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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be on an 8:00am ferry tomorrow morning for a sneak-peek of the Statue of Liberty Museum by FXCollaborative (formerly FXFOWLE) and ESI Design - the next newsletter will post on Friday, September 14.

●  Florida's great Q&A with Eric Klinenberg, author of "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life," re: "how 'social infrastructure' can knit America together."

●  Chang parses Montreal's "multi-million dollar plan to address homelessness. At the center is social inclusion" that has already "yielded noticeable dividends."

●  Wahlroos-Ritter explains how architects can take back the power from politicians, corporate leaders, and supervisors and "redirect the narrative through the accumulation of small acts - micro-decisions have consequences that extend far beyond the boundaries of architecture."

●  Bliss takes a deep dive into what's "behind the backlash over Sidewalk Labs' Smart City" in Toronto: The "Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain."

●  Wainwright wanders Kuma's V&A Dundee: It's "a twisting, thrilling spaceship" on the waterfront, and "a magnetic new presence" that is "tough enough to withstand" the (mediocre) development going on around it (Mackintosh, Dennis the Menace, and Star Wars included).

●  Eyefuls of images of Kuma's V&A Dundee Museum of Design (fab photos - and lots of 'em!).

●  Freundt finds Chicago's new McDonald's to be "an architectural nothing burger" (ouch!). "It's a clever idea," but it "is austere and technology-based - and may leave some patrons feeling cold" (with a taste of Apple?).

●  Five make the shortlist with their "stunning designs" for Auckland's newest high-rise (vote for your fave).

●  Lubell takes us on an eloquent tour of a few of the best Beaux-Arts beauties in Paris: The Grand Palais "is far from the only emblem of a gilded age to visit in a spectacular city" (be "wonder-struck"!).

●  A Van Valkenburgh kind of day: Gathering Place in Tulsa "will have to adapt over time to meet the evolving needs of the city - changes based on how people want to use it."

●  MacLeod of ArcSpace parses MVVA's Gateway Arch Park: It "a first step in healing the architectural fabric of downtown St. Louis," showing "the capacity for American cities to knit disparate elements back together."

●  Dunlop shares a sketch of his vision for a bridge linking Scotland with Northern Ireland: "We have the engineering and architectural talent and the capability to build this project; it would be a transformative economic generator."

●  Madlener's Q&A with conceptual architect Ola-Dele Kuku: "It is paramount that applied architecture, design application, and the creative arts today are adopted as adaptive tools to address the recurring epidemic of conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation."

●  AIA approves new rules and ethical standards that explicitly address sexual harassment, equity in the profession, and sustainability.

●  ASLA launches a Guide to Climate Change Mitigation, which complements its Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report.

●  London's Design Museum puts the Beazley Designs of the Year nominees on show - 19 shortlisted projects in the Architecture category include the to-be-expected and some surprises.

●  One we couldn't resist: Diller talks about "some of her favorite architect's movies - films that showcase architectures or employ an architectural understanding of space" (it's worth a listen!).


  


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