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Today’s News - Monday, June 3, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Sambuichi Architects' Inujima Seirensho Art Museum that recycles the remnants of history.

•   Hawthorne shows us Zumthor's "Black Flower" design for LACMA: a "powerfully unorthodox new building" that "would give Los Angeles a much-needed jolt of architectural energy" - it is "mysterious without being aloof" (the devil will be in the details re: demolition and dollars).

•   Some "significant changes" in Phifer's final design for the Corning Museum of Glass expansion: "If you think you know all of the answers when you start a project and present a design, you aren't thinking hard enough."

•   Capps offers an in-depth - and fascinating - take on the probable bursting of DS+R's Hirshhorn Bubble and "why that's a tragedy for contemporary art and architecture in D.C. There is much more than inflatable architecture at stake."

•   Rick Mather's office contests claims it was not big enough to handle the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum, suggesting the real reason it was dropped could be that the museum wants a bigger name.

•   Rago takes a show "On the Road" with a flotilla of U-Haul trucks-cum-galleries to show off young designers around L.A. - part of a year-long project.

•   Moore is more impressed with the interiors of the Mary Rose Museum; too bad it's "marred by its ship-like design" outside.

•   Steinberg delves into the sticky wicket that is dogging cities everywhere: what to do with shuttered schools "in an equitable and rational fashion"; it will require "robust civic engagement" and working "with the affected communities on what is possible."

•   Somers Cocks digs deep into the possible death of Venice caused by 30 years of "politicized wrangling" that has put the city at risk: "Sadly, the question of who will save 'the fairy city of the heart' remains open, and time is running out."

•   On brighter notes, Sydney's newest estate "aims to blend social housing and lavish landscapes."

•   Hume hails the 10th anniversary of Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square: "Given the indignities visited upon it" it is "a triumph of urbanism" - "a balancing act" that the architects "pulled off brilliantly."

•   Hattam reports from Istanbul on the violent protests to save the city's last public park from being turned into a shopping mall (there's more to it than that, of course).

•   An eyeful of why Guinness World Records recognized Turkmenistan's capital for "having the world's highest density of buildings made from white marble" (never mind its dismal human rights record).

•   Kamin reminisces on his early days at the Des Moines Register, now the paper is moving to new digs: the "building oozed character, despite flaws. That sort of patina is priceless and irreplaceable."

•   A good reason to be in NYC at the end of the week: an impressive line-up for "Le Corbusier/New York," a two-day international symposium in conjunction with MoMA's upcoming "Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes."

•   Eyefuls of Denver Architectural League's 2013 Micro Housing Ideas Competition winners, who hail from Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Egypt.

•   The Graham Foundation hands out over $500,000 in grants to 60 projects (great presentations!).

•   USGBC-LA Westside Branch launches Win:Win: A Journal for the New Sustainable City "to promote the conversation about sustainability beyond LEED."


DC Water - Green Infrastructure Challenge

Faith and Form Awards

3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

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