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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Hodgetts + Fung in Pasadena, Lundgaard & Tranberg in Copenhagen, and Ando in Germany.

•   We lose Downes, downed in an assault - just nearing his prime, "well-known in the hospitality design industry" and "recognized for his revitalization of neglected urban areas."

•   Former MoMA curator Lepik minces no words re: the museum's decision to flatten AFAM, "a sign of a latent schizophrenic conflict that is becoming a major problem for MoMA the more it grows."

•   Capps reports on the Arch League's plea to MoMA signed by a who's who of New York architects, MoMA's push-back against its critics, and "not everyone is sad to see the building go."

•   Betsky is in rare agreement with Stern when it comes to East Midtown rezoning plans: "New York does not need to be taller and shinier. It needs to be better, more intense, and better served."

•   On the other hand, the Midtown East rezoning kerfuffle is "much ado about nothing" when compared to the rezoning to allow Hudson Yards, "an area with far worse transit and less new investment...both sides should drop the histrionics."

•   NRDC and American Rivers release "Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action," a new resource to develop climate preparedness plans to help keep our communities resilient.

•   Webb wends his way through Ennead's Bing Concert Hall, "a building that respects its context with no attempt at mimicry," offering "a sense of discovery and delight for players and listeners" - though too bad they couldn't have put in some windows (great pix).

•   Spencer offers a "quick take" of Stern's Bush Library: it "does not reflect the colorful nature of the 43rd president's personality," but "succeeds best as a sedate and sustainable piece of abstracted classical architecture" (lots of pix).

•   Bey reports that Mies's Farnsworth House appears to be safe from the rising Fox River (pix don't look all that encouraging, and no one has been able to get close enough to verify yet).

•   Capps takes issue with Russell's speculation that Brutalist architecture could be partly to blame for the Boston Marathon attacks: it is, "at best, deeply unflattering to UMass Dartmouth, DesignLab, and Paul Rudolph. It's hardly better for architectural criticism to seek confirmation of one's opinion in the actions of a madman."

•   On a brighter note: a delightful, image-filled romp through make-do and architect-designed playgrounds: "all that really matters boils down to one simple question: do children like to play on it?"

•   A good reason to head to Cambridge, MA, in early May: the Women in Design + Environmental Professions conference will "explore ways to leverage talent in a gender-neutral environment."

•   AIA announced the 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects on Earth Day (great presentation, too).

•   The 2013 Berkeley Prize Competition winners announced.

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site (international); registration deadline: April 30.


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