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Today’s News - Thursday, October 10, 2013

•   A Kenyan architect wonders if the design of Nairobi's Westgate mall helped the tragic siege: "Perhaps yes," but there are design concepts that can reduce chances of crime.

•   Somers Cocks bemoans that there are "too many cooks" trying to figure out how to save Venice from itself, wondering "how such a precious city could have been allowed to get in such an obvious mess."

•   Hatherley is not at all hearted by the U.K.'s "predominantly bland or oppressive" Olympic legacy: it would be "OK if the people of Newham are getting something out of it. Would that they were."

•   Farrelly is disheartened by Sydney's failure to appreciate its history: "We delete it at our peril" (never mind the "lost cause" that is Barangaroo - "it should have been brilliant").

•   Japanese architects "slam" Hadid's National 2020 Olympics Stadium in Tokyo, saying it's "too big," and "the design could be better."

•   On brighter notes: Heathcott explains how "the pioneering repurposing of obsolete urban infrastructure" revived the Parisian neighborhood surrounding the Promenade Plantée and Viaduct des Arts.

•   Sample describes how Columbia GSAAP students are studying public health in three cities "to gain a new understanding of stress and wellness at the intersection of urban public health, architecture, and cities."

•   Quirk's Q&A with Mostafa, "a pioneer in autism design" re: "the potential of evidence-based design for architecture."

•   Q&A with Jencks re: Maggie's Centres: "Architecture can't cure cancer, but good design has the power to heal" (great slide show of the newest by Snøhetta).

•   Levete's AL_A and Carmody Groarke tapped for the next Maggie's Centres.

•   Goldberger gets the skinny on Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson's first collaboration to benefit Bono's Product (Red) (Leibovitz portrait promises "no corporate secrets were harmed in the making of this picture").

•   Brussat waxes almost poetic about Providence College's new Ruane Center for the Humanities: "its Gothic detailing is vivid enough to set the heart beating with joy."

•   San Francisco's "quadratic super-plaza," a.k.a. Foundry Square, nears completion.

•   A youth center in Melton, Australia, owes its wider appeal "to clever design."

•   An international shortlist of 8 makes the cut to design two memorials to commemorate the 2011 terror attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya.

•   An eyeful of English Heritage's annual "at risk" list of Britain's most endangered historical sites and buildings.

•   NYC's Formlessfinder to design the entrance to Design Miami's 2013 pavilion (lots of sand!).

•   One we couldn't resist: a parking attendant in Baku, Azerbaijan, "rubs off car dust with his fingers to 'illustrate' cities, landscapes" (amazing!).



  


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