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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

•   Kolson Hurley says it's time to ban the "relentless blandeur" of "glass-box architecture" (a.k.a. "glass boxitude") in Washington, DC. ("blandeur" and "boxitude" now our favorite new words!).

•   Dunmall parses Zaha's "diamond in the sky" in Antwerp: its "sheer chutzpah" is "far from subtle, but then again, it isn't supposed to be."

•   Medina cheers DS+R's new Columbia University medical school that "upends the typology's ingrained gloominess" with a "lively, if not swaggering, urban manner - a genuinely thrilling building that empathizes with its users."

•   A look at India's "monolithic" Museum of Socialism "designed to exude empowerment."

•   Civitas's Johnson weighs in on what Denver is "getting right - and wrong - about the current population boom": "dumbing down creativity moves us toward the lowest common denominator."

•   A look at how some architects "plan to get Hongkongers walking. To be fair, Hong Kong is rather walkable already."

•   Good - and bad - news for Mid-century Modernism: SOM offers an extensive study into the reuse of Bertrand Goldberg's "accordion-shaped" Elgin Laundry Building.

•   Dukmasova delves deep into how and why Goldberg's 1966 Hilliard Homes in Chicago is "high-rise public housing that works" today: "His goal was to demonstrate that public housing didn't have to be bleak, ticky-tacky boxes."

•   The U.K.'s 1961 Park Hill Brutalist housing project "has suffered a turbulent, roller-coaster ride subject to scorn and adoration"; it is now a listed building and being renovated.

•   Not such good news for Robin Hood Gardens after "plans to save it were consigned to failure last August," and the next phase to rebuild begins.

•   On a brighter note, it's refreshing to see Atlanta beginning to appreciate its mid-century heritage, once "resigned to irrelevancy without a second thought," and now being saved.

•   Lavin takes a long look at why "the first and sometimes last thing an architect designs is himself," offering a fascinating history of architects' names and their "self-archiving impulse." (great read!).

•   The U.S. and U.K. took a look at the state of architects' mental health. Now Australia has done the same, only to find "serious information gaps and concerns - which is particularly concerning considering the high-number of mental illness risk factors and triggers associated with the profession."

•   WOHA is Maison&Objet Asia's first Singapore-based firm to be named Designer of the Year.

•   Call for entries: Canyon View Accommodation (CaVA) Arizona + James Beard Foundation 2017 Restaurant Design Awards.



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