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Today’s News - Monday, June 17, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us Sejima's 2010 Inujima Art House Project, and 3XN's amazing aquarium Copenhagen.

•   An in-depth - and totally fascinating - Q&A with Herzog, von Gerkan, and Ingenhoven re: Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, and Stuttgart 21 "building debacles," and how much of the blame they should bear (time for a "Department for the Invention of Additional Features"). - Quinton queries Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht, "the public-private partnership whisperer who is reinventing how cities leverage investment for big projects."

•   Chakrabarti considers "how do we build delightful cities that make us more prosperous, ecological, fit, and equitable?"

•   Goodyear parses some of the "grim political odds facing" Bloomberg's SIRR climate change plan for NYC + While his Seaport City proposal is not being totally written off by some experts, "real estate insiders said they weren't holding their breath."

•   Rice lunches with Kimmelman, "the people's critic," to find out more about his "war on Madison Square Garden" and Penn Station's "daily blight": "the sheer crappiness of this place is so universally understood" (and a few more barbs re: Foster's NYPL plans).

•   Many in Christchurch are complaining that new buildings are, for the most part, "unimaginative glass boxes" - blame it on widespread post-quake demolition, beefed up structural requirements, and strict planning rules.

•   Three years later, the wraps finally come off six "blue-sky visions" for Toronto's Gardiner Expressway by an international who's-who shortlist.

•   Hume is not very hopeful about the Gardiner's fate: "In the end, we will revert to form, and do what we always have, as little as possible."

•   Three international teams are shortlisted for Stage Two of Australia's Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition (we won't see designs 'til a winner is announced in the fall).

•   The Pritzker jury denies Scott Brown's request for recognition, though she's eligible for a future Pritzker (she says the "jury misunderstood the intent of the petition"); but Palumbo does thank the petitioners "for calling directly to our attention a more general problem, namely that of assuring women a fair and equal place within the profession."

•   McGuigan reports on AIANY's efforts to change AIA Gold Medal rules that say it can only go to an individual - the "initiative is on a fast track."

•   Badger offers up some "jaw-dropping" history from Collins' "fantastic" book "When Everything Changed" chronicling 50 years of women's history in America: in 1961, Harvard "told married women they probably shouldn't bother studying urban planning."

•   Wainwright is wowed by RSH+P's Cheesegrater, "a slender tapering form of rare elegance" that "attempts to give as much back to London as it can" (his take on the city's "bizarre dinner party in the sky" is a hoot!).

•   Hecht reports on Heneghan Peng's Palestinian Museum that "drew inspiration from the West Bank's landscape. Exactly what the museum will collect is still under discussion."

•   Campbell on Corbu at MoMA: it is "a hodgepodge, a grandma's attic of unexpected delights" + He offers a few words about MoMA's "exercise in placelessness" + his AFAM commentary is spot-on (in our humble opinion).

•   Hawthorne has a few issues with the Corbu show's thesis, but does find it "a vast, dense and beautifully installed exhibition."

•   Call for entries: PLAYscapes International Design Competition (registration deadline reminder) + 54 Jefferson International Ideas Competition for the former Grand Rapids Public Museum + BOFFO Building Fashion competition for a pop-up boutique on NYC's Pier 57 + EOI: Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition.


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