Today’s News - Tuesday, August 1, 2017

●  An analysis of why the "Grenfell Tower tragedy highlights architects' marginalization" and "the profession's ever-diminishing role" - an independent group set up "to advise on the 'immediate' measures needed to ensure safety" includes no architects.

●  A look at how neuroscientists are "helping shape the future of cities" by influencing the design and execution of buildings and streets or areas for the better.

●  The "growing divide over the use of public spaces by the homeless, high land values, and the need for higher returns in cities are being played out publically in Sydney."

●  Davidson parses a proposed zoning change to Midtown Manhattan, and ponders the cost of "another round of mutant towers" to the city's denizens.

●  Misra parses a new Urban Institute report that ponders what Detroit might look like in 2040.

●  Saffron is not at all sanguine about a "modern intruder" landing in Philadelphia's "most iconic landscape," even if it's for a Turrell: "The project has not gone down well."

●  Wainwright considers the $1.7 billion sale of Viñoly's Walkie Talkie tower that stands on the skyline "like a broad-shouldered banker bursting out of a cheap pin-striped suit," and the condiment company that bought it as "a fitting arrival to the sky-high dinner party" (a gherkin, cheesegrater, and can of ham included).

●  SO-IL and Laisne Roussel win a competition to design a development along the Seine that is "the triumph of non-'starchitecture' in Paris."

●  wHY Architecture's team wins the competition to design the Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens with a design "that is really more like an energy field."

●  The Getty Foundation's 2017 Keeping It Modern grants award $1.66 million for architectural conservation to12 significant 20th century buildings by masters such as FLW, Melnikov, Gropius, Corbu, and Bo Bardi.

●  Stott comes to the defense of Attika Architekten's emoji building: it might not be a masterpiece, but the emojis "appear on a building which you'd never expect to have a sense of humor. It's this bait-and-switch that brings delight" (or does it indicate that architecture "doomed"?).

●  Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the "avuncular" Gehry's online master class: "He has hidden his canny approach to architecture and fame behind an aw-shucks persona," but "the mask thankfully slips from time to time - revealing an architect who is an authentic intellectual, both curious and worldly."

●  Lehmann parses "four distinctive phases in the work of Isozaki, spanning six decades - his work is due a timely reappraisal."

●  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, architecture leads the three top majors with the highest rates of employment, and architecture majors are the "most likely to have a job secured before they graduated from college."

●  Jolliffe ponders why architects can't "make architecture intelligible to the general public," and why effective communication "is something that almost never comes up during architectural education, and rarely after it."

●  The V&A appoints Christopher Turner as its "new keeper of design."

●  Grima is heading to the Netherlands to take on the mantel of Creative Director at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

●  One we couldn't resist: a sketch of the NYC skyline by Trump rakes in almost $30,000 (guess what building takes center stage).

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