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Today’s News - Monday, December 14, 2015

•   Davidson's take on Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt being the latest to tackle Geffen Hall (a.k.a. Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center: "So here we are again, with a new team and an old task: Get it right this time" (it "will be like scooping out an egg and inserting a new one without cracking the shell").

•   Kamin x 2: Hadid "stirs things up" at the Chicago Architectural Biennial - "taking aim at everything" ("I think it's a cute show," says she). "Are she and Schumacher the new wave or the old guard?"

•   He makes his pick of the "best of 2015 Chicago architecture, beginning with Biennial" that offers "a vision for the future that pointed the field beyond 'look-at-me,' icon-wannabe design"; then on to the 606, Riverwalk, and much more.

•   King has a few issues with the shortlisted proposals for Maybeck's 1915 Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco: "it's hard to escape the feeling that the ideal solution is one that we haven't yet seen."

•   Southern is not all that taken by the Petersen Automotive Museum makeover: "it's got 'bling' in surplus," but it "does little to improve the museum's connection to the city beyond."

•   Bad urban planning, not nature, should be blamed for the deadly floods in Chennai, India.

•   Jewell explains why "Australia's secret vacancies are a national shame. The enormous amount investors can make in capital gains pales in comparison to what they can get out of rent" (it's not only Australia's problem!).

•   Budds x 2: she is intrigued by NYC's first micro apartments: "the takeaways could be applied to other cities struggling with affordability and low vacancy rates," but are city dwellers ready to "say sayonara to space?"

•   She brings us eyefuls of Lightspeed's new office in Montreal that "looks as though someone smashed a graphic design book into an old train station" (in a good way).

•   Anderson offers a fascinating take on the future of nanotechnology in architecture: "What will it mean for human creativity when buildings can build themselves? We might put any fears we have about nanotechnology down to an age-old terror of the unseen - while technology changes, human nature remains the same."

•   The BiotA lab at London's Bartlett School of Architecture sees moss and lichens in architecture's future, focusing on designing bioreceptive concrete - "it's controlled chaos."

•   Davidson ponders the "the future of urban nature" being underground as plans for the Lowline inch forward: "Life as a mole person might not be that bad."

•   Schiller agrees re: the Lowline: it offers "a model to underground places everywhere. If we can grow plants under Delancey Street, then why not in parking garages and subway stations everywhere?"

•   Activists in Firenze "are trying to stall what they see as the rapid degradation of a jewel of civilization into a 'Disneyland' for the well-off."

•   Activists in Barcelona are up in arms about turning an art school built in 1775 into a Woody Allen museum, saying the plan "would benefit tourists rather than residents" ( sounds like a cringe-worthy plan to us, too).

•   On a brighter place-making note, the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre has released a new online (and free) placemaking tool that "offers a thorough yet digestible outline of the participatory planning process."

•   A good reason to be in Thailand at the end of the week: the Wonderfruit Festival, "Thailand's first globally conscious and eco-friendly festival."

•   Winners all: Lord Rogers takes home the 2015 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development + DesignSingapore Council honors three "men of details" with the President's Design Award for being "firm believers in paying attention to little things" + Pelletier and de Fontenay win the 2015 Phyllis Lambert Grant for their study "Architectures de la nature captive"/"architectures of captive nature."

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