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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

•   Saffron says Philly's challenge today "isn't to cajole suburbanites to come downtown for an evening" on the Avenue of the Arts: "concentrating culture is an old strategy that has run its course" - it's time to appeal to millennial entrepreneurs and "the Brooklyn phenomenon."

•   New images of Wilkinson Eyre's Battersea Power Station scheme include "a circular glass lift that will emerge out of the top of one of the rebuilt chimneys giving the public views across London" (and lots more).

•   Chaban reports on SHoP's new Domino Sugar design with taller towers in a complex that "resembles Dubai on the East River" - but there will be more public space, and the "towering trade-off is one many locals seem willing to make."

•   Nobel finds much to like in SHoP's "skinny-minnie" West 57th Street tower: "It could be quite beautiful" with a "new take on terra-cotta" that "sets a worthy precedent" (and probably why the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave it its blessing).

•   SO-IL tapped to design the New Museum's new startup incubator for art, technology, and design in an old warehouse next door.

•   AHMM is sent back to the drawing board to come up with "an even more ambitious scheme" for Google's London HQ.

•   Eyefuls of the three shortlisted proposals for a cultural space on the Presidio's Crissy Field in San Francisco (see King's recommendation to George Lucas in ANN Yesterday's News).

•   Hawthorne has some very valid reasons for saving Houston's Astrodome from the wrecking ball: "There may be no piece of architecture more quintessentially American," offering a "brash combination of Space Age glamour, broad-shouldered scale and total climate control."

•   Wainwright's "eyes tune in, magpie-like" on some of London's restored gilded heritage, and cheers its resurgence in the hands of young architects: "there has been an alarming fad for gold-colored cladding" that makes a building look like it "has been dipped in a vat of metallic mustard," but "there might be renewed hope for the gilder's tip yet."

•   Davidson takes on the "cranky optimist with an acid wit" that is Robert A.M. Stern: "He's so old-fashioned that he's practically countercultural" (he's "been batting away spitballs for decades, and he seems to enjoy the sport").

•   Doonan takes on "wiggly and squiggly, jagged and jutting" iconic architecture that makes "all the original midcentury stuff look like a bunch country cottages" (though the architects are "grumpy and inflexible - like a really annoying bunch of Fountainhead-reading egomaniacal lunatics").

•   A new suburban development in Oregon based on "35 Sustainable Goals" sounds veritably utopian!

•   Blum plumbs the winners of the Workplace of the Future Design Competition: they "revealed a wealth of fresh ideas," though "it seems oddly fitting that in a climate-obsessed future, our most pressing wish (and a workplace's greatest perk) will be simple temperature control."

•   One we couldn't resist: today's Google Doodle pays homage to Raymond Loewy on his 120th birthday and "how his designs defined the modern era" (we do so love his Studebaker Avanti!).


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