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Today’s News - Thursday, June 12, 2014

•   Rybczynski ruminates most eloquently about whether the globalization of architecture is a good thing - or not: it may be "exciting" to import starchitects who are "much too different from each other to make all places look the same - but they do make places all look different in the same way. Which is almost as bad" (better to nurture "locatects").

•   Pearman, as many others, was brought to tears re: news of the Glasgow School of Art fire: "The horror from the world's architecture community was real and immediate," followed by "something else: cautious optimism that the masterpiece could be restored." + An archive of BBC Arts clips about Mackintosh's masterpiece.

•   Rosenbaum parses the Frick Collection's proposed expansion: "there's no question that it's long overdue and sorely needed," but is the design deferential or "Beaux Arts on Botox"?

•   Brussat x 2: though the devil will be in the details, the Frick's plan "seems downright lovely," and "should provide a stellar example of what real architecture means by 'addition.'"

•   He's much less sanguine about what came out of last week's CNU conference: "the ramparts of New Urbanism have been breached - New Urbanists be warned: The modernists are on the march."

•   Hume cheers the "pop-up phenomenon" happening around Toronto in various guises that "can play an important role when we reimagine the urban fabric," and "illustrates the growing allure of urban transience."

•   King reports that L.A. has thrown its hat in the ring to lure George Lucas's museum away from San Francisco (and Chicago) because "the city of storytellers" makes it a perfect fit.

•   Kamin continues with the Trump sign saga in Chicago: the mayor has given it "thumbs down," which "sets up a confrontation between two towering figures with no small egos" (are we having fun yet?!!?).

•   Meanwhile, SOM is transforming a former window factory on Chicago's Goose Island into a futuristic Digital Lab for Manufacturing to goose manufacturing forward that will "evoke more of a feeling of a startup than a manufacturing plant."

•   Megabudka wins the international competition for a Russian Culture & Education Center for Butovo Park in Moscow: the design "is a sort of local theme park, composed of a reinterpretation with a modern twist of traditional suburban elements - planned to be replicated in other regions as well."

•   Bernstein cheers Geller's once-endangered "box-kite-like icon of midcentury modernism" moved to new digs and restored by COOKFOX.

•   Great Q&A with Cesal, Architecture for Humanity's new executive director, re: "what's next for AfH, and his beef with the word 'resilience.'"

•   A look at how "bold new designs are transforming previously bland bridges into incredible new landmarks."

•   Thompson offers his take on "the five greatest collaborations between architect and landscape architect."

•   Next up in crowdsourcing architectural services: Architizer launches FindAnArchitect.com: "It is time to tell the world about the work that we do and make it easy for them to find and hire us" (see ANN's Arcbazar feature, too).

•   Good reasons to be in Dallas and Grand Rapids next week: a conference explores "a whole new economy based on creativity and innovation slowly taking shape," and the Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Symposium.

•   Call for entries: Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award: Design Ignites Change; $10,000 for social impact design project that enhances public life.



  


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