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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

•   Goldberger counters the Calatrava transit hub naysayers: get beyond the dinosaur and bird metaphors (and gargantuan budget) and see it as "a truly sumptuous interior space for the benefit of the public - nothing would be worse than to have it provoke a backlash against spending money on infrastructure...investing in the public realm isn't throwing away money."

•   Byrnes has a long chat with Calatrava re: some of his first transit stations and his Oculus transit hub: "I love Grand Central, but I think our station is even more urban."

•   Lange takes stock of the "new-old Met Breuer - it has been some time since the original building looked this good" (but too bad the architecture "was compromised on the second and third floors").

•   Brake takes a totally different angle on the Met Breuer: "Breuer's original intentions are more alive than ever. But the larger question of the building's future remains": what happens when the Met's lease is up?

•   Davidson cheers the "atomic-era futuristic optimism" of BIG's VIA 57 West pyramid: it is "a joyous rewrite of the partly affordable rental building" - it is "a community, not a cocoon."

•   Kamin cheered Hickey's plan to relocate the Lucas Museum last week, and now gives thumbs-up to Jahn's "big idea" to revamp McCormick Place. "But will Mr. Star Wars go for any of them?" (he "doesn't appear to be open to a Plan B").

•   An architect tours Calais' Jungle refugee camp, and issues a plea for architects to step up and "help provide a solution that actually works. It does not take a huge leap in one's imagination to know there could have been something different, something better."

•   MacMillan ponders whether climate change and increasing urbanization and globalization are making "resilience the new sustainability" that calls for a "turquoise agenda," though combining "green" and "blue" agendas "may require trade-offs."

•   Hume has high hopes that fast-growing Toronto will not forget that its older buildings, "these unattractive, aging heaps can be more conducive to good urban health than all the glass-and-steel condo towers in the world."

•   Green x 2: he cheers Washington, DC, for seeing value in preservation in planning for a population explosion, citing the adaptive reuse of a "charismatic Victorian building" that had fallen on hard times.

•   He parses the "dueling visions" for Friedberg's Pershing Park, both of which depend on whether it is added to the National Register of Historic Places.

•   Giovannini pens his second (and even better) tribute to the "charismatic, inventive, and subversive" Parent, "considered the Piranesi of his time."

•   Budds parses postcards from Detroit by local photographers that will be handed out at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice: they "go beyond ruin porn" and "show a more nuanced version of the city."

•   In honor of International Women's Day, a round-up of 15 exceptional projects by 15 exceptional women.

•   Speaking of which, the U.K.'s Architectural Review names Jeanne Gang Architect of the Year, and Gabriela Etchegaray winner of the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture.

•   In Australia, Victoria puts the spotlight on some of its own emerging women architects, the "quiet achievers doing extraordinary things."

•   RAIC gives the 5-year-old, Montreal-based La SHED Architecture the 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award.

•   World Habitat Awards recognize three urban housing pioneers helping the poor in England and Puerto Rico and inspiring similar programs.

•   Eyefuls of the winners in Storefront's Taking Buildings Down Competition.



  


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