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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Vo Trong Nghia Architects' great bamboo pavilions in Ho Chi Minh City: "The elephant in the room is that there is no community to inhabit this 'Community Centre.'" - yet; they could end up as only "aestheticized pavilions in the landscape."

•   Gore and others organize a climate change and health summit to replace the one canceled by CDC.

•   Kamin cheers architects taking a "stand on Trump, climate change": "Kudos for showing that architects can have a moral compass and an ethical backbone," but "should they go further?"

•   Szenasy's great Q&A with McDonough re: why he says "there needs to be a new language on carbon" - it's "not the enemy we face," but "an innocent bystander."

•   Blitz considers how "FDR's dedication to infrastructure saved America once. Could a new dedication to infrastructure do it again" [under Trump]?

•   Mexican designers have a few "polite suggestions for Trump," offering "a number of user-centered solutions that would make up for that big expense of a wall."

•   Budds cheers Brooks +Scarpa's housing project for homeless vets in L.A., designed with the belief that "good design is a basic civil right" (though new HUD policies "could jeopardize future low-income developments" like this).

•   Arieff parses "a housing crisis" for middle-class seniors: "Well-designed living arrangements for older adults aren't keeping pace with the growing need" (unless you're really rich or really poor).

•   Hawthorne has (mostly) good things to say about Maltzan's plans to expand the Hammer Museum: "An institution that was originally designed to ignore the outside world now seems determined [to be] an urban museum for the first time."

•   Anderton and Artsy have a lively conversation with Ingels re: his big idea for L.A.'s Arts District, "what makes an architect different from a politician (clue: it's about how each deals with conflict)," and his "outsized ability at persuading people to embrace his ideas."

•   King x 2: He explains why he prefers to review new buildings once they're inhabited: "Only when there's activity at street level can we gauge if the newcomer connects with its surroundings - or if it wants to."

•   He wanders Mission Bay and finds it (mostly) "on a winning track," though it's "apparent how careful planning doesn't always transfer to good architecture or lively streets" - sometimes "reality falls short of well-laid plans."

•   Brussat parses the "elusive 'why' of preservation: preservation must rethink its raison d'être. Don't hold your breath."

•   Kamin cheers NYC's Van Valkenburgh and a Chicago team selected to design the landscape surrounding the Obama Presidential Center, a project that presents "a significant and potentially controversial design challenge."

•   Eyefuls of the 40 shortlisted projects vying for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award (click on each image!).

•   The stellar shortlist was announced last November - now we have images of the 10 designs for the U.K.'s National Holocaust Memorial in London.

•   Meanwhile, 5 are in the running to top the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square that include a recreation of a sculpture destroyed by ISIS, and "a swirl of vanilla ice cream" topped with a cherry, a fly, and a drone.

•   Taking a cue from Trafalgar Sq., the inaugural High Line Plinth will be topped by one of 12 shortlisted proposals (we're trying to grok how a brass elephant suspended upside down reflects "the future growth of cities and our relationship with the natural world" - huh?).

•   One we couldn't resist: a round-up of AN's coverage of Trump, beginning with the "Pay Your Architect" sign at the NYC Women's March (then on to more serious stuff).

•   Call for entries: 2017 AZ Awards + Stone Barn Meditation Camp in Latvia + A' International Design Awards.

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