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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday - stuff happens. Now we have a lot of catching up to do!

•   ANN Feature: Crosbie explains why the criticism that crowd-sourcing design sites like Arcbazar are taking jobs away from architects doesn't wash.

•   Russell x 2: the Rebuild by Design teams "offer suites of tactics that create flood protection, urban amenity, and economic development benefits" for the Sandy-battered shore.

•   He delves into the "structural gymnastics" behind the "ultrathin, ultra-tall residential towers for the ultrarich" changing the Manhattan skyline: "high-rise living worldwide will benefit from the innovations that make these super-slims possible."

•   Melbourne has a "design rule rethink amidst fears that the city skyline will be marred by sub-standard buildings."

•   Allen reports from New Orleans Entrepreneur Week: "Private interests that are selected willy-nilly on the basis of seven-minute pitches are clearly not the answer."

•   The National Capital Planning Commission votes against Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design because it "did not adhere to design principles put forth by the commission (among other reasons).

•   Will Gehry win the hearts and minds of the Brits with his and Foster's designs for Battersea?

•   Moore doesn't give the newly-opened portion of London's Olympic Park any medals for "visual flair" - the good news. "We have a park," but it's no High Line: "we get a Disneyfied version...the visual equivalent of several mobile ringtones going off at once."

•   Ijeh talks to Corner re: his part of the Olympic Park: "It's not just a breathing space, it's a social space."

•   As Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit reopens, he talks about "why its awkwardness is its strength and what distinguishes art from Disneyland."

•   As its population grows, Cleveland's Playhouse Square "may provide a model for other struggling Rust Belt cities that are eager to find the synergy that links the performing arts, urban development and affordable commercial real estate."

•   Cupers takes a fascinating, in-depth look at "the complex legacy of public housing in postwar France": The dominant perception is that it "has been a monstrous catastrophe...historical shortsightedness has helped to legitimize the current policies of massive demolition."

•   Heathcote takes a look at some contemporary architects "paying homage to the radical ideas of the 1920s" Russia (not all successfully).

•   Chaban reports on the growing interest in Ban's Manhattan projects: "Anyone can install waterfall showers and Wolf ranges. A Pritzker is harder to come by."

•   Schumacher and Murphy report on the latest re-design of the Milwaukee Art Museum's new addition things are a bit murky about the role of its original architect: "The relationship between an architect and a client isn't an easy thing."

•   Sperry explains (again) "why architects are in need of a Hippocratic Oath of their own to prevent human rights abuses."

•   His reasoning is a good reason to attend the Humanitarian Architecture Conference in Glasgow later this week.

•   National Architecture Week starts with 10 winners of the AIA 2014 Housing Awards (great presentation).

•   Canada gives the 2014 Prix du XXe siècle to Toronto City Hall and the Strutt House "for their enduring excellence as nationally significant works of architecture."

•   Call for entries: Space Forward: Ideas Competition: "Re-Imagine Their Workplace" at 1407 Broadway, NYC (big cash prizes).

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