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Today’s News - Friday, October 10, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Monday is next week's "floating" no-newsletter day. We'll be back Tuesday, October 14.

•   ANN Feature: Crosbie joins the starchitect debate in defense of Willis, and explains why the discussion isn't stupid: "Starchitecture is just a symptom of a much bigger problem in the profession."

•   Speaking of starchitects, Bevan sits down with Piano in Paris to discuss "the Stirling Prize, the Shard, and being a radical - is he still that 1960s hippie radical; is the Shard really avant-garde?" (and gets in his own licks about the tower's "Ministry of Truth quality").

•   Green reports from the EcoDistricts Summit that explored urban revitalization and gentrification: "new discussions of turning existing urban neighborhoods into 'ecodistricts' may just be gentrification in a green dress."

•   Salt Lake City takes a different tack when it comes to the homeless: instead of jailing them, they're given homes; now the city spends $9.6 million instead of $40 million annually, and chronic homelessness has dropped 72% (wow - they might be on to something!).

•   Ivy makes the case that good design "can make a big difference in actual physical as well as mental well-being," and has "a profound impact on the health of individuals and the public at large."

•   Providence, RI, "has been trying to figure out how to best utilize" its historic central Kennedy Plaza for about as long as it's been around, but things are looking up.

•   A Russian architect and professor of urban development evaluates DS+R's design for Moscow's Zaryadye Park, and is impressed with what he sees.

•   Dimendberg is none too pleased with plans to remove a DS+R art project from the façade of the Moscone Center West: "short-sightedness and provincialism may have trumped the commitment to supporting visionaries and cultural innovation on which San Francisco long has prided itself."

•   Rael and San Fratello devise a mortar- and rebar-free, quake-proof column made of 3-D-printed concrete that includes an ancient Incan masonry technique (code compliant, load-bearing walls could be next).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Another (on- and off-screen) star-studded Architecture & Design Film Festival, New York is about to take center stage (we can't wait!).

•   Two firsts Down Under: Adelaide's first ever Festival of Architecture and Design + Brisbane hosts Australia's first Festival of Landscape Architecture.

•   World Wide Storefront takes on Los Angeles.

•   Bernstein finds out why Ranalli's "La Sagrada Familia" at CCNY isn't really about Gaudi: "The goal wasn't to further canonize Gaudi, but 'to shine a bright light on the collaborative potential of architecture'" (and hopefully make it "less narcissistic").

•   Bevan takes on Chinneck's full-scale "melting house" of wax on London's Southwark Street: "It's a fun idea but doesn't bear too close an examination" (but it's a good fit for the Merge Festival).

•   Vincent finds out how Chinneck melts and floats his two houses gracing London's streets: his "tricks make the area's street performers look mundane."

•   Capps dissects the über-technology behind Rodríguez-Gerada's six-acre portrait on the National Mall that is visible from space (fascinating!).

•   Ferro cheers Redstone's "Shooting Space," a "gorgeous" book that "examines the relationship between architect and photographer, man and landscape, imagery, and reality...and all the clutter associated with what buildings are actually for: people."


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