Today’s News - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

●  A look at how "density woes and lack of space" are forcing "skyscraper-averse cities" to overcome "their fear of heights" - but a big question is: "what does the community get in exchange for allowing taller height?"

●  Hume cheers zoning changes that "give new life to Toronto's 'apartment neighborhoods'" to allow shops and services: "the worry is that the scheme could be manipulated simply as a money-making opportunity for building owners."

●  Lahznimmo Architects and Aspect Studios offer a big plan to transform HMAS Platypus, a derelict submarine base in Sydney Harbor that has been closed to the public for more than 140 years (a "clip-on" staircase included).

●  Stephens offers some very interesting "thoughts on Walter Benjamin, sprawl-watching in the desert, and the work of architecture in the age of mechanical reproduction."

●  Kimmelman spent a few days traveling the Crossrail route, "a megaproject meant to bind London together. But in the wake of Brexit, it may signal the end of an ambitious era."

●  On a brighter note, AIA Tennessee's urbanSTITCH initiative finds a "treasure in a sunken Memphis rail ravine" in the Edge District that could be "a rails-to-amphitheater and gathering spot to encourage tourists to experience all of the neighborhood, not just the building that Elvis made famous."

●  Zatarain's great Q&A with Tatiana Bilbao, who has spent more than 10 years on a project that combines architecture and art that is helping to transform one of Mexico's most violent cities.

●  Rechter's landmarked 1960s hotel on Israel's seafront is brought back to life by Rechter fils in "a tale of art and architecture" that "harkens back to its glory days" (beautiful!).

●  Berman & Rayman pen an op-ed making the case to save an "elegant" cast-iron building (once the de Koonings' home and studio): "Other cities create replicas of past grandeur to attract visitors. New York has the real thing - and should preserve it."

●  Cheng pens a "response to an animated missive" by NSW "chief bean counter" re: saving Sydney's Sirius tower: his "reasoning is like that of a greedy child throwing a tantrum over an ice-cream cone dropped on the pavement while hoarding a freezer full of Golden Gaytimes" (a popular popsicle).

●  Martin weighs in on the Sirius situation, and "why heritage protection should include social housing" for "its striking architectural form and in its connection to that remarkable period in Sydney's social history."

●  Some notable architects, writers, and historians back a bid to save Southwark tube station - "the biggest architectural sensation of their kind since the Moscow Underground."

●  Sisson kicks off "The Modernist Next Door," a month-long (daily!) series "celebrating postwar architecture beyond the clichés and the coasts," with a profile of Vladimir Ossipoff: "Hawaii's midcentury maestro."

Winners all:

●  The 8 winners of the 4th annual Center for Active Designs Excellence Awards "are an array of projects that promote wellness through design."

●  Five designs from Australia, U.S., and New Zealand win the LA+ IMAGINATION Design Ideas Competition to create a new island no bigger than one square kilometer.

●  The two winners of the Arch League's 2017 Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants will be heading to Greece and France.

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