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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

•   ArcSpace brings us Gehl's Risom re: the term "livability," and why "more disciplines need to be involved in the conversation and citizen perspectives included - the most important question is: livable for whom?"

•   Jacobs parses the "enduring legacy" of the Rebuild by Design competition, and what the Trump administration could learn from its "enlightened political thinking" and "unconventional approach."

•   Kamin parses the first batch of designs for Trump's border wall ("perfumed pigs" included): "the best and brightest architects appear to be staying away - designing the wall would make them complicit in a project many regard as reprehensible."

•   Cramer poses the question: "'What won't you build?' Maybe we should ask ourselves that question more often, as individuals, as firms, and as a profession."

•   Finch cheers RIBA's soon-to-be-released book on social housing, which proves that local authorities are "part of a movement - re-asserting their responsibilities to house their populations in a civilized manner."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan, on a darker note, parses a new report on migrant workers: the profession "can't keep turning a blind eye to the mistreatment of the people who build their work."

•   Hall Kaplan minces no words about what he thinks of the newest variation on LACMA's "immodest plans": he describes Govan and Zumthor's latest "dog and pony show" as "putting a mustache on a pig" (what - no perfume?).

•   Residents of RSH+P's Neo Bankside take the H&deM-designed Tate Modern to court to force the museum to close the part of its viewing platform that gives the public a peek into their flats.

•   The Garden Bridge Trust's Davies continues slamming the Hodge report: beyond its inaccuracies - "the manner in which it was published was 'discourteous'"; Hodge didn't expect the Trust "to support the conclusions I came to."

•   Moore x 2: the Garden Bridge project "is nothing if not a landmark of the post-truth era" - Boris Johnson should "be held accountable more vigorously than Hodge was able to do."

•   He ponders "how down-at-heel Lisbon became the new capital of cool" as "an enclave" for "techpreneurs" to "get in touch with their inner lotus-eater," but are the less fortunate being pushed out?

•   Wood wonders what it means "for architectural originality and innovation, when a 'copy-paste' strategy is normalized."

•   Rybczynski ruminates about how some stellar architects' legacies would have been altered if some if some of their "most notable unbuilt projects had actually been constructed" (Hadid is the only one who wins).

•   Saffron minces no words about what she thinks of the new Museum of the American Revolution: "how is it that Philadelphia had to end up with this retro-monster?" (ouch! well, at least its historian-curators got things right).

•   Betsky, on a brighter note, cheers the Katyn Museum in Warsaw that "shows just how much architecture you can make out of found space" (and hopes it wins the Mies van der Rohe Award).

•   Cheers for how Seattle is dealing with what the city should do with its aging KeyArena: it's "architects who have answered the question," and prove that "cities can preserve sports assets, even supposed lost causes."

•   Buxton wanders - and wonders at - some new public spaces in London: "It's good to see tiny slithers of public space receiving the same attention as grand squares."

•   Sander parses new research that shows "hot-desking and activity-based work isn't so positive. These negatives potentially outweigh the benefits."

•   A good reason to be in Rotterdam later this week: the Games for Cities International Conference re: how games "have the potential to facilitate more effective and inclusive city-making."

•  ANN is nominated for JDR Industry Blogger Award in Architecture, and voting closes on April 24 (yes, we're tooting our own horn - vote now, please!).

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