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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be preparing for the 2013 AIANY Honors and Awards Luncheon tomorrow, so there will be no newsletter - we will return Thursday, April 18.

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of MVRDV's Glass Farm in The Netherlands, TEN Arquitectos' hotel in NYC, and SANAA's Zollverein School in Germany.

•   Davidson weighs in on the MoMA/AFAM controversy: "if the museum's architects can't figure out a way to use Williams and Tsien's ingenious stack of rooms, that is a failure of imagination."

•   Capps offers a round-up of responses - and (not surprisingly) petitions launched to rescue the little museum building that couldn't.

•   On a brighter note - our cheers, congrats, and huzzahs to Kennicott and InsideClimate News (two of our faves) on their Pulitzer Prize wins!

•   Why cultural tourism is not a quick fix: be prepared to be brutally honest about what you have to offer.

•   Bernstein parses the debate re: Madison Square Garden's future above Penn Station: the city "might never get another chance to undo 'the biggest planning mistake of last half century.'"

•   Some Windy City musings as APA convenes in Chicago: SOM's O'Connor has a memo to civic leaders: "Get out of the way" if it is to actually become a megacity by 2025 - "we are not acting like a megacity in the making" because of years of "future-suffocating cancer of cautiousness," and "civic thinking that is mediocre and downright cheesy."

•   Badger uses Chicago as focal point to ponder, "What happens to the Olympics Plans of cities that don't win them? Does a city get anything out of the exercise?"

•   Booth gets behind RIBA's concern that changes in social housing standards "could exacerbate the phenomenon of 'rabbit-hutch Britain'" (of course, a builders' lobby group that says, ""The objective of all this is to cut red tape and reduce standards, not the other way round," bodes well, doesn't it?).

•   Stott says if might be a good idea for the U.K. to take a page from Denmark's architecture policy: "Lesson #1: High Quality Design Makes Economic Sense."

•   Lubell reports on bold plans for Alameda Square, which "could become the hub of L.A.'s burgeoning Arts District" (shipping containers included, of course).

•   Wainwright is almost as dramatic as the dramas going on in the National Theatre's pop-up Shed: it "recalls a diminutive Battersea Power Station as if built by Amish barn-raisers - half packing crate, half temple - but it seems a natural addition."

•   A profile of Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) founder who's out to improve global health through better design: "paving floors can improve the cognitive development of a child by as much as 96%" (and other intriguing stats).

•   Lui digs into the conundrum faced by "budding architects" and "a unique obstacle in starting their own firms - the prohibitive costs of design software" that could result in "a self-selecting pool of designers" who can afford to compete.

•   McGuirk mulls OMA's "Tools for Life": "OMA designing hydraulic machinery for Knoll, sponsored by Prada, is the industrial revived not as tragedy but as farce."

•   Heathcote riffs on two homes by Koenig and Gehry: "One is a clean, crystal-clear villa, the other is a tough, gritty street hood. And both remain hugely influential."

•   Brooks Pfeiffer brings us an exclusive tour of FLW's Fir Tree House: "With its grandly rustic architectural elegance, it stands alone in Wright's oeuvre" (we want one!).

•   Ron Thom and Douglas Cardinal take home RAIC | Architecture Canada's Prix du XXe siècle, which honors enduring excellence in Canadian architecture.


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