Today’s News - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

●   Hatherley considers Vienna and Budapest as "battlefields in an unfolding European crisis of identity and confidence" through their architectural histories (a Department of Gender Mainstreaming included).

●   Morris explains why "Brexit does not have to mean pulling up the drawbridge" as Londonon moves forward in engaging with a number of host cities.

●   Kamin delves into why the Obama library "(don't call it a library) needs tweaking": it's "an architecture of disappearance - an anti-monument" - and "unclear what this building will contain."

●   Davidson visits H&deM and Viñoly's new luxury towers in NYC that are more like "fancy prisons for billionaires - each "a vertical Alcatraz" ("a Sauron-like tower" included).

●   A "controversial new plan" for the Alamo has drawn "decidedly mixed, if not outright hostile" reactions (it "goes before the San Antonio City Council for conceptual approval" tomorrow).

●   Middleton "excoriates architects who fail to take a commission for a bit of summer fun seriously" when it comes to "pavilion season": "even though it's temporary, it's still architecture" (and time for Brits to design the Serpentine Pavilion every so often?).

●   Perhaps the Mumbai-based School of Environment and Architecture will cheer him: its Serpentine-like "SEA Pavilion" program will "invite architects to build an experimental structure on the school's grounds every year."

●   Peters says "R.I.P. parking lots" as "cities begin to realize that a slab of asphalt for storing cars isn't the best use of valuable urban space."

●   Budds parses NYC's Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines, which "might be the first step toward a more systematized approach in cities where the effects of climate change are already being felt."

●   Green cheers D.C. reaching "72% of the things it set out to do" with its "ambitious sustainability plan," but "sustainability and equality must be considered two sides of the same coin."

●   Roosegaarde is planning to place 25 of his smog-eating towers in Beijing's public parks - India and Mexico will be next.

●   Rogers offers a most thoughtful take on the "complicated architecture of Albert Speer, Jr.," and a career spent trying "to avoid comparisons to his father."

●   Welton welcomes three new projects that "promise a new look for Raleigh," and cheers the city for "taking the lead as a potential catalyst for excellence in architecture."

●   LMN's "ethereal" Hyatt Regency, "the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest," is taking shape in Seattle.

●   Jolliffe hails the "courage" of a new campaign by RIBA and the Architects Benevolent Society to help architects tackle mental health issues.

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