Today’s News - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

●  Hume minces no words about what he thinks went wrong in Toronto, post- amalgamation, and its "relationship with mediocrity": "historically an agent of change," the city "now tries to avoid it" - it "has forgotten the difference between expenditure and investment, cost and value."

●  Katz & Andes parse a new Brookings report that explains "why the future looks like Pittsburgh" - it "embodies a new growth model" for "a global innovation city that reflects decades of investment in emerging technology" (add "new localism" to your lexicon).

●  Kamin is queried in great Q&A re: Chicago's "Super Loop" construction boom, the city's first new elevated L station in 20 years, the Obama Library, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

●  Florida and Doctoroff x 2: Q&A Part 1 re: rebuilding New York after 9/11, presiding "over the fine-grain rezoning of 40% of the city," and behind-the-scenes policy discussions about mega-projects, and more.

●  Florida and Doctoroff Q&A Part 2 re: "his thoughts on zoning, transportation, technology, and President Trump" (both great Q&As).

●  A look at how better design is making public buildings safer while not making it look too obvious.

●  O'Sullivan offers some tips on "how to be a good 'Night Mayor'" for NYC's first (and first in the U.S.), gleaned from some European counterparts: "Learn to value the night" (and so much more).

●  Zaha Hadid Architects shows off plans for the firm's second tower in Melbourne (some of the "fluid" elements remind us of some ZHA's other curvilinear designs).

●  The "latest iteration of a continually-changing" and "massive" L.A. City Center project: three towers have morphed into two with a design that has "grown significantly more conservative."

●  Chipperfield waxes poetic and practical re: restoring Mies's New National Gallery in Berlin that is "Miesian in its attention to detail and German in its underpublicized ambition."

●  King has high hopes for wHY's SF Asian Art Museum expansion, now that the "design wrinkles have been smoothed out."

●  Adjaye returns to Harlem with a design for a totally new building for the Studio Museum Harlem.

●  In Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park, a "rare public commission" by landscape architect Bye is "the latest work of modern landscape architecture in NYC to be threatened with removal."

●  America's national parks are struggling with too much love from too many visitors - "both visitors and nature are suffering" (shuttle buses "filled like sweaty subway cars" and selfie-takers clogging paths sure doesn't sound like much fun - and pix to prove it).

●  Von Koenig: queries 5 deans of architecture schools to get the skinny on how NCARB's Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure is changing architectural education.

●  The McGill School of Architecture in Montreal is now the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, thanks to the Chinese alum's pledge of $12 million for fellowships, scholarships, and research opportunities.

●  One we couldn't resist: "5 Repurposed Mines and Quarries That Will Blow Your Mind" (truly!).

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