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Today’s News - Thursday, January 14, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, January 18.

•   Pritzker chatter continues: Hawthorne and Miranda discuss Aravena's win and projects (duds included): "a lot of us are dismayed that instead of the starchitecture model really crumbling we're simply getting new stars to replace the old ones - is he just a younger, fresher model?"

•   Hawthorne has his own fascinating Q&A with Aravena re: Pinochet, postmodernism, his buildings, being a Pritzker juror, and his Venice Biennale plans (laughter included).

•   Menking muses about what it means "when the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize just came off the jury of the very same award" (at least Shigeru Ban and Fukihiko Maki waited 5 years).

•   Wong explains why she thinks Adjaye "is the best bet" to design the Obama Library: "only he has that wealth of experience working in neighborhoods with the same spirit as the South Side of Chicago" (she is also former managing director of Adjaye's practice...hmmm).

•   Hadid "has reacted angrily" to the Japan Sports Council's refusal to pay for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium designs "unless she gives up the copyright and signs what amounts to a gagging order" (it's "tantamount to extortion").

•   Farrell fans the flames against Piano's 72-story "Paddington Pole," calling the proposal "too piecemeal and opportunistic."

•   O'Sullivan has issues with Piano "planting a glass middle finger" in Paddington: "planners may dream of the glamour of Manhattan or Chicago," but what they're approving looks more like the slapdash tower sprawl of Atlanta - Farrell's alternative plan is an antidote to all this."

•   Wiles ponders the very different fates of the Barbican and Robin Hood Gardens, "two brutalist housing estates: one thriving, one facing demolition. The wider issue is the sustained assault on social housing."

•   SHoP sets its sights on building 50 resilient schools in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, and will "release the designs so other organizations can use them."

•   Why "smart cities will be necessary for our survival": Singapore "is the poster child for a city in upgrade mode" - Helsinki has some big ideas, too.

•   Two we couldn't resist: O'Sullivan makes the case for why London or Berlin should name a street after David Bowie (we say why not in both cities - and NYC and...?): "Cities run like a seam of coal through his music" - with the music to prove it.

•   10 of the best gentrification cartoons, from Doonesbury to Grayson Perry (and one from 1921).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   The Toronto Design Offsite Festival "takes design out of the studio and into the city" (sounds like fun!).

•   "Foster + Partners: Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation" at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum shows "Foster's rise from a humble, working-class background in industrial Manchester to one of the starchitects of our time."

•   over,under's "HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern" at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the book "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston" highlight "the opportunities in Modernism's legacy."

•   Maxwell cheers "Comfort Zones" at Galerie Poirel, Nancy, France, and its "unconventional procurement and curatorial process" and "jigsaw-puzzle approach" that "critiques material culture by juxtaposing related objects" (great pix!).

•   Webb welcomes (with a few minor quibbles) McCarter's "Steven Holl": it proves "no contemporary architect has explored the potential of architecture so consistently and profoundly or on such a broad canvas as Holl. This may be the best survey to date of this protean architect."

•   An excerpt from Jose's "Places Women Make" that ponders the point that "women have often made an impact on their cities, but they are rarely recognized and often challenged."

•   A pick of 7 favorite projects from "Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century" by Russell, Maddox, and Ameen.



  


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