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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

•   On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy (we remember it all too well), Feuer offers an in-depth update on what NYC is doing to prepare for the next big one: "the city, which has thumbed its nose at the water for 300 years, can no longer keep the sea at bay, but must by necessity invite it in."

•   Woodman ponders Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton: it's "an architecture of perpetual indulgence...Preposterous - even outrageous - as it may be this is still the work of one of the world's great architects operating at the height of his powers."

•   A look at how "London town is falling up. Some Londoners are delighted at their city's 'Manhattanization' but others warn it risks losing its soul."

•   A Bolivian architect has big plans (with lotsa color!) for his town - and authorities have "begun warming to his work," though some dismiss it "as kitsch," others (with money) consider him El Alto's Michelangelo.

•   A rather snarky take on new plans for the Miami Beach Convention Center: "Ugh, Again. Well, at least it won't drown."

•   An important thumbs-up for the Gruen/Grimshaw Union Station Master Plan in L.A. means near-term projects can now move from planning to implementation.

•   The Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs picks its design team, headed by DS+R (no pix yet).

•   Oslo (finally) gives the Herreros Arquitectos-designed Edvard Munch Museum the go-ahead after "years of political wrangling" (critics still abound).

•   A convenience store chain names a (totally!) stellar shortlist to design its Des Moines HQ (yes, Des Moines, as in Iowa).

•   Bernstein explains how London's "Walkie-Scorchie" will cool things down: "The fix can only feel like vindication for Viñoly - louvers he originally designed for the building were eliminated as part of the value engineering process."

•   A look at how a long-abandoned, windowless 1870s warehouse on Brooklyn's waterfront is being "transformed with all the Brooklyn-type fixings you'd expect" (lots of light included).

•   Zipf goes in search of modern buildings in Rhode Island: they're there, but "are easy to overlook. We cannot steward what we cannot see."

•   Brussat rebuts (of course): "Modern buildings are, alas, not easy to overlook."

•   Goldberger has a most engaging conversation with Koolhaas and Fadell re: "design in the digital age."

•   McGuigan remembers Judith Edelman: "she left a profound mark, both on the built environment and as a role model for younger women architects."

•   Bowman reports - and reflects - on the "bleak results" of the Equity in Architecture survey by The Missing 32%.

•   A USGBC Task Group releases the deliverables resulting from a $3 million Google grant that include an open API, a materials-health certificate, and ways to streamline data collection among third-party certification programs.


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