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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

•   MoMA/AFAM outrage continues: Horton has a theory about why the "cabinet of curiosity snuggled against MoMA's glass box" is coming down: "the moderns like their white-boxes and their un-folksy, non-idiosyncratic spaces. Blame Phillip Johnson." + Filler expands on his earlier fulmination about the "impending cultural vandalism."

•   An advocacy website launches in support of preserving the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centers at Darling Harbour, making the case that "design solutions could be found to increase the buildings' capacity, scale and connectivity in a more sustainable manner."

•   Litt looks deep into the VibrantNEO report that "shows how sprawl + urban abandonment is a lose-lose scenario for taxpayers in Northeast Ohio" ("We're investing in the wrong things").

•   Charlotte mayor tapped to lead Transportation Department: "Anthony Foxx knows firsthand that investing in world-class infrastructure is vital."

•   Hume hails Toronto's "new-found faith in urbanity" with the transformation of a bowling alley and strip mall into a townhouse project.

•   Lubenau strolls another Bruner Award finalist, this time in Louisville, KY, where a waterfront park has transformed industrial land along the Ohio River into a "new town commons for the city."

•   Durlak and Frankis explain how they've come to see "informal settlements" (a.k.a. slums) "not as problems to be solved, but as design opportunities," focusing on Heliopolis, the largest favela in São Paulo with a project to turn its citizens "into cartographers and advocates of their space."

•   A sampling of "today's most intriguing utopias."

•   Mariinsky II x 2: eyefuls of "Jack Diamond's 'Onxy Opus'" - the design faced early "drive-by criticism," but "early acoustic tests have hushed" many critics.

•   Moore visits McLaughlin's Oxfordshire chapel that "could almost make believers of us all. It is paradoxically heavy and light, a bastion and a boat, a wall and a drape...poised, tuned, and well made."

•   The Tbilisi Business Centre is "a delicately balanced stack of glass-enclosed disks" - and oh so green (and a "female" mate for its sharp-angled, "male" 1975 neighbor).

•   Trampoline parks and bounce houses are bouncing back, partly because of the economic recovery and "partly from an interest in healthy choices for preteens who are too old for playground equipment."

•   Koolhaas wins the Dutch Johannes Vermeer Award, and Hadid hoists her Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.

•   The National Building Museum names Turner Construction Company as its 2013 Honor Awardee for its 111 years of leadership in the construction industry.

•   We don't typically cover product news, but find it noteworthy that Herman Miller is buying Maharam.

•   Call for entries (deadline looms!): BOFFO Building Fashion: Design and produce a shipping container retail installation in collaboration with Michael Bastian on Manhattan's Pier 57.


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