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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of seven "outstanding transformations" of buildings that changed their "original program or structure, or both."

•   Leigh adds to the clamor to kill Gehry's "awful, comic-opera anti-monument," a.k.a. Eisenhower Memorial.

•   Heathcote explains why "cities need boring bridges not celebrity self-indulgence. These are baubles for celebrities and developers: expensive and unnecessary" (blame the trend on Calatrava).

•   Meanwhile, the Garden Bridge Trust executive director goes into spin-control, making the case that Ritchie's "animosity towards the 'flawed and unnecessary' bridge is not shared by most Londoners" (comments are even more enlightening).

•   Hadid blames the Japan Sport Council for the "high cost that doomed" her 2020 Olympic stadium design.

•   Speaking of spin-control in London, the mayor seems to agree with Wainwright's report that financial viability assessments are "something of a dark art" and concedes developers are sometimes "getting away with it" when it comes to avoiding including affordable housing.

•   Cramer cheers Chicago (finally) releasing redevelopment plans for the Cabrini-Green site, but says "what architecture needs more of now are smarter, smaller-scale solutions to knit our communities back together - a sort of noble quest to right historical wrongs."

•   Lincoln Institute takes a long look at the "evolution" of manufactured housing: Though they "have long been cast aside as a housing choice of last resort, today's models are robust, efficient, and inviting, with the potential to help alleviate the nation's shortage of safe, affordable housing."

•   Eyefuls of Ban's solution for modular emergency housing in post-earthquake Nepal that re-uses brick rubble - when tragedy strikes, "humanity is lucky to have an architect like Shigeru Ban."

•   Wainwright minces no words about UNESCO's "impotence": "after 43 years of bestowing its sought-after seal on the world's most precious landscapes," it is "beginning to seem more ineffectual than ever" - mayors and marketing managers "should be careful what they wish for."

•   Bartnick offers a solution for "a much-needed makeover" of Boston's Brutalist City Hall (demolition not included).

•   LAVA comes up with a stylish (though probably expensive) solution to save a Sydney Brutalist landmark that could appease both those who would like to see it demolished, and those who call for preservation.

•   Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki talk about winning the Guggenheim Helsinki competition: "With big projects like this one, there's always going to be controversy."

•   Dittmar calls for London mayoral candidates to get behind a "walker's charter": "A safe and inviting pedestrian realm is essential to London's quality of life."

•   Froud and Harriss look at evolving architectural education, and what "pedagogic pioneers (or guileless guinea pigs) can look forward to."

•   Sorg Architects merges with DLR Group (the firm's New Delhi office not included).

•   A longggg shortlist for LEAF Awards 2015.

•   One we couldn't resist: Piano pens instructions for "how to build the perfect sandcastle."

•   Call for entries: CHIDESIGN International Ideas Competition for new HQ for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, CTBUH, and more (registration deadline looms!).


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