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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

•   Tributes abound for Gowan, a "great teacher and fine architect" - "no one escaped his ruthless Glaswegian humor."

•   Perhaps not dead, but the New South Wales Government Architect's Office "faces decimation" with the staff going from 120 to 12 (that doesn't bode well, does it?).

•   Stead Sellers delves deep into Baltimore's "best shot at redemption" - an "irrepressible experiment in urban revitalization that is the city's arts district," which hopes it "can help turn Bulletmore, Murderland, back into Charm City" (a fascinating read).

•   Gunts (he's back!) cheers Miller's Court winning the Bruner Gold Medal, "a reminder, after the April riot and civil unrest, that Baltimore is a place where good things can happen, when there is the will to make it so. And there's more to come" (another great read).

•   A great presentation of all the Bruner Award for Urban Excellence winners.

•   Brake says "Piano has not made a building to love," but the new Whitney is "a big building that never succumbs to gigantism - a viewer-centric space" that is "enriching rather than exhausting."

•   Russell ponders historic preservation in NYC, and whether the "single-issue obsessives who saved the library, the Frick, and the Four Seasons" are missing the bigger picture - the many small scale, "doomed" gems that "lend civility to a part of the city being overwhelmed by overscaled, lowest-common-denominator monstrosities."

•   O'Hagan hails Victorian-era "gasworks wonders" that are disappearing, and cheers the many "champions of their stark formalist beauty - and some ingenious repurposing. Can the gasometer find a new function in our globally corporate age?"

•   Heller has some interesting insights into Google's "architectural per-Plexity" and its "monastic vision for the future of work": "it turns out that future-proofed life looks a lot like the vacuum-packed present" ("giant lizard tank" included).

•   Meanwhile, word is that the Heatherwick/BIG team might be tapped to take over from AHMM on Google's London HQ (now word whether giant lizard tanks would be included).

•   Lamster laments missed opportunities in two new Dallas hospitals that "represent both the best intentions of contemporary health care design and also some of its continuing weaknesses" - even with $2+ billion, they "lack human touch."

•   How an architect is the "public face" of the planning team racing against the "deadline to deliver a new venue plan for Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Games" (no one we know in Boston really wants to win).

•   Tarr explains why "architects who don't learn to use game theory are missing out on a valuable tool," and "how John Nash's beautiful mind could live on in a new generation of buildings."

•   A Corbu tapestry commissioned by Utzon finally makes its way home to the Sydney Opera House (such a saga!).

•   The British Design Council's "much needed" Design for Service Innovation & Development report examines the growth of service design - internationally.

•   The Ford Foundation shifts its grant-making focus to a "social-justice infrastructure" that will look at "not just at wealth, race, ethnicity, and gender, but also access to technology and the arts."

•   In India, the newly-formed MN Sharma Architectural Society plans to "promote and liaison between Indian and foreign architectural, design and city planning organizations, and develop a body of research on Chandigarh and modern architecture."

•   Call for entries: Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowships for community designers (NYCHA added, and extended deadline) + London Public Library international competition for students and young architects.



  

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