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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

•   Kamin makes the most eloquent of arguments for why the "trope about the death of criticism must be subject to rigorous scrutiny...architecture criticism matters because it pulls back the curtain on the doings and dealings of the often-secretive world of architects, developers, and politicians" (from a fab talk he gave at the Society of Architectural Historians conference).

•   Wainwright digs deep into what seems to be some dubious dealings that "cut out the poor" in Rogers's Neo Bankside, raising questions about whether the project should be on the Stirling Prize shortlist.

•   Heathcote (in GQ, no less) explains "why a city of dreams is the stuff of nightmares - better to improve the ones we have."

•   Forman reports on a CUF report that lays out several recommendations to combat the pressures of affordability challenges facing the creative sector for creative hubs like NYC and elsewhere.

•   Q&A with Enterprise Community Partners' Swenson re: different strategies to begin tackling housing for 19 million low-income families who are "housing insecure": "The quality of the design is a part of the solution."

•   Architect and urban studies expert Simpson discusses aging in place and rethinking senior citizen communities: "this relationship between aging in place and the retirement community is not an either/or condition."

•   H&deM's controversial Tour Triangle (finally) gets the green light, but "lots of people aren't happy about it": it's "simultaneously megalomaniacal, anti-social and anti-ecological."

•   Adjaye designs a Rwandan children's cancer hospital, seeing it as "an incredible opportunity for architecture to contribute to a social change agenda."

•   Brisbane picks the winning bid to develop "a six-star integrated resort" (including a giant casino), but it may involve demolishing the 1999 RAIA Award-winning Neville Bonner building.

•   Meanwhile, the City is Sydney is none to pleased with plans to shrink CBD sidewalks to make way for wider roads (huh?!!?).

•   A startup coming out of Harvard Innovation Lab, with the help of GSD students, hopes "to help take tiny houses mainstream."

•   Jencks transforms a former coal mine into a "post-industrial Stonehenge" in Scotland: "its striking whimsy offers a practical strategy for industrial redevelopment at the landscape scale."

•   At Rudolph's embattled Orange County Government Center, the interiors are already being gutted: "It is unclear at this time what exactly it will look like when the construction dust clears, but judging from an early conceptual rendering by the architect, there is little cause for optimism."

•   On brighter notes: "After years of neglect and threats of demolition," Düttmann's 1967 Brutalist St. Agnes Church in Berlin has made a comeback as an art gallery.

•   And Sydney's ANZAC Memorial "will see the original 1930s master plan by Bruce Dellit finally completed" - a cascading water feature included.


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