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Today’s News - Thursday, January 16, 2014

•   Brussat weighs in on the MoMA/AFAM ("a cheesy little rectangle of rust") debate: "those of us who are unsurprised that the modernists feel angst at the brutality of their overlords can have our own little chuckle for a change."

•   Rosenbaum x 2: she hears from founding curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum re: why AFAM should be saved: "It's too early to give up on an important if controversial building by acclaimed architects."

•   On a brighter note, she cheers an FLW gem in New Jersey getting a new home at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas (makes us muse: maybe the museum will move AFAM, too?).

•   Making the case for reinventing Modernist gems, with lessons from Detroit, St. Louis, and elsewhere.

•   Saffron cheers Foster's foray to Philly with a towering "atelier where employees can make a mess while they invent and build stuff," proving that "urban skyscrapers are not just for paper pushers, but also for collaboration and creativity."

•   King is a bit disappointed with a "stylish but subdued" building that "hints at what we'll see across San Francisco - an abundance of careful planning and a shortage of architectural nerve" (though he does like what's happening at street-level).

•   Eyefuls of what could be "a stunning Los Angeles of the future."

•   Haiti continues to build stronger after the quake, but with about 90% of work being done without an architect or engineer, and "safety often considered a luxury," experts fear what might happen when/if another quake hits.

•   Baca's Barker re: designing for floods: "we should look at water management as an opportunity to create beautiful places."

•   Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is rebuilding parts of about 30 homes in New Orleans: it's "a cautionary tale" when "using cutting-edge, sustainable construction techniques."

•   A former member of New Orleans's flood protection authority explains "why we're suing the oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico: This place may have a chance to survive after all."

•   The mayor of London throws "a hand grenade into the Southbank Centre's redevelopment plans": he wants the skate park saved.

•   How "Titanic" (the movie) inspired Heatherwick's design for a pedestrian bridge across the Thames.

•   Rockwell and MAS's Cipolla launch RGV: "Our vision is to build a portfolio of businesses showcasing how innovation and the power of design can make the world a better and more inspiring place."

•   Wainwright's tribute to Kathryn Findlay.

•   Katz pays tribute to Madeline Gins and her "reversed destiny": "Arakawa and Gins were peerless in their pursuit of an architecture that operated on both theoretical and material levels and realize them in built form."

•   Call for entries: Lots of Possibility competition for innovative, affordable and replicable ideas to return vacant lots into productive use in Louisville, KY.

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