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Today’s News - Monday, November 11, 2013

•   ArcSpace profiles Coop Himmelb(l)au, "the punk rockers of architecture"; revisits Hadid's MAXXI; and tools around Vienna.

•   Adler ponders whether China is "repeating the U.S.'s sprawl mistake. The development pattern is Le Corbusier's 'towers in a park' model on steroids" (but "there is reason for hope").

•   Ransford parses RIBA's report re: how our aging population will reshape cities: "changes to neighborhoods are in store - look for civic infrastructure to adapt."

•   Butler files a dispatch from the 2013 Bruner Loeb Forum: two presentations were disappointing: "they identified a single catalyst for neighborhood change: money. Design came off as seeming impotent by comparison."

•   Kamin offers his first impressions of the three designs vying to be Northwestern University's replacement for Goldberg's Prentice hospital: "the fierce controversy...has forced Northwestern to aspire to something higher than an undistinguished box" (that's a start, anyway).

•   Saffron cheers Philly's skyline "stretching westward" to the Schuylkill waterfront, but "a clutch of shimmering skyscrapers do not a neighborhood make" if existing barriers "make walking there an unpleasant, and often hair-raising, experience."

•   Olson Kundig's makeover of a Seattle church "melds Gothic stained glass and Le Corbusier-style architecture," making it "eye-grabbing enough to keep it from fading into the background as chic restaurants and indie shops crop up."

•   Wong has a lively lunch with Ingels and Shigematsu to talk about their Miami Beach Convention Center showdown: "Stories have characterized this duel as Oedipal. Nothing could be further from the truth."

•   Q&A with Heathcote re: his company manufacturing door handles by the likes of Eric Parry and Studio Toogood - and now handles from Lina Bo Bardi's 1951 Casa de Vidro in São Paulo, Brazil.

•   Winners all: ULI's 2013 Global Awards for Excellence and Urban Open Space Awards + Eyefuls of the 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize winners who are "socially engaged practitioners" + SLO Architecture wins the inaugural Dwell Vision Award for Harvest Dome 2.0 (which we love!).

•   Call for entries (and lots of 'em): Call for speakers and case studies for "Unsitely! Leveraging Design to Improve Urban Construction Sites" colloquium at Montreal's CCA next year + Gardner Museum's Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies Open to all design disciplines) + 2014 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards for outstanding design and installation of tile and stone + 2014 CNU Charter Awards for Excellence in Urban Design (with added categories).



  


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