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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Holden Platt's take on Ma Yansong's "hopes to forge a balance between the cosmos, humanity and nature" + Eyefuls of 7 exceptional concert halls.

•   Kamin x 2: the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts "represents a fumbled essay in 'blob architecture' - this cartoonish mountain of a building would be glaringly out of place" on Chicago's lakefront (but it's not all the architect's fault).

•   He cheers plans for a new Studio Gang-designed boathouse on Chicago's "less affluent South Side."

•   Vatsikopoulos parses Sydney "waiting for the Gehry effect": will his UTS building "become a cultural icon - or will it instead foist another eyesore" on the city; "with any Gehry building that's pushed the limits comes controversy."

•   King parses plans for bunches of new buildings on San Francisco's Market Street: "It's a sign of progress. Too bad too many of the proposals try too hard to be everything at once - creative understatement often is the best way to go."

•   Hall Kaplan minces no words about why Los Angeles looks the way it does: all the wrong people "are free to tweak the design of proposed projects to the pleasure and profit of their developer clients. For whom do we design our cities?"

•   Pogrebin reports on the growing protests to the Frick Collection's expansion plans that include the loss of Russell Page's garden.

•   Christiansen ponders plan to revamp London's Royal Opera House: "It is, on the whole, a good and thoughtful proposal," but "I have some questions, reservations and disappointments."

•   Klaus Jacob, who predicted the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, explains "why city planners could be making things worse, not better" - "the hottest potato politically, is strategic resettlement."

•   Hume cheers as a "long-neglected Toronto neighborhood livens up without succumbing to the sameness that sometimes comes with gentrification" (but for how long before "the corporate carpetbaggers arrive").

•   Simpson "sings the praises of slow regeneration" in Berlin, where "both smartly modernist and sculptural and quirky" buildings are "slotting happily into this diverse cityscape."

•   NYC welcomes the "dazzling" Fulton Center: "New Yorkers, accustomed to thinking of transit hubs like Penn Station and Times Square as places to suffer through, will find a kind of Crystal Palace."

•   Barash brings us a lively Q&A with Tigerman re: the Chicago Architecture Biennial, whose theme "pays homage to his landmark 1977 conference" (the "Statesman of Architecture" is pleased).

•   von Hoffmann takes a long look at a new study that looks at how "buildings designed for purposes of contemplation may have positive measurable effects on mental state," though the researchers "conceded that the team 'totally loaded the deck' by examining a horde of architects."

•   CTBUH anoints Nouvel/PTW's One Central Park in Sydney the Best Tall Building Worldwide for 2014.

•   Eyefuls of the three finalists vying to design the Beethoven concert hall in Bonn.

•   Chodikoff is named RAIC's new executive director.

•   The Guggenheim appoints Troy Conrad Therrien to a new curatorial position for Architecture and Digital Initiatives, where he'll be very involved with Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition exhibition of six shortlisted submissions.

•   Call for entries: RFQ for New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest (jury for the first try found no entries "suitable for implementation"; you'll be up against a stellar invited shortlist of six) + Detroit Station for the Arts international competition for students and young architects.


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