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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Hybel's profile of Meier and his "uncompromising style"; and eyefuls of 7 imaginative pavilions (indeed!).

•   Bernstein looks at why Sorkin's counter-competition to the Guggenheim Helsinki "isn't a stunt but a real competition" that "raises important issues for the Guggenheim jurors to consider."

•   Betsky crunches the numbers from a new study to ponder whether the "era of big museums" is over.

•   Apparently not: Wainwright parses Hadid's design for a new genocide museum and research institute in Cambodia, "a radical shift for its architect who has gone from violent geometry to warm wood" (and "looking like a futuristic descendant of Angkor Wat").

•   Merrick makes his Stirling pick: O'Donnell + Tuomey's LSE student center that "makes art of even the humblest of buildings. The sheer ambition of the design on such a dreadful site is absolutely remarkable" (and interesting observations about others on the shortlist).

•   In a new poll, 70% said the Stirling should not be given to any project "unless it was sustainable," but some really big names "have hit back, saying the award should not be judged on a project's green credentials."

•   Safdie calls for a "reorientation" of the way cities are designed: "the vogue for skyscrapers and the privatization of public space has led to 'the privatization of the public realm' and an erosion of urban connectivity."

•   Hume x 2: Toronto should pay heed to a new report that "explains how New York, Paris and London have done what Toronto seemingly can't: plan logically and sustainably for the future of transit."

•   He talks to Birnbaum re: why it's worth it to spend money on creative parks: Toronto may be "new to the idea of the park as a 'cultural' artifact," but (slowly) "new neighborhoods are being organized around parks, not the other way around."

•   British landscape photographer Pollok-Morris tools around the final leg of the High Line, and really likes what he sees (with his own fab photos to prove it).

•   Scruggs takes stock of the pedestrian bridge "everyone wants to copy": 70 miles north of the High Line, the Walkway Over the Hudson's "local impact has been significant - 'an angel sent from heaven to assist in the renaissance of the city of Poughkeepsie.'"

•   Capps delves deep into how Lamster is helping Dallas find its voice, becoming the "Big D's fiercest critic of mediocrity - he wields a big bullhorn."

•   Barash cheers the Chicago Architecture Biennial naming Tabing as executive director - his appointment "is reassuring."

•   A report from the Slovenian design biennial that "avoided the lure of celebrity": "Europe's oldest design biennial celebrated its 50th birthday with nary a big-name designer in site"; instead, it focused on tackling real-world problems.

•   A good reason to head to L.A. next week: the 2014 ACADIA International Conference at SCI-Arc "will push the boundaries of contemporary design technology and define new paradigms for design thinking" (impressive keynoters, too!).

•   A not-well-known (for now, anyway) Chinese architect wins the inaugural $100,000 Moriyama RAIC International Prize for a "modest" library that is "a wondrous thing to use and be in."

•   An interesting mix makes up the LEAF Awards 2014 winners.

•   Booth is not at all bothered that the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award went to "a scheme involving smashing down a sea wall and allowing 183 hectares to be flooded" instead of "far more glamorous projects."

•   Call for entries: IE School of Architecture & Design IE Spaces for Innovation Prize for young architects and designers (registration deadline looms!).


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