Today’s News - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

●  Florida and Caines mince no words about what they think of "Miami-Dade's next development boondoggles. The path to economic success does not lie in silver bullet mega-projects."

●  Moore marvels at 15 Clerkenwell Close: "Amin Taha has provoked the wrath of council planners with his glorious, rough-hewn flats - this metaphorical ruin could become an all too literal one. But people like Taha are working hard to raise our experiences of the built environment. Councils should not be in the business of crushing them."

●  Preservation experts in three cities "explain how and why a building is deemed worthy of protection. It often falls to design boards or commissions - and the architects who populate them - to decide what stays and what goes."

●  Oregon becomes first state to legalize mass timber buildings higher than six stories.

●  Mortice mulls "two new sparkling" McDonald's in Chicago that "demonstrate a new design direction for the fast-food chain - the company is betting big on design's ability to redefine their customers' experience," but "in the name of prevailing 'good taste,' McDonald's is becoming more like everywhere else."

●  Eyefuls from Schreiner's "Silent Agents" series, shot in London, Paris, Innsbruck, and Hamburg, that "depicts examples of 'hostile architecture': subtle interventions in urban spaces designed to hinder people's use of them."

●  BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion will open in Toronto next month, and "will eventually find its permanent home" in Vancouver.

●  Kamin reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is taking over from Murcutt as chair of Pritzker Architecture Prize jury.

●  Pedersen, fortuitously a few weeks ago, had a great Q&A with Justice Breyer re: "being a client for great public buildings, and why public architecture matters."

●  Miranda spends some quality time with Lorcan O'Herlihy, who is "designing the L.A. of tomorrow in humane ways - bringing plenty of fresh thinking to the issue of density by working on projects that make innovative use of tight urban spaces."

●  In the Bronx. Ford's Hip-Hop Architecture Camp "fosters interest in urban planning and design through the lens of hip-hop among children in underrepresented neighborhoods."

●  FLW's famed Hollyhock House will soon be offering virtual reality tours "intended to provide a lifelike experience for users with disabilities, living across the globe, or who otherwise are not able to see the home in person."

●  Following its 2018 Powerhouse Cities round-up, Metropolis offers its list of 10 "Buzzing" Design Cities of 2018 that "manage to have global design influence while maintaining their unique regional identities."

●  Followed by its 10 "Inspirational" Design Cities of 2018 that "have rich urban fabrics, self-assured cultural scenes, and a laid-back atmosphere."

Winners all:

●  Cheers to Arch Record's 2018 Women in Architecture Award winners for their "design leadership across five categories."

●  Canada Council for the Arts names New Brunswick's Acre Architects winner of the $50,000 Prix de Rome in Architecture.

●  2018 Gold Nugget Awards for commercial projects go to merit winners and one grand winner in 50 categories.


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