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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us more on Snøhetta's SFMOMA, and some remarkable photos of Brasilia.

•   King has high hopes for SFMOMA plans: "It's imaginative and utterly unexpected, provocative and urbane" - it's also "a gamble," but one "that could pay off big time" (with a not-so-kind swipe at local talent).

•   Hawthorne x 2: he's much less sanguine about SFMOMA - and other museums' lofty plans: it may be "a boom for contemporary architects," but "never have museums been so dismissive of architecture's civic or historic value."

•   He's only slightly more optimistic about revived plans for a mega-project surrounding L.A.'s iconic Capitol Records building: at this point, it's success or failure "depends on fuzzy details."

•   KPMB's design for the new Art Gallery of Saskatchewan gets (mostly) thumbs-up's (and we just heard naming rights for the right amount could be in play).

•   An eyeful of FXFOWLE's Museum of the Built Environment in Saudi Arabia that "aims to explore the role that social, economic, and environmental forces have played in the region's constructed landscape."

•   Rogers and Harbour defend their Barangaroo vision for Sydney Harbor.

•   Gunts explains big plans on the horizon for Baltimore re: a $900 million convention center expansion and arena + new visions for Inner Harbor.

•   Rochon rails against Toronto's literal (and figurative) gridlock: "we have to unpark our brains, invest in transit and get this city moving"; unfortunately, "urban visionaries" with "remarkable urban intuition" are "a scarce commodity in Canada."

•   An in-depth look at PlaNYC's brownfield program: as in other cities, "some question how much they actually serve low-income communities in the long-term."

•   Austin Williams takes on de Botton's Living Architecture, calling it "his personal therapy session to exorcise his childhood torment by recreating the modern architecture of his memories" that only "creates interesting, well-designed but self-regarding follies."

•   Lamster sings high praise for the "unsung genius of Flemish architecture": it "should not be underestimated, though it usually is" (and surely to tick of NJ: Belgium doesn't deserve being called "the New Jersey of Europe").

•   The fate of Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago could be sealed by tomorrow: Roeder finds Jahn, Gang, and Keegan anxious to save it, and Goldberg's architect son wondering when does the city's "can do" attitude become "don't care."

•   Kamin minces no words: the lack of engagement of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks "is reprehensible" given the building meets standards for landmark status.

•   He also ventures to the "secret city" of Oak Ridge, where the "drive to build the atomic bomb (and planners from Chicago) shaped this city in Tennessee" (and no, Virginia, your toes won't glow if you stick them in the brook).

•   Pogrebin offers a sneak-peek (great pix!) of the soon-to-open second leg of NYC's High Line that "promises to be the summer's biggest sequel" (we can't wait!).

•   Last year, Moscow's Strelka Institute was the top "hipster hangout"; this summer's programs promise more "responsible fun" with some big names (though you'll still be able to "have a night out without necessarily having to use your brain").

•   A bumper crop of AIA Small Project Award winners demonstrates architects' ability to bring design excellence to the humblest of projects.


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