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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 7, 2014

•   An amusing take on the "Top 10 Architecture Controversies Of 2013."

•   Hume sees things looking up for Toronto architecture in the new year, and has some nice things to say about the old, though "profound confusion summed up the state of a city that has forgotten where it's come from and failed to grasp where it's going."

•   Campbell scores the highs - and lows - of Boston Mayor Menino's 20-year reign: "The best thing he did for architecture isn't a building or group of buildings," but the transformation of "a patchwork of semi-isolated neighborhoods into a single whole city."

•   Horton's take on 2013 gives shout-outs (some hilarious) to Zaha, Rem, Sinclair & Stohr, and Kanye, but gets serious in explaining why it was Denise Scott Brown's year.

•   Wainwright looks to the new year with high - and low - hopes for "singing bins, talking pavements, more High Line knock-offs - and a city shaped solely by commercial interests" and McAslan setting up a storefront shop on riot-ravaged Tottenham High Road.

•   Booth explains why McAslan is turning his attention from Haiti to Tottenham "to train young people and revitalize the area in the wake of the riots."

•   Golembiewski tackles "architectural determinism" and whether architecture really can "shape behavior in a predictable and positive way."

•   Bose visits Rem's De Rotterdam and finds it both "impressive" and "perplexing...a larger-than-life exaggeration of the corporate podium-tower, anxious and engorged, casting a fractured reflection on the water and baring its guts" (great pix!).

•   Architectural historian Vanstiphout says the De Rotterdam illustrates how the city has lost its architectural mojo: it "seems just to refer to those things that make Rotterdam the same as everywhere...There is something exhilarating, something beautiful, but also something tragic about this building."

•   Saffron is more than a bit troubled by the "fuzzy" details put forth for the massive Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's research center: renderings "have mainly shown views from 30,000 feet"; even with promises of "welcoming parks" and improved riverfront access, "the public spaces depicted in the pictures look anything but inviting."

•   Hawthorne sees "tentative signs of progress" in L.A.'s new transit network design template that shows "signs of a new respect for architecture" even if it's "overly restrained, even bloodless."

•   Lamster x 2: he gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the University of Texas at Dallas's arts and technology building: it's "ingenious if erratic, mechanical and humane, all mixed up but with a big-hearted intelligence that compensates for its flaws. Call it the cat-in-a-pillowcase school of architecture."

•   He bemoans "a depressingly familiar refrain" as another O'Neil Ford home in North Dallas faces demolition.

•   Betsky steps down as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, and will help pick his successor.

•   Eyefuls of IS ARCH Awards winners.

•   Call for entries: New Venue for the Dubai Global Energy Forum; open to students and young graduates.

•   EDITOR'S NOTE: We mark today as the one-year anniversary of the passing of Ada Louise Huxtable, and sorely miss her...



  


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