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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Siza's Auditorium Theatre outside of Barcelona.

•   It's a post-hearts-and-flowers world, it seems - lots of grumpy news today, beginning with Mills and Roche's calls for a re-thinking of the Eisenhower Memorial: Ike "would shudder at the idea of a biopic of a memorial" + the memorial is being held "hostage to one design that is too controversial to build" - it's time for a "do-over."

•   Lest we forget London's Garden Bridge: Finch "finds it baffling that RIBA has entered the Garden Bridge debate - you'd think it had more important things to worry about" (the miserabalists smell blood).

•   Holdsworth says all the debate has been "fun," but the "project should be iced."

•   Moore x 2: the Garden Bridge has been "promoted and sold with half-truths, deceptions and evasions," with "dissenting voices" being "drowned out by relentless cheerleading."

•   On a brighter note, he has high hopes that Hull being named UK City of Culture 2017 will "help to fulfill its nature as a place apart, where new things grow spontaneously."

•   Flamer fans the flames further re: "the ugly dust-up over Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Stadium. Winning isn't always what it seems" (and the first time we've seen Yoshioka's "magnificent floating fountain design" that "will go down as the lovable hard-luck loser for whom we cheered").

•   Lebrecht lauds Krier's counter-proposal to "another concrete monster" as a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra: "His solution has simplicity, charm and tradition - build it with beauty."

•   Heathcote tackles Trump: "what do Trump's towers tell us about Trump the politician?" (how could we resist "a clumsy pavilion akin to the mating of a McMansion and a strip-mall funeral parlor").

•   Litman takes issue with Cox and Pavletich's latest International Housing Affordability Survey: it "is little more than pro-sprawl propaganda; if it were more comprehensive and less biased, it could be a useful tool."

•   Dickinson bemoans that "schools are abetting the ebbing of the profession of architecture as a building art - the student, the professor and the architect are not practicing, or preparing to practice, architecture; they are experiencing a really cool lifestyle."

•   Guellerin, on the other hand, sees the shake-up in architectural education as "the forerunner of the participative management models championed by modern theories of organization. Being scholarly and learned will no longer be enough to earn your stripes as a professor."

•   Hagberg Fisher proffers a "Design Patient's Bill of Rights": "in every hospital, I had rights. The buildings? They just happened to me. Keep yourself informed, because there are actually three things you can never avoid: Death, Taxes, and Architecture."

•   Holmes takes a deep (and fascinating) dive into São Paulo's "controversial" 15-year master plan to help solve its housing crisis: despite politics and economics, "this plan is a good one, collaboratively developed and passed with broad-based support."

•   Wainwright gets practically watery over Baca Architects' floating houses that address problem flooding (a "shimmering sea creature" included).

•   Q&A with Jacobs, executive director of Architecture for Humanity's offshoot, the Chapter Network re: his "big plans for the newfangled Network, how to continue AfH's legacy without making its same mistakes, and how to create a sustainable organization on a shoestring."

•   Kamin reports on Stantec's "surprise" acquisition of VOA Associates.

•   Cheers to Architectural Review's shortlists for Women in Architecture Awards 2016 and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture - a stellar bunch!



  


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