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Today’s News - Thursday, October 17, 2013

•   Kimmelman offers a most thoughtful "to-do list" for the next mayor of New York City: "keep architecture and planning front and center or risk taking the city backward. Courage, guile and not a little art will be required" (sage advice for any mayor!).

•   Kanki Knight posts a letter from Australia: while Sydney "has gone to war with itself over Barangaroo," and Melbourne is completing a major overhaul, "some surprising developments are happening in Australian cities that have long lay dormant."

•   While Barangaroo may be a burning issue, architects are assigned the final stages of the city's $2 billion mixed-use Chippendale project (joining a stellar roster).

•   Urban sociologist Klinenberg "explains the complexities and importance of neighborhood networks and community spaces and the opportunities they present to designers and urbanists."

•   Finch ponders how architects should respond if asked to work for dictators: "were architects to be super-scrupulous about regimes and is questionable whether we would have any significant architecture left in the world."

•   Wainwright, meanwhile, brings us eyefuls of Beijing's icons reimagined by propaganda artists from North Korea: it is "a rose-tinted" vision "of what Chinese modernity might be like in a land they will never know."

•   More on the new People's Daily HQ in Beijing drawing risqué comparisons: "The architect sounds a tad defensive" (and no comment from the newspaper itself).

•   Brussat cheers a UNESCO official's unofficial statement about what a "bad idea" it would be to build towers "at all the gateways to Paris."

•   Welton compares master planning advice given to two universities more than a century apart: Stanford White's "fell on deaf ears" at U. Va., but Snøhetta's prevailed at N.C. State University.

•   Chaban reports that SHoP's "serrated knife" of a supertall tower gets the go-ahead from NYC Landmarks Commission, "but it won't be alone, as a parade of supertalls now march down W. 57th Street."

•   Kamin counsels all educators to see the University of Chicago's new early childhood learning center: it's "a grown-up building" where "modernism is not a rigid aesthetic formula, but an enabling, even liberating, tool...that frees the human spirit" (great slide show!).

•   Pearson cheers a young Finnish firm making its own mark with addition to an Aalto library that points it - and the small town - "in the direction of the future. What hasn't changed is the library's function as an important civic player."

•   Hume hails Toronto's "exquisite" new Bridgepoint Active Healtchcare complex that "makes aesthetics an integral part of its vision for wellness" with "a radical departure from the sort of hospital architecture with which we have lived - and died - for decades."

•   BIG gets its first shot at a big project in San Francisco that could see the "rebirth of Market Street."

•   The fabulous tale of Los Angeles's "forgotten architectural Mecca" that is "ready for its close-up, again" (fab pix, too!).

•   Bose outlines what's in store at this weekend's Battle of Ideas Festival 2013 at London's Barbican Centre: Pop ups & Urban Agriculture "mark two defining social and urban trends of the present era, and their concerns can frequently overlap."

•   A good reason to be in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, next week: the ALA 15th Annual Architecture Conference.

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): 2014 AIA Diversity Recognition Program + AIA Emerging Professionals Summit Essays (AIA membership not required for either).


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