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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of gorgeous photos by Yerolymbos, and a round-up of must-reads.

•   Brake pens a thoughtful (and charming) tribute to Graves, whose buildings of the 1970s and '80s were "singular refutations of modernist orthodoxy, opening the door for others to break the rules as well," and whose personal vision was "an architecture that improved both civic and domestic life, to be an architect you could live with" (cookie tins included).

•   Architects "may finally be able to put a price on the economic worth of their work" thanks to a new study by LSE academics.

•   Rice delivers one of the most in-depth looks at Calatrava's WTC transit hub, "an accomplishment that threatens to destroy his reputation" - after a walk-about with the man, "he does not deserve all - or even most - of the blame for the building's price" (and it certainly "won't end up looking banal").

•   Filler minces no words about what he thinks of Manhattan's supertall and starchitect-imbued towers: "not one possesses an iota of the aesthetic élan that distinguished early skyscrapers" - those who think "architecture embodies the values of the society that creates it will look upon these etiolated oddities less with wonder...than with revulsion over the larger, darker machinations they more accurately represent."

•   NBBJ comes up with an algorithm to design skyscrapers that won't block the sun.

•   Zara parses 5 buildings that "take regionalist clichés to disastrous new levels," dubbed "Disaster Regionalism."

•   SOM's $45bn Capital Cairo project is ginormous (at least it will include "one of the largest city park systems in the world").

•   O'Sullivan takes a long look at "flashy, mysterious" plans for Belgrade's waterfront by UAE investors looking to give it "a Dubai-style makeover": "when it comes to some reactions, hate is a weak word" - it risks being "a vainglorious monument to 21st century fugliness" (or could be "sparkling and successful").

•   Western Australia's Fremantle gears up for its 2029 bicentenary with plans for a High Line-style bridge and "an ambitious new vision to reconnect the city with the harbor."

•   Misi looks at Moscow's efforts to reconnect to its riverfront: "Some doubt whether the city can follow through on its big visions," but the mayor is confident "even in lean economic times."

•   Morieson offers a fascinating take on Tokyo and its lack of planning control that "has resulted in a unique urban fabric."

•   Bruno talks to architects and politicos who are for and against saving Rudolph's Orange County Government Center (rendering shows anything but keeping the building and "bringing it back up" - ugh).

•   C20 Society throws its weight behind listing Dunster's 2002 BedZed "warts and all" - it is "worth listing despite not working as intended." + It launches a new bid to save Robin Hood Gardens.

•   Moore explains why Britain's housing crisis is "an accelerating human disaster," but there are 10 ways to solve it: "money is already being wasted. It is partly a question of spending it better."

•   Q&A with Wade Killefer re: "how affordable housing can benefit those who live there and the communities surrounding them."

•   Another Melbourne housing project by Breathe Architects is "ruffling feathers": rival developers are "amazed at how many golden 'rules' you can break and still make a profit"; this one bends the rules even further.

•   Capps parses SsD's Songpa Micro-Housing project in Seoul that encourages "neighborliness as residents navigate shared spaces 'like the ambiguous gel around tapioca pearl.'"

•   It's an all-Brit shortlist of four in the Nine Elms bridge competition.

•   Koolhaas "comes out fighting" for Zaera-Polo after Princeton asked him to "resign after row over footnotes at Venice Biennale" (Z-P wants to quell the "endless stream of sometimes grotesque rumors").



  

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