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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

•   Betsky weighs in on SOM's master plan for a second Downtown Philly: "Do we really need another ersatz Oz of skyscrapers?" Even with a sprinkling of public amenities, "it could be better. Philadelphia will still be Philadelphia. This will not."

•   Preservationists are concerned about Moscow's rush to redevelop derelict industrial areas; now on their radar: the city's former ZiL car factory - it's an "'attempt at a good compromise' between preservation and profit," but it's "more destructive than expected."

•   Motor City issues an RFQ for Pink Zoning Detroit, which "invites architects and planners to tear down zoning red tape."

•   Musca minces no words about what he thinks of Miami's Porsche Design Tower, which, beyond being "a bland monument of hubris" and "an apt symbol for the self-absorbed hedonism" of the city's 1%, it's indicative of Florida's climate-change denial stance that doesn't bode well.

•   Moore considers London's growing network of bike lanes: even with its "glitches," the lanes "have the potential to change the spirit and character of the capital," and "might even prove that the city's former mayor was capable of doing something right."

•   Could Elon Musk be taking his "first steps into architecture" by developing a "solar roof" - are "full-scale solar homes are next"?

•   Quirk's great Q&A with Adjaye re: his soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture, "its symbolic significance, and the blurry boundary between monument and museum" (with fab photos!).

•   Altabe finds buildings "that mimic the goings-on inside" are an example of "form follows function on steroids" and a "relief we need from all those banal, anywhere buildings that pass for architecture today."

•   Hawthorne is not happy with news that Thomas Mann's house by "midcentury great" J.R. Davidson is "being marketed as a tear-down" - a "reminder of how unusually fragile the cultural patrimony of L.A. remains - often vulnerable to the whims of their owners."

•   A hi-tech, big-data kind of day: Bailey and Villaggi ponder "data-fication" - what "if architects and their clients viewed the value of their real estate data on par with the actual value of real estate?"

•   Sisson parses how Big Data is "changing the design of our workplaces," with companies and architects "using computer modeling and data analysis to make our offices work as hard as we do."

•   Maguid mulls what architects might learn from video game designers: while the tools "have begun to overlap," they "will never be quite the same because of the inherent nature of the physical world architects must respond to."

•   Misra marvels at Italian architect Renzo Picasso's proposal to build "superstreets" through American cities: "there are lessons here" for contemporary urban planners.

•   UCSB now houses the "vast archive" of Carlos Diniz, considered the "last great architectural illustrator" who "touched thousands of projects for some of the world's best architects."

•   An eye candy round-up we couldn't resist: a Shulman photo essay of modernist buildings, "where sober geometries rub against playful details."

•   Perkovic x 2: 2016's "10 most unusual architectural gems" + "10 most exciting new buildings announced" this year.

•   Conti's eloquent ode to the "strength and beauty of design" of Pittsburgh's many (many!) bridges.

•   Metcalfe marvels at a photographer's foray to chronicle the "the massive, mysterious underbellies," and "Zen-like beauty" of Seoul's 27 river bridges.



  


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