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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of 10 NYC architectural highlights.

•   Farrelly (a Thinker-in-Residence at Deakin University) discusses "designing adaptive spaces for an ageing population" - an approach that "gives a great deal of optimism for the future of inter-generational living" in urban settings.

•   Q&A with James Garrison about the applicability of his prototype for post-disaster housing in NYC in a post-war context.

•   Russell riffs on Wright in Racine: "It's risky to call any office building a masterwork" - except in the case of the SC Johnson Administration Building and the newly-re-opened Research Tower.

•   de Manincor gets "behind the bling" of Nouvel/PTW's One Central Park in Sydney: with its "shiny medallion it wears so proudly: its mirrors," and profuse green walls, it makes "a compelling contribution to the city" (it's on his Top 10 list of buildings for 2014).

•   Rus cheers the Aspen Art Museum, which opens this coming Saturday "with a slate of exhibitions that will surely allow Shigeru Ban's brilliant edifice to sing" (great pix!).

•   Kennicott rides the rails of the DC Metro region's new Silver Line stations that "aim for the worthy goal of city-suburb integration. The potential change to our urban fabric could be enormous," though design flourishes "feel like an earnest but vain effort to accommodate aesthetics on a tight budget."

•   Meanwhile, we're ready to hop any of the rails traveling to or from a Top 10 list of best-designed railway stations that are "staggering feats of design and engineering," making them "among the world's most intriguing and awe-inspiring buildings."

•   Montréal's Ephemeral Village challenges designers to "appropriate underutilized spaces" - this year's (fab-looking!) pavilions line a promenade along the St. Lawrence River (but they'll be there only until August 16).

•   Bates ponders the risks and rewards of architecture competitions in Australia (and elsewhere, we're sure): "Does the current system perpetuate a small cadre of practices winning the vast majority of work? What possibility is there for new, emergent architects to get on the list of approved applicants?"

•   Heathcote pens an eloquent tribute to Peter Hall: "he managed what few others have done - to make technocratic town planning intelligible, even interesting - the urbanest of urbanists."

•   Clemence talks to Piano about why buildings should "talk to each other," the Whitney and Harvard Art Museums wing, and so much more (great Q&A).

•   A spotlight on a Shanghai design atelier that is part of "a clique of talented and adroit Chinese designers who are paving the way to morph China into a creative architectural force."

•   Murg cheers Glaser's itsnotwarming.com campaign to call out terms like global warming and climate change "as the clumsy euphemisms they are. The bottom line: 'It's not warming, it's dying.'"

•   Eyefuls of AIA National Healthcare Design Awards winners (great presentation).

•   Call for entries (some deadlines loom!): Orange Social Design Award for "ideas that look great and improve life in the city" + 8th Annual London International Creative Competition + eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition + NEST: visionary birdhouses.



  


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