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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: We have a busy two days ahead of us, with the AIANY Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, and the new Whitney media zoo - 'er - preview on Thursday. ANN will return to your inbox on Friday, April 24.

•   Anderton pays eloquent and heartfelt tribute to the Annenberg Foundation's Leonard Aube, gone much, much too soon: he "brought a humility and street smarts to his position, coupled with a polite tenacity. His public engagement was also part and parcel of the Foundation's growing role in creating civic, 'place-based initiatives.'"

•   Lubell pays tribute to Asa Hanamoto, a "pioneering post-war landscape architect" who "blazed a trail for then-nascent fields of environmental and community planning."

•   Pearson parses Piano's Whitney: it "doesn't represent a bold new direction in architecture. But it combines the maturity of an architect who has been honing his craft for five decades with a jolt of big-city energy" (with good and "less photogenic" sides).

•   Kamin cheers Gang's second version of Chicago's "Big Wanda" tower that has "has moved from disappointing to very promising," and could end up "as a worthy skyline gal-pal for "Big John" (a.k.a. Hancock Center).

•   Bozikovic gives thumbs-up - and down - to the University of Toronto Mississauga Innovation Centre that "shows the fine design line between good and great. I wonder whether the builders and architects could have produced a great one" (a few bushes would help).

•   Litt lets us in on what the "misgivings" were re: Fentress's Cleveland Museum of Natural History's expansion plan - before it won design review approval.

•   James Fallows offers his lively take on how "nice downtowns" got that way: it's "tempting" to think they happened naturally, but it's a "long, deliberate process."

•   There's nothing natural about plans for a $1 billion, 420-acre mega-mall at the Grand Canyon, and critical war cries are already being heard.

•   A look at the reasons why wooden skyscrapers aren't catching on the way one would expect (lack of experienced designers and builders included).

•   Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Michael Green's timber T3 tower "is moving ahead at a glacial pace. The issue may be one of perception."

•   Hawken reviews Sydney's new Barangaroo Point park and its "rocky history": "some promising initial designs appear to have been compromised. The division of the disciplines of architecture and landscape, in a structure that so evidently calls for their close integration, is a major loss" for the city.

•   An L.A. kind of day: Heathcote considers how "drought threatens the fragile paradise of Los Angeles. The desert might be coming back to haunt the suburbs."

•   Gold, meanwhile, lauds LA's Sustainable City pLAn: "There's something for everyone" - it "puts the region on the right track for us all to thrive in a denser, hotter LA."

•   Tuhus-Dubrow's take on L.A.'s Sustainable City pLAn: it "could have been drafted by Al Gore - an emerging mythology of a more sustainable, responsible, and communal city could serve as a model for other not-so-green cities."

•   Stephens cheers L.A.'s 50 Parks Initiative: "with a handful of vacant lots, Los Angeles - the city of big egos and big dreams - has finally realized that small is beautiful."

•   The Society of Landscape Architects of Nigeria calls for the government to "prioritize land design," and recognize landscape architecture as a profession (a good idea in our book!).

•   Sadik-Khan talks about her tactical urbanism-style approach to her success as NYC DOT Commish: "The new blueprint is not anti-car. It's pro choice" - and the "speed of delivery was new."

•   Two takes on the young Tehran architect making her(!) mark with a stunning pedestrian bridge: despite sanctions, she's "garnering awards and paving the way for a new, more avant garde generation of Iranian designers."

•   Eyefuls of the AIA 2015 Housing Awards (great presentation) + RAIC Innovation in Architecture awards to two British Columbia projects "that demonstrate new ways to use wood and steel" (MGA, again).


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