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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is a no-newsletter day (Architects Regatta!) - we'll be back Friday, September 18.

•   Kennicott on DS+R's The Broad museum in L.A.: "Too much bad art overwhelms great architecture."

•   Wainwright x 2: he gets a rare peek at North Korea's capital Pyongyang that is turning into the "socialist fairyland" of "Pyonghattan": "The whole place feels slightly unreal, a mock-up of activity hastily assembled for visitors" (his photos are fabulous, too!).

•   He cheers the "ramshackle restoration" of a "derelict pleasure palace" in London that "leaves the tattiness intact, a beguiling Tardis of Victoriana."

•   Heathcote warns that grand plans often obliterate the kinds of spaces "that can accommodate the ad hoc culture that drives urban creativity. The irony is that success squeezes out exactly the kind of cheap, flexible spaces that made the city succeed in the first place" (he does find a few bright spots).

•   A geographer debunks "Texas exceptionalism" and red flags being waved about Houston's lack of zoning codes: "Houston isn't that unusual at all. Houston is downright all-American! Zoning, or lack thereof, is a red herring."

•   King bemoans San Francisco's "environmental apathy" when it comes to considering rising waters: "distant threats are no match for topical dramas."

•   Feinstein offers 10 "game-changing designs that hold promise to protect citizens against flooding."

•   A new apartment block by Woods Bagot in Melbourne's eastern suburb "aims to foster a sense of community, a concept not customarily associated with newly built apartments. Now more than ever, architects and designers are tasked with replicating the conditions associated with the Great Aussie Dream."

•   Four great takes on hits (and misses) "in the affordable housing debate" in New York City, Chicago, Austin, and San Jose.

•   Six teams are in the running to connect Tampa's new Pier Park to downtown - including the team that won the park part (and everyone promises "to play well with each other").

•   Dunlap shakes out what went into creating Dattner's salt shed on the Manhattan waterfront: "it is hard not to see a giant salt grain. Folded, creased, dimpled and chamfered, its windowless, enigmatic facade is like a monumental work of origami."

•   O'Sullivan reports on a competition, to launch next year, for a €700 million revamp of Paris's much-reviled Tour Montparnasse: the "declared objective: to create a 'Parisian Times Square.'"

•   The Zoological Lighting Institute's Save a Billion Birds! campaign "seeks local bans of bird-killing glass for all new construction as well as remediation of existing glass."

•   PARK(ing) Day 2015 is this Friday (its 10th anniversary)!

•   Winners all: Triple Bridge Waterfront Architecture Competition for development along the Liepaja Canal in Latvia + The "compelling letters" that won the Dear Architecture Competition.

•   Call for entries: Varna Regional Library (Bulgaria) open international architectural competition + 2016 Rome Prize + 2016 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition: "Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness."


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