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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us Kiser's Q&A with Fanatik Architecture, "one of the most successful architecture and design businesses in Second Life" (we "built" something there - a long, long time ago).

•   Urban Taskforce Australia's Johnson parses the possible perils in a draft "Architecture and Design Policy for NSW": "there are some critical issues to be debated before good design is mandated on us all - it is critical that it becomes an enabler of design quality and not a controller."

•   Meanwhile, TT Architecture's Trobe would like to see Canberra "become the world's coolest little capital. Civic is nearly as dead as Walter Burley Griffin. Let's actually give a fig and talk about Civic."

•   Hall Kaplan, "in a gesture of hope over experience," attended an LA Times Future Cities Summit: "It was a pretentious affair. Good architects do not necessarily make for good visionaries."

•   Hawthorne offers the fascinating, "lost history of L.A.'s own Wrigley Field," and begs to differ with Kamin claiming the National League Championship Series is a "'dream ballpark matchup' of 'transit city park v. auto city stadium.' Not so fast, Mr. Kamin. Not so fast, Chicago."

•   Zumthor tells CLAD he wants his new LACMA to be "sacred, sublime, and profane," and he will have new images to replace the "commercial-looking" visualizations "which I personally don't like so much."

•   Booth cheers Paris-based Lebanese architect Hala Wardé being selected to design the BeMA: Beirut Museum of Art.

•   Freelon is tapped to design Detroit's Motown Museum expansion - "the sort of high-profile arts-and-culture project that's crucial to the city's growth."

•   Chaban parses KPF's 1,401-foot One Vanderbilt that "will tower over Grand Central, but allow it to shine."

•   Maya Lin plans to blend old and new in a dramatic makeover Smith College's Neilson Library.

•   California College of the Arts names Allied Works, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Studio Gang as finalists to design its San Francisco Campus expansion.

•   Frearson brings us eyefuls of Aga Khan Award-winner Zhang Ke' Micro Hutong Renewal project to transform some of Beijing's ageing hutongs into hubs of activity (great pix!).

•   Architects parse "just why Israeli homes are so badly designed" (underpaid architect, for one thing).

•   Medina has a great Q&A with Colomina and Wigley re: their upcoming Istanbul Design Biennial: "'Are We Human?' is not a matter of criticizing other biennials. It's just introducing a hesitation in the flow to say maybe we need to redesign design."

•   Budds gives thumbs-up to Madsen's "Brutalist Washington" map; "For fans of the oft-maligned style, D.C. is paradise."

•   Cheers to the Rainforest Solutions Project, winner of the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge (no actual architecture involved, but yay!).: saves over 12 million acres, and is "one of the most extraordinary approaches to conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights in recent memory."

•   Call for entries: Harvard Graduate GSD Inaugural Richard Rogers Fellowship + Center for Architecture's Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant.



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