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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day. We'll be back Thursday, January 15.

•   ArcSpace brings us a review of "Friedensreich Hundertwasser - 1928-2000" and a round-up of January architectural exhibitions around the world.

•   Hosey enters the Betsky/Bingler/Pedersen debate.

•   Jolliffe ponders whether architects and planners should be defending us from terrorists: "it is a situation that could shape us - if we don't shape it first."

•   Gallagher takes a gander at how "bunker-like government buildings off-limits to the public in the midst of redeveloping districts hurt, rather than help, revitalization efforts. It's a puzzle that the architectural profession needs to solve."

•   Wainwright is not very encouraged by Mons, Belgium's foray as the European Capital of Culture, where only one new building is ready, and "people are more excited about getting their first IKEA. Like children drawing up a Christmas wish-list," the program "encourages mayors to dream big and lust after buildings they don't need and can't afford."

•   Birnbaum takes issue with potential hand-over of Chicago public park land for the Obama Presidential Library: UofC may see it as "an opportunity to restore an Olmsted park," but "the destruction of 22 acres of historic parkland is not the definition of restoration."

•   Russell wonders whether Paris will regret pushing the opening of Nouvel's "shiny iceberg" of a concert hall to today: it "flirts with disaster." + Eyefuls of the Philharmonie de Paris.

•   Shilling isn't thrilled with what's considered public access atop the Walkie Talkie: though "a visit sounds about as calming as a trip to Heathrow Airport...that shouldn't stop us claiming it for our own" (even if you can't play ball or bring your own lunch).

•   Scruggs delves into a report that argues "asphalt, hardscaped streets should be counted as public space," and "found a correlation between expansive street grids and prosperity."

•   Lewyn sees a parallel between "Atlas Shrugged" and the automobile lobby that "creatively used government to discourage walking and public transit."

•   On a brighter note, the Knight Cities Challenge Finalists include "126 big-dreaming, city-changing ideas."

•   Sokol checks in with a number of design-oriented nonprofits and foundations to find out what their best contributions to the built environment were last year.

•   Three new NEA reports on the arts offer some "surprising findings" re: who participates and why, as well as the arts as an economic engine.

•   Kolbert spends some serious time with Piano in Rome to find out why he handed over his Senatorial office and government salary "to six much younger architects and asked them to come up with ways to improve the often run-down neighborhoods" that ring Italy's major cities: "civic duty."

•   Perrottet wanders Moscow's Gorky Park with Koolhaas and Zhukova and gets the skinny on their plans for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

•   Bevan is heartened by London architects "rising to the challenge" of designing affordable housing - too bad "innovation seems to be the last thing the Government is after."

•   Los Angeles's newest affordable housing project for low-income and formerly homeless senior residents is designed "to increase neighbor interaction through a community garden and a social front porch that connects the property to the street front."

•   GSD urban planning professor Forsyth offers "insight into common traits of the best educational programs in planning."

•   We are so saddened by the news that Swanke Hayden Connell has filed for bankruptcy - because "it is unable to collect more than $2 million from an assignment in Russia."

•   Call for entries: Applications for Graham Foundation's 2015 Grants to Organizations to develop explorations about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.


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