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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 8, 2017

•   Dickinson unravels the "uneasy relationship between architects and money": "Most of us would do it for free - and often do. We value the expression more than the compensation."

•   Till takes on Trump, Brexit, RIBA, and AIA, and the "new obligations, new opportunities, for architectural activism. What roles might we play as citizen-architects?"

•   King parses a panel that asks: "In the age of Trump, what do cities do?" ("thick clouds of gloom and thin rays of hope" included), but "if we're lucky, urgency might translate to a productive reaction."

•   A RIBA survey shows that Brexit seems to be putting the "brakes on the architecture sector" on a number of levels.

•   Park finds less to like about the U.K.'s housing white paper than Dittmar did yesterday: While "there are some welcome initiatives, too many of the proposals sound better than they are - and a lot of telling us what we already know."

•   Mattern digs deep into why "urban intelligence is more than information processing" and turning the "Internet of Things into urban form. We need new models for thinking about cities that do not compute" (a great read!).

•   Bliss delves into Hammond's efforts to use the High Line to "help other cities learn from its mistakes."

•   Saffron cheers efforts to transform Philly's troubled Mifflin Square Park into "a peaceful commons to unite a diverse ethnic neighborhood."

•   Moore has more than a few issues with the shortlisted designs for Britain's Holocaust Memorial: "They employ many of the tropes of modern memorializing, but there is too little sign of deep thought about the memorial's purpose" ("they are mostly trite" - ouch!).

•   A look at why Apple's new "spaceship" campus is far behind schedule: "treating a 2.8-million-square-foot complex like a 5-inch iPhone" requiring "flawless" details may have "enhanced the final product but clashed with construction realities."

•   Bevan parses the debate about how to "conserve heritage in an age of terrorism" - preserve what's left, or rebuild, which many consider "being tantamount to theme-park fakery."

•   Meanwhile, M2R Arquitectos' Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Afghanistan, where the Taliban destroyed monumental Buddhas, should be ready for its close-up by next year (though UNESCO is none too pleased with some German archaeologists).

•   On a lighter (and higher) note: some amusing takes by those who live in towers; on a darker note: skyscrapers may have started out as "barometers of corporate hubris," but "they now stand for personal excess."

•   Five very worthy finalists now vie for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award.

•   An impressive line-up of emerging talent makes up the Europe 40 under 40 list.

•   Eyefuls of the winning design for a new eco-village for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya.

•   Call for entries: ASLA 2017 Professional and Student Awards (international).



  


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