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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

●  Dickinson ponders whether architecture will become "artisanal" - similar to artisanal farming - in our all-things-digital world: Technological advances "will create a craving for authentic human engagement - people still love growing food and making buildings."

●  Scruggs reports on a presentation by landscape architect Walter Hood and urban planner Nmadili Okwumabua to Seattle's non-profit Africatown, which is "seeking to restore black identity in a historically African-American neighborhood undergoing gentrification": "If they thought [Black Panther's] Wakanda was incredible, then why not teach it in school, create those design languages - don't just give British and French beaux-arts."

●  Ciampaglia cheers Grimshaw's Frost Museum of Science in Miami, over a decade in the making: "Saying the Frost is 'something different' compared to the old facility is a fantastic understatement" (fab photos).

●  Foster + Partners went back to the drawing board and revised its design for an Apple store on Melbourne's Federation Square - the original design "drew wide-spread backlash"; the new design doesn't seem to be faring much better ("a big iPad").

●  Wright reports on the status of the proposed, "controversial" WWI Memorial in Friedberg's Pershing Park in D.C.: "In a circumscribed win for backers, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts unanimously granted their support" - but "asked the design team to continue to refine elements of design."

●  King reports on the progress of plans to replace San Francisco's pissoirs: He likes the "silvery reflective updates in a futuristic vein," but "in the naysayers' camp" when it comes to topping them with "airborne" gardens.

●  Wilson reports on a yearlong study that finds "most employees would probably benefit" from using sit-stand desks, though it comes "on the heels of another recent study that was devastating for the practice of standing at work."

●  Budds profiles Snarkitecture, which "has grown into one of today's most exciting studios despite having relatively few extant projects" - it "has become a recognizable brand worldwide, a crowd pleaser, and a go-to collaborator for creative companies by exploiting a familiar concept: play" (great pix).

●  J. Meejin Yoon is named the next dean of Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning - "the first female dean in the school's 122-year history"; she'll be stepping down as head of MIT's architecture department - where she was also the first woman in that position.

●  The Arts Centre Melbourne invited small and emerging Victorian firms to compete to transform the center's "pop-up eatery": Cumulus Studio wins with a theatrical design.

It's a green space kind of day:

●  Campbell-Dollaghan parses a "groundbreaking new study" by five doctors - "the first to observe a cause and effect between access to 'greened' vacant lots and improved mental health" and which "provides new evidence for why cities should be investing in low-cost but high-impact design interventions in blighted neighborhoods" (for as little as $1,500).

●  Kafka tours Feilden Fowles' "fully functioning farm" (veggies and "barnyard critters" included) - and its own studio - on a vacant lot in London: The Waterloo City Farm is "a remarkable synthesis of divergent uses, and a genuine community asset" - they'll eventually have to move, but with a demountable barn and studio, they "are optimistic about the future."

●  King delves into the proposals by the "three leading contenders" vying to restore Fort Scott - the Presidio's "hidden gem" - a 30-acre landscape and 22 historic structures: While the proposals "are strong - none is as compelling as the setting, at least not yet."

●  LOLA Landscape Architects, Taller Architects, and L+CC design a 600-hectare forest and sports park in Shenzhen "incorporating romantic techniques and realistic urban visions."

●  An international shortlist of 10 in the running to redesign Moscow's 515-hectare Sokolniki Park, the city's largest park and "an important part of Moscow's heritage."


  


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