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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

•   Sorkin, on the eve of 9/11, reflects on "the tragedy of business as usual" at Ground Zero: "After spending billions of dollars, what exactly have we wrought? ...the architecture and planning of an airport, a soulless and sinister police state Modernism" (and probably the only time you'll ever read "poor Snøhetta").

•   Berg looks into a new generation of architects and city planners slowly making headway in getting a place at the table in post-conflict urban planning: "architecture has rarely been made a priority in the early, post-traumatic triage of reconstruction - creating the buildings and places where normal life can resume."

•   Heyden offers an in-depth look at the "era of radical concrete" via a "a treasure trove" of images from British urban developments of the 1960s and '70s, "when town planning was automatically seen as a force for good - for all the flak, brutalism still finds admirers among today's new town planners. It also seems they've recaptured some of the optimism" (excellent read with amazing images!).

•   As the Making the City Playable Conference kicks off in Bristol, Baggini looks at how cities around the world are countering "the coldness and anonymity of the urban environment" with streets and spaces created for play.

•   King cheers efforts in San Francisco to create lively public spaces from "from scraps of urban land - they shine as modest works of true ambition" (and dogs are happy!).

•   Lamster (mostly) likes the Clark Art Institute makeover: "The architectural elements are austere to the point of severity, exquisitely detailed and immaculately constructed. If Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn had ever been forced to collaborate, they might have come up with something very much like what Ando has made" (but watch out for the stairs).

•   OfficeUS proposes a floating Guggenheim Helsinki that would offer high-powered art investors "security and confidentiality, not much scrutiny, and an array of tax advantages" (a new definition of the Bilbao Effect?!!?).

•   Meanwhile, a coalition of arts organizations have banded together to launch an alternative competition for alternative ideas for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki site (an impressive jury led by Sorkin - who else?).

•   A tiny Arkansas town is looking for its own Bilbao - or Berkshire - Effect, "banking on a boost from" Johnny Cash's childhood home; the challenge: "We don't have anything for visitors to actually spend their money on other than the museum" (development opportunities abound - and are welcome).

•   Hadid turns parametricism into a win to design London's Science Museum's mathematics gallery (turbulence fields included, of course).

•   As "two architectural superpowers" in the U.S. and U.K. promote "radical reform of the architect registration process, will Australia follow suit or will it be business as usual?" (comparisons included).

•   Architect magazine's 6th annual survey of the top 50 U.S. architecture firms in Business, Design, and Sustainability (some surprises!).

•   Eyefuls of Fast Company's finalists for the 2014 Innovation By Design Awards: "A healthier, brighter, more efficient world doesn't just happen - it happens by design."

•   The CODAawards 2014 winners "exemplify the best of what can happen when artists and design professionals collaborate" (we're wow'd!).

•   Eyefuls of the three finalists in the National Sukkah Design Contest (construction volunteers wanted).

•   Seoul names its first city architect: "We can find Seoul's identity through regeneration, not redevelopment."

•   BNIM's Berkebile wins the $50,000 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability.

•   Vitra's Fehlbaum to receive Philadelphia Museum of Art's Collab Design Excellence Award at the opening of a Vitra exhibition.


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