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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

•   It's a Guggenheim/Serpentine kind of day: Pogrebin and Carvajal report on the Guggenheim Helsinki competition winner, and the project that "has divided the city" for both economics and aesthetics: "What people hoped to see with the final designs was real 'wow' architecture. But that did not happen" (it's very black).

•   Waite weighs in on Moreau Kusunoki Architects, the "Parisian newcomer" that beat five other finalists + The judges' comments on all the finalists (some ouches included).

•   Wainwright weighs in on the Serpentine Pavilion, a "psychedelic pupa" that "architectural purists might sniff at - until they're sucked through the wormhole and swallowed inside SelgasCano's trippy womb" (that "will enjoy a sun-kissed retirement in Los Angeles").

•   Heathcote finds the Serpentine "looks a bit of a bodge; taped together, perhaps a little leaky, ad hoc," but it's "also a terrifically enjoyable blast of candy-colored sweetness, a Pop Art kickback to a 1960s sensibility of disposability and playfulness."

•   Bevan begs to differ: it's "among the Serpentine's least successful pavilions. It is all so disappointing," but "(almost) all is forgiven when the sun comes out - a transitory glimpse of what might have been."

•   McGuirk (mostly) likes Koolhaas's Garage in Moscow: "Whether this is a good space for showing art is not yet proven" (not much to see yet, apart from Ping-Pong tables and "old ladies serving dumplings"). "Still, the building feels good."

•   Saffron finds it is "at once outrageous and intriguing" that neighbors of a proposed apartment tower "decided to offer their money to the developer - if it would agree to hire a new architect": "Instead of lawyering up, we decided to architect up."

•   Kennicott cheers the U.S. State Department finally replacing its "hostile, forbidding, unpleasant and unneighborly manifestation of the security regime run amok" with a new public front door.

•   Hume hails West 8's new Queens Quay, "the best new street in Toronto - a thoroughfare for everyone - pedestrians, cyclists, skate boarders, roller bladers, babies in strollers, transit passengers, wheelchair users and, yes, drivers. It will take some getting used to."

•   Developers are "conjuring up some pretty big ideas" for Chicago's Goose Island, which "could be a model for urban planning by 2025. The largely unchanged landscape, and its isolation, makes it one of the rarest urban planning opportunities in the country."

•   Garlock pens an in-depth look at the history and the ongoing evolution of public interest architecture that "could help redefine the very definition of what an architect does," dissolving the boundary between "architect as artist" and "architect as social actor" (great read!).

•   Bengaluru-based architect Demello recalls his many years learning from and working with Correa: "What struck me was his amazing intellectual perseverance, of him being continually dissatisfied and constantly wanting to break boundaries."

•   Menking ponders the difference between computer drawings and hand rendering: "The real question is whether it is still necessary or even helpful for architects to know how to do a quick and simple hand sketch or rendering?" (schools of architecture: take note).

•   Heathcote and Wainwright each cheer the Design Museum's Design of the Year - human organs on a microchip, though it begs "the question about how a nice chair or a coffee pot could ever win the prize again."

•   Eyefuls of the WAF Building of the Year 2015 shortlist (338!) + Inside Awards 2015 World Interior of the Year shortlist (only 50).


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