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Today’s News - Monday, December 8, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of 7 examples of enchanting retail architecture.

•   Dunlap delves deep into how the transit hub at Ground Zero ended up costing nearly $4 billion - and what did it buy: "Certainly an arresting structure, but one whose details do not match the shimmering images that Calatrava used to seduce officials a decade ago" (enlightening and depressing, with amazing animations).

•   VanderKlippe offers a fascinating look at Beijing's efforts to curb "weird architecture": "the war on weird has sparked near-panic in some architectural circles."

•   Davidson isn't digging the "emerging aesthetic" of Manhattan's new supertalls that "tend to flummox our marquee architects. We have to live with the follies of the outlandishly wealthy; we can at least insist that they pamper themselves in a way that also enriches the city."

•   Rustin reflects on the sad state of women in architecture and planning in the U.K., and talks to some pros about how cities might differ if women designed them.

•   Scott Johnson pens his own response to the scorching controversy smoldering in Dallas around the Museum Tower and Nasher Sculpture Center: very few of his critics "have asked me, the design architect, to contribute to this very important issue" (but he's hopeful for an agreeable solution).

•   The push is on to re-open Rudolph's Orange County Government Center by 2017 (local shopkeepers want their customers back); plans include a straight-line wall for the back and fewer roof levels (no mention of Gene Kaufman's offer to buy and repurpose).

•   Merrick cheers Dundee being named UNESCO's City of Design, which "underlines its growing reputation as a cultural and creative powerhouse" (and some great architecture).

•   Filmanowicz goes face-to-face with Glaeser re: "the enduring value of in-person conversations, what we can learn from successful cities," and much more (great Q&A!).

•   Dovey finds much to love in Civitas's makeover of San Diego's waterfront that invites "foot traffic into the city, as well as toward the water," but Phase 2 "faces financial uncertainty going forward."

•   Eyefuls of Safdie's design for Singapore's newest airport with "a number of features that make it both spectacular and striking - like a science fiction daydream come true" (a huge bio-dome, a gigantic waterfall, and acres of shopping/dining included).

•   Gehry talks "cones, domes and messiness re: his Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

•   Murg muses on a recent conversation between Graves and Eisenman, who "dazzle with comedic stylings and incisive critiques" (reference to Yogi and Boo-Boo included).

•   For those who couldn't get enough of (or are recovering from) Design Miami/ and Art Basel Miami: Eyefuls of FR-EE's Latin American Art Museum - Romero "plays the stacking game" that "could become Miami's next architectural icon."

•   Duray delves deep into Miami's battling museum boards as a new (but old) museum heads to the Design District (a soap opera if ever there was one).

•   Bernstein's rather irreverent (and amusing) take on the "vast vanity project" at the Bass Museum, "Peter Marino: One Way": "Clearly, the one way is his way."

•   A Q&A with an irreverent Marino, who "takes no prisoners" with "a stream of no-holds-barred opinion" in "a vivid dissection of the current retail scene."

•   We are totally bummed with news that Goldhagen (along with many, many others) has resigned from The New Republic (soon to re-launch as a vertically integrated digital media company - oh joy): "To lose this national platform for serious, long-form architectural criticism is really heartbreaking."

•   On a brighter note, 3 projects take home the WAN Urban Design Award (yay SCADpad!).

•   The Icon Awards 2014 include Piet Oudolf as Icon of the Year.

•   The Rockefeller Foundation announces 35 new cities joining its 100 Resilient Cities initiative.



  

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