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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting for such a long time with no explanation: the dog ate our database, then we were kidnapped by aliens, after which we just needed a break. Now we're back and there's lots of catching up to do...

•   ArcSpace brings us jaja architects' Park'n'Play parking garage in Copenhagen - with a very cool play space and great views on the roof.

•   Kimmelman came away from "a chaotic" Habitat III "heartened" by a "crowd skewed young and idealistic" and "embracing urban ideals, including the common ground of public spaces, mass transit, streets and sidewalks."

•   King parses MAD's two designs for a Lucas Museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco, and in L.A.'s Exposition Park: one is "a cross between a silvery cloud and a souped-up sports car"; the other "has a turbo-charged air - an elongated spaceship."

•   Hawthorne's take on the two Lucas Museum designs: "Lucas is hoping that either the third or fourth time will be the charm. Call it hedging your bets - the dual-track proposal is an unusual gambit by any measure."

•   Meanwhile, Adjaye is tapped to be the "master plan architect and creative director" for the second phase of the gigantic San Francisco Shipyard development.

•   Pogrebin reports that the Frick Collection picked Selldorf Architects for its long-planned (and beleaguered) renovation: eradicating Page's garden is "off the table."

•   Wainwright hails the new, "perfect home" for Britain's own Rube Goldberg, "a museum fit for the cobbled-together contraption king."

•   Saffron is more than a bit saddened by a new Whole Foods building on Philly's Rodin Square: it "has everything except good design."

•   Moore, meanwhile, finds Leeds' new Victoria Gate shopping arcade "one of the strangest and most enjoyable contributions that retail has made to a British city for many years (with "robo-gothic," "exuberant," and "promiscuous" thrown in).

•   Dimendberg almost runs out of adjectives for DS+R's Vagelos Center at Columbia University that "obtains a wondrous harmony," along with being "joyous and life-affirming" (and then some!).

•   Schindler explains why this might be a good time to revisit Model Cities, the "federal program meant to rebuild the country's poorest neighborhoods without the displacement and disenfranchisement" - but "was written off as a failure and a footnote in 1974."

•   Keegan waxes poetic about the two ballparks hosting the World Series, where "the 2016 season will unfold in venues that are genuine fields of dreams."

•   Ingalls has an interesting Q&A with Lorenzen and Tolkin re: "Does teaching architecture enhance architectural practice?"

•   One we couldn't resist: Dudley rounds up "the coolest empty buildings in America" - many built in a "spasm of corporate hubris."

•   Cheers to the shortlist of six in the running for the inaugural RIBA International Prize (great presentation). And congrats to the inaugural American Architecture Prize winners (also good presentation).

•   Call for entries: 2017 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards + 2017 Ceramic of Italy Tile Competition.



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