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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of bridges we ought to cross before we die.

•   Pedersen offers an interesting take on Lucas's "aesthetic change of heart" in his choice of design team for his Chicago museum: "He just wants to get the damn thing approved. Who knew it would be this hard to give away a museum?"

•   Christiansen questions whether new cultural districts used to regenerate cities can really make a difference: even though they "can become victims of their own success" and become "merely glossy entertainment theme-parks - they are profoundly significant social phenomena" (a great read!).

•   Seward reports from the New Cities Summit in Dallas, which has high hopes its developing arts district will create more "vibrancy" downtown: "not everyone thinks the strategy is foolproof, or even desirable," with warnings of the hazards of building "cultural ghettos."

•   Atlanta's new National Center for Civil and Human Rights has high hopes "uplift and inspire" - and maybe even "transform its touristy environs."

•   On a much smaller scale - but with global impact (there's even a map app), Aldrich cheers Little Free Libraries boxes showing up in neighborhoods around the world: "algorithms will never have the charm and mystique of a simple wooden box filled with a neighbor's literary treasures. It won't be able to lend you a cup of sugar either."

•   NYC's $20 billion Hudson Yards is being "designed with millennials in mind - all bodes well for a completely new, young, and vibrant community. But there's also a certain planned sterility about it all that reflects a city that's becoming a harder place to live."

•   Badger tackles why large cities that restrict new housing actually harm the economy nationally: "affordable housing advocates who want to block new high-end developments are simply making the city more expensive."

•   From Down Under, Davies x 2: He debunks claims that city center apartment towers will be the "slums of the future."

•   He takes the Victorian Government Architect to task for proposing mandatory design guidelines for apartments: "Seriously, does even storage in new apartments need to be regulated?" (and it will hurt development of much-needed housing supply).

•   Ransford, the Vancouverite, visits Down Under, and raises the same issues and dilemmas, also facing his own home town: "developers argue they are responding to market demand with micro-apartments. Planners argue the housing that is being built isn't being designed" for those who need it.

•   Capps reports that "Houstonians are clearly having a hard time letting go" of the Astrodome: there's a new plan afoot that would keep the "ribs" ("a sort of skeletal Stonehenge"), demolish the rest, and build a teeny tiny replica in the middle.

•   Speaking of sporting sites, a long look at the changing tides in baseball stadium design: now, it's "all about how the new building would fit into the fans' imaginations, and how the city around it would grow."

•   Places goes on hiatus, but leaves us with lots of great reading material about buildings, cities, and landscapes (including a bunch that the New Yorker has brought out from behind its paywall!).

•   More luminaries from the global culture scene (including architects) sign on to the call to ban giant cruise ships from Venice.

•   Cranbrook taps Scoates to be Kroloff's successor.

•   An impressive list of winners of the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects International Architecture Awards.

•   Call for entries: Workplace of the Future 2.0 Design Competition + 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design + 2014 Generation Kingspan/GenK Student Design Competition.



  


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