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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

•   Rochon finds similarities between MoMA/AFAM and VAG plans: "Bulldozing great architecture in the name of housing great art. That's how low some big public art institutions - including, most recently, the Vancouver Art Gallery - have sunk."

•   Iovine weighs in on the "architectural conundrum" in designing a presidential library: "if anyone can handle the contradictory impulses and requirements, it is Robert A.M. Stern" - the Bush Library "speaks of considerable sophistication and an eagerness to please."

•   Not all are pleased that Melbourne has opened a Federation Square site to private sector development (what's wrong with LAB Architecture's multi-purpose design, we wonder).

•   The Twentieth Century Society has some "serious concerns" about plan to overhaul London's Southbank Centre.

•   Lubell on Zumthor's plans for LACMA: he's "planning to basically take LACMA apart and start over" (including replacing four of the museum's midcentury structures).

•   Unlikely allies get behind a call to restore Calgary's Brutalist Century Gardens Park.

•   Fuksas wins competition to design a "High Line" elevated rail line park for Bari, Italy.

•   The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts taps two firms to design a new fifth pavilion.

•   The University of Toronto taps a local and a Brit for new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

•   China giving Algeria an opera house leaves locals puzzled: "A factory would have been a better present. Some of us can't even buy a kilogram of potatoes or tomatoes."

•   "Changing nothing about Donald Judd's original vision" for 101 Spring Street was "an unprecedented restoration project for ARO."

•   Fisher finds much to like in a new mausoleum in Minneapolis: it's "a work of architecture prompting us to return again and again" (great pix).

•   Makovsky has a most amusing (and informative) Q&A with Lambert re: "Building Seagram," how she picked Mies (who knew there was a list of "those who could-but-shouldn't, those who should-but-couldn't, and those who could-and-should"), and the legacy of the CCA.

•   Eyefuls of the 20 projects shortlisted for $1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture (great presentation).

•   Call for entries: DC Water Green Infrastructure Challenge ($1 million+ to get things done) + CoD+A Awards: Collaboration of Design + Art (no fee!).


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