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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

•   Freeman pens an eloquent tribute to Cuban architect and urban planner Mario Coyula Cowley, who many "came to know and appreciate for his gracious generosity in receiving professional visitors in Havana."

•   Two reports re: protests against Hadid's 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium design: demolishing the 1964 Olympics stadium "that has come to symbolize the country's revival after World War II is just one reason why some are up in arms" + ZHA has "refined" the design to make it "more efficient, user-focused, adaptable and sustainable" (but is it enough to calm the protests - not likely).

•   Waterfront Auckland has big plans for a residential neighborhood, though lack of affordable housing raises concerns - but fear not: while affordability may not be part of the mix, there's the promise of "diversity to be incorporated into the precinct" (meaning what, exactly?).

•   Grabar explains how Arlington, Virginia, "avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development" that has many wanting to emulate its path - too bad "NIMBYism, motivated by fear of change or a resistance to newcomers, continues to paralyze Arlington-style transformations" across the country.

•   Campbell and Rosenbaum give (mostly) thumbs-up to the Ando/Hilderbrand/Selldorf transformation of the Clark Art Institute: "the architecture and the surrounding landscape have been choreographed into a single work of art" (with a dollop of "Hollywood") + It "has largely succeeded" in "striving for grand-scale intimacy" and international allure: "We're the Berkshire Bilbao."

•   Byrnes explains to the naysayers why the beauty of Adjaye's Sugar Hill affordable-housing complex in Harlem is more than skin deep: "The facade may take some getting used to, but what's happening inside should soon turn the place into a neighbor that's easy to love."

•   An emergency housing prototype by Garrison Architects is proof that the NYC Office of Emergency Management is "becoming one of the more design-savvy parts of city government" (but what happens if no one wants to leave?).

•   de Monchaux digs Foster's Yale School of Management building: he may have "studied under Paul Rudolph at the university's New Haven campus," but "it's hard to see much of the Brutalist master's heavy hand and gorgeous gloom" in the "determinedly lightweight and relentlessly sunlit glass-and-steel building."

•   Santa Monica's latest "stunning garage" by Behnisch Architekten takes "an enlightened approach to the pedestrian."

•   Burns parses living in a SCADpad, the "experimental encampment" in an Atlanta parking garage that could be one solution to affordable housing by repurposing under-used structures (though "our testing certainly showed these are singleton dwellings").

•   Wainwright considers Dubai's grand plans for the world's first indoor city: "a kind of pick'n'mix urban collage" that "samples bits of cities from around the world with gay abandon" ("medical tourism" and parking for 50,000 vehicles a big draw) - ya gotta see it to believe it.

•   Bose sits down with Moneo "to discuss his illustrious 60-year career" in Madrid: he "maintains an affable modesty and a deep sense of consideration," despite his Pritzker and RIBA Gold Medal.

•   Mehaffy and Salingaros explain "why a lot of architecture that wins awards and leaves design critics breathless, strike ordinary people as ugly to look at and frustrating to use" in a "frank assessment of the design industry that will infuriate some readers," says Walljasper (written a few years ago, but still insightful - or infuriating - depending on your POV).

•   The U.K.'s Landscape Institute and urbanist/cartoonist Cowan offer a delightful animation that "shows how the livability of our cities is contingent on designers working with the landscape rather than against it."

•   Call for entries: 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition for NYC's Governors Island + International Digital Design Competition for vision42 - a proposal for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard for Manhattan's 42nd Street + 2015 USITT Architecture Awards (international) to honor excellence in theater design + Lumion Visualization Competition 2014 for kids and teenagers ages 6-20 (Grand Prize: $30,000!).

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