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Today’s News - Monday, April 27, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us Martin's take on (and eyefuls of) Henning Larsen's Moesgaard Museum on the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, that "offers a new perspective on the role of the museum as a public space."

•   Hu cheers the new Whitney as "a cultural attraction appended to one of Manhattan's premier green spaces" [the High Line] - "the pride of place being symbiotic," and the exhibition space is "a Machine for Exhibiting."

•   Reyneri is more than fed up with the "transparency in architecture competitions," beginning with the posting of 1,700+ proposals for the Guggenheim Helsinki: this "sudden bout of Finnish transparency gave birth to a brand new 'Helsinki effect': too much, too bad. Please, competition organizers of the world: if you still have discarded boards, burn them."

•   St. Petersburg, Florida, picks a winner in its pier competition: the 1973 inverted pyramid (a "chicken roost" to some, iconic to others) will be replaced by "an iconic experience that doesn't focus on a building, but on a collection of spaces."

•   The Center for Architecture Sarasota is "an ambitious undertaking, but it couldn't have a more fitting home - a building plucked from its history, made new again."

•   Menking, meanwhile, bemoans that the success of AIANY's Center for Architecture storefront "is apparently being lost on many of the architecture and design non-profits willing to give up their public spaces and move into traditional back offices."

•   Crosbie croons over Helpern Architects' "stunning renovation" of Yale's Sterling Memorial Library: the design team "achieved a remarkable result with a deft touch, without leaving fingerprints."

•   A "struggling, half-dead mall" in Philadelphia could "be reborn as a gleaming glass-and-steel emporium after decades of failed plans and promise," but "not everyone will benefit from the mall's makeover. Parts of the plan seem sure to prove contentious."

•   Hinshaw x 2: Seattle "occasionally" gets "a flash of design brilliance," but much of it all looks the same, which "reveals a hidden flaw in the City's design review process: No amount of process can 'make' a designer talented or a developer committed to creating superb buildings."

•   He sees one solution to Seattle's (and other cities') housing shortage and a way to attract Millennials and Boomers: "Bring back the townhouse"; but it "will require a major rethinking of policies, codes, design standards and review procedures. Neighborhoods will likely squawk. But we will need to move ahead anyway."

•   McGee and Benn investigate how co-housing could be "a solution to urban sprawl and housing affordability problems" - but if it "is such a good idea, why isn't it widespread already? Problems. Fixes."

•   Birch bristles at the prospect of U.K.'s heritage becoming an inadvertent "victim of our economic recovery" with the reintroduction of enterprise zones: the "approach to planning policy has undoubtedly increased construction activity - but have we not learnt the lessons of post-war redevelopment?"

•   Woods Bagot's HQ Music House for Warner Music in London is "as cool as you think it is" (with pix to prove it).

•   Eyefuls of Qatar's 5th stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, "designed to reduce to a capacity of 21,000 in legacy mode when the upper tier of seats will be removed and sent to developing nations in need of sports infrastructure."

•   High hopes and "ambitious plans" for a satellite Palestinian Museum Hub in the war-torn Gaza Strip (perhaps better to focus on European satellites also on the museum's radar - for the time being, anyway).

•   Wainwright reports from the Counter Terror Expo - "an enormous supermarket of paranoia" and "a playground for extreme urban neuroses," complete with "grenade-proof BMWs and terrorist-resistant flowerbeds" (a.k.a. "hostile vehicle mitigation" technology).

•   Six cities to split $1 million Heart of the Community grants to "redesign underloved or underutilized public spaces."

•   Eyefuls of the Bangkok Fashion Hub competition winners and honorable mentions (no "Helsinki effect," we promise).

•   One we couldn't resist: "What cities would look like without their famous tourist attractions."


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