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Today’s News - Monday, March 7, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us Nishizawa's Teshima Art Museum on an island in Japan.

•   Saffron offers an eloquent and touching tribute to Cywinski, the "paterfamilias of Philadelphia architecture" - gone much too soon.

•   Glancey on RIBA's Building Futures report: it may be "downbeat," and the very word "architect" may soon disappear, but "it's not all doom and gloom."

•   Moore takes on the U.K. education secretary who "claims architects have 'creamed off' money...If Michael Gove were a building, he would leak."

•   A look at the merger mania going on in the U.S.: the good, the bad, and the ugly: "mergers, like marriages, are not all happy."

•   Mumbai "is morphing rapidly" - and two new idea hubs hope to create platforms for new types of conversation to work towards a better city (with "more than intellectual backscratching").

•   An architect calls for colleagues to become more politically active instead of confining themselves "to earnest conferences and clientless urban speculations, the political equivalent of howling at the moon" ("If you're not at the table, you're on the menu").

•   Menlo Park's marathon charrette offers Facebook some intriguing proposals as it prepares to move into the neighborhood ("Zuckerberg seemed stoked by the ideas").

•   Mays hopes Toronto will change its ways of thinking about "laneways and little streets and neglected nooks and crannies of the city could be opened up to a kind of intensive, small-scale housing development."

•   The Museo Soumaya in Mexico City "is a civic gift and unrivaled masterworks trophy case."

•   An 80-year-old dairy barn is given new life as a design center for Morrisville State College (milking parlor included).

•   Asked to compile a list of 20 designers who will influence design in the next decade, Rawsthorn and Antonelli find "there are encouraging signs that female designers may fare better in the future."

•   GraftLab is moving way beyond being Brad Pitt's fave firm: it may have put them on the map, "but that lasts about five seconds. After that, you have to prove yourself."

•   The draft of 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan is released, with plans to create 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways by 2035.

•   NYC's transportation commish attracts kudos and criticism for her visionary plans (bike lane brouhahas included).

•   Call for entries: The Resourceful Architect Ideas Competition: how can architectural skills be re-deployed and architectural education teach transferable skills that will endure despite changing economies.


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