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Today’s News - Monday, May 20, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us SANAA's Musée Louvre-Lens, Foster's show in Nîmes, and a garden of arts in Krakow.

•   Q&A with an artist who has "pretty thoroughly documented the 'copy towns'" of China (now he wants to document the real deals).

•   Kennicott hopes the Smithsonian will "break D.C. from stagnation" with DS+R's Hirshhorn Bubble, but fears "the political knives are out for one of the best ideas proposed in Washington in a decade or more. Is it all about turf? Let's hope not."

•   Litt cheers seeing light at the end of an eight-year-long long tunnel (and several architects) with groundbreaking finally set for the Cleveland Institute of Art's final phase of expansion and renovation.

•   Heathcote x 2: he hails Nouvel's plans for the National Art Museum of China in Beijing: "to anchor a new museum district in a city where the monumental has become commonplace is going to need something remarkable" - and this is "something that should do the job."

•   He spends some quality time with Correa: "The man presents a modest and charmingly self-deprecating image. Far too modest in fact."

•   Wainwright and Moore both give thumbs-up to Cullinan's Maggie's Centre, Newcastle (and both are charmed by the architect).

•   Q&A with the Nature Conservancy's Tercek re: how his organization is changing with the times, and bringing its message to us urban critters.

•   Saffron cheers Philly's new Paine's Park - "one of the first purpose-built skate parks designed by an architect" that welcomes skaters and picnickers alike: "it is a measure of how far our ideas about urban space have evolved."

•   Meanwhile on the other side of the Big Pond, the debate continues over whether the skateboarder community should have to move from the Southbank undercroft: Yes, says McCart; No, says Borden.

•   A great take on the "pleasures and pitfalls" of owning an FLW home: there are 20 now for sale, "but owning an architectural treasure can come with significant headaches."

•   One we couldn't resist x 2: A bigger-than-life-size (15,000 square feet!) "Barbie Dreamhouse" opens in Berlin: "everything is, obviously, very, very pink" + "Occupy Barbie" is a call to arms by Berlin Leftists: "I feel sorry about how some people interpret our giant pink playground."

•   A good reason to be in Montreal later this week: the Montreal International Design Show's SIDIM in the City.

•   Call for entries/ EOI (international) for a new HQ for Scotland Yard.


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