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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Hybel's review of Baumeister's "L'Architecture Sauvage"; and eyefuls of "7 Stunning Examples of Sports Architecture."

•   Goldhagen talks to Zumthor about the evolution of his design for LACMA: "Our recent conversation confirmed that whatever gets built will be different...'It might not be black,' he said with a wicked smile."

•   Bozikovic is more than a bit disappointed in Predock's Canadian Museum for Human Rights, but puts most of the blame on "a lack of institutional vision"; it is "a showpiece for Winnipeg's building industry - but in service of what? Never in this country has so much money and such high ambitions achieved so little architecture" (ouch!).

•   Keegan and Hinz mince no words about what they think of MAD's just-released conceptual designs of George Lucas's museum in Chicago: they "suggest that much needs to be worked out to keep this challenging work from being just weird + Even "R2-D2 would pan" the design that "screams and hoots, and yells and carries on, in its own way defacing the city's lakefront."

•   Meanwhile, Wilson and Stott sit down with the architects to find out what the Lucas Museum is really wants to be, but "Burnham loyalists would probably be right to interpret it as a tad insulting."

•   Wainwright talks to the "eccentric collector" behind the about-to-open Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in a former London call center that "he has transformed into a weird and wonderful nest": "We need to put in a disabled loo, but I stupidly spent my last money on the skull of an executed felon."

•   Leigh weighs in with a most thoughtful evaluation of the "heroes and victims in Modernist memorials" that can "turn out to be astonishingly extravagant expressions of a visually impoverished culture - the biggest victim of the dominant trends in contemporary memorial design is the public itself."

•   Saitta responds to Rinaldi's recent critique of Denver's Union Station redevelopment that raised "a provocative and rage-inducing question" about whether civic architecture is inherently racist: it "derails a potentially important conversation," but "I admire the courage it took to write something that makes such an inviting target for the trolls and troglodytes among us."

•   Alan Dunlop at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture "shows that neuroscience and architecture share common aims."

•   Australian architects weigh in on whether "buildings have a soul: Many architects find anthropomorphizing a building instructive."

•   The Andrew Burges/Grimshaw/TCL team nabs the win in Sydney's Green Square Aquatic Centre competition with a design inspired by local beaches.

•   Lindeke cheers SCAPE/Rogers Partners proposed Water Works Park in Minneapolis that "is full of exciting architectural ideas" - including a woonerf - "a new planning idea that might be useful in similar spots throughout the city."

•   Davis and Oles make the case for the field of landscape architecture to change its name: "The words roll off the tongue as if their union were inevitable. But this is an arranged marriage. Most landscape practitioners know the name doesn't quite fit."

•   Stead comes away from the inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture in Australia with a better understanding of "some of the misconceptions about landscape architects": their work "goes way beyond 'capital D' design."

•   One of the largest reconstruction projects of an industrial zone in Moscow "will make it a full-fledged part of the city center," and "will certainly involve new architects and architectural competitions."

•   King and Hume report on their close encounters with Jaime Lerner in San Francisco and Toronto.

•   Help Wanted: Executive Director & Editor in Chief of Philadelphia-based Next City - our heartiest good wishes to Diana Lind as she heads to Philadelphia Media Network.


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