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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us Martin's review of BIG's "Hot to Cold," a "beautifully designed" book that reinforces BIG "as one of the giants in contemporary architecture."

•   Lee and Johnston defend Zumthor's (still evolving) LACMA scheme: his "design holds much promise - Angelenos will have to learn to trust and respect his expertise" until they can see and experience it for themselves (never mind the "inflammatory" critics").

•   Giovannini (likely the "unnamed inflammatory critic") minces no words in his response to Johnston and Lee's "cliché-stuffed, generality-soaked PR release": "How can we believe the best is yet to come when Zumthor hasn't earned our trust. So far the design and its rollout are a collective masterpiece of evasion."

•   Fixsen, meanwhile, gets the skinny on Gehry's $300 million mixed-use complex on LA's Sunset Strip: "it will be measured by how future visitors and residents experience the place" ("They should feel that they are part of L.A.," sayeth the master).

•   Wainwright (in his own witty way) dives into how London is preparing "for a flood of bathing oligarchs" as developers vie "for the fanciest pools to flog their projects to overseas investors."

•   Dittmar explains how the "Airbnb effect" is only adding to London's housing problems (beyond the bathing oligarchs).

•   Kats gives (mostly) thumbs-up to OMA's Garage Museum in Moscow that "is neither precious nor nostalgic" with "a liberatingly casual atmosphere - it does not look like a museum owned by oligarchs."

•   Moore bemoans these "confusing times in the business of protecting the country's architectural heritage," especially when it comes to listing the British Library in St Pancras "while the equally worthy Robin Hood estate is to be demolished."

•   Salingaros takes on the "imposing top-down styles" of modern architecture that "often disregarded the human scale" - it's time to rediscover "the traditional city as a textbook of stored adaptive solutions" that can lead "to more innovative adaptive design."

•   Souto De Moura "faced a number of obstacles" in designing a mixed-use building in Washington, DC's historic Georgetown nabe "in his classic 'neo-Miesian' style" (permission still pending).

•   Bohlin Cywinski Jackson tapped to design Expedia's new waterfront HQ in Seattle.

•   A team of Aussies and Danes win $75m Queensland University of Technology project.

•   VOA wins the competition to design Chicago's Pullman Artspace that will include artist housing and studio and community spaces in the historic district.

•   Rick Joy finds joy in talking about the Australian Institute of Architects 2015 Gold Medalist Stutchbury: "he carries his Aussie-ness with him."

•   Bernstein talks to Tehrani re: his goals for Cooper Union (and "his grueling exercise regimen").

•   Raje remembers Correa: "He often asked me who my, and by extension, my generation's heroes were, probably wondering if we even had heroes in the midst of contemporary skepticism. He was mine."

•   A new guide to selecting an architect through design competitions is "a bid to give risk-averse clients the confidence to appoint younger practices."

•   Ratti and Transsolar team up for Cool Paris, a demonstration project that explores materials that could reverse climate change in cities.

•   Eyefuls of the Blueprint Awards 2015 very longggg shortlist.


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