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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 7, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of the Helsinki University Main Library on "a truly urban campus" + 7 Visionary Zoo Designs.

•   ACSA measures the "progress on gender in architecture," and why "the farther up you look in the world of architecture, the fewer women you see," and what the metrics mean.

•   Hosey minces no words in a call to "redesign innovation": "Architecture itself urgently needs reinvention. Unfortunately, the culture of design tends to stifle innovation, not stimulate it."

•   Heathcote says London is getting too hip for its own good: "it needs to make life less comfortable for the speculators and plutocrats" and ease the pace of gentrification - the city "is a success story. But this kind of success is exactly what can kill a city."

•   Kimmelman gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Adjaye's Sugar Hill affordable housing project in Harlem: it "posits a goal for what subsidized housing might look like, how it could lift a neighborhood and mold a generation" - but that also "makes its drawbacks all the more disappointing."

•   Russell, likewise, says Sugar Hill :"shows what is possible for such housing to achieve," but "with a broken funding process endemic to 'affordable' housing, its benefits will be difficult to replicate" on a large scale (never mind the value engineering).

•   King cheers P+W's "reinvention" of San Francisco's Presidio Officers' Club that is "a case study in how turning back the clock is never as simple as it seems."

•   Wainwright (mostly) cheers Heatherwick's Bombay Sapphire distillery and its bell jar glasshouses that "ooze his usual steampunk aesthetic - standing inside them feels like being taking into the clutches of a sci-fi spider."

•   Godsell's MPavilion in Melbourne is "conceived as a blooming piece of architecture," with panels that open up in the morning and close at night, "like a jewel box nestled in the landscape."

•   Speck speaks of the serious need to reconsider 12-foot-wide traffic lanes: States and counties that think wider lanes are safer "are dead wrong. Or, to be more accurate, they are wrong, and thousands of Americans are dead."

•   Q&A with CicLAvia's Gard re: how it was inspired by Bogota in reclaiming streets for bikes and pedestrians in Los Angeles County, and research showing it's good for business, too.

•   Birnbaum offers a fascinating look at how Dan Kiley's Modernist landscapes had their origins in Andre Le Nôtre's 17th-century France.

•   Eyefuls of winners: Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America + WAF's 2014 World Building of the Year is a stunning chapel in Vietnam (and miles of other winners) + Architectural Designers New Zealand 2014 Supreme National ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards + Blueprint Awards 2014 shortlist (it's a long one).

•   Call for entries: 2014 Generation Kingspan Student Architectural Contest (deadline reminder) + Architecture for Humanity Toronto/LifeCorps Food Share Hub Ideas Competition + Knight Foundation's Knight Cities Challenge.


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