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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

•   Moussaoui offers a fascinating look at how a social housing project Winnipeg went wrong, despite being "designed by one of Canada's most talked about architecture firms" - it wasn't just the architecture (but "maybe we're too idealistic").

•   On a brighter note, a new study shows that "beautiful urban architecture boosts health as much as green spaces."

•   Yesterday we had Kimmelman's take on why architects should think about sound; today, Davidson ponders: "Why don't architects listen to their buildings?" and basks in "one of the most acoustically pleasing spots in New York" - Grand Central.

•   Bernstein has mixed feelings about SANAA's Grace Farms: even though The River is "stunning," it "challenges environmentalists, such as me, who love inventive architecture - let's hope its programming justifies its financial and environmental costs."

•   Heathcote, on the other hand, hails Dow Jones's restoration of Hawksmoor's Christ Church Spitalfields in London that "reconnects it with its surroundings" and the "quiet, thoughtful conversion of its depths as a place of gathering for people."

•   Welton weighs in on "lofty ambitions" in Raleigh, NC: "From a distance, the building will assume an iconic presence. Up close, it's about place-making - a 21st-century precedent for the buildings that follow."

•   Hawthorne x 2: he offers a most thoughtful take on the "ad-hoc tent cities" of the homeless "cropping up along, above and under freeways, a phenomenon that is upending how we think about the biggest and most conspicuous kind of infrastructure."

•   He's no less thoughtful about what to do with an elevated stretch of freeway that "snakes through a remarkably beautiful natural landscape - keep it intact as a huge platform for new open space and housing."

•   Dovey looks at some projects that made 2015 a big year for ambitious parks from Houston to Beirut.

•   A new documentary about Roche, "The Quiet Architect," is in the works that aims to "show how his buildings have stood the test of time."

•   Evans-Cowley gives us her annual round-up of some of the best planning apps "that support our communities."

•   The 2015 Faith & Form/IFRAA Religious Art and Architecture Awards go to 16 winners.

•   Theaters in Chicago, U.K., and Quebec garner USITTs 2016 Architecture Honor Awards.

•   Call for entries: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront international open ideas competition + A' International Design Award & Competition.



  


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