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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

•   A fascinating look at the differences between Copenhagen and. New York City's meatpacking districts: one "makes room for creative newcomers and traditional trades," while the other is limited by zoning codes and a developer-driven real estate economy.

•   Wallop wonders if the U.K.'s National Trust is "dumbing down - obsessed about becoming less middle class" (and removing some of the "stuff" in historic homes).

•   Litman lays out some of the highlights from his public policies report that "provides practical guidance for creating cities that are healthy, wealthy and wise."

•   Weder wades into the growing use of engineered wood that is creating "a paradigm shift in construction" with an eco-friendly replacement for concrete and steel.

•   Lissoni explains "the positive effects that the world's financial crisis has had on luxury design."

•   Washington, DC's Union Station has a "grand development plan" by Grimshaw and Beyer Blinder Belle: "If London can figure out how to do it, we're hoping we can."

•   Also in DC (and with another Brit), the International Spy Museum "pitches a new location" for its $100 million, 100,000-square-foot building by Rogers Stirk Harbour.

•   The Whitney and the Broad are only the latest museums going with the trend for vast column-free spaces, "the latest must-have, but curators and budgets can suffer"; says Selldorf: "It is a buzzword, and it's not the be-all and end-all."

•   Webb is wow'd by Kevin Daly Architects' UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: it is "as joyful and exuberant as a Handel anthem or Stravinsky's wind octet. Each of its three elements has its own expressive personality, but plays in harmony like a polished trio."

•   Hess bemoans that Googie architecture "has been largely neglected by official histories," and cheers "the avalanche of support" for the recently-threatened Norm's coffee shop that "exposes an often overlooked fact: Modernism can be popular."

•   Harris offers an in-depth analysis of how high-fidelity stereos "posed new challenges" for post-war house builders (a touch of Don Draper, Cos Cob, and great 1960s ads included).

•   Two takes on vintage visions of Manhattan and Times Square's future, "some of which never caught on and some of which still have a chance."

•   Living Building Challenge energy and water documentation can now get LEED credits without added paperwork, "but it is at least partly symbolic."

•   Q&A with Will Hunter re: how he hopes his London School of Architecture will "overhaul the way architecture is taught," and change an "undervalued and marginalized" profession.

•   Across the Big Pond, AIAS launches the Promote Early Licensing: Professional Advancement Support Scholarship to "encourage aspiring architects to actively seek licensure to kick-start their professional careers."

•   Zara parses the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial lineup of more than 60 studios from 30 countries.

•   A UK-Korean firm wins The Lake Isle of Innisfree competition with its "luminous" Square Moon pavilion.

•   Eyefuls of the 150 winners of the 2015 A+Awards.

•   The 8th International Design Awards winners include PLUS-SUM Studio's entry to Guggenheim Helsinki competition, and Gensler's SF International Airport Terminal 3.


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