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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

●   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of ARM's Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, "an early Australian picturesque of the beautiful ruin" that "recalls the great civic gestures of the 19th century."

●   A scary sign of the times: an AJ survey finds one in six firms has been affected by cyber attacks: "architects will need to become more aware of online security issues - in the buildings they design as well as those they work in."

●   Capps explains why the Obama library being sited in Chicago's Jackson Park "misses an opportunity - and sets a bad precedent."

●   Hume explains why a plan for West Village on a former Imperial Oil site on Mississauga's waterfront "needs a rethink": "In its effort to provide the best of both urban and suburban worlds, it could well end up with the worst."

●   Moore, on a brighter note, cheers Chester Storyhouse, a repurposed art deco cinema transformed "into an exciting new communal space - brave and intriguing."

●   Brooks brings us bunches of luscious pix of Gaudí's Casa Vicens in Barcelona that is "now an Incredible museum: It's no Sagrada Família, but it is gorgeous" (that's putting it mildly!).

●   Chicago's about-to-open American Writers Museum could have been "a dry, uninviting place," like a dusty novel - instead, it "is more like something hot off the presses and eager to be read."

●   Chipperfield "sees off stars to win £45m Scottish Chamber Orchestra venue in Edinburgh" - alas, no images (yet) of the "intriguing" and "well-expressed" design.

●   Dror and Gensler's master plan for Istanbul's Galataport along the Bosphorus includes an ingenious hydraulic boardwalk with an underground gangway for cruise ships that frees up the now mainly inaccessible-to-the-public waterfront.

●   Hawthorne parses Harvard's first online architecture course: it seems "to keep up an elaborate charade that the field is somehow independent of" urbanism, the politics of housing, etc. that could "warp architects' view of their place in the culture from the start" (sounds like archi-babble at its finest to us).

●   Budds finds out from Helfand why, if we want "strong solutions to our world's increasingly sophisticated problems, we need to change how designers are designed."

●   Chamberlain has a great conversation with Florida re: his new book, spatial inequality - "and the daunting task of solving these problems in the age of Trump" in Common Edge's inaugural podcast.

●   May's Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees answer the question: Can We Design Social Engagement?

●   Korody's Q&A with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects re: how and why they "strive to make buildings that bring attention towards, rather than away from, the landscape."

●   A most impressive presentation of the Cooper Hewitt 2017 National Design Awards winners - our heartiest congrats to all!

●   The AIA College of Fellows awards the $100,000 2017 Latrobe Prize to Northeastern University researchers for "Future-Use Architecture" (beware archi-babble - in our book, anyway).

●   Toronto-based Batay-Csorba Architects takes home the RAIC 2017 Young Architect Award.

●   A sad sign of the times: The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald are shedding their arts coverage, giving pink slips to more than 100 critics and writers (sigh).

●   Call for entries: RFQ: Citroën Cultural Centre in Brussels (partnering with the Pompidou Centre).


  


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