Today’s News - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

●  ASLA launches a new guide for sustainable regional, urban, neighborhood, and street transportation systems (research, studies, articles, and projects welcome!).

●  In July, a Harvard study could "be the final nail in the coffin" for open-plan offices; now, a University of Arizona study finds open-plan offices "more active" and "less stressed."

●  Kamin x 2: He finds Ross Barney's Chicago McDonald's to be "architecturally adventurous," giving it "an 'A' for effort and a 'B' for execution. There are lots of good ideas bubbling here, but they're not fully cooked."

●  As the man who wrote the book on Harvard's gates, he's less impressed with DePaul University's new gate that "grates - decked out with an LED screen that belongs at a used-car dealership" - Antunovich's "handsome, if unadventurous" performance center is "a better gateway to the campus than the gate."

●  Bernstein is quite taken by an apartment building "that dances" in Zurich - "it is unlikely that even Le Corbusier envisioned a place as machinelike - a lighthearted ode to the Rube Goldberg tradition" ("It has a sense of humor," sayeth architect Herz).

●  Schwab parses Nord Architects' "series of centers for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia that feel more like villages or cities, rather than bleak institutions."

●  Badger delves into bipartisan NIMBYism arising from the U.S. housing secretary wanting "to encourage mixed-income, multifamily development as a way of making housing more affordable," but "the federal government can do little about the bipartisan will of homeowners."

●  It was worth it for Diamond Schmitt to go back to the drawing board - its redesigned student residence tower at University of Toronto gets the city's blessing.

●  Not so blessed is Snøhetta's "A House to Die In": "'bad-boy' artist Melgaard's battle to build his 'death house' near the site of Edvard Munch's Oslo studio has come to an end."

●  Kwun profiles "16 women breaking new ground in architecture - and the ways they're leading the charge in moving the architecture field forward" (we cheer them all!).

●  Dobbins delves into the "sweeping influence" of Eliel and Eero Saarinen and "who in the pantheon of architects has built upon the legacy they left behind."

●  Hodkinson hails the history of Suuronen's flying saucer-like Futuro House and how it "turned out to be an impractical curio - but its atomic-age aesthetics are still alluring - while many have been destroyed or vandalized, others have found new lives" (VIP lounge in a strip club, for one!).

●  It's a long shortlist of 42 vying for Dezeen Awards 2018 (including Groupwork + Amin Taha's 15 Clerkenwell Close, nominated for a Carbuncle Cup - click Yesterday's News for Rowan Moore's poetic take).

Tourism good! Tourism bad! Musical "hostile architecture." A park né tunnel. A park unites.

●  Ten cities in the running for European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 to "receive communication and branding support for a year, a promotional video, and a purpose-built sculpture for their city centers."

●  Meanwhile, move over Venice - Amsterdam is seeking to save itself from tourists, trying a variety of experiments, and "could play a kind of pioneering role" for other overrun tourist centers ("the city cannot become a whore like Venice").

●  In Berlin, music joins the "hostile architecture" tool kit as a train station experiments with "anxiety-inducing music in bid" to drive "away loiterers without upsetting passengers" (but "listening to atonal music can raise blood pressure, and increase agitation and anxiety" - oh joy).

●  Green reports on how Greenville, South Carolina's new Unity Park "will not only bridge communities but also actually merge two once-segregated parks" - and lead to equitable development (and a river released from its current concrete confines).

●  Cole parses The Miller Hull Partnership's proposal to turn a defunct Seattle tunnel (a relic of the Alaskan Way Viaduct) into a "landscaped canyon" - complete with a creek with a salmon run (all it needs now is political will).

●  Toronto's Park People announces winners of the 2018 Public Space Incubator program that "funds creative, innovative, and radical ideas to reimagine how we inhabit and enliven public spaces."


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