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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

•   Lerner looks into a young Melbourne-based firm "doing work that is subtle, refined, location-appropriate, and very beautiful," mixing Australian-Modern with a touch of playfulness.

•   The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force releases 69 policy recommendations - it "makes for some seriously wonky reading."

•   There's a slight problem with Moscow's chief architect giving Foster an ultimatum to show up in 30 days or lose the Pushkin Museum expansion job: the architect resigned from the project in June.

•   It's a grumpy-ish news day: Moore says London's Cheesegrater and Walkie-Talkie "aren't bad buildings in themselves - but together they're an ill-conceived mess. What most people will see is a bulgy thing and a pointy thing sticking into the sky."

•   Russell x 2: the "asleep-at-the-wheel development team" of Dallas's Museum Tower "owes the Nasher a solution."

•   He's none too pleased the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that "was supposed to be the crowning glory of the bridge-builder's art," but has turned out to be "an engineering mutt" and a "poster child for those who think major infrastructure projects are wasteful" ("giant toothpicks" included).

•   Saffron is saddened by the stalemate surrounding an affordable-housing plan slated to replace a Philly eyesore that "sounds like a recipe for creating blight all over again."

•   Karolides offers a win-win solution to a "terrible irony: affordable housing saddled with unaffordable energy bills."

•   Brown reports on a study that found solar panels on typical suburban houses "are capable of producing ten times more solar power than is possible from skyscrapers or other commercial buildings."

•   Architects weigh in with their concerns, projects, and visions for what the suburbs could potentially look and feel like.

•   Kamin cheers the "appealing, exposed-steel gutsiness" of the first of four planned boathouses on the Chicago River - "a welcome departure from Chicago's ill-advised tilt toward cookie-cutter 'prototype' public buildings."

•   Bernstein cheers WORKac's L'Assemblée Radieuse that "bears direct connections to the Gabon landscape" and answers the question: "How do you represent emerging progressive Africa to the world without relying on nostalgia or clichés?"

•   A multi-modal revamp of Connecticut's Stamford Train Station (almost as busy as Grand Central) that will "promote walkability and reconnect downtown with its waterfront."

•   Lackmeyer lights up at AHMM's proposal to setup shops and offices in converted shipping containers in downtown Oklahoma City: "We looked for something temporary that can be placed there while waiting for better opportunities ahead."

•   Very good news for the once-threatened Gold Dome in OK City: the "iconic structure will soon resume its place as a literal bright spot" along the former Route 66 as the corporate HQ for an environmental engineering firm.

•   It's a much more iffy future for a 1929 icon in Berlin: despite its heritage status, "the preservation of a sooty parking garage covered with graffiti is a tough sell."

•   Rellensmann has a lively conversation with Scott Brown, who "has lately been thrust into the spotlight as a symbol of women's struggle to become accepted into the canon of architecture."

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