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Today’s News - Friday, January 9, 2015

•   Five firms in the running to rebuild Glasgow School of Art's fire-ravaged Mackintosh building amidst the growing debate re: "whether the restoration should be faithful to the original, or as modern and clever as the original once was."

•   Greenfield pens a most thoughtful take (and one of the only pieces we've read) that questions whether "smart cities" are the smart way to go: "by turning a city onto autopilot, are we in danger of losing what makes it human?"

•   Massengale on the starchitecture debate: "more and more architects are getting tired of this narrow emphasis, and more and more of the public are catching on too."

•   Jenkins minces no words about what he thinks of London's mayor riding roughshod over residents' preferences by waving through Royal Mail's plan for 10 "ghastly slabs" of luxury flats: "There is an alternative."

•   With Boston's mayor calling for "bold design," developers "will now be looking at how to create a revenue benefit from the extra expense of creating better designs to add to the skyline."

•   Hartman has a few issues with de Portzamparc's "massive, much-maligned" Cidade das in Rio: it is "a forbidding performing-arts complex of Piranesian proportions," though its "elevated veranda may be its saving grace."

•   Dunlap and Branch each give two thumbs-ups to Helpern's restoration/reimagination of Yale's Sterling Memorial Library nave, now "more stunning than ever."

•   A fascinating Q&A with Speer re: the efforts - and promise - to build the Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums sustainably.

•   One we couldn't resist (it made us laugh - and sigh - out loud!): Sorkin's 250 things an architect should know: #14: How to lay bricks; #18: How to unclog a rapidograph; #200: What rusts.

•   Eyefuls of the AIA 2015 Honors & Awards: Twenty-five Year Award to SOM's 1990 Broadgate Exchange House, London (great presentations of all the winners!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kats x 2: a round-up of "the best architecture and design shows opening in the U.S. in 2015."

•   She cheers "Shadow Architecture" book and exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw by Wasilkowska, VP of the Polish Architectural Association, and "at 36, the most promising architect in Poland."

•   Bernstein cheers "New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America," a "sweeping and rewarding exhibition" at Manhattan's MAD (though he bemoans the current trend of shows being more like elaborate dissertations).

•   King cheers the Presidio's "Gallery + Ideas Forum" show of the finalists in the recent competition that brings "city planning to the people who live with it" by presenting "the rarefied topic of urban design in a downright friendly way."

•   Rawsthorn hails "Ways to Modernism: Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Their Impact" at Vienna's MAK that illustrates the "designers' conflicting visions of modernity at a time of renewed interest in their work."

•   Dabrowski is quite taken by "Olafur Eliasson: Contact" at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, that "complements the architecture of the strikingly sculptural building" by Gehry (fab photos by Baan, too).

•   "Rethinking the Urban Landscape" at The Building Centre, London, "argues the case to commit investment to 'green infrastructure' in the early stages of city and regeneration planning" with 50 case studies.

•   Silverstein gives thumbs-ups to Thoren's new tome, "Landscapes of Change: Innovative Designs and Reinvented Sites."



  

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