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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us a (great) photo-essay re: architecture in Doha, Qatar; and a profile of BIG that is "winning commissions left and right" that "all burst of unflinching confidence and supercharged youthful energy."

•   More MoMA musings mincing no words: Kimmelman: razing AFAM is "just more MoMA madness" - the plan "lacks vision" that "adds too little"; saving/re-using AFAM would be a "truly radical" move.

•   Filler fairly fumes re: DS+R's "sad little sellout...they have undergone a dire transformation from vanguard mavericks to corporate apparatchiks," and not since razing Penn Station has NYC's "architectural patrimony been dealt such a low blow."

•   Saltz sends a scathing letter to MoMA's Trustees: even though he's advocated for demolition, the proposed replacement is even worse - a "generic technocratic edifice scornful to art. This isn't museum architecture; it's heady stagecraft that trivializes most art and turns looking into nifty convivial public entertainment."

•   Iovine re: "why we should care if one more quirky little building disappears."

•   It looks like the on-again-off-again plans for a Guggenheim in Helsinki are on again; an international competition should launch this spring (but decision to build won't be made until the winner is known).

•   Crowther and Osborne cheer "the state of play in Australian architecture - we are now exporting much of our talent, skill and cultural expertise rather than importing it."

•   Brake looks around Maki's 4WTC, "the shortest, quietest, and most deferential of the four planned towers. It may also prove to be the best."

•   Moore cheers the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse that risked "being an architectural waxwork"; instead, it's "a strange play of authenticity and illusion, a switchback of unreal/real/unreal. The Globe complex is a peculiar place, but it is good-peculiar."

•   More on the battle for the Preston Bus Station: it "has a sticky, rubber-tiled floor, and a smell that speaks of cheap deodorant fighting an endless battle with something nasty and nameless. Yet it also has something of the heroic about it."

•   Eyefuls of Gillespies and Fielden Clegg Bradley's winning design for the enormous Park Russia theme park (gigantic flagpole included).

•   The Contemporary Austin Announces names 3 finalists for the landscape master plan for the "picturesque historic treasure" Laguna Gloria.

•   Micro-apartments are on the march across the country, though they might not work in smaller or less expensive cities lacking mass transit, night life and culture to lure younger workers to live downtown.

•   Marvel hopes NYC's new mayor makes micro-units "a standard building option to reach his affordable housing goals" - they are "an essential piece of the puzzle for New York to remain a city for everyone."

•   A look at a "growing body of evidence" suggesting the often-touted open office plan "undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve."

•   Hamburg's Ronald McDonald House has a roster of international design stars behind its design, but critics question whether McDonald's "is misusing the goodwill."

•   Tributes to the "extraordinarily gentle" architect Kathryn Findlay.

•   10 women in architecture to watch in 2014 (Findlay would surely have been one of them).

•   Call for entries: 37th Annual SMPS Marketing Communications Awards.

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