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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for missing yesterday's posting - stuff there's lots of catching up to do (as the next Arctic Vortex bears down on us!).

•   ArcSpace brings us Fujimoto's university library in Tokyo, and Ban's office building in Zürich.

•   And you thought perhaps MoMA/AFAM commentary was kaput? Ha! Horton sees AFAM's lifespan as "ultimately briefer than a McDonald's franchise. Looks aren't everything, I guess," which raises "questions about permanence, memory, and the spatial character of cities (and a hysterical rumor at the end).

•   Pogrebin parses the parameters of friendship for DS+R and TWBTA: "In architectural circles, the debate has gone beyond a discussion of the personal relationships to questions of design integrity."

•   The Destruction Derby doesn't end on West 53rd Street: Lackmeyer reports that Oklahoma City's Design Review Committee voted to allow the demolition of Johansen's Stage Center, and its defenders "will not seek to appeal the decision."

•   Kennicott hopes the citation for Weese's Washington, DC Metro AIA 25 Year Award will be "cited in what will likely be contentious debates about the purity of design" as "dubious plans" for updating stations go forward.

•   Corbu's Rochamp chapel has been vandalized: the "overall damage was "priceless.'"

•   Is Barangaroo "a tale of boom and bust? Or does it tell a tale of a typical Sydney urban sellout, which ultimately forgets about the people who will be using the public space?"

•   An in-depth look at how redevelopment of Beirut's once vibrant old downtown has "eroded its history and privatized its future": "Now it's a kind of no man's land for rich people."

•   A Syrian architect bemoans the damage to mosques and churches in Homs that once coexisted in "peaceful harmony."

•   Wainwright brightens the news day with a humorous tour of buildings with holes in them (who could resist the "melty hole" or the "sinister Eye-of-Sauron hole"?!!?).

•   Xie continues in the same vein, explaining "why China loves to hate its newest skyscraper, shaped like a giant gold doughnut."

•   Saffron cheers Philly's first LGBT-friendly, urban-friendly, low-income housing for seniors, with "a stylish new residence cloaked in charcoal brick and pumpkin panels" (complete with walk-in, "drag-queen closets").

•   King is concerned that "black is the new black" in San Francisco architecture: "there's a very real danger that the eye-catching exception could spread across some districts like an oil spill."

•   Filler's heart melts for Williams and Tsien's ice rink in Brooklyn's Prospect Park: it "reminds us why civic architecture at its best is not an exercise in monumental grandeur but rather a celebration of everyday life enriched."

•   A Bulgarian architect returns home to work with others "to enliven the city of Sofia with whimsical, low-cost public art projects" as the city's entry for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayor's Challenge competition.

•   Heathcote's tribute to Findlay: she "was never quite going to be a mainstream architect. Yet she was one of the (still few) great women architects of the modern age...self-deprecating and witty" and so much more.

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): Expressions of Interest: UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition + Design manifestos for the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial (both international).

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