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Today’s News - Monday, November 2, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us Tory-Henderson's take on OMA's Fondazione Prada in Milan: "it is the zenith of the collaboration between the two cultural powerhouses" resulting in "a provocative and totally new kind of art space."

•   McKenna reports on an £850 million development plan that could threaten Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Site status that includes "a massive hotel" (some locals have unlovingly dubbed it "the Turd").

•   Heathcote hails the Chicago Architecture Biennial: it is "a serious, internationally focused and intelligent effort to take the pulse of contemporary architecture" - including its "commendable failures."

•   Goldhagen offers kudos to the Biennial curators "for orchestrating the most focused, substantive exhibition on contemporary architecture in years, perhaps a generation - a piercing clarion call: Look at all that architecture can do!"

•   Meanwhile, the Lucas Museum on Chicago's lakefront gets the go-ahead after revising plans that now include a smaller museum and more parkland (and space for Soldier Field tailgaters); commentary is sure to ensue.

•   Russell revels in Gehry's LACMA retrospective and Goldberger's biography that "shed fresh light on an old architect. His best projects are almost uniquely, engagingly lyrical," and "seem unbound by either gravity or the limits of construction technology."

•   Hall Kaplan "warily welcomed" news of Gehry being "surreptitiously anointed to master plan" the L.A. River "with the hope his involvement might bring needed attention, and funding" - even though he "had not been even remotely involved in the last 40 years of dogged grassroots efforts."

•   Wainwright x 2: He also ponders whether Gehry the right person to revitalize the "51-mile concrete gutter" that is the Los Angeles River: "Should it be redesigned by locals who've campaigned for years - or by the starchitect?"

•   He offers a fascinating take on why plans for a mega-mosque in London were rejected - along with some other "religious super-buildings that might have been."

•   Revamped plans for the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center by "an unnamed architectural firm" will soon be revealed: "From our architect's standpoint, he thinks it's going to be a really glorious building" (hope springs eternal - keeping our fingers crossed).

•   Brussat cheers the Prince's Foundation's Beauty In My Back Yard initiative: BIMBY "might serve well as a corrective to the Tool Kit for Developers," so "NIMBY need not be the growth industry that sees stopping growth as the only way to protect communities."

•   Graef's team has big plans for Milwaukee's lakefront that would be a "welcoming and accessible" link to the city's downtown.

•   WTA Architecture puts forth a proposal to create a cultural district in downtown Manila centered on the restoration of the Art Deco Metropolitan Theater, and would "include the repurposing of other notable buildings and areas" in the city.

•   An impressive international shortlist of 10 in the running to revitalize Los Angeles's Pershing Square, the city's oldest park.

•   A great take on "a quieter trend that has been steadily chugging along, one project at a time" - architects taking "a DIY approach, working one-on-one with foundations or donors or simply through their own efforts" to build trust - and communities - in Africa.

•   Zacks reports from Culture Lab Detroit, which is "instigating potentially paradigm-shifting collaborations - cognizant of a need to move beyond adaptive reuse to pioneer innovative buildings," and using "agriculture and landscape to reclaim the city."

•   Miranda cheers a new "unorthodox" architecture school in Tijuana that is "turning the design field on its head - bringing a highly practical approach to education in a field that is often more focused on pie-in-the-sky theory than the nuts and bolts of getting things built."

•   Eyefuls of the winners who hail from Australia, China, and Japan in HMMD's Casablanca Bombing Rooms competition to design a library/exhibition space/cultural center.

•   A good reason to be in Chicago later this week (besides the Biennial): 22nd annual SOFA CHICAGO, the fair dedicated to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design.

•   Call for entries (deadline extended!): Varna Regional Library (Bulgaria) open international architectural competition (no fee; cash prizes!).



  


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