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Is this what social housing residents really want?

There’s a long history of public housing authorities ignoring the needs of residents. Much has improved, but some agencies still take an implicitly paternalistic view of the interests of residents

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An Avalanche of links for urbanists

Cool happenings in Paris; Give Way signs for pedestrians; Weird is good for Portland; the streetcar of the future; the largest building in the world; inequality; what makes a work of art seem dated; the economics of ‘slut-shaming’; the opportunity cost of streets; and more

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An Albo(tross) of links for urbanists

Houses for cyclists; fake shop fronts; hacking cars is too easy; texting while driving; how to stand on the subway; light rail vs bike lanes; Eleanor Roosevelt on the advantages of cycling; “gotcha” TV interviews; bureacratic ineptitude on infrastructure; and more

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An Aggregation of links for urbanists

Priced-out of Paris; three starchitects in Germany; multi modal public transport journeys; declining demand for husbands; can a city be successful without transit?; can we still build real architecture; bicycle helmets & concussion; welcome to exurbia…

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Does spending $40 million to build a branch library make sense?

Sydney City Council has announced the winner of the architectural competition for Sydney’s new Green Square library and plaza. But does it make sense to spend big money on a branch library?

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Should the public have a say in choosing architects?

The public don’t get much say in the selection of designs for major public buildings even though they’re the main users, but there’s a case for them having a bigger role

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Is Gehry an apt metaphor for diplomacy?

Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says the ‘architecture’ of foreign relations needs to look more like the work of Frank Gehry than the formal Greek of the Parthenon

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Annals of archibabble

Architects are brilliant visual communicators but when it comes to words some can’t resist resorting to dense, obscure and pretentious “archibabble”

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How can architectural criticism improve?

Architecture and building would benefit from more demanding assessments, but architectural reviews aren’t critical. They’re a “peculiar act of collusion between architect and reviewer”

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Who needs a ‘starchitect’?

Monash University announced this week that it’s commissioned famous international architect Moshe Safdie (this report calls him a ‘starchitect’) to design its new $80 million Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at the entrance to the university’s Clayton campus.

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