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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

●  An investigation into a fire in Mumbai that killed 14 held the architect and interior designers responsible; now, a serious effort is afoot to require licensing for interior designers to "help weed out people who do not have adequate training or expertise."

●  Green talks to Van Valkenburgh, who makes the case for placing the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park - criticism that the Center will destroy Olmsted & Vaux's landscape is incorrect.

●  As lobby demolition gets underway, Municipal Art Society Chair MacLear makes the case for why Johnson's AT&T Building "is worthy of the greatest respect and most careful preservation. The current owners owed New York City more than a cheap dodge to achieve their ends."

●  Politicians are getting behind a proposed bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland: while Boris Johnson's suggestion to build a bridge across the English Channel "was largely met with ridicule by industry figures, Alan Dunlop's proposal is gaining momentum."

●  Heverin of Zaha Hadid Architects hits back at critics of the firm's "breakthrough" two-tower, mixed-use scheme in London, "dubbed a 'two-fingered salute' by opponents" for a number of reasons.

●  On a brighter note, AS+GG's Uptown Dubai project taps Rockwell as the interior architect for one of the two super-talls.

●  Gibson has a great Q&A with "hip hop architect" Michael Ford re: the importance of black musicians like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams' involvement in architecture and improving diversity in the profession, and his Urban Arts Collective initiatives that includes 400 Forward to increase the number of black women licensed architects in the U.S.

●  Perkins+Will merges with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects ("technically an acquisition" - SHL will retain its name - for the time being).

●  Brasilia closes Latin America's largest rubbish dump, with plans "to employ the pickers at new 'triage' centers," but locals are none too happy: "The closure will impact families living in an adjacent community started by scavengers that has an estimated 40,000 inhabitants."

●  One we couldn't resist - having nothing to do with architecture, but the headline was irresistible: "Camels banned from Saudi Arabia beauty contest over Botox."

It's all about housing (of the affordable kind):

●  Misra parses a study that looks at "where Amazon HQ2 could worsen affordability the most" among the finalist cities: they "are likely to see a greater strain on their housing market - the cities that are tripping over each other to sweeten their offerings" need to seriously consider the economic and social costs.

●  Moore imagines a "blueprint for British housing in 2028": It is not "a utopian dream - the tools are here now. Alongside these ingenious, bottom-up approaches there is something government can do: wield a great British invention - council housing" (great read!).

●  Murphy cheers Swenarton's "Cook's Camden," a "definitive account" of the council housing "designed 50 years ago for a progressive London borough that remains a potent symbol of the achievements of postwar social democracy."

●  Abello tells the fascinating tale of how San Francisco's Mission District "took equitable development into its own hands" - it involves more than just affordable housing.

●  St. Hill cheers Farrells' Gorleston Street project in London: the Hammersmith site proves that "affordable housing can be light, open, generous and nuanced."

●  Boeri's Trudo Vertical Forest in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is "the very first 'vertical forest' to be used in social housing."

●  London-based Outpost wins the RIBA Gasholder Bases National Competition with an affordable housing scheme for decommissioned gasholders, with a nifty round-up of similar projects by H&deM, Bell Philips, and WilkinsonEyre (cool!).

●  To help ease Hong Kong's housing crisis, James Law Cybertecture proposes using very large concrete water pipes as low-cost, stackable micro homes slotted into gaps between buildings ("potentially more flexible" than Framlab's hexagonal sleeping pods designed to attach to NYC's buildings to house the homeless).


  


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