Today’s News - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

●  Dittmar considers London's Culture Mile proposal to be "a bloated distraction from what London really needs to focus on - retaining our talented people" ("a new symphony hall appears the perfect mixture of hubris with a solution looking for a problem").

●  Fairs reports on a recent panel that offered business tips for architects: "Don't spend money you don't have" and "don't be afraid to be an asshole" (and "creative people are more rewarding to manage than non-creatives").

●  Sydney's "Brutalist masterpiece," Gofer's Sirius apartment complex, is saved from demolition - for now, but the court's decision doesn't necessarily mean the iconic building is safe - the new heritage minister has two weeks to weigh in.

●  Meanwhile, adaptive re-use in a Sydney suburb is an "unusual partnering of architectural styles" - Victorian and Bauhaus make a perfect match.

●  While we're still Down Under: check out the just-approved $100m Tasmanian cliff-top resort, where most of the complex will be below ground and topped by a landscaped roof, while some parts "will protrude out of the cliff face."

●  Hume hails developers "learning heritage buildings can be money-makers - Toronto's past may have a future after all."

●  A look at how "lessons learned from military and embassy projects have made their way into planning for K-12 schools - using design to protect students from the unexpected."

●  Eyefuls of Rogers' newly-restored Wimbledon House, now home to Harvard GSD's Richard Rogers Fellowship - it is "a style before its time" (with fab photos by Iwan Baan - in the spotlight below).

●  The "humble beach hut gets a 21st-century makeover" in Eastbourne, U.K., with the competition-winning "quirky shelter" called "What Unearthed?" - other (also rather quirky) shortlisted designs will follow.

●  Chamberlain talks to Meyer and Bolstad about "landscape architecture in the age of climate change, the difference between sustainability and resilience, how to apply community organizing principles to billionaire developers," and much more.

●  Robathan catches up with Gang in Berlin to find out why "she will only take on projects with the potential to act as a force for good. It doesn't take long in her company to realize that these aren't just empty words."

●  Bozikovic catches up with Baan during the photographer's day trip to Toronto: he "insists on presenting a relatively honest view of what he sees. Ideas - and pictures - can, perhaps, change the world."

●  Simitch, herself a Cornellian through and through, is named new chair of Cornell University's architecture department.

●  Schachter recalls what made him a fan of the "sublime and brutal architecture" by "the gravelly, gruff guru" Acconci, and their adventure designing a conceptual exhibition space.

●  Furniture designed by Boyd for his own Melbourne home in 1958 are being recreated - the "challenge was to respect the integrity of the originals and make the pieces affordable" (and for a good cause).

●  One we couldn't resist: Michael Graves' first commission (1971) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is for sale - a beauty - and a steal at $265,000!

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