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Today’s News - Thursday, December 11, 2014

•   Safdie takes home the 2015 AIA Gold Medal for his "comprehensive and humane approach to designing public and cultural spaces," and Ehrlich Architects, "noted for its Multicultural Modernism projects," receives 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

•   Pogrebin reports on the American Museum of Natural History expansion plan to be designed by Gang and Appelbaum: it "will probably face close scrutiny" by its neighborhood "known for its fierce development battles."

•   Heathcote on Piano's Whitney Museum: it "contains some majestic gallery spaces within an ungainly industrial exterior - although it's big, and although it's ugly, it's still a bit of a pussy."

•   Betsky finds "little worthy of celebration" among the Guggenheim Helsinki finalists, but does find "a cause for optimism - it might give a chance for a young firm to put itself in the limelight."

•   King x 2: he cheers the choice of James Corner for the Presidio park project: his "proven ability to work with neighborhood groups and bureaucracies could improve the odds of success."

•   He's much less cheerful about plans to keep "Bay Lights" shining on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and would prefer it "become a dim memory."

•   Schumacher finds Milwaukee's newest bus shelter to be "a classic postmodern misadventure" with a "tough-as-nails aesthetic" she calls "Deconstructivism Lite" (and it doesn't actually provide much shelter).

•   Is Gehl "winning his battle to make our cities liveable?"

•   Brussat says "placemaking is under siege," and calls on the likes of Gehl and PPS's Kent to "introduce a more vigorous advocacy of new placemaking architecture."

•   Ratti expounds on why the "Smart City isn't enough - the 'Sensing' City is the future of urbanism."

•   Brake enters the starchitecture debate: "Frank flips the bird. Zaha sues a critic. Rem excludes the names of all architects in the Venice Biennale" - perhaps "other architects - and the media that covers them - should go about the business of fixing the remaining 98% of what gets built. We would all be better for it."

•   Kamin cheers Chicago's Adler & Sullivan-designed Auditorium Theatre on its 125th anniversary: "the Auditorium and the city it calls home are less about the past than about inventing the urban future."

•   Eyefuls of Rockwell's new United Terminal at Newark Airport that will look like "a foodie theme park. Will this be the most extravagant airport terminal in America?"

•   Wainwright talks to the "Spanish subversives" about next year's Serpentine Pavilion, and their interiors project for "hotdeskers" at Second Home: "If Barbarella turned her hand to running a garden centre, this is what it would look like."

•   Edible landscape pioneer Bhatt wins $50,000 UBC Margolese National Design for Living Prize.

•   Eyefuls of the 15 finalists in the 2014 Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition.

•   Call for entries: 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: "Authenticity" + Deadline reminder: 2014 Chicago Prize: Barack Obama Presidential Library Design Ideas Competition.


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