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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us a "fine" healthcare center in Madrid + Meyer's thoughtful take after visiting tsunami-ravaged residents in Japan (read it!) + Kipnis's "A Question of Qualities" is a "collection of mind-blowing theoretical essays" by "one of today's most piercing and playful architectural thinkers."

•   Ferro's "When Starchitects Attack": a round-up of high-profile feuds (and look for a second wave of MoMA/AFAM punditry after tonight's star-studded pow-wow - 'er forum - in NYC).

•   Beanland ponders architecture under attack: "demolition is often a farce...because it's often an expression of power; ultimately, some men just love to swing their wrecking balls."

•   Kennicott has issues with the 9/11 Museum's $24 admission price: aside from it being so high, it is "a bit worrying from a museum-design perspective: To make the experience attractive, there is a built-in dynamic to make it entertaining."

•   Wainwright doesn't have a problem with streamlining building regulations, but Cameron's "great policy bonfire will lead to a future of substandard homes," but once he "sifts through the ashes he might realize how useful some of that 'green crap' was."

•   Hume is relieved Toronto decided not to bid for the 2024 Olympics: the 2015 Pan Am Games "are more our style" - they may not transform the city, but "they're cheaper and quieter" and "the legacy will be decent" (minus the "hubris, corruption, and cultural decadence").

•   Chicago's mayor is going to launch a design competition to make the city "North America's city of lights," but an environmental group outlines "numerous, substantial reasons why creating frivolous light shows like this are a bad idea."

•   Jacobs ponders why more women aren't designing skyscrapers, and offers "three rising architects who may just crack that glass ceiling."

•   Flint was skeptical at first, but comes around to why the Rauch Foundation's ParkingPLUS Design Challenge makes sense as a good "first step toward retrofitting the suburbs."

•   A fascinating look at grand plans going back to 1929 that Toronto never built - "great ideas that fizzled."

•   McClellan explores Lake|Flato's new San Antonio museum: it "quietly does what all great architecture should: It weaves into its context forcefully, yet in a sophisticated, legible manner that neither panders nor subjugates."

•   Snøhetta updates its plans for San Francisco's waterfront arena (smaller arena and more public space included).

•   Why H&deM was logical choice for Hong Kong's M+ museum: "who else was deemed worthy to design and build it except for the world's penultimate architectural stylists, nay, rebels" who "bested their peers."

•   Pasternack weighs in on Oikios's (very pricey) Intercontinental Davos hotel: the "golden egg" is an "architectural stunner" (the cows are cute, too).

•   Lubell cheers a "stunning shortlist" in the competition to design the UC Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and Sciences on one of the most stunning sites in the country.

•   If a young NYC-based firm on a star-studded shortlist for an "arts cluster" in Arnhem, the Netherlands, wins, it will "have officially entered the big leagues."

•   Eyefuls of winners in AN's Best of Design Awards> Landscapes.

•   Ferro has fun with a "weird-looking playground that could make your kids more creative" (we wanna go play!).

•   Call for entries: Submissions for MIT's journal Thresholds 43: "papers and projects that complicate and provoke the idea of 'scandal.'"



  


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