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Today’s News - Monday, February 10, 2014

•   Goldberger makes the case for the Four Season's "Picasso Alley" remaining: it "is, after all, a de facto part of the architecture."

•   A judge grants a temporary stay-of-execution and bars the removal of the stage curtain citing a clear "danger of irreparable injury"; final decision: March 11 (NY Daily News quotes the judge: "I don't want to be the judge who has a Picasso destroyed").

•   Hawthorne is heartened by the DS+R/Walter Hood design for the Broad Museum's landscaped plaza, but cautions: "because the details of how the plaza will operate - and who will own it - make up a multilayered and in the end rather opaque story."

•   Barkham bemoans the loss of great swaths of the U.K.'s coastline to recent storms, and warns "simply patching up our defenses won't work. Our coast is changing, and we must change with it" - it boils down to adaptation, not "defense or nothing."

•   Ideo's Steffen minces no words about the "criminal lack" of affordable housing being "a global scandal" and "taking a terrible urban toll - affordability is social justice" - and good design should play an important part.

•   Head to Denver this week for the 2014 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference to learn how "equitable development can integrate environmental justice approaches into smart growth and community development programs."

•   Brûlé is more than bothered by "the gruesome operation of deconstructing buildings" which, individually, may "not be terribly impressive but, strung together," they "form the backbone of our favorite neighborhoods" - now being replaced by "monotonous walls of sheet glass, and lobbies filled with dreadful art...leaving too many streets feeling barren and lacking any sense of soul."

•   Davies delves into the idea of an Australian National Architecture Gallery: moves to protect "so-called brutalist 60s and 70s buildings suggests it's time"; 3-D computer renderings aren't the same as the real thing, but it would be "a way of addressing cases where the social cost of protection exceeds the social benefits" (we expect some harrumphing about this!).

•   King cheers the Apple Store redesign for San Francisco's Union Square: "it might turn out to be branding of the most exquisite sort - three-dimensional proof that sometimes, public scrutiny and bureaucratic second-guessing make big-name architecture better, not worse."

•   Saffron cheers KPF's towering plans for Philly's South Broad: "the beanpole of a tower is the most sophisticated design the developer has ever commissioned - it's more than a simplistic, straight-up pile of floors."

•   Cooke gets tuckered out in the newly expanded Olympic Museum in Lausanne: "the exhaustive collections can be... well, exhausting"; it is "interactive to a quite wearying degree - it's surely a destination mostly for the Olympics obsessive."

•   Chaban toasts and roasts the "great and the not-so-great" in NYC architecture in 2013 ("Prospect Park's new skating center didn't stick the landing").

•   Wainwright is wowed by some on the Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2014 shortlist - and not just architecture + Eyefuls of the nominees.

•   A profile of the "architectural watchdog for the construction of U.S. embassies in Africa and Southeast Asia": "The mission is incredible."

•   One we couldn't resist: the "Walking City" video animates "the architecture of a city taking on a life of its own in a spellbinding way" (spellbinding, indeed!).

•   Call for entries: Space for Life international competition for Montréal's largest museum and tourist complex + 120 HOURS 2014 international student competition to redefine sustainability in architecture - in 5 days (registration deadline looms!) + Make Rental Happen International Student Design Challenge.

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