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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

•   A survey finds "only a handful" of city councilors "are ready to voice their support" for the Guggenheim Helsinki, for "largely financial" reasons.

•   Rosenbaum wonders whether the Guggenheim Helsinki will ever be built: "The questions that I raised in October 2013 are still very pertinent today."

•   Kimmelman cheers LG's "corporate prudence" in deciding to come to a "win-win" agreement with opponents of its rather towering HQ plans on the Palisades: "Whether the architecture remains less than stellar is now the company's own business."

•   Dwyer explains exactly what the LG-on-the-Palisades entails: it "substitutes width for height" (and serious protection for migratory birds).

•   A large gaggle of very "big guns" come out in support of saving Robin Hood Gardens (who isn't on the list?!!?).

•   Meanwhile, residents of Robin Hood Gardens invite Rogers to stay with them after he said "he would 'absolutely' live there. It is a claim he may regret."

•   A stellar team named to design Parramatta Square's public space (with more stellar names designing projects around it).

•   Merrick parses Grimshaw's Manhattan transit hub that "offers light at the end of the tunnel for benighted commuters. This let-there-be-light element is not the only first - the design's 'wow' factor duly segues into the 'how' factor."

•   Could there be potential light at the end of the tunnel for both beleaguered car industry workers and housing affordability issues by transferring manufacturing skills to the modular building industry?

•   A fascinating look at how approx. 92% of materials from the demolition of San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park will be reused on site (too bad use of recycled water is not allowed).

•   Heathcote pens a most poetic ode to the public bench: "It is a place to be private in public, a small space in the melee of the metropolis where it is acceptable to do nothing, to consume nothing, to just be" (with one particularly "delightful moment").

•   Some disheartening surprises on this year's America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

•   CUF's new "Creative New York" study shows "the creative sector is one of city's most important economic assets" - architects included, but the sector also "faces a growing number of challenges."

•   NCARB changes its certification process for foreign architects to "alleviate some of the financial and administrative obstacles" in meeting U.S. licensure standards.

•   Call for entries: EOI for Spofford Live/Work Campus in Hunts Point in the Bronx + Nominations for gb&d 2015 Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards + 2016 Society of Architectural Historians Award for Film and Video + SAH H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship.


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