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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

•   Bernstein and Quirk report on last night's MoMA/AFAM public forum: abandon all hope that the discussion would change things ("We've made our decision," Lowry said): "At times, Diller seemed to blame Williams' and Tsien's architecture. 'It's a damn shame that the building is so obdurate'" + "the real fun began when the panel began to give their two cents."

•   McGuigan (who was on the panel) pens her own thoughtful R.I.P. for the Folk Art building: "MoMA should hit the pause button and reconsider such irrevocable action."

•   Political theorist Barber waxes most eloquently about remarkable public spaces that "represent oases of open interaction and exchange" and "the products of human imagination."

•   Gallagher ponders Detroit's rush to tear down blight: "but then what? The notion that clearing away blight will by itself create demand - sort of a 'If you demolish it, they will come' - remains a stretch."

•   Hume fumes about Toronto's chronic NIMBYism: "Where does this fear of change come from? And what does it say about us?"

•   Hinshaw tackles Starbucks' stealth tactics "to avoid community resistance to corporate brands" by coming up "with enhanced and localized versions of itself."

•   Sheridan and Hawkes offer planners "seven lessons to help Don Draperize your next presentation."

•   StreetSeen is a new, free, "easy-to-use public engagement tool" that "allows planners and others to simply construct and deploy visual surveys."

•   A report offers "recommendations on security design" to help "prevent, or at least mitigate, a Sandy Hook."

•   Ferro pleads: "Designers, stop calling your work 'Iconic'" - unless it really, really is.

•   Betsky ends up scratching his head when asked: "So who do you think are the most important American architects under 40 today?"

•   Eyefuls of the first three buildings and first phase of the landscape for the Cornell NYCTech campus on Manhattan's Roosevelt Island.

•   New images of Holl's expansion plans for the Kennedy Center "include something we haven't seen yet: interiors of the planned entry pavilion."

•   Rinaldi cheers plans by Denver's "quirky" Kirkland Museum to move to new digs by Olson Kundig in the city's Museum District.

•   Sportsmania: Sacramento Kings unveil AECOM's design for a $448 million "see-through" arena (not all are pleased).

•   Eyefuls of Rogers Stirk Harbour's first football stadium in Caracas with a "brightly colored bicycle wheel canopy roof" (it will look great from a plane!).

•   Atlanta Braves tap Populous, "the most prolific designer of Major League Baseball stadiums" ("a very understandable and not surprising choice").

•   35th Annual Interiors Awards winners (great presentation!).

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