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Today’s News - Monday, December 7, 2015

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls (and a curious review) of Gehry's building for the University of Technology Sydney, with a "warped, wacky and wonderful façade" (except for the glass one): "It is iconic, instantly recognizable and intentionally controversial" (but inside, "the spaces come undone").

•   Medina has a great Q&A with the editors of the new report "The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate," who explain "why affordability isn't the solution to the housing crisis," and "architecture's role in abetting inequality."

•   Florida and Bendix give (mostly) thumbs-up to a new report that offers "strategies for overcoming the Bay Area's growing inequality and increasingly unaffordable housing. It is heartening to see a regional development body calling for this type of reform - other superstar cities and tech hubs will have to do the same."

•   Hawthorne has some better ideas for what to do with lots of land stockpiled for the 710 Freeway extension in L.A.: don't let it "melt back into the private realm - build a combination of new parks and affordable and market-rate housing [to] stitch back together neighborhoods long separated by a no-man's land set aside for freeway construction."

•   Brussat cheers a proposal to tear down an elevated highway in Providence, RI, and replace it with a tree-lined boulevard: the idea "is a no-brainer - [an] effort to spend not only money but creativity and imagination directly to the advantage of what largely are disadvantaged neighborhoods."

•   Crawford reports on the Canal District in Worcester, MA, that is transforming a once-blighted area into a flourishing hot-spot "despite the canal still being very much buried - a testament to the power of water even when the water in question hasn't seen daylight in more than 100 years."

•   Is Sydney "squeezing the lemon too hard" in issuing a new tender for the design and development of an even larger Central Barangaroo?

•   Moore deciphers how to judge what's "Well Designed And In The Right Place (WDAITRP)" when it comes to three new London towers: "If every projected tall building showed Parry's intelligence, the city would be in a much better state now."

•   Wainwright cheers Parry's 1 Undershaft: it "has the air of a no-nonsense skyscraper more commonly found in Chicago or New York, only dressed up in a slightly prissy costume"; the good news: it seems "more concerned with fixing the human experience at street level."

•   Webb is wow'd by LOHA's Studio 11024 in L.A.'s Westwood Village: it's "an architectural gem" that he hopes will "encourage other developers to aim higher, hiring talented architects rather than docile hacks."

•   Giovannini is quite taken with de Portzamparc's Prism Tower on Park Avenue South: it "disrupts the urban pack with an exceptional, and exceptionally beautiful, surprise: a tall, sheer rock crystal of glass - the elegant new landmark is...Yosemite's West Face transposed to Manhattan."

•   Gendall reports on Chipperfield's The Bryant, a new 37-story tower in midtown Manhattan that, along with his work for the Met Museum, has "the London architect making quite a mark on New York."

•   Litt cheers plans for the "Rock Box" public art project to link the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - and rock music - to downtown Cleveland - "lime greens and pinks, Jimi Hendrix purple" included.

•   Kamin parses the dilemma of doctored photos after a project won an AIA Chicago Award with photos that had some very ugly elements Photoshopped out (gasp!).

•   Ando and Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award for their "spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and East-West exchange."

•   The Chicago Architecture Biennial gets the Vogue treatment: "While not starchitect-free...Lesser-known architects contributed some of the coolest exhibits."

•   Zeiger reports from the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, China: "there's a shared emphasis on bottom-up urbanism, hands-on techniques, and citizen agency."

•   ETH Zurich reports on its participation in the Aformal Academy, a temporary school in Shenzhen that has ETH, MIT, Harvard, and TU Delft students studying alongside colleagues from China.

•   Call for entries (registration deadline looms!): Baltic Way Memorial, Riga, Latvia + Call for Presentations: 2016 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.

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