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Today’s News - Monday, January 28, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us MAD's Marilyn Monroe towers in Mississauga, Barreca & La Varra in Milan, and an eyeful of "ARCHIGRAM - A Guide to Archigram 1961-74."

•   Peirce reports on the Mayors Innovation Project and the value of truly multigenerational cities: "Today's imperative is to design our cities as if every age group matters."

•   Interboro's D'Oca shares GSD student work that "proposes creative ways to support aging in place."

•   Heathcote x 2: "Cities are expanding because they are incubators of opportunity" + FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards call for entries.

•   He gives thumbs-up - and down - to some tech companies' new HQs (Apple's planned UFO is "a smooth, seamless and slick product rather than a piece of architecture").

•   Washington D.C. gives a green light to a massive new waterfront redevelopment project (with an impressive design pedigree).

•   First look at the next new tower for Manhattan's Hudson Yards that "will turn slightly to catch the sunshine as well as views."

•   Gardner tries to be optimistic about yet another new Manhattan tower: "To judge from its renderings, this new building will not disgrace the neighborhood, but I doubt that it will add much to it either."

•   The Sustainable Warburton Project "to improve the living conditions of local Indigenous communities" in remote Western Australia "belongs in this difficult, protracted yet deeply rewarding field of activist projects."

•   The Grid emergency shelter hits the road: "Its modest materials and clean interior belie a bevy of sophisticated ideas."

•   Russell pens an eloquent tribute to Michael Graves, Contract's 2013 Legend, "who brought a stylistic freedom and exuberant romance to architecture in the 1980s - a bracing breath of fresh air after the dour Brutalism of the 1970s"; now, his Wounded Warrior Home "is packed with interior insights."

•   Unslumming Kibera (Nairobi) wins grand prize in AECOM's Urban SOS Student Competition.

•   Huxtable still hovers: Brussat offers two columns from long ago: a review if "The Unreal America," and Henry Hope Reed's "battle" with ALH + a fascinating revisit of her "warning to Syracuse and how to avoid creating a downtown 'dreary wasteland'" + Wright's In Memoriam: "I doubt anyone else will ever achieve her impeccable balance of historical knowledge, aesthetic judgment, political savvy...In joyful remembrance, let's each strive to uphold those qualities as best we can."

•   One we couldn't resist: a massive fire turns a Chicago warehouse into an "ice palace" (interior shots are stunning!).

•   Time to start thinking about heading to Denver: 2013 AIA National Convention registration is now open (a most impressive line-up of keynoters).

•   Call for entries: U.S. State Department opens competition for U.S. presence at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


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