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Today’s News - Thursday, September 4, 2014

•   Kotkin claims the "people designing your cities don't care what you want. They're planning for hipsters."

•   Lewyn takes issue with Kotkin: "his claims miss three realities."

•   Lange cheers "strategic architecture," highlighting new urban projects that "are not large-scale institutions but hybrids being constructed in locations not necessarily known for design."

•   Schindler offers an in-depth (and fascinating) look at what went into making Adjaye's Sugar Hill housing project in Harlem happen: it "might counter an attitude that 'housing' is oppositional to and incompatible with "architecture'" - and points out its hits - and misses.

•   Moore gives thumbs-up to London's first co-housing project: it "strikes an elegant balance between communal living and leafy seclusion" - it may not be the solution to the U.K.'s housing problems, but "it's an appealing model."

•   Rudlin wins the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 for a proposal to build garden cities on the green belts surrounding 40 British towns.

•   Pogrebin reports that Gehry's design for a performing arts center at Ground Zero has been "scuttled," and a design by one of three unnamed finalists will take its place ("I don't want to go where I'm not wanted," sayeth he).

•   Rosenbaum, meanwhile, is quite taken with Gehry's design for the Philadelphia Museum of Art: "The rationale is convincing; the plans are compelling. Now comes the hard part" (raising the moolah to build it).

•   Morgan is totally taken by Ando's Clark Art Institute visitor center that "is itself a transcendent work of art" (annoying format, but well worth reading).

•   Eyefuls of the winning Foster/Romero design for the Mexico City Airport expansion.

•   Brussat cheers Glasgow School of Art officials who "seem firmly inclined to restore it to the original," but fears modernists will claim it would be a "Mockintosh. Copy the glorious past? How retrograde! Beauty be damned!" (We're sad to hear new owners of the Providence Journal have let a number of columnists go - including our favorite curmudgeon, but we'll continue to follow him.)

•   A look at how government incentives and research intends to make Singapore a "tropical hub of sustainable design."

•   Hawthorne ponders whether turning over L.A.'s Grand Park to a for-profit music festival was a good thing (the audience was "a huge and unwitting landscape-architecture focus group"): "The crucial question is how much of that money will go toward improving the design of this compelling but flawed public space."

•   King parses (in more detail this time) the five proposals for the Presidio's Crissy Field, pointing out the good - and bad - points - of each: they "have two things in common. Each has seductive aspects - and each tries too hard to bedazzle, in a setting where flash is not what we need - none knew where to stop."

•   ASLA launches a new guide to green infrastructure that offers "a body of evidence to prove that green infrastructure actually works."

•   Eyefuls of the 11 winners of the AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards.

•   Call for entries: AIANY COTE Awards: Proof + Beauty (projects must be within a radius of 100 miles from Central Park) + BWAF's BxW NYC/Built By Women New York City: identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments in NYC, contemporary or historic.



  


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