders "digital deception," wondering "how much digital 'correction' is permissible before the image becomes fraudulent. The architectural profession may be Photoshopping itself into an artful corner."

•   On the other hand, can "fantasy architecture" encourage critical thinking and be "a tool for inspiring change and optimism."

•   Wainwright is left a bit bereft after sitting on several crit panels: "architectural education in Britain is in need of repair. It has never been more urgent to call out the emperor's new clothes."

•   NBBJ's proposed biodomes for Amazon's Seattle HQ "have stirred a spectrum of reactions," from excitement to criticism (public not welcome except to shop).

•   Webber puts a (great) spotlight on lighting designers who are applying their skills "to further the goals of urban design, creating safer, more stimulating, and better functioning cities" (shine on, say we!).

•   On a visit to Melbourne, Pasquarelli explains SHoP Architects' "mission to reclaim role of 'master builder'" (failure is not always a bad thing).

•   Urbach's Q&A with Meier re: "some of his iconic buildings, his influences, and the enduring power of white."

•   Chaban reports on AIANY's "rare dive into politics" with its "first-ever mayoral platform."

•   Eyefuls of the 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards winners.

•   An impressive shortlist for the Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2013.

•   Call for entries: Proposals for 2014 AIA National Convention: "Change: Culture | Community | Commitment."


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