Today’s News - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

●  Kamin pays tribute to Ed Uhlir, gone much too soon: "the low-key architect who played an essential, behind-the-scenes role in bringing to life the high-wattage visual spectacle of Chicago's Millennium Park" (his "wry sense of humor" made our hard-hat tour of the park one of our faves).

●  Museum woes: Buffalo's Albright-Knox "may scrap original expansion plan to radically alter a beloved building by Gordon Bunshaft" (no images of new concept - yet).

●  The controversial SANAA/Architectus expansion plans for the Sydney Modern gallery "is likely to spark furious debate about loss of open space" - despite a positive EIS, "a number of prominent architects are marshalling against it."

●  Also from Down Under, the Australian Institute of Architects "has refused to endorse the first stage of the competition to design the Adelaide Contemporary art gallery because entrants were identified."

●  Sayer parses the V&A's plan for a fragment of the Smithson's Robin Hood Gardens: "do we really want to experience failed architecture in a museum?" (Hatherley calls the move "salvaging from tragedy to create a working-class theme park").

●  Brussat uses Hawthorne and Saffron's reviews of RAMSA's Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia as a jumping-off point for a (not-unexpected) rebuttal to their "twisting the meaning of the American Revolution to fit the modernist narrative."

●  A round-up of "5 must-read reviews" of SmithGroupJJR's Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC ("Some moments border on cheesy; others are strikingly sober," says Artnet's Wecker).

●  A National League of Cities' report "cautions" that "cities must focus on equity when innovating" - or face "a growing social and economic divide that could de-stabilize cities."

●  Tiwari targets "urban disconnect": "A city that forgets about human connections has lost its way - there's one simple rule: connect people to places, people to transport and people to people (San Francisco's King Street is "a case study in connectivity").

●  Hosey ponders San Diego's "identity crisis. Where's the 'there' here?" (it "demands ingenuity from architects to respect the city fabric while reaching intelligently and elegantly for the sky").

●  Sussman & Ward track "three unexpected findings" in their "game-changing eye-tracking studies that reveal how we actually see architecture" (are those traditionalists we hear applauding?).

●  Mortice considers Apple's new Foster-designed Chicago store: it "has plenty of civic ambitions, but doesn't quite live up to them. The reality is less than convincing."

●  A fascinating look at how tech giants "are competing for Israeli talent and their "brash can-do-it-all attitude and chutzpah" by revolutionizing how office buildings are designed and built in Israel ("greener and more user-friendly").

Of parklands and cityscapes scrutinized, altered, dreamt of - and just plain fun!

●  Sweet reports that the Feds are reviewing the impact of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's Jackson Park that "will strengthen the hand of local and national organizations wanting to manage the changes."

●  Columbus, Ohio, may see "backlash" from other cities that didn't win Smart City Challenge grants after it cut four projects and added a new one: "the altered proposal is not quite what the city originally submitted to win the $40 million grant."

●  Charlottesville withdraws its original RFP to redesign its recently renamed parks, and will issue a new one: "Expert designers are careful not to presume a vision for the parks. The key, they insist, is the process."

●  Will it or won't it: could the WWI Memorial be moved from Pershing Park to the National Mall? (either way, it all still sounds very iffy).

●  On a brighter note: Melbourne is getting a new 17-kilometre linear park underneath a new elevated rail line (dogs welcome).

●  Ohio State University invites some big guns to help re-imagine the connection between the university and the city's center (only at the "dreaming stage" - for now).

●  A look at Noguchi's playful playscapes, many unbuilt, that are still inspiring major public spaces today.

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