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Today’s News - Monday, September 30, 2013

•   ArcSpace profiles Kengo Kuma, Snøhetta, and Hadid's Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

•   Speaking of which, Heathcote renders his verdict: the "windblown skirt" of a roof "overwhelms the old building," but then "no one commissions Hadid for a subtle intervention."

•   Woodman finds the gallery to be both "aggressive and banal - a pristine white shell, entirely devoid of articulation or scale" (perhaps better suited to a super-yacht salesroom?).

•   Moore compares the Serpentine Sackler and London's Jewish center JW3 that "cost roughly the same and are poles apart."

•   Rumor has it that Hadid has been tapped to design a new Iraq National Museum in Baghdad, but so far everyone involved is being "tight-lipped" about it.

•   Ransford on the debate about density and transportation infrastructure in Vancouver: if the city "wants more affordable housing, it must endorse density in neighborhoods close to the city center."

•   Hopes are high that developers and starchitects (with a touch of Baz Luhrmann) can reshape mid-Miami Beach into a "resplendent new epicenter" for the city, "creating a unified, pedestrian-friendly district in what is now an automobile-dominated wasteland."

•   Marseille's cultural makeover is leading the charge to make the city "the thinking-person's destination on the Mediterranean."

•   Eyefuls of the five proposals to reconnect Londoners with the Thames in the London as it Could be Now competition.

•   Schumacher has high hopes for a new tower and an art-inspired basketball court: neither "are mere shiny objects. These projects will become part of Milwaukee's image worldwide."

•   Groves reports on Beverly Hills' "buy and demolish" ethos that is seeing some landmark homes bite the dust: "architectural and cultural heritage has often proved no match for the nouveaux riches."

•   Thomson takes a stroll through the Gardner Museum's Monks Garden: it "illustrates the power of thoughtful museum interventions and quiet green spaces. It isn't striving to be Millennium Park or the High Line or a private garden," but rather the "embodiment of a 'third way.'"

•   As Hartford's Constitution Plaza approaches its 50th anniversary, it is still controversial, criticized "as desolate and lonely, a failure as a public space. But as landscape architecture, it is a remarkable example of work from the period, whose worth may be realized in its second half century."

•   Loew takes a look at what cities made of glass can do with sunlight, which is "hardly considered by architects, designers or everyday observers" (we'll take "glimmerance" over "death ray" any day!).

•   MASS Design Group and the African Wildlife Foundation team up in the Clinton Global Initiative/CGI Conservation Schools Commitment "to build unique educational environments featuring beautifully designed schools and the latest technology."

•   The firm is also one of the first beneficiaries of Autodesk's just-launched program to donate $7.5 million in design software to 500 North American nonprofits (link to application included).

•   Speaking of technology, the Florida State University College of Education is developing Earthquake Rebuild, a computer game that "encourages creativity in design and uses architecture to teach geometry and other math skills."

•   Call for entries (some deadlines loom!): West Kowloon Cultural District Arts Pavilion International Design Competition + 2014 Architizer A+ Awards (now includes product categories) + Applications for American Academy in Rome Academy Director (must be "urbane and outgoing, with a good sense of humor," and "devoted to Rome and Italy").


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