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Today’s News - Monday, January 11, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are honored to have been invited to participate in SMPS-NY's "Principal's Breakfast: Real Estate & Construction Market Forecast" tomorrow - the operative word being "breakfast," meaning we will not be posting the newsletter; we'll be back Wednesday, January 13 (just in time for the Pritzker announcement!).

•   A sad way to start the week: "Scottish architecture has lost one of its brightest young stars" with the passing of Gareth Hoskins at only 48 (and rock icon David Bowie - mentioned only could we not!).

•   "Who could (and should) win?": Curbed and Arch Record offer their predictions for this year's Pritzker Prize winner, to be announced Wednesday morning (Holl leads both polls - vote!).

•   Architects, critics, curators, and editors offer their design forecasts that include "anti-ownership, holography, and revisiting hippie values."

•   Perkovic picks the "13 most anticipated buildings of 2016 - it is destined to be a good year for architecture."

•   The new year is "primed to be a great year for global tourists in search of the next big thing" with 9 "awesome" attractions set to open.

•   Safdie pens a most thoughtful editorial re: urban density, planning, and towering designs: "Neither the prevailing tower designs nor current planning practice world-wide are able to cope with the new reality."

•   Lam is most eloquent re: Siza's "social vision": "Architects rarely have the influence to affect housing policy. However, given the opportunity, their role in conscientiously consulting with marginalized clients and designing the right kinds of places is crucial."

•   Eyefuls of an urban dump in Chile transformed into a performance space that "not only recovered Valparaíso's heritage within an abandoned lot but have made it a tool for cultural growth."

•   The Mumbai slum made famous by "Slumdog Millionaire" is getting a slum museum: "But is a museum showcasing objects created by slum residents ethical or exploitative?"

•   Jaffe has some issues with a "bold" $3 billion plan to "transform America's most-despised train hall [a.k.a. Penn Station] into an angelic Empire Station Complex" in NYC.

•   Gang explains "how to build a 'post-Ferguson' police station."

•   BIG's next big project could be a new stadium for the Washington Redskins, though the "team's efforts have been hampered by its unwillingness to change its name."

•   Saffron cheers UPenn's efforts to turn Richards Labs "into the building Louis Kahn wanted it to be."

•   Hénault hails a new theater on the St. Lawrence River that "demonstrates the stunning achievements possible through open design competitions - Laurendeau's resilience through the process made this improbable gem a reality."

•   Moore lists his 10 favorite concrete buildings (with apologies to some notable "magicians with concrete" who didn't make the cut).

•   The president of India's Council of Architecture says it's time to stop allowing non-architects to design buildings: "It is a question of five years of learning versus no-learning" - with cheers to the government's plans to open more architecture schools - "every State wants one."

•   Q&A with Michell and Sharpe: "The organizers of the long-overdue Black in Design Conference explain how the event addressed social injustice through design."

•   Three winners share First Prize in the "From Border to Home" competition "seeking solutions to the challenge of housing asylum-seekers."

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