Today’s News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

●   Dyckhoff ponders: "How successful is a city where freedom is only available to those with money to invest?" ("'Dinky' (double income no kids)" - a new one to us!)

●   Campbell-Dollaghan looks at how dealing with the urban heat island effect locally "could have major benefits on a global scale - further proof that the battle for the planet will be fought in cities - and that architecture, infrastructure, and urban design will be important weapons against it."

●   Leigh minces no words about the "monumental folly" that is Gehry's Eisenhower memorial: "The further away we get from symbolically oriented memorial design, the more we stray into the swamp of memorial sprawl. Why should the taxpayer be on the hook for this white elephant?" (ouch!)

●   Saffron cheers Dilworth Park's neglected "stepsister spaces" getting pop-up makeovers for the next two summers thanks to a place-making grant, but when the money runs out - "then what?"

●   With input from the community, Mia Lehrer + Associates alters plans for First and Broadway Park in L.A., taking "a greener approach" (including the OMA-designed structure).

●   Simpson offers a fascinating look at how "changes in the global faith community has brought exciting new opportunities" that "architects are seizing with relish."

●   Moore gives two thumbs-ups to London's Garden Museum: it "has grown into a distinctive new space - where inside and outside and new and ancient overlap" (earthworms included - along with tombs of 17th-century naturalists Tradescant the Elder and Younger - and Captain Bligh - who knew?!!?).

●   Wilson cheers IF_DO's Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion, where "nature and architecture appear to merge" and the roof appears to float ("it is strange that they put the roof up before they put the structure up," says a passerby).

●   Viglucci cheers Grimshaw's Frost Museum of Science in Miami: "Planets soar. Sharks swarm. Lasers sparkle. Humans rejoice."

●   Gonchar cheers Bruner/Cott's new wing for MASS MoCA that "completes a long-envisioned circulation route - a 'big, gracious infinity loop across the entire campus.'"

●   Architects wonder what the future will be for Wichita's 1967 Brutalist gem of a library: "Depending on the eye and taste, the style can be seen as ugly or cool."

●   Murphy hails British architects for "combining the digital avant-garde with PoMo's sense of historic context," but "the digital future has never looked weaker" (beware of tedium and "hacks pastiching their work"). "So what happens next?"

●   Ferdous wins a research grant to study how facility design affects dementia patients.

●   One we couldn't' resist: Today, Google Doodle honors the 13th anniversary of Hadid's Pritzker Prize win (includes 3 concept sketches for the doodle - and other doodle architectural honorees).

●   Call for entries: AIA Arizona/City of Phoenix $100,000 Sustainable Home Competition.

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