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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be attending an early-morning unveiling of proposals by DS+R, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP, and SOM in the MAS Design Challenge for Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, so there will be no newsletter. But we'll be back Thursday, May 30.

•   Architecture for Humanity launches Rebuild Moore to develop a long-term response to the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma.

•   Kimmelman warns that a recent NYC Planning Commission vote re: Madison Square Garden poses "a critical moment" for Penn Station that could end up being "an open invitation to a back-room deal and to wholesale compromise of the sort that has made what should be a showcase gateway for the city into a blight and a safety hazard."

•   Chan parses a new report that "could uncouple...environmental sustainability and historic preservation and justify potentially invasive development in some of Manhattan's most iconic neighborhoods."

•   The Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut "is in the throes of its first public function" with an exhibition in an effort to save Lebanon's remaining Modernist structures from destruction.

•   Hume cheers Toronto's effort to protect its heritage by slapping a summons on an owner and contractor who demolished a landmarked building that could mean heavy fines and jail time, a hopeful sign "this sort of casual vandalism will no longer be tolerated."

•   Anderson cheers the board of Chicago's Navy Pier recognizing "the importance of top-notch landscape architecture" (architects included): "Welcome to the High Line Ferry Building Spanish Steps!"

•   Peirce has high hopes for the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge: "Resilience may not have the instant verbal appeal of Green Revolution. But it's just as essential for humankind" (and hats off to requiring a "chief resilience officer").

•   Hosey hails a change in the green building movement that "has shifted the measure of good design from what the architect wants to what the world needs - a better standard of 'better.'"

•   An insider's take on what it took for a team of architects and landscape architects to get some of NYC's post-Sandy beaches back into swimmingly fine shape in a very short time.

•   Wainwright isn't sure if Bompas & Parr are "architects, artists, or just novelty caterers," but he's enthralled with their "brilliantly brash and surreal addition" to a Kew Gardens pond (and lauds "bringing rowing boats back to Kew for the first time since 1775").

•   Goldberger offers a most interesting take on the new Bush Library, which he calls "Bureaucratic Classicism - serious in its determination to remind us that Government Exists for a Purpose and Does Worthy Things" (and "almost defiantly conventional").

•   Moore has most interesting conversation with Fujimoto, the youngest architect to design the Serpentine Gallery pavilion: he "speaks calmly, a little abstractly, but with assurance."

•   The "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America" symposium is coming up mid-June (fab line-up!) - but the registration deadline is this Friday.

•   A good reason to be in Manhattan next week: ADPSR and the Planners Network's conference, "Beyond Resilience: Actions for a Just Metropolis."

•   Winners all: Zaha's Riverside Museum in Glasgow wins the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award.

•   An eyeful of the winners in the Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia in Canberra.

•   Sir Peter Cook on the Australian Institute of Architects' 2013 Gold Medalist Peter Wilson's work, and aptitude for invention.

•   Emerging talent and revived buildings star in New Zealand Architecture Awards + Great presentation of the winners.


DC Water - Green Infrastructure Challenge

Faith and Form Awards

3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

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