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Today’s News - Monday, January 13, 2014

•   Such a sad way to start the week: we lose Findlay, Gobé, and Gins all too soon.

•   Giovannini on MoMA/AFAM plans: "The dilemma for New York is a Sophie's choice: whether to resist the demolition of an acknowledged masterwork, or to accept a proposal that aspires to be a masterwork itself."

•   Rosenbaum's "contrarian musings" on why AFAM should not be saved: "it hasn't well served the purpose for which it was's not enough to be an object of aesthetic appeal and scholarship. It has to work."

•   Sorkin pens a missive to NYC's new Mayor de Blasio re: urban planning and social equity: it's time to move beyond "a mind-set that filters urban construction through the ideals of the real-estate industry. It's time to reintroduce communities into the planning process."

•   Bentley reports on Pittsburgh's new mayor vowing to "focus on underserved neighborhoods": while the Steel City "has largely scrubbed its image as an ailing post-industrial town," the mayor proclaims: "Tonight, we end the era of renaissance" (that's an odd, not very hopeful way of putting things).

•   Glancey bemoans that "the bustling metropolis bustles no more, as emptied docks become waterside developments... and industry elopes, draining the lifeblood of the city."

•   High hopes for the "triumph of the entrepreneurial city" as an innovation hub: "The obsession with density has become an alternative to urban planning."

•   Researches studying Angkor, Cambodia, "are hoping to show how modern cities can become constrained by their infrastructural legacies."

•   St. Louis County's Complete Streets plan hits a pothole: an expected "unfriendly uproar."

•   Wainwright cheers London's oldest housing association selecting a shortlist of 20 young firms "that could build the next generation of affordable homes" (some look really promising!).

•   Ransford cheers an "innovative prototype" that could take Vancouver's laneway housing "to a whole other level."

•   McGuigan gives a shout-out to "quiet design": despite critics' complaints that Piano and H&deM's latest museums are too kowtowing and tame, "here is first-rate architecture that doesn't shout for attention. What a radical idea."

•   Peter Cook, on the other hand, is smitten by Hadid's "outrageously total, arrogantly complete" Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku: "the way this voluptuous building breathes is in a category of its own" (great pix!).

•   O'Sullivan reports that things are only getting worse at Calatrava's City of Arts: one of Spain's "biggest architectural boondoggles" is "the proverbial gift that keeps on taking" (workers "will soon be taking pickaxes" to the tiles on the opera house).

•   A report on AJ's annual Women in Architecture survey: sexism and inequality still abound (perhaps that glass ceiling is made of Lexan?).

•   Lamster pays tribute to Obata's D/FW Airport on its 40th anniversary: "It was a bold idea, but it never quite worked out as planned. Yet for all its flaws, it is no failure."

•   Eyefuls of the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award winners (great presentation!).

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