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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not alerting readers we were not posting yesterday. It was Columbus Day (U.S.), and we had early morning plans.

•   ArcSpace brings us Kiser's take on two stunning cultural projects in China.

•   Calatrava takes home the 2015 European Prize for Architecture.

•   Schumacher takes in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and cheers its "emphasis on social justice" with "a palpable desire to better the planet and make architecture more relevant."

•   Wainwright seems quite taken by SANAA's "sublime" Grace Farms in Connecticut, "America's miraculous new center for arts and faith. Just don't call it a church."

•   Pollock also finds the "sublime" at Grace Farms, which "neither looks nor behaves like a conventional building," and "makes no attempt at monumentality or grandeur."

•   Slenske says DS+R's McMurtry Building at Stanford University is a "marvel."

•   Baillieu begs to differ with Architects for Social Housing protests against RSH+P's Neo Bankside being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize: "No community has been displaced. The real protest should be saved for those developments which gentrification has missed altogether."

•   Flint has a few issues with Sussman's argument that "urban design should pay more attention to cognitive science - I wonder if one possible result is a restraint on creativity, and cookie-cutter boredom."

•   3XN's Nielsen "is quick to sum up what's wrong with" Sydney's Circular Quay.

•   Yale taps Beyer Blinder Belle to design its first university-wide student center.

•   Mortice marvels at the 75-year-old Crow Island School in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, designed by P+W and the Saarinens - it is "something like the Seagram Building of elementary schools. But if that's the case, why do so many elementary schools still look like tired, institutional warehouses?"

•   Anderton has a lively Q&A with architect and writer Gilmartin re: why she loves LA's ugly buildings.

•   A very interesting mix of firms from across the U.S. selected as the inaugural pool of designers for the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program.

•   APA names 15 great neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces as 2015 Great Places in America.

•   Five firms from all over the world make the shortlist to overhaul government buildings on the world's remotest inhabited island (pop. 270).

•   New America launches the Resilient Communities Program with Puchalski at the helm (bravo Pamela!).

•   Two we couldn't resist: Eyefuls of an "insane French Bubble Palace" on the Côte d'Azur, yours for $455 million ("a bizarre testament to what happens when you have a bit too much creativity and way too much money").

•   Prison Architect is a new video game that "might not actually be about architecture in any meaningful sense, but it is certainly about systems of control over the physical and mental lives of prisoners."

•   Call for entries: Inaugural CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Buildings Awards + Winter Stations 2016 International Design Competition for lifeguard stands on Toronto beaches + Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant (U.S. citizens).



  


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