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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

•   ArcSpace continues its 10 Worth Seeing series - this week it's eyefuls of stunning libraries.

•   Fedarko minces now words about two development plans for the Grand Canyon: "landscapes that fall to development will never return" (our fingers are crossed that neither happens).

•   O'Sullivan reports on Amsterdam's "weird culture war" between those who "want to power-wash" the "dirty, filthy, and too full" city - but "many people don't think it's true."

•   Jacobs x 2: she delves into the "poor door" conundrum: "developers may look like the villains in this morality play," but "instead of being horrified when they play the cards they've been dealt, maybe we should be playing a whole different game."

•   She ponders whether NYC's $20-billion Hudson Yards can really be a "buzzy neighborhood" built from scratch: "The towers look like the skyscrapers architects would crank out for clients in Dubai," but "what may prevent this development from feeling canned is the quality of the design at ground level."

•   Heathcote has an interesting take on how, "in London's architectural renaissance, money is in the shadows, and it is the architects who are soaking up the daylight."

•   King considers the Port of San Francisco reconsidering the city's waterfront's future that has to take into account sea-level rise and voter-imposed height limits: "Several alternatives are offered for how best to seek voter blessings."

•   Schumacher offers a most thoughtful take on "the successes and missteps of placemaking in Milwaukee": it's "a term that's become a panacea for some and a profanity for others. Suspicions run especially high when placemaking is driven by economic development interests, what's often dubbed 'creative placemaking.'"

•   Kamin cheers "a new architectural game in town" that he's dubbed "sliced minimalism": "It's the latest show - and a good one - in Chicago's ever-fascinating skyline drama."

•   Office space is now Chicago's "final frontier," with a "growing tech sector is transforming entire neighborhoods and breathing new life into some of the city's oldest buildings," but the biggest obstacle for those who "want to stay in neighborhoods with funky, old buildings is their own success."

•   Knelman parses revised-for-better plans for the Mirvish/Gehry King Street West development in Toronto: "city planners are now smiling and burbling with praise instead of recoiling with fear about future shock," but "the potential hurdles are far from over."

•   Eyefuls of the almost-completed Shanghai Tower, set to be China's tallest and the world's second-tallest building.

•   Lubell has a fine time exploring Mexico City's architecture guided by "two talented, famous 40-somethings who represent a new guard of starchitects in Mexico" (lucky him!).

•   Dana Goodyear spent a lot of time with, and pens a lengthy take on Ban: the "architect of the dispossessed meets the 1%": "to many in the field, he represents a conundrum. You can live in a house designed by Ban only if you are recently homeless or exceedingly wealthy" - and he always gets his own way (a great read!).

•   Millar, meanwhile, puts the spotlight "rebel architects" you may have never heard of, but who "are trying to improve people's lives in tough areas," sometimes "working on the fringes of the law."

•   San Francisco architect Downey tackles his first design project since going blind six years ago, and what tools have allowed him to see his design (sighted architects should pay heed).

•   Wainwright wonders about BIG's plans for a cage-free zoo in Denmark: the "'zootopia' reverses the role of captor and captive. But will Givskud zoo become a feral version of the Hunger Games?"

•   Crabb gets a kick out of the controversy swirling around Sydney's latest public art projects: she revels in crabby people offering "witty denunciations - the outcry itself forms a rippling, messy and thoroughly enjoyable comet-trail behind the beleaguered creation."



  


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