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Today’s News - Monday, January 27, 2014

•   Heathcote ponders "cities' love affair with size," and "less might still be more, but bigger is better (just ask Rem).

•   Lukacs minces no words about what he thinks of the planned Eko Atlantic city off the coast of Nigeria that "heralds climate apartheid" for the super-rich, but is "an architectural insult to the daily circumstances of ordinary Nigerians (all the while claiming it will protect the coastline from rising seas).

•   Florida tackles the "amazing endurance of slums" that are "neither temporary nor a short stop on the way to greater economic opportunity."

•   Stunning before-and-after pictures from war-torn Syria showing how its architectural heritage "built over 5,000 years or more is being steadily buried under rubble."

•   Hume on the future of Toronto's Gardiner Expressway: "leave it up, tart it up or blow it up?"; consider that its "disappearance might add a minute or two to the daily commute," but "the gains would be huge."

•   Hawthorne has high hopes for this year's CicLAvia in April that will open a stretch of Wilshire to cyclists and pedestrians: it's "a chance to rethink L.A.'s future and skewed car-first perspective."

•   Wainwright introduces a new Guardian section "devoted to ideas, discussion and predictions" about "our urban past, present and future" in cities around the world (definitely keep an eye on this!).

•   Fisher looks to the future of architecture and the "third industrial revolution": "say hello to 3D-printed houses, digicities, and curriculums that teach future architects about far more than just building."

•   King cheers USF's new science center that goes "sleekly underground" and proves "the extent to which architectural creativity, no matter the location, can reshape daily life in unexpected ways" (with pix to prove it).

•   Saffron gives thumbs-up to UPenn's new rare book library: "Forget that stuffy collegiate style of yore. This is what a rare-book library looks like circa 2014" (also with pix to prove it).

•   Sugimoto may not be a licensed architect, but he's opened his own architecture practice and is designing his own museum - with the help of "three young qualified architects to help him execute his vision" (will we ever know their names?!!?).

•   Shipping container architecture: some "ingenious architects" are "thinking outside the box - literally" - with results that are "surprisingly beautiful and sophisticated."

•   Q&A with Diller re: "Her," the future of urbanism, and the opera she is producing.

•   Meier focuses on New Jersey with an exhibition of about 400 models in Jersey City, and his continued work on Teachers Village in downtown Newark.

•   Brussat on the vandalism at Corbu's Rochamp chapel: "How could they tell?" (though it "may be the least objectionable of Le Corbusier's buildings").

•   Our heartiest congrats to the 2014 AIA Young Architects Award winners who are shaping "the future of architecture practice, scholarship, and leadership."

•   The U.K.'s iconic red phone booths are not "completely obsolete - towns all over the country have pulled phones out so locals can transform them into all sorts of things."

•   Call for entries: 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship (international).



  


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