Senator Provolone Wins: News outlets called the New York City mayoral race for Bill de Blasio early last night, marking the first time a Democratic Party candidate has captured the seat in 20 years. Needless to say, New York has changed a little since Rudy Giuliani was elected in 1994. Joe Lhota, de Blasio's opponent, has pointed to dark times for New York City should a Democrat be returned to power. The New York Times reports that de Blasio will "test the decidedly liberal worldview that has been the hallmark of his career," which, according to your politics, will either repudiate or confirm Lhota's black predictions of strife and broken windows.
What does a change in tenure (and tenor) mean for architecture in New York City? Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman tweets that he is "anxious to see how he envisions the built future." Bloomberg architecture critic James S. Russell outlines, inadvertently, how far Lhota's prediction steers from reality in the present: Instead of the crime and grime of the early 1990s, it is global megawealth that threatens to transform New York City into something its residents won't recognize.
So while the threat of a red dawn over the Big Apple is good fun (especially for folks who don't see much daylight between incoming de Blasio and outgoing Bloomberg), de Blasio will face something that his predecessors could not have totally anticipated: the Abu-Dhabification of New York City.
Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture is hosting dinner parties across the world for the firm’s “Table for Twelve” research project. [Archinect]
The first biennial Baku International Architecture competition in Azerbaijan is over, but does anyone know who won? (Besides Heydar Aliyev, of course.) [AzerNews]
It’s true that Copenhagen has its share of exotic food. For example, jomfruhummer: “a smoking plate of Norwegian lobster, parsley, juniper, and beetroot.” But the city’s architecture has to be at least as important as a draw, and this Copenhagen guide gives only passing mention to the city’s buildings. [Condé Nast Traveler]
Texas Instruments comes up with an industry first: a floating switch design for LEDs in lamps and fixture. Read the tech-babble for more info. [PRweb]
Edmonton architecture firm Stantec acquires Halifax’s JDA MacKenzie Architects. All 24 employees at JDA will continue at the newly named Stantec Architecture. [The Chronicle Herald]
The new shape of the world’s continents if sea levels rose by 216 feet. [National Geographic, h/t Inhabitat]
A Museum of Science Fiction might be coming to our nation’s capital. Here’s what it could look like. [Curbed DC]
Next’s winning design for this pedestrian bridge in China is inspired by a Möbius strip. [Wired, h/t Atlantic Cities]
Silicon Valley’s sister-city San Francisco now has high-tech public spaces. [The Atlantic Cities]
Still no word on America’s tallest building. [Chicago Tribune]
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