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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

•   A sad, sad day: We lose Bing Thom much, much too soon.

•   McKay pens a fascinating take on "new pseudo-realistic" renderings that he finds "disturbing. We live in a strange time where how real something looks is judged by how unreal it is."

•   Wainwright visits Norway's memorial to the Utøya massacre that has transformed the island "into a place that tells the story with stark, stirring power" - but "the overall message is one of optimism."

•   Filler gives two thumbs-up to a supportive housing project in the "gritty" South Bronx by the "architectural Robin Hood" Gorlin: the "pragmatic gem proves that America's ever-widening gap between rich and poor is neither inevitable nor unbridgeable when it comes to architecture."

•   Lange x 2: she visits two DS+R projects on the East and West Coasts "to gauge whether the firm's signature moves signify the future, the present, or the soon-to-be-past."

•   With only a few minor quibbles she is quite taken with the new African American museum on the National Mall: "This museum, on that spot, would be important even if it were an empty shell. Luckily, it is far more than that."

•   Kennicott offers a most thoughtful take on the museum's day two: "Throughout the emotional celebrations, I felt presentiments of wariness - for several reasons."

•   Bevan, meanwhile, has a conversation with the globetrotting Adjaye re: why London "remains his creative hub," and how working on the African American museum "was almost therapy."

•   Betsky x 2: he cheers BIG's Via 57 West: "I love when buildings manage to do what this structure accomplishes."

•   As LACMA and two other Pereira buildings in L.A. face iffy futures, he "ponders the fate of stripped-down Modernist architecture not yet deemed classic."

•   U.K.'s Simpson is tapped to design the University of Notre Dame's new School of Architecture, a "neo-classical brick structure with a plaza and a tower" (what else?).

•   The Mayor of London gives the go-ahead for three new Thames crossings.

•   Not included is Heatherwick's "uniquely lovely" Garden Bridge, so Lumley "pleas for fresh private funding."

•   NYC tries out a new online planning platform that lets residents shape their neighborhood on their smartphones, and other cities are signing up to do the same.

•   Zellner plans to launch the "tuition and salary free" Free School of Architecture next summer - it "will not be accredited, will not offer professional degrees" (and won't be/do a whole lot of other things).

•   Wainwright cheers Mendes da Rocha winning the RIBA Royal Gold Medal "for his 'raw, primal' concrete structures."

•   Meanwhile, back at Notre Dame, Spanish architect Nuere is awarded the €50,000 Rafael Manzano Architecture Prize for New Traditional Architecture.

•   We won't know until tomorrow who will take home this years' Stirling Prize, but in the meantime, check out AJ's Stirling Prize documentary and which project the AJ's alternative judging panel chose.



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