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Today’s News - Monday, October 28, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us a residence for architecture students in Barcelona, Siza's swimming pools in Porto, Portugal, and a profile of Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

•   Ransford bemoans that a "good planning process is often lost in the process, especially when it becomes more an exercise to appease a few than to consider neighborhood-wide and citywide priorities."

•   Saffron is less than sanguine about the latest plan for Philly's Penn's Landing: it "amounts to little more than fancy icing on an existing cake" (free pretzels included).

•   Hawthorne visits Dealey Plaza, "a place Dallas has long tried to avoid and unlovely, architecturally unresolved prick on the Texas city's conscience."

•   Heathcote cheers the return of brick "as London's building block" that "has spread beyond housing into the public realm - I hope it is safe to say, brick is back."

•   Hosey says scent has the potential to create "a whole new field of design": "Call it medicinal urbanism. A fragrant city is a clean city."

•   Bey uncovers a 1960s documentary that uses Chicago to show the benefits of living in cities; the filmmakers were "also pushing for a fairer urban America."

•   Dittmar reports on his adventure in Detroit with Duany: "Exciting small-scale projects to breathe new life into the bankrupt city prove that, with urbanism, big is not always best."

•   Goodyear reports on big plans for an urban forest in the middle of Detroit that will "turn scores of blighted properties into a lush green space" (some, not all, neighbors are happy).

•   Chaban offers a look at the first portion of Calatrava's PATH station at Ground Zero that is ready for its close-up: "New York now has a cathedral of transit to match the Cathedral of Commerce."

•   Moore is positively Shakespearean about BIG's Danish National Maritime Museum built beside Hamlet's castle: it "jars and jangles - but there's glorious method in its badness: ...a work of infinite jest and most excellent fancy."

•   An amusing take on what Apple could learn from McDonald's when it comes to architecture: 1) Everything gets old. 2) Change is inevitable.

•   Loos has a lively conversation with Piano: "The biggest critic of his museum work may be Piano himself. 'I'm never happy. There's always something missing in a job. The day you are happy, you stop.'"

•   Schumacher and the AA's Steele go head-to-head re: whether parametricism is "the only movement for the digital age," or if we're in an age of "tribalization of culture of all kinds."

•   Pallister visits the Lisbon Architecture Triennale: "with exhibits so far off the mainstream, the beautiful installations are bizarre and difficult to grasp. Remind me: why do we need architects?" (and a curious Q&A with Lisbon architect Joana Bastos).

•   Education in the spotlight: Lewis reports on a conversation between Davidovici and Bandini re: "the tricky question of who should teach history (the architect or the historian)" - it "is in danger of becoming the study of half-baked ideas."

•   The recent LEAP Symposium hopes to shape design education: "How do we create creators who are fundamentally concerned with taking responsibility for the products, services, objects, bits and bobs they release into the world?"

•   Guellerin says western industry is "shooting itself in the foot" if it doesn't "reawaken the age-old value of compatibility between the mind and our ability to build, design, assemble"- starting in design schools.

•   Call for entries: Arch League/ Socrates Sculpture Park Folly 2014.


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Architecture and Design Month NYC 2013

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