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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

●   Kolson Hurley ponders an Infowars' video and an NRA ad, and wonders why "the alt-right is so angry about architecture" - it's not the kind of attention architecture's "advocates would ever have imagined or hoped for."

●   Hawthorne parses the NRA putting L.A.'s architecture "in the crosshairs" with "a bilious, minute-long video ad," and "the conspiracy-happy" Infowars' "Why Modern Architecture Sucks: And How It's Used as a Tool of Social Engineering."

●   London's mayor appoints an impressive group of 50 architects and designers as "design advocates to work with local councils to improve the quality of the built environment."

●   Schwab talks to MIT's Hidalgo re: how artificial intelligence "is reshaping what we know about cities," but AI is "facing its own challenges - methods need to be incorporated into tools that put them into the hands of planners and architects themselves."

●   Eyefuls of Boeri's plan for the 342-acre Liuzhou Forest City that would include more than 70 buildings covered with 40,000 trees and almost a million plants - ""a place where nature is flowing."

●   Taipei's "lonely giant" is "about to get some company" with "a new crop of skyscrapers."

●   Kamin cheers a report by a stellar team about Chicago's underground Pedway that "correctly concludes it is hard to find, hard to navigate and as visually appealing as a long hospital corridor" - he likes "the array of solutions it lays out."

●   Two takes on OMA's Albright-Knox expansion plans in Buffalo: the criticism is mounting ("We are not in the business of collecting buildings," sayeth the museum's director - the buildings are nothing more than "utilitarian tools" - yech).

●   Byrnes joins the critics: the Albright-Knox, Bunshaft's "greatest gift to his hometown," is "under fire in Buffalo."

●   Jolliffe crosses the Big Pond to visit the Museum of African American History: it is "architecture at its powerful best - it knows exactly when to defer to the exhibits and when to reassert itself - a profoundly difficult building" handled "with great skill."

●   Martin cheers Diamond Schmitt's makeover of Ottawa's Brutalist National Arts Centre that "was on the public's blacklist from the start" (and once dubbed "the Alcatraz on the Rideau") - the new wing creates "an airy effect amidst the weighty frame" (we'll have our own take on the NAC soon).

●   Brake cheers Christoff : Finio's revamp of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville's museum district: the "intelligent renovation demonstrates how well-crafted architecture can better an institution, no matter the size."

●   Wainwright x 2: He talks to Piano about his "shiny vessel," the Centro Botín in Santander, Spain: "I wanted the building to fly."

●   He parses the Art Deco-infused Asmara, Eritrea, being named a Unesco World Heritage Site: it "features a startling collection of futuristic Italian architecture from the 1930s - it became a playground for Italian architects to experiment" (fab photos!).

●   de Freytas-Tamura's take on Asmara (a.k.a. "Africa's Miami") is a bit different: The country's authoritarian government pushed for recognition. Critics of the government say it lacks the financial resources to maintain the historic structures."

●   Design firms share how they made the decision to sell or not to sell, and when "being acquired or staying independent best fits growth plans and culture."

●   Pickrel parses how Frank Lloyd Wright was asked to consider a “city of the future” design for Ellis Island (we're so glad it didn't happen!).

●   Happy Birthday, Bucky! "I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience."

●   Call for entries: 8th ISARCH Awards for architecture students and young architects.


  


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