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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

•   Pearman is much kinder than yesterday's critics re: Holl's "conversation with Mackintosh": it "is simultaneously a plum job and the commission from hell...give it time."

•   Horton says it's about time to stop waxing lyrical and finding the exotic in "romantic fables" about slums (and comments really take him to task!).

•   Pedersen explains why he doesn't see taking down the elevated I-10 in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans as necessarily the right thing to do (even though on CNU's top 10 list of "Freeways without a Future"): "residents grew to embrace it as their own," and those "with longer institutional memories are understandably suspicious."

•   Bayley and White "are appalled" by an economist's suggestion that Manchester and Liverpool unite into one supercity (Manpool? Liverchester? Really?!!?): "let's just say there have not been many who share his vision."

•   Melbourne's "looming" battle to save "ugly" post-war buildings: ''If it's ugly, we can do better" - as the bulldozers circle.

•   Davies x 2: "Debates about the value of extending heritage listing to 1960s buildings highlight the fact protection isn't free," and "most of the claims to historical significance verge on the inconsequential."

•   He has high hopes that the current "Architecture Is Sculpture approach" is on the wane: "When your shtick is to astonish, wackiness becomes more and more predictable - the real puzzle is why it's taking so long for architecture to return to connecting with the people."

•   Architects "call for more green in the grey of Brisbane's urban jungle," though "'if there's a choice between a road, a tree and a building, we know which one will win.' And we know who will lose."

•   On a brighter note, Toronto's "shopworn" Grange Park, flanked by Gehry's AGO and Alsop's "outlandish OCAD on stilts," is about to get some much-needed TLC.

•   Eyefuls of the 20 shortlisted proposals in the Royal Docks competition to transform the world's largest enclosed docks (we'll know the winner tomorrow).

•   Arendt offers a rebuttal to "a recent scholarly article" re: the definition of conservation subdivisions: "Unfortunately, the article is seriously flawed because it combines and conflates three related but entirely different kinds of subdivision design."

•   Chaban reports that the might-be-on-again-might-be-off-again Domino Sugar development on the Brooklyn waterfront is on again - with the developer agreeing to "an unprecedented number" of affordable housing units (though "unprecedented" may be the new normal).

•   Are temporary structures an answer to the U.K.'s housing crisis? Yes, says Gelder; no, says Dorling.

•   The "Tiny House Movement" is thinking big as in being a solution to chronic homelessness (we can't decide whether to cheer or jeer - some look like over-sized dog houses - but at least they're colorful).

•   London's mayor "courts" the Guggenheim to help create a "world-class cultural quarter" in Olympic park; the Gugg's "terse response": "At the moment, the Guggenheim has no engagement in this project" (a bit of he-said-they-said?).

•   Hawthorne explains why artist and filmmaker McQueen's films (like "12 Years a Slave") have "already done more to make me rethink the relationship between the built environment and the camera than almost anybody in Hollywood."

•   A good reason to head to Houston next week: Docomomo US National Symposium 2014: Modernism in Texas.

•   Call for entries: Karosta, Latvia: War Port Microtecture: small-scale architecture forms - playground areas, bus stops, benches, etc.



  


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