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Today’s News - Friday, July 26, 2013

•   Russell is a bit riled about security plans for WTC site that "run counter to the master plan developed after 9/11," and "should not go ahead until the Police Department shows that they are not extravagantly redundant paeans to fear."

•   Kimmelman is not much kinder about re-zoning plan for Manhattan's East Midtown: "its priorities are upside down, focusing on buildings, not what's around them. Adding thousands of commuters who work in giant new office buildings without upgrading the surrounding streets and subways...will only set the city back."

•   MacDonald bemoans the loss of "another gem of Scotland's disappearing modernist architecture" as the Inverkip power station stack (the country's tallest structure) will tumble in a controlled explosion this Sunday (in "Building Scotland, 1945-1985" at the Glasgow City Heritage Trust, "a visual record is, in many cases, all that remains" of other gems).

•   Lamster parses the differences between the three teams vying to transform Dallas's Trinity River: "The results are critical to the future of Dallas. It comes with many questions and concerns."

•   An impressive shortlist in the running to design LSE's Global Centre for the Social Sciences.

•   Harris pens a provocative piece re: "Race, Space, and Trayvon Martin": "How might we shape educational cultures in design schools that permit a greater breadth and depth of intellectual conversation and debate about the connections between structural racism and the built environment?"

•   Murray and Fretton both fret about the state of architectural education in the U.K.: "The current system is flabby" leaving too many students "simply unemployable"; it's time to "raise the bar higher - with a high failure rate: fewer bad architects, fewer good architects."

•   Thailand, on the other hand, is seeing a high demand for architecture graduates, "surprisingly," from "other industries unrelated to building construction."

•   Horton joins the debate re: the term "starchitect": "we are going to be stuck with it until everybody with a keyboard agrees to retire it" (and he solicits opinions from a few other notable folks).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   London's Floating Cinema returns!

•   Giovannini weighs in with a weighty (well worth reading) take on MoMA's Corbu extravaganza: it's a "voluptuous show, rich in visually tactile material. But there are trade-offs."

•   Hodge singles out five projects in A+D Museum's "Never Built: Los Angeles" that "that didn't make it past the drawing board," but he wishes they had.

•   KCRW "goes in search of the stories behind four of the most fascinating "Never Built" projects."

•   Wainwright finds "a wealth of brilliant ideas" in the Design Museum's showcase of 3D-printing and open source design, "but the overriding sense of wonder is dimmed by the fact that not a lot of the designs are particularly good."

•   In Glasgow, "Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica" showcases not only the architecture, but the life of scientists in these research facilities (great pix).

•   "Architactics: SAYA - Design for Change" in Tel Aviv Port puts the spotlight on a firm whose aim "is to redefine the role and responsibility of architects in conflict resolution."

•   The Virginia Center for Architecture explores the DNA of 20th-century design and "how evolutions in technology allowed designers to build upon a collective heredity."

•   Self ends up feeling "hectored" by Hollis's "Cities Are Good for You": "a partisan, clap-happy study of cities fails to reflect reality" + Dale struggled "to figure out the precise point...It felt like so much cheerleading that only folks who already agreed with him would read."

•   "Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces and Places" proves "that there are better ways to build communities."

•   Webb finds "Berthold Lubetkin: Architecture and the Tradition of Progress" to be "an extraordinary story, compellingly told" ("lucid writing" makes up for its not-great layout).


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