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Today’s News - Friday, June 28, 2013

•   H&deM and TFP Farrells rise to the top of a starchitect-filled shortlist to design the M+ museum in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District.

•   NYC's plan to deal with climate change "is only the beginning of a long struggle to fortify cities around the world - resiliency construction could very well be its own industry," and "as if on cue," some design competitions that should help things move along.

•   Speaking of which, 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition to re-imagine the coastal communities hit by Superstorm Sandy has extended the registration deadline to July 8.

•   The Ikea Foundation and the UNCHR are planning to "roll out one of the major innovations for war-torn homeless since the canvas tent: cheap, flat-packed, build-it-yourself homes" (solar power included).

•   Russell and Rosenbaum have a conversation about the Whitney Museum's new digs: he likes the terraces; she doesn't think the inside is as well-designed as the exterior + Rosenbaum expands on her take: even with its downsides, "the new Whitney promises to be an exciting addition to New York's cultural life."

•   Wainwright weighs in on the growing pressure from U.K. architecture students to change "training that has remained largely unchanged since 1960s": everyone seems to agree, but change to what: "at least students' plaintive pleas for relevant teaching are finally being taken seriously - and they may soon have an alternative to costly years trapped in fantasy factories."

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em - catching up after not posting last Friday).

•   Kaplan and Hess review the Getty's "Overdrive" from two very different perspectives (both great reads - did they see the same show?).

•   Russell wrestles with Corbu at MoMA, and finds "the architect who wanted to bulldoze much of Paris was a romantic at heart."

•   Turrell at the Guggenheim x 4 (we couldn't resist): Lange says the museum "was built for his work," and the rotunda is "where Turrell meets Wright's mischievousness with a twinkle of his own."

•   Wyma warns it is not the "hallucinatory, mind-blowing experience" visitors might expect, but Turrell's "slow-burning phantasmagoria of light and color is good, clean site-specific fun."

•   Gopnik, on the other hand, wants to "feel the spirit move me," but what he feels and sees "most clearly are dollar signs, and the troubling social structures that art such as this now reflects."

•   Rosenbaum is not much rosier: problem is Turrell's Skyspace "isn't a skyspace at all.

•   A great Q&A with "Reprogramming the City" curator Burnham about what to expect from Boston's BSA Space show about reuse from cities around the world.

•   Blanchfield cheers "Low-Rise High-Density Housing" at NYC's Center for Architecture that looks at what past solutions teach us about solving today's housing crisis: it may be a "small show," but it's "an archival feat."

•   "Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches" at Chicago's Graham Foundation is a visual journey of the findings of a multi-year research project focusing on the work of 7 community design architects and planners.

•   In London, "Elisabeth Blanchet: Prefabs: Palaces for the people" is "an intensive study of prefabs across the country and some of their oldest residents."

•   Keats cheers the CCA's "Archaeology of the Digital" that shows how "ambivalence about digital architecture was characteristic of most of the architects who pioneered it."

•   With "Creating Green Roadways," Sipes and Sipes "are dedicated to turning our transportation systems to assets, not liabilities, and have written a book to help guide this transformation."


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