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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us a Q&A with architectural photographer Åke E:son Lindman (and lots of pix); and a round-up of February exhibitions worth attention.

•   Farrelly gives her verdict on Gehry's UTS building in Sydney: "Frank Gehry is the Kim Kardashian of contemporary architecture: all curves, no content. Misconceived, thoughtless, counterproductive, dumb" (and "surprisingly hostile" - ouch!).

•   Kennicott minces no words about what he thinks of Washington, DC's new mayor killing a cultural project two years in the making: it "shows only money matters. The lack of imagination in this decision staggers the mind."

•   Jurors have "washed their hands of the developer's decision to select Morphosis" for a hotel in Vals.

•   An ultimatum to the Chinese developer behind the £500m Crystal Palace plans: pay "£5m and detail its intentions or risk losing the project."

•   Dittmar asks "Can architecture reclaim the lost territory of the good ordinary? - and parses the RIBA Skills Survey, the Bingler/Pedersen/Betsky debate, and a petition to the AIA.

•   Massengale explains why he is "not a fashionista," and why he launched a petition for AIA and Architect magazine "to more accurately represent the diversity and breadth of work by the members."

•   Davies lays out all the reasons a new report re: how high-rise density in Melbourne compares to other cities is so flawed: "A report of a study tour isn't the same as a scholarly research document."

•   Why the battle for the "Beaux Arts heart of Manhattan" (next to Grand Central) "could be an object lesson for other cities."

•   Capps tackles why "London's obsession with flashy 'magpie infrastructure' solutions is short-sighted: the London Underline "might be its silliest yet. Just don't tell London that."

•   Mock delves deep into the dilemma: "How gentrification dirties up environmental cleanups" - but there is "a growth model that can usher in neighborhood improvement without displacing longtime residents. The private sector might do well to follow the same playbook."

•   Word is that Koolhaas will be the latest to join the High Line architectural petting zoo: "It was always a question of when - not if - he would join the starchitect party" (sadly, not a lot of details - yet).

•   More details about MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program winner Jaque and his COSMO, that "aims to get the public thinking about the sustainability of water use - but to have fun doing it"; it will be "'a disco ball about nature.' Party on."

•   Grafton Architects co-founders Farrell and McNamara win fourth annual Jane Drew Prize "for their 'massive influence' on the architectural profession" and "outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture."

•   A good reason to be in NYC on 2/26: BWAF Leadership Awards Gala "honoring the legacy of Beverly Willis and firms and individuals supporting and advancing women in the building professions."

•   Tomorrow is the start of Palm Springs' 10th annual "Mod, Mod, Modernism Week: Insider tips, celebrity designer introductions and a survival guide."

•   A good reason to make plans to be in Chicago in April: Society of Architectural Historians' 68th Annual Conference: Chicago at the Global Crossroads.

•   Also in April, Building Trust International's Design + Build Workshop will be hands-on at a conservation charity in Laos.

•   Call for entries: Field Constructs Design Competition (international) for temporary installations at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas (early registration deadline looms!).



  


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