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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

•   ANN feature: Q&A with Boddewyn and Gaynor re: their firm's new name, other changes they've made, and the effect on operations and future plans.

•   Kiser brings us eyefuls of DS+R's Broad museum in Los Angeles, dubbed "the veil and the vault."

•   Hawthorne has a few reservations about the Broad: though it's "efficiently designed" and is "wrapped in an eye-catching, bone-white honeycomb," it's "around the edges that the museum proves most compelling and full of personality," and shows "a verve that is elsewhere compromised, tamped down or reined in." - Hadid, in an effort to win back the Tokyo Olympic stadium project, releases a video and a 91-page report re: what ZHA "believes went wrong with the contractor procurement process, and the risk of the government starting the project from scratch."

•   Stott minces no words about why Hadid "doesn't deserve the Tokyo stadium commission": perhaps "she has wasted time producing a 23-minute video which we have wasted our time watching" (never mind the "bizarre and vindictive attack" on Populous's London 2012 Olympic stadium).

•   Anderton, on a brighter Olympic note, has a great Q&A with Prezja re: whether L.A. could "revive its 1984 pop-up success" in its bid for the 2024 Olympics - he says yes.

•   Barry and Saylor say it's time for the architecture community to step up to the plate when it comes to labor issues in the Gulf and beyond: "That there has not been a far greater outcry is disturbing - the issue with treating laborers as though they are a plentiful raw material is that they are not a raw material. Instead, they are human beings."

•   Leigh explains why "the judges got it wrong" in the shortlist for D.C.'s World War I Memorial: "The only submissions that effectively addressed the site, set an appropriate tone for the avenue, and provided an appropriate commemorative form were classical" (and the only one that made the cut wasn't the best).

•   Saffron finds Camden, NJ's deal to win Subaru's HQ insufferable: for a huge tax break, the city will end up with "a lonely island in an asphalt sea of parking spaces - Camden deserves more than an inaccessible, climate-killing suburban office park."

•   Welton weighs in on "the latest imbroglio between politicians and preservationists" in Venice involving the mayor postponing an exhibition of photographs of cruise ships that "grotesquely dwarf the architecture" of Venetian landmarks, and revolving around plans to dredge "the city's canals to accommodate even more" (never mind "unleashing deadly toxins into the lagoon").

•   Landscape architects have a few questions and qualms about Gehry's LA River master plan: "We ask for a transparent process with plenty of outreach."

•   Barragan, meanwhile, lays out 8 new things newly learned about Gehry's big LA River plans: "a fair amount of work has been done" that could result in a "linear Central Park" (though "there aren't any pretty final pictures yet").

•   Sydney's The Goods Line opens (the bad news: though promised, "there are no immediate plans" to start work on the southern section).

•   Tan says The Goods Line is "no High Line, but a welcome green corridor for Sydney."

•   Two depressing surveys out of the U.K.: "RIBA reports client frustrations over divide between practices with vision and those that can deliver" (it's "a rare breed" that can do both) + "Homophobia remains rife in construction industry" (how sad).

•   To top off a particularly grinchy news day, take a (rather humorous) gander at the Carbuncle Cup 2015 shortlist "in the running for architecture's wooden spoon": "a gratuitous glass gargoyle graffittied onto the skyline," a "dog's breakfast of a tower" - and more!

•   To end this grouchy news day on a high note: a most interesting mix of 12 teams will tackle Detroit for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavilion's "The Architectural Imagination."


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