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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

•   ANN Feature: Nuts + Bolts #12: Balitis explains what you need to know before hiring interns.

•   Lui takes a fascinating look of a "reverse commute" of Chinese architects and developers moving into the U.S. market (Chinese buyers purchased $22 billion of U.S. real estate in 2014!).

•   Capps explains "why Beijing is a terrible choice for the Olympic Games. Totalitarian regimes may one day ruin the Olympics," but it's "better than watching the Olympics ruin cities."

•   Grabar makes the case for the Olympics to return to L.A.: "The city once saved the mega-event from its bloated, economically burdensome self. Los Angeles could do it again."

•   Abello looks at win/win community-driven development by "developers aiming to build equitably" in a tough Baltimore neighborhood, and ponders why more developers don't work this way.

•   As Detroit's new planning director, Cox has "been busy forming a vision for the city - he is not interested in planning for certain neighborhoods at the expense of others."

•   Kamin parses the four winning entries in the Chicago Architecture Biennial kiosk competition: they "will be high-concept, low-budget structures - and will be anything but cookie-cutter."

•   Shuttleworth gets behind Heatherwick's Garden Bridge: it "makes a statement about London's creativity," and is "a reflection of the value we want to create for the people who will flock here to live, work and invest."

•   Shubow peruses the 350 or so entries in the WWI Memorial competition: "The best entries are all classical. Neither arcane nor esoteric, they do not need a sign or park ranger to be understood" (Modernist memorials, on the other hand, "too often date as badly as bellbottoms and leisure suits").

•   Massengale, meanwhile, picks his three faves - and they're all classical: "After the ideological battle lines that were drawn over Gehry's Eisenhower memorial, it will be interesting to see how these three fare."

•   TCLF tackles a totally different take on what's in store for Pershing Park: "a vast majority of the more than 350 submissions in the World War I Memorial design competition call for the present design's complete demolition" - not a good thing.

•   Taraska queries Mathews and Nielsen about what goes into creating a successful urban park.

•   The president of the Uganda Society of Architects asks the government to hire more architects: "unqualified people continue to masquerade as architects, and local governments continue to treat architecture as a peripheral profession."

•   In Vietnam, the 81-story Vincom Landmark 81 "will become a new icon on Ho Chi Minh City's ever-growing skyline" (a "sumptuous shopping center" included).

•   Archer takes a deep dive into "how the UK risks losing its global creative advantage: It's education, stupid."

•   UT Delft's Rosbottom takes on what's wrong with British architectural education, and "why students should look to study abroad."

•   It isn't only China exporting talent to the U.S. - London-based Scott Brownrigg sets up shop on Fifth Avenue.

•   Eyefuls of the winners in the Concordia Lighthouse competition to design a tribute to the Costa Concordia disaster.

•   Call for entries: Snoozebox Competition to create a concept for a hotel guestroom within the footprint of a steel shipping container (U.K. and Europe).


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