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Today’s News - Thursday, May 2, 2013

•   Hawthorne x 2: he parses Zumthor's plans for LACMA that would involve some pretty serious demolition (and inspiration from the "oozing, fluid forms of the La Brea Tar Pits") - he "will also have to face down the ghosts of failed plans." + Meanwhile, MOCA's show on contemporary Southern California architecture faces possible cancellation - less than a month before opening (could Gehry pulling out have something to do with it?).

•   King x 2: UC Davis taps SO - IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for an "architecturally ambitious" museum that includes "an acre-plus sloping roof draped over galleries" + The Presidio Trust names 3 finalists for a cultural hub in the famed park (George Lucas included).

•   In New Zealand, NIMBYism is on the march in Auckland suburbs as a "unitary plan" goes for density. + An exchange student is in awe (not in a good way) of Auckland's "commander-in-chief" - the car, leaving pedestrians and cyclists as "sitting ducks."

•   Wolfe explains why, "before applying any prescription, we need to first isolate spontaneous and latent examples of successful urban land use" if we really want dynamic urbanism.

•   Hume hails Waterfront Toronto as an economic engine: "As investments go, Toronto's waterfront has turned out to be one of the best."

•   Wainwright wonders whether 1 WTC ("a blandly corporate obelisk") really will meet the measure as the tallest building in the west: "Do you know your antenna from your radome?"

•   Bernstein x 2: he fears the over-glazing of New York: "If the trend toward placing featureless glass boxes continues, it is the reputation of contemporary architecture that will suffer most."

•   He reports on "three of the most important modernist houses in the Northeast" that are up for sale - with uncertain futures.

•   Howorth undertakes the preservation of E. Fay Jones' Pinecote Pavilion "to ensure it is still wowing viewers decades from now."

•   Brussat has high hopes that the design of a new visitors center for Newport's historic The Breakers will "fit like a glove into its context...My chief concern is that the devil might re-emerge in the details."

•   Farrelly and Wheeler discuss the role of libraries - and their architecture - in a digital world: "Architecture doesn't even want authority anymore, architecture wants celebrity."

•   A long list of reasons to be in NYC for the month of May: NYCxDesign, Frieze New York; ICFF - and so much more (we're exhausted just thinking about it all!).

•   One we couldn't resist: A six-story inflatable rubber duck floats into Hong Kong: "we're one family and all the waters in the world is our global bathtub."


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