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Today’s News - Monday, February 16, 2015

•   Olcayto takes on "Twitterati" critics for deriding the choice of Mayne to design a hotel next to a Zumthor masterwork: they "will make perfect neighbors in Vals - as craftsmen for the super-rich," they're "pretty much peas in a pod" (critics: "take a dip in the cool pool why doncha?").

•   Russell makes the case for why Rudolph's Orange County Government Center matters: "A sensitively renovated and truly public government center could catalyze an effort to grow on the unique amenities the village and county have. The right thing can be done if county citizens want it" (aye, there's the rub!).

•   Moore ponders "what architect could restore Mackintosh's masterpiece," the Glasgow School of Art: "A shortlist of five architects now being considered for the commission is not completely encouraging."

•   Viglucci reports on a proposal to save a church "that many regard as one of the most beautiful buildings in Miami" that left some on the historic preservation board "looking like they'd choked on their corn flakes."

•   Two reports on Kocher/Frey's 1931 Aluminaire House, a "forbearer of streamlined, prefabricated and green building" that's been sitting in pieces in a shipping container in NYC, finding a new home in Palm Springs - "a fascinating saga of neglect and perceived irrelevance to redemption and celebration."

•   Hawthorne takes an "in-progress look at the Broad museum with Liz Diller: was she "giving an architectural preview? Doing damage control? Trying to regain some influence over the narrative of the museum's construction...The answer seemed to be some combination of the three" (lotsa pix, too).

•   Heathcote hails MUMA's "elegant and intelligent makeover" of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery that avoids "the grand moves and look-at-me gestures of contemporary iconism."

•   Rawabi is a new city built from scratch in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, "but one thing is stopping people moving in - there's no water."

•   Alsop, Ahrends, and other architects are among 700 UK names who "have signed a pledge not to work in Israel while the state continues to deny rights to Palestine."

•   Gendall takes a deep dive into Big Data, and how "architects and planners are designing the smarter cities of tomorrow" by harnessing its potential "to build information-laden city-scale models" (a great everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask report!).

•   Seward's Q&A with New Cities Foundation's Rossant re: "the promise, limitations, and risks involved with mining Big Urban Data": "when it comes to smart cities and networks, they're only as smart as the people that run them."

•   Wainwright, Bernstein, and Capps weigh in with very thoughtful (and very different) tributes to Jerde, "the Walt Disney of American shopping malls" who "constructed supercharged urban stage sets with promiscuous glee"; what his imitators "couldn't capture was critical: an indulgence as American as Andy Warhol, a theatricality as epic as Tennessee Williams, a spirit as carefree as a Golden Retriever."

•   Gerfen, Dixon, Volner, and Keegan parse the six winners of the 62nd Annual P/A Awards: "If the Progressive Architecture Awards are a bellwether for the industry, the forecast calls for exuberant forms that embrace their context" (great presentations!).


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