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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

•   Bernstein lays out exactly why the architectural world is feeling such a loss with the passing of Mildred Friedman (with input from some very notable notables).

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's take on Hadid's Vienna University of Economics Library and Learning Centre, "with bundles of flowing curves around every corner."

•   Willis defends Hadid in her defamation lawsuit: "What are the real issues at play with this case?"

•   Farago delves deep into why New Yorkers (and the world) have "been so badly let down" by "the privatization and oligarchy" that has hold on Ground Zero when they "trusted that thoughtful, ambitious urban design could make the city whole again" (a fascinating read!).

•   Deutsche has some issues with the 9/11 Memorial Museum that begins with "its prehistory - the memorial proposals that were never considered, the museums that were censored. The memory the museum constructs conceals a massive forgetting."

•   Lamster has his own issues with the memorial that "has mutated into something more gracious, a verdant space" for "mass tourism and the effective front lawn of a multibillion-dollar real-estate development," leaving the 9/11 Memorial Museum "to answer the functions that the memorial itself does not - it manages this task with reasonable dignity."

•   Heathcote hails Ando's Clark Art Institute, where he "has managed to draw out enough from two mismatched and inelegant neighbors to create a fine new museum from broken-down parts."

•   McCown cheers the Clark as "a brilliant stroke of architecture that is classically Ando - it seems not so much to occupy the site as to seduce it."

•   Betsky ponders BIG's Kimball Art Center double defeat in Park City, Utah: the first proposal was "rather beautiful"; the second "was so watered down as to being close to boring," which "points to an important fact: the Bilbao Effect is as much a myth as that of 'starchitecture.'"

•   Saffron x 2: she finds "many irresistible features" in Philly's new Dilworth Park, but the "designers' emphasis on perfection is suffocating. They bludgeon you with 'high quality' materials that evoke the atmosphere of a slick corporate lobby."

•   She cheers the "funky, low-cost, DIY-style efforts" that "have populated the once-deserted Delaware waterfront cheaply and quickly," though "they are not an end in themselves."

•   An in-depth look at the winning design for a new urban village in central Christchurch to lure residents back to what has otherwise "been an eerie ghost town" since 2011 - and the entirely new technology to build it "that has safety and sustainability at its heart."

•   Davies questions the popular notion that the failure of St. Louis's infamous Pruett-Igoe public housing project was "due in large part to the failures of modernist architecture; is that narrative right?"

•   A "poor door" conundrum for affordable housing advocates: "Opposing integration at public-housing projects while demanding it at private ones is not just contradictory. It's counterproductive."

•   New York-style "poor doors" in Toronto "don't have the same poor-door stigma": "New York is New York - they're much more used to separating people in terms of economics."

•   As Foster basks in his Mexico City airport win, he blasts Britain for "resorting to 'quick fix' infrastructure solutions - he cannot understand why a country that once led the world has lost its courage."

•   Civitas's Johnson "sees need for a young hub in Prague," and offers ideas for two very different neighborhoods.

•   Paul minces no words about what he thinks of the arguments for replacing Kansas City's Jahn-designed Kemper Arena: the "first branch of the argument is specious. The second branch is obviously arrogant and unconvincing."

•   Diamond Schmitt is leading the way in teaching universities that they can expand up, not out: the concept that a campus building can't be taller than 3 stories "is now as outdated as the abacus."



  


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