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Today’s News - Friday, July 19, 2013

•   Bernstein reports that Rem beat Bjarke for the Miami Beach Convention Center redesign: "the designs may have had more similarities than differences," and it "doesn't mean construction will begin anytime soon" (and Ingles described their competition "oedipal").

•   The project "may be a hard sell," with a commissioner describing the winning team as "litigious and aggressive, that 'I'm warning you now, is going to be a handful.'"

•   Meanwhile, cheers and jeers for Miami Beach considering a temporary halt to demolitions of historic homes: one side, high hopes it will save neighborhoods from out-of-character McMansions; on the other side, it would be "an architectural straightjacket."

•   Saffron minces no words about what she thinks of plans for façadectomies for two historic Philly venues, making them "soulless structures" (one would be a parking garage).

•   New York's research programs in biomimicry could have "far-reaching impacts on the built environment," and "could serve as a model to other hotbeds of creativity around the country."

•   Day delves into the "intriguing parallels" where "art and crime collide - museum and prison design have altered our perceptions of transgression, vision and time, and how architecture can shape those perceptions (fascinating read!).

•   Zara zooms in on prison design as "the architect's dilemma."

•   Altabe cheers Piano's teeny tiny Diogene house, "the picture of built-in moderation in excelsis - what the world needs now are clients with a social conscience."

•   Cleveland's University Circle is blooming with culture.

•   Wainwright sees lessons for London in "Cycle Infrastructure" that looks at "how cycle highways might start to influence the fundamental ways we make our cities."

•   O'Sullivan bemoans London's seeming unwillingness to "to push cycling safety" on "a network where people are dying even in the spaces designed to protect them."

•   Hadid, Grimshaw/Dattner, and Wilkinson Eyre on the Lubetkin Prize shortlist for the best international building.

•   It's a shortlist of three vying to design a memorial to the lost trawlermen of Hull.

•   An eyeful MAD Architects' design for a "floating" art museum that is part of the plan to transform China's quiet Pingtan island into a bustling new city.

•   Kleinman parses Corbu's "sense of place."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kennicott cheers MoMA's Corbu show: "it turns out to be both a provocative and productive way to reexamine his career" that "convincingly demonstrates that he was indeed sensitive to place and deplored much of what we would call sprawl."

•   Woodman gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Rogers' show at the Royal Academy: "one of his great talents is his ability to choose collaborators - the question of quite how he has directed such a large group of people to such singular ends remains the exhibition's central untapped mystery."

•   Turrell's "temple of spirit" at the Guggenheim: "After the flashiness of "Aten Reign" the subtleties of the other works can be found wanting."

•   Sketches take center stage in "Grand Central Sketchbook: Designers Dream" at the New York Transit Museum.

•   Sorkin takes on Krier's Speer: "I find myself bored and creeped out - and not only because the lifework of a monster has been given the deluxe treatment. The architecture itself is flat-out bad and stinks of both human and imaginative death."



  


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