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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to technical difficulties we were unable to post yesterday (stuff happens - can we blame it on Congress this time?).

•   While we're on the edge of an(other) economic meltdown, let's get the grumpy news over with:

•   SPUR's Metcalf explains how San Francisco became the least affordable American city, and what can be done to fix it: the "byzantine planning process" has "protected" the city from change - "but in so doing, we put out fire with gasoline."

•   L.A. powers-that-be have "rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake," so the L.A. Times has come up with its own list (1,000+!) + New Zealand's Christchurch quake is resulting in aggressive regulations.

•   BOMA offers tips for commercial property owners to share with tenants re: "earthquake preparedness in advance of the Great ShakeOut."

•   Wainwright reports on the continuing and "relentless transformation of Mecca into a luxury pay-per-prayer resort" (pix are so depressing).

•   Architects slam Holyrood's new "clumsy" high-security entrance - but "it could have been worse."

•   Palin says there seems to be a "deliberate shying away from artistry and beauty" in King's Cross Station's new public space.

•   Hill ponders plans to restore London's Crystal Palace, and whether the "gloomy ghosts" of its past will "have the last, hollow laugh" (+ amazing 1936 newsreel of the ill-fated landmark ablaze).

•   A Dublin councilor wants a new corporate HQ to restore a long-lost Georgian streetscape, but the project's architect argues: "you can restore the essence of a historic fabric in a contemporary way."

•   On to some brighter(!) news: Rick Mather Architects is tapped to helm the design the contested Southbank skate park project under Hungerford Bridge.

•   Q&A with Dixon re: lessons learned from recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and Sandy.

•   Speck's oh-so-lively TEDTalk re: how to make walkable cities and "free ourselves from dependence on the car - which he calls 'a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device.'"

•   Gardner seems enthralled with SOM's design for the massive twin-tower Manhattan West project: it seems to "have a self-effacing humility - invoking the Deconstructivist idiom responsibly to achieve a unique identity, but not at the cost of harmony or functionality."

•   A tiny Austrian village puts itself on the design map by commissioning international architects to design local bus stops (a Pritzker winner + pix included).

•   Highlights of the 2013 Architecture & Design Film Festival, opening today in NYC: the "lineup of films, panels, and programs, framed around vital urban issues, feels especially compelling - and essential."

•   Eyefuls of "the next wave of burgeoning talent" selected by 10 design leaders who used "not just a sharp eye but also a gut instinct for sniffing out the future."

•   Eyefuls of the Solar Decathlon 2013 winners (great presentations!).

•   Tagliabue lands 2013 RIBA Jencks Award for her "major international contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture."

•   Ending the day with some eye candy with two we couldn't resist: eyefuls of Hadid's super-yacht designed with "fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems" in mind + Her design for a wine bottle for an Austrian vintner (no mention if she also did the cool box it comes in!).


SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design

Architecture and Design Month NYC 2013

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