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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Studio Gang's WMS Boathouse in Chicago that "brings modern, whimsical design to the previously unoccupied site - equal parts poeticism and practicality."

•   Williams makes the case for why "we need more Schumachers - the first response to his diatribe" should be to "grow some balls and maybe argue back" (comments section a must-read - includes Schumacher's [very longggg] response).

•   Campbell-Dollaghan explains why Schumacher's diatribe matters: it "is forcing architecture to grapple with its nebulous role in the world. Are architects service providers, or do they have a greater purpose?"

•   McGuigan lays out four core values that "transcend politics in unsettling times."

•   Among the findings in a new survey of architects in New Zealand and Australia: "Architects fear employers prioritize software skills over design capabilities" that could "have long-term consequences for the industry's talent pipeline and reputation."

•   King cheers San Francisco putting together its first-ever set of urban design guidelines - with caveats: "Though guidelines are important, they can backfire," but hopefully, "they will clear the way for architects to do their best possible."

•   Saffron ponders "what happens now to the big cities that dissed Trump? Cities could be in for a rough time," with "most urban governments expect to be left to their own devices."

•   Gehry tells Rochon he's "very worried" about Trump, but is not planning to decamp to France.

•   Gehry's Sunset Strip project is in trouble with the LA Conservancy, now fighting to preserve a 1960s Kurt Meyer-designed bank building - he said it doesn't work with his design: he's had four or five of his own buildings torn down - "some buildings you can't save," but "I'm going to figure out how to recognize Kurt as part of our project."

•   The fate of Roche and Dinkeloo's "glamorous postmodern" Ambassador Grill is "still perilously unclear."

•   Dunlap, on a brighter note, cheers Saarinen's TWA Flight Center becoming the entrance to a new hotel at JFK that "continues to evoke the romance of air travel. For that alone, it is irreplaceable"; preservation groups are pleased (except for...).

•   Eyefuls of OMA's new Faena Forum in Miami Beach, "the centerpiece of the new district, functionally as well as visually."

•   Also in Miami, Arquitectonica is tapped to design a new $1 billion "Innovation District" that will "transform the neighborhood of Little Haiti" with a "gargantuan mixed-use project."

•   Wainwright gives two thumbs-ups to 6a Architects' new dorm at Churchill College - "a tree house in the dreaming spires" of Cambridge University: "In a building type that often reeks of value engineering, it speaks of something that has been crafted rather than assembled."

•   Beech considers whether London's new Design Museum is the city's best (sort of new) building: it's "an exceptional piece of architecture," and the "exhibits (frankly infinitely more exciting than those in the building's previous incarnation) say a lot about British design" (with 81 images!).

•   Q&A with Ross Barney re: the transformation of Chicago's Riverwalk that people used to look at as "they do an alley - something to be avoided, what drives her work, and why doing public projects empowers her."

•   Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has high hopes for a new waterfront park by STUDIO V and Ken Smith that would be "an inventive green space that grows from industrial relics."

•   Something we couldn't resist: architectural designer and illustrator Dehond riffs on Calatrava's WTC Oculus ("hedgehoculus" included).

•   Call for entries: Call for Teaching Proposals for the Architecture 2030 Curriculum Project.

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