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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

●   Baillieu explains why "turning our cities into fortresses will stifle us, not the terrorists," and "stifle the very 'serendipity' that makes life in our cities so attractive and which we cherish."

●   Wainwright revisits the "£725m gateway to Cambridge" 12 years on to find out why what was to be "a world-class arrival point" is now "a future slum. It is hard to believe how this handsome city's flagship scheme could have gone quite so wrong."

●   Saffron, on a (mostly) brighter note, cheers Philly's "own mini-Pudong on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. But there is much more work to be done to make sure this emerging skyline really belongs in Philadelphia."

●   A $3-billion plan for Queen's Wharf Brisbane is even bigger than Sydney's Barangaroo project.

●   Litt x 2: the design for Cleveland's Playhouse Square apartment tower "is underwhelming" - but it "is still in its early stages, and could evolve."

●   He gives two thumbs-ups to the newest stretch of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail: "it easily qualifies as one of the most impressive half-miles in the city."

●   Hadid's train station in Naples, designed as an "urbanized public bridge" to connect neighborhoods, is (finally) ready for its close-up.

●   Seattle's Space Needle is "going glass ga-ga" with $100 million makeover by Olson Kundig and Tihany.

●   Q&A with developer Khurana and architect Gabellini re: working with "Ando-san" on 152 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan: "There was a courting process."

●   Move over New Urbanism - Green digs New Ruralism, a "nascent movement" focused on helping "suffering rural communities - many using 'creative economy' approaches to revitalize themselves."

●   A look at the cultural roots of Japan's "nature architecture. Buildings are built around trees, in trees and as trees."

●   IKEA designers explore life on Mars by living in an actual Mars research station for insights into "space-saving solutions for tiny homes and extreme pack rats."

●   Michael Ford's Hip Hop Architecture Camps "will teach black and brown children basic skills" and "pique their interest in a field where black and brown professionals are underrepresented."

●   Middleton parses "the fine art of collaboration - it's not always a bed of roses. Beware of any sort of architectural 'shotgun weddings' - it will end in tears; not theirs but yours."

●   Ingalls' critique of Harvard GSD's "The Architectural Imagination" online course and its "dense, off-putting jargon" gets her in trouble; the result: a Q&A with K. Michael Hays re: his pedagogy and the choice to use jargon and difficulty."

●   Von Koenig x 2: a Q&A with the head of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's Stuart Graff re: "his forward-looking vision for the foundation and making FLW's philosophy available to a wider audience": "We're actually trying to make him more relevant than he was in the past."

●   She delves into JustDesign.Us, the new certification system that "hopes to spotlight those architectural studios that are taking equitable labor practices seriously."

●   Not such cheery news in Australia's National Salary Survey by the Association of Consulting Architects - among the results: "one in six architecture firms are underpaying their staff. The situation is worse still for both graduate students and women."

●   Budds parses NCARB's new diversity survey: "The architecture profession - long known for being predominantly male and pale - is becoming more diverse," but "very slowly."


  


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