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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

•   The Rebuild By Design winners "are optimistic about how their visions will be realized," even as their proposals "move from architects to bureaucrats."

•   Florida cheers SPUR's plan for a more inclusive San Francisco, but ponders: "Can the city and region muster the political will to put something like it into action?"

•   Hawthorne heads to Florida (the state) to see if Calatrava's new building for Florida Polytechnic University will "help repair the architect's troubled reputation": the result is "more about damage control than image overhaul," but it's "at least a step back toward the top."

•   Zohn forgets her aching feet once she gets to Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris: it "must surely be one of the most soaring, extravagant buildings in the world - there's no art that could possibly compete with it" (and candid comments from a very frank Frank).

•   Giovannini talks to Gehry about his Fondation LV re: how his design process influenced the result: "We had this sort of chaotic dance going on and we just let the stairs and stuff happen."

•   Jacobs cheers the "architectural extravagance" of MVRDV's Rotterdam MarketHall, "the rare work of audacious architecture that doesn't cater to obscene wealth," but "is actually designed for the most down-to-earth uses: daily life."

•   Rybczynski ruminates on how the Harvard Business School campus has built its brand over the years: The problem with the architects who tried fitting in by sticking out is that "it tends to produce one-liners. All the building has to say is, 'That was then, this is now.'"

•   Glancey explores the "cluster of gigantic stone termites' nest, a colossal vegetable patch, a gingerbread house baked by the wickedest witch of all" that is Gaudí's La Sagrada Família.

•   The Corning Museum of Glass's new wing by Thomas Phifer is "almost certain to be globally recognized as a light-gathering glass masterpiece itself."

•   Candid conversations with five "women who practice architecture."

•   Johnston and Marklee have been "quietly transforming L.A.'s architectural landscape," but their Menil Drawing Institute in Houston "will certainly push them into the spotlight they have tried to avoid."

•   Profiles of young architects in Adelaide who "left bigger, established firms to kickstart their own design practices," and are "managing to carve out successful solo careers."

•   A good reason to head Down Under at the end of the month: the Affirmative Architecture symposium in Brisbane will gather an array of international and Australian architects "committed to a social agenda and who have made significant contribution to the public realm."

•   Eyefuls of the first Blueprint Awards in architecture and design (great presentation).

•   Winners of the Mud House Design 2014 Competition hail from France, Senegal, and the U.S.

•   A Canadian wins the Battery Chair Competition with "Fleurt," which looks like a pale blue flower (and apparently very comfortable).

•   BD announces a very long shortlist for the Architect of the Year Awards 2014.

•   An international roster of six finalists to reimagine the banks of the Moscow River.


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