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Today’s News - Thursday, June 11, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, June 15.

•   ANN feature: Q&A with SWA's John Wong re: keeping supertalls grounded and connected: tall buildings "are beautiful, sleek structures, truly awe-inspiring, but a lot of a building's long-term economic success is dependent on the integration and beauty at the ground level."

•   Betsky begs to differ with all the "hosannas and panegyrics" swirling around Piano's Whitney, but in the end, "what is most remarkable is the way it is a monument not just to this country's visual art, but to the transformation of Manhattan into art: an object to be desired, adored, and consumed."

•   Rowland finds much to like about the Whitney: "it is, despite its bulk, a relatively quiet presence - sailing its steady, low-key course."

•   Steffen offers a most interesting take on "worldbuilding" and human-centered design: "Limits do not have to mean less. Good designers, engineers, and artists know that constraints can be astonishingly fruitful."

•   Teddy Cruz "thinks we've got suburbia all wrong," and offers a new way of developing cities.

•   Calatrava defends his record: "I understand and accept criticisms of my work, provided they are done with professional criteria and arguments," but he objects to "using inaccurate or out-of-context information that, repeated enough, becomes truth to some even though it is not."

•   Heathcote spends some quality time in Sydney with a candid Gehry (in suit and tie! But in a "laconic mood"): "Unlike the handful of other star names in architecture, he has remained resolutely low-brow in his dialogue. He's the unpretentious, regular Joe, a star who can still josh with the brickies."

•   Q&A with Ingels re: 2 WTC: will this be the tallest building you design in New York? "Only time will tell."

•   Ramchandani spends some quality time with Adjaye (a taxi ride to Sugar Hill included).

•   Foster, Nouvel, and Koolhaas head up the three teams shortlisted to design Perth's WA Museum.

•   Davidson cheers the re-opening of the High Bridge, the long-abandoned "bit of 19th-century glory," as a pedestrian and bike bridge connecting Manhattan to the Bronx: "fixing up an obsolete aqueduct and the old footbridge on top has made the city more mobile, and therefore more free." + Details of how it was done (with video).

•   A conversation with Sottile at the SCADpad, the micro-community atop an Atlanta parking garage (we saw it - we want one!).

•   More details about the Australian Research Council's new prefab research initiative that "has the University of Melbourne's phone lines running hot with inquiries."

•   ASLA announces 2015 Honors, with Friedberg, The Office of James Burnett, and Design Trust for Public Space at the top of the list (great presentation).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A preview of Design at Large and Design Curio at Design Miami/ Basel 2015, opening next week, whose mission is "to explore innovation and courage in design."

•   Wainwright is very bouncy about "The Brutalist Playground" at RIBA, London, where "young architecture radicals Assemble and the artist Simon Terrill are paying tribute - by putting the bounce into brutalism."

•   Q&A with Assemble's Halligan re: creating a foam playground for "The Brutalist Playground": "kids of all ages seem to enjoy what we have done here."

•   Nobel gives two thumbs-up's to the "thoroughly updated and lavishly published second edition" of Curtis's "Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms": architects - "you'll need to buy this new version of a book that you probably already own and have already read."


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