Today’s News - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

●  Moore considers "sweltering cities, and how air conditioning created the modern city" and "a new kind of architecture. But has the time come to turn it off?"

●  A look at some of the best "big Ideas" for urban transformation that "often begins on a local scale, as these inspiring initiatives prove," from Wroclaw, Poland, to Richmond, Virginia.

●  Eyefuls of the six shortlisted proposals by six impressive teams in Melbourne's Southbank by Beulah.

●  Quinton parses how, "instead of razing buildings, some cities want to reuse their bones" via deconstruction rather than demolition, and selling reclaimed materials - it's "a way to create entry-level construction jobs and reduce demolition waste. But the push has had mixed success."

●  Nemo takes us on a tour of Chicago's Wild Mile "fake riverbanks" floating along the edges of the city's manmade (and polluted) North Branch Canal - "80 coconut-fiber 'islands'" that host wildlife, filter the water, and soon to sport public walkways and kayak access points.

●  Schwab takes a look at San Francisco's "sensational new elevated park," the Salesforce Transit Center Park by PWP, which has "opened in a part of the city desperate for green space - and even helped change local zoning regulations" that now allow gray water to irrigate the entire park.

●  McGuigan's great Q&A with PWP's Adam Greenspan, who "is just completing two remarkable - and vastly different - projects. It's hard to imagine two more different landscape designs than Glenstone in rural Maryland and the transit center park in the heart of San Francisco."

●  Wainwright x 2: He's quite taken by Feilden Fowles' Oasis Farm Waterloo and "the architects who put animals on the team - their HQ is also a farm. The power of coming across this unlikely oasis is made all the more poignant by its imminent destruction."

●  He offers his verdict on the £15bn Crossrail, "the line that ate London": It is "a momentous architectural achievement - impressively slick and precise, but the urge to banish clutter makes the platforms rather monotonous, sterile places" ("a coughed hymn to value engineering").

●  Dyer Brown's Dunn comes to the "defense of open-plan offices," and why the recent Harvard study "had an essential flaw: The extreme open-plan offices they studied - a designer well-versed in workplace strategy would never suggest such" environments for clients.

●  McKeough talks to architects who "are innovating the college dorm - the residence hall is no longer just a residence - 'It's a village.'"

●  Larsson looks into the Bureau for Art and Urban Research project that "aims to document and preserve" the Brutalist architecture of Eastern Europe - it believes that much of it "has been left out of the history books" (fab photos!).

●  You have only 'til Saturday to catch the festival tour of this year's Antepavilion - the AirDraft, an inflatable yellow theater and arts venue barge on an East London canal.

●  One we couldn't resist: "Why people walking past walls is an Instagram hit" - #peoplewalkingpastwalls "has been used on more than 90,000 photos" (really fab photos!).


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