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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Reinhold Martin minces no words about Trump as "demagogue," developers as "conjurers, makers of meaning," and Ground Zero as "a sacred stage" that combines "two ways of imagining the nation, as property and as homeland" (Calatrava's Oculus is "an orgy of consumerist branding" - a fascinating read!). -- Krens thinks the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi should be postponed or downsized: "Saadiyat Island with five new museums was conceived at a time when 'people were far more naïve.'" -- Heatherwick's Pier55 is a no-go: a judge sides with opponents, ruling that it "was mostly a park and a concert venue, and therefore wasn't dependent on the Hudson River for its existence." -- King x 2: "ambitious 'design for development' guidelines" for a 35-acre swath of waterfront at San Francisco's Pier 70 " seeks to keep it from turning into Anycity, USA" (fingers crossed, anyway). -- He gives us a sneak-peek of the view from the top of Salesforce Tower: "enjoy - unless you're afraid of heights." -- A Canadian researcher's experiments suggest that "high-rises depress people, but smart design could mitigate the effects - urban design may need to turn toward 'psychological sustainability.'" -- British architect Brittain-Catlin posits that British Postmodernism "was a magnificent Edwardian revival - and a movement that deserves to be recognized as such." -- OMA's pro-bono White Cube museum on a former Congo plantation has a mission to find out if art can "redress economic inequality." -- Buffalo's Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside, "designed to look like it was originally constructed a century ago," aims to be a "game-changer." -- Parga proffers a case study that "explores the potential of individualism in collective urban housing" that offers "the benefits of rural life in the city." -- Lubell brings us eyefuls of Spanish architect Romero's "exquisite, hyper-realistic renderings" of FLW's demolished buildings (wow!). -- Winners all: A fledgling firm's team beats out some biggies to win the competition to design the new Aarhus School of Architecture. -- Seven teams make the shortlist to design the Ross Pavilion in the heart of Edinburgh. -- Home-grown talent wins the Arch League's Folly/Function 2017 competition with "a minimal and clean design inspired by a fundamental shape: the circle." -- Eyefuls of the winner and finalists of the Metals in Construction 2017 Design Challenge. -- Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa competition for an ecotourist facility in Latvia hail from Portugal, UK, and U.S. -- Call for entries: RFQ for the chance to master plan and design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. -- 2017 Sustainable Versatility Student Design Competition: Grow Your Own Tall Building (using wood).

  

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