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Today’s News - Monday, February 9, 2015

•   Ferro describes the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program winner as an "immense, conical pipe installation - shaped almost like a series of nuclear reactors" that serves as a giant water purifier.

•   Olcayto takes issue with RIBA's Skills Survey that shows practices think "architecture schools don't teach the practical skills. Isn't that the practices' job?"

•   Betsky "sets the record straight on what makes for good architecture: Architecture should be neither weird nor boring, neither alien nor alienating, neither wasteful nor wanting in the qualities that make us human. It should be good."

•   Linsell takes issue with "charitable" architecture (a la Architecture for Humanity): does it "undercut local firms? The promotion of human welfare and the advancement of society and the environment should be an integral part of our work, everyday. And that should definitely include getting paid for it."

•   A Canadian architect explains how architecture and urban design "can help aboriginals to reconnect," and "might help begin to heal our social divide" - and reports on the University of Manitoba's "exploration of urban and architectural design principles that are inclusive to indigenous cultures."

•   A fascinating profile of China's "most influential urban planner" who "represents a traditionalist view of architecture that has been regaining sway in recent years" (which has "made him controversial among younger architects").

•   Merrick muses on England's new mansions: "Country piles of arguable quality are sprouting everywhere" - with changing planning policies producing "beauties and beasts" (and he names them).

•   An in-depth look at the quandaries faced by Los Angeles neighborhoods: "the destruction of thousands of classic homes is disrupting and dividing neighborhoods, raising alarm about potentially irreparable damage to handsome, historic and architecturally distinctive communities."

•   Altabe's open letter to Gehry: "OK, Frank, you don't like rectilinear shapes. I get that. But your point. What is it exactly? If you're an Expressionist, then you're not an architect. You're an artist. You make sculpture with windows."

•   Hadid's plans for "the largest airport terminal on the planet" in China: "Gizmag noted that from above the terminal appears as a 'massive mutant starfish.' Not wrong" (and only £9 billion!).

•   Canberra gets its first look at the early Massimiliano Fuksas/Guida Moseley Brown design for a new "UFO-inspired" convention center: the trick is who will "cough up the $500 to $700 million to build it," and how different it might look once value engineering comes into play.

•   Morphosis beats out Holl and 6a to design a new luxury hotel in Vals, Switzerland (yes, that Vals).

•   Eyefuls of what the Blanton Museum of Art's new Ellsworth Kelly building will look like: "Austin" is meant to be "a space for contemplation" (indeed!).

•   The announced shortlist for a controversial monument attracts criticism for using a former Warsaw Ghetto site for "a monument to Polish 'righteous gentiles.'"

•   Manchester, UK, landscape architects lobby for a High Line-style park called the Manchester's Maze: "the problem is a lack of funding to realize the dream."

•   Beam waxes poetic about Paul Rudolph: he "is very, very hard to like," but he is "the architect to whom one cannot remain indifferent. Perhaps that is the highest possible praise."

•   Architects riff on renderings: from "tiny Amanda Burdens, God Views and more": "It would do the public some good to be always a little skeptical of a rendering."

•   Eyefuls of the 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: from Pritzker winners "to up-and-coming practices which have so far been less widely covered by the media" (Ban's win: a a country club).

•   Schumacher parses 10 FLW sites nominated to World Heritage List (and already designated National Historic Landmarks).

•   Call for entries deadline reminder (registration deadline looms!): Atlanta Bridgescape Competition (two bridges in need of help!).


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