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Today’s News - Thursday, October 16, 2014

•   A great round-up of reports on the Top 10 most innovative cities in the U.S., and their "creative solutions to today's most pressing urban problems" (+ "Greatest urban projects of all time" leads with Venice).

•   Moore looks at the "brilliantly executed" King's Cross, but bemoans that it "is in danger of being the last of its kind."

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Maltzan's One Santa Fe apartment complex in L.A. that "takes banality and stretches it like taffy in the direction of monumentality," but "wringing charisma from convention is not easy."

•   Kimmelman is quite taken with Gang's Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Kalamazoo: "Imagine a log cabin the Jetsons ordered from the 2062 Whole Earth Catalog" - it is "laudable simply for being eloquent and humane" (pix by Baan).

•   Hanscom hails Miller Hull's Bullitt Center in Seattle that "is making waves far beyond its super-insulated, nontoxic, and FSC-certified walls."

•   Heathcote looks at the up- and downsides for universities that "have become playgrounds for starchitects. The big names are having a ball...but there is a danger they become collections of trophy buildings, poorly integrated into their surroundings and host cities."

•   A great look at a growing trend to transform defunct prisons around the world into boutique hotels and student housing.

•   OMA/Olin Studio wins the heated competition to design Washington, DC's 11th Street Bridge Park - hopes are high that it will help close "a yawning gap in economic fortunes between residents on the Anacostia River's two banks."

•   High hopes that the High Line's success can repeated with the just-released plans for a stretch of an abandoned elevated track in Queens: "Now supporters (and detractors) of the QueensWay can move the conversation forward" (lots of detractors in comments).

•   A Norwegian designer hangs out her shingle on the border of Thailand and Burma, working with refugees; her design/build architecture practice "designs and builds with an ethic of sustainability."

•   A design educator bemoans curriculums leaving "designers lacking in business skills - it's hard enough to learn to be a designer, but there needs to be a next step for the business side calls for."

•   Fast. Co.'s 2014 Innovation By Design Awards include Dahlberg's Memory Wound - July 22 Memorial on Norway's Utøya island.

•   An impressive shortlist of projects from around the world in line for the Landscape Institute Awards 2014 (great presentation!).

•   Two we couldn't resist: Rudolph's lakefront Parcells House near Detroit can be yours for only $1.8 million (we'll take it!).

•   A Brussels-based artist "vandalizes" Corbu's Villa Savoye: his "provocation is an attack on the idolization of architecture."

•   Call for entries: 5th Annual SEED Awards for excellence in public interest design + The Architect's Newspaper's 2nd Annual Best Of Design Awards + U.S. DOE's 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition.


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