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Today’s News - Thursday, April 9, 2015

•   Russell does a rough riff on "Placemaking" - "a rhetorical gimmick spreading across the urban-development wonkosphere like kudzu. The trouble is, Placemaking does not itself make real place."

•   Hume isn't much happier with what a gathering of Greater Toronto Area city planners had to say: planning is "a profession out of touch with the communities it serves - a city's greatest asset isn't land, but learning how to use it intelligently."

•   Meanwhile, an impressive gathering of international placemakers in Sydney came to the conclusion that "community collaboration, ownership, and unique experiences and flexible, adaptive space are essential to creating great places."

•   A winner of the U.K.'s Design Council Active by Design IdeasTap competition "discusses the role of creativity and the arts in helping people to reclaim their parks and streets and become more active as a result."

•   Los Angeles has everyone talking about its "first-of-its-kind sustainability framework" to "go from smog and sprawl" to being a green (and equitable) economic hub.

•   Cetra cheers the design world starting "to treat resiliency as a new discipline for creating better, more risk-ready communities," but "developers and architects on the front lines are facing a daunting new challenge: How to fund resilient design."

•   Of architects and oyster-tecture: "You never would think that oysters would become a demographic that designers came to rescue, but it is happening."

•   Gunts ponders the possibility that another Tod Williams Billie Tsien arts center could be "headed for the wrecking ball," this one in Baltimore.

•   Wainwright vicariously steps into "Zuckworld. Oh the fun they must have" - unfortunately, his requests to visit were "politely declined," so he has a field day captioning employees' images on Instagram (it's a hoot!).

•   An architect pens an in-depth review (with fab photos) of the new Melbourne School of Design by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA: "It is a large, powerful and expensive institutional building designed to maximize the opportunities for a built pedagogy," and "play a role in the education of its students."

•   Heathcote parses the pick of Page\Park to lead the restoration of Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art: "The trick will be in the patina. Its essence has always been its authenticity. If P\P can fake that, they will have it made."

•   Schumacher finds the design for the new Milwaukee Bucks arena is "inspiring many to respond with relief about what the structure would not be" (definitely not "faux historic"), though "the integration of landscape design, public art, lighting and other cultural ideas will be critical to the overall character of the spaces."

•   Levete is tapped to design the second MPavilion in Melbourne: it will be like "a forest canopy in the heart of the city" (boat builders' expertise included).

•   A new playground in New Orleans is part of an effort to "transform under-utilized urban spaces into fun environments for 4-12-year-olds to think and learn about architecture, design and city planning."

•   The Sustainable Sites Initiative certifies 12 more landscapes (great presentation).

•   Design Shanghai 2015 was even better than last year: along with the "big-hitting" international names were "30 young Chinese designers keen to play their part in China's design (r)evolution."

•   We couldn't resist: two more in Places' "Fairy Tale Architecture" series: Young Projects explores the spaces of the Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen" + Bernheimer Architecture uses the band Richmond Fontaine 's song "St. Ides, Parked Cars and Other People's Homes" as inspiration to explore suburban exteriors.

•   Call for entries: Mediterranean Sea Club (MESC) Ibiza, open to students and young architects.


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