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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

•   ANN Feature: Webb explains how and why Active Design principles in office design can save lives.

•   Shaw ponders what two architectural factions that seem at odds with each other (form-makers and do-gooders) could learn from the "realm of landscape architecture," where "these ambitions seem to be in harmony more than ever."

•   A report on how the Hudson Webber Foundation's 15x15 Initiative in Detroit has created a "unified vision" to transform the city's downtown by "exploring placemaking as a talent retention and attraction strategy."

•   A new study digs down to the root of Sydney and Melbourne's housing crisis: "we're building the wrong thing. Policy has been driven by advice from commentators using a flawed evidence base. None have grasped the scale of need for family-friendly housing, or understood the full effects of ageing in place."

•   Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to a new housing project in Newcastle: despite its imperfections, "its virtues are basically simple and repeatable - its influence could be profound" (and it sure beats the curved roofs that "crawl like big grey slugs" atop another project).

•   Baillieu cheers next year's Venice Biennale British Pavilion's theme tackling "the housing debate with a different twist. We need to build homes the Netflix generation actually wants."

•   Wainwright explains "why North Korea's buildings echo Wes Anderson film sets," and bemoans the marble mosaics and parquet floors "being ripped out in favor of a wipe-clean world" of vinyl and plastic that "have become the hallmark of contemporary taste (his own photos to prove it!).

•   Betsky, meanwhile, pens a love letter to Seoul, South Korea: "it sprawls and is jammed with traffic, and its building stock is not that great - but it is the kind of metropolitan construction that seethes with energy and variety - the last thing we need is another set of foreign consultants jetting into a place to tell people there what to do."

•   Eyefuls of Piano's first residential project in the U.S.: a glassy, oblong tower in Miami's North Beach (where else?).

•   Civitas and Stantec win London, Ontario's Back To The River competition, but "there are two obvious hurdles. One, the price tag. And, two, the vision. Bold, daring and decidedly un-London."

•   Oberlander takes home the annual $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize for her "contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes."

•   McGrath is certainly ruffling a lot of feathers with his claim that "you need to go to an elite university to win the Stirling Prize."

•   Mulligan eloquently mulls Kiyonori Kikutake's profound influence on architecture in Japan's postwar decades: "young Japanese architects confronted the challenge of rebuilding the devastated nation. Kikutake was one of the most gifted."

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