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Today’s News - Monday, November 25, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us Asymptote's ARC River Culture Pavilion in South Korea; a profile of Perrault; NYC's NoMad Hotel; and Baeza's government offices in Spain.

•   O'Sullivan explains why his hometown of London often makes him "wince" for wanting to "import ill-fitting, faded concepts" from NYC, including "two flashy new towers that pretend very hard that they've escaped from somewhere in the 212 area code" (they're a "barbed compliment" to Manhattan, being "crass community displacement projects").

•   Fraade is frustrated with Economist-style city "livability" ratings that have become a cottage industry that too often "prize stability over vigor and opportunity."

•   Speck appears on a political talk show to explain "why smart growth and sustainable design can be achieved by making our cities more walkable" - the goal crosses political lines (what a concept!).

•   Hough finds much to ponder in the student winners of ASLA's design competition: they are "obsessed with cities and all things green," but "traditional, design-based landscape architecture has gone AWOL."

•   Iovine, Goldhagen, and Rosenbaum come away with mixed feelings about the Kimbell's Piano Pavilion: "The Kahn sits in sublime wordless serenity while the Piano natters away"; "quite frankly, it looks as though Piano designed it with a straightjacket on"; the concrete walls "subvert Old Master paintings' subtleties" (but sculptures look great) + the oh-so-green side of the pavilion.

•   Calys explains why nothing is simple when it comes to choosing a proposal for San Francisco's Crissy Field in the Presidio: "at least the work of two fine architects is still in the running" (with hopes that Lucas takes his confection to Chicago, as he threatens to do).

•   Heathcote x 2: Chipperfield's Jumex Museum in Mexico City "may be an expression of serious wealth, but it is also an expression of serious intent, an urbane, open, civic space for art."

•   He has a most interesting take on how buildings are used in sci-fi films: "Our inability to imagine the aesthetic of the future is partly a result of our saturation with images of the future from the past."

•   Medina mulls OMA's De Rotterdam: it's "best seen from a distance. Up close, the details are, in a word, cheap, and have all the lyricism of a listless office tower in any mid-sized American city - it speaks to the continuing power of the Koolhaas brand, as well as finance capital's willingness to literally build anything" (lots of pix!).

•   Bwalya cheers that there is finally the political will to require Zambians get a share in major construction projects: though it is "long overdue and very welcome, the ratio allocated is scandalously low."

•   Hanley gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale: it is "a youthful, messy, and ad-hoc presentation - with high highs, and a few low lows - that, despite its unevenness, pulses with a scrappy energy" that "reverberate with possibility."

•   LANDinc and West 8 tapped to design a new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.

•   The two winning projects for Montreal's Luminothérapie promise to be luminous.


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