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Today’s News - Monday, February 17, 2014

•   On ArcSpace, Meyer parses OMA's De Rotterdam: "Unintentionally it proves that what works in Manhattan may not automatically work in the Netherland's second city" + a look at how Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center "will play a leading role in re-sculpting Baku's image and in the wider process of carving out Azerbaijan's cultural future."

•   A 2013 AJ Emerging Architecture winner tackles gender in architecture: "until architecture is less eager to revel in its own agony, how can we expect healthy, non-masochistic individuals, male or female, to become architects?" (a great read).

•   Teachout tersely parses the possible removal of Picasso's stage curtain from the Four Seasons: Rosen may have the right to do so, and "we'll find out a few weeks from now" how it will play out. "But it shouldn't have to come to that."

•   "Ugly building obsessive" Meades has a lively, sometimes snippy/snooty/snappy, chat with "hostile superfan" Fringuello re: "bunkers, Brutalism and bloodymindedness."

•   Kennicott sees a tough road for whichever of three teams wins MLK Library re-do in DC: Mies's "original 1972 steel-and-glass box is fighting hard against assaults on its basic purity" (he favors Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross, but we'll know who won tomorrow).

•   Lamster lights up at the prospect of a new life for the 1958 butterfly-like Braniff Building at Dallas's Love Field (that would be open to the public, too!): "a city that has so often cannibalized its past to build for its future might just be remaking itself into a beacon of modern preservation."

•   Hatherley's heart is heavy about so many covered markets "gradually disappearing from our cities"; losing Adjaye's Wakefield Market Hall "is a sign of what urban priorities actually are," and our "cities will be duller as a result."

•   King x 2: even though he's never been a big fan of the 1989 PoMo "kitschy clock tower," he's still troubled that it's going to be "neutered - it has character, a gawky flair that (almost) makes it endearing."

•   He reports on an "Avian collision risk/bird safe design assessment" for Foster's Apple on Union Square: "no birds will be harmed in the making of the Apple store. A 'less than significant' number, anyway."

•   Broome catches us up on the saga of Gehry's Biomuseo: "the building, with its aggressive form and dazzling color scheme, is quite a sight to behold in the design-challenged landscape of commercial towers that make up Panama City."

•   Manaugh, meanwhile, delivers one of the most vitriolic over-the-top rants about an architect that we've ever read, calling Gehry "still the world's worst living architect" and the utterly "god awful" Biomuseo "only the most recent case in point" ("he used to be an interesting architect!").

•   Saffron cheers the Philadelphia Art Commission for sending Stern back to the drawing board for the Museum of the American Revolution Center: "its massiveness and modern materials...would make it more cartoon than homage" (cupola, be gone!).

•   Menking, meanwhile, meanders around the "City of Designerly Love" to find Philly's local design firms "are transforming this once crumbling metropolis."

•   H&deM's Mergenthaler explains how West Kowloon's M+ museum "has versatility down to a 'T'": the "shape is deceptively simple, belying the architect's emphasis on full functionality and the museum's demand for versatility" ("It's a mini city - a culture hub").

•   Jasmax's Partington talks about "New Zealand's most revolutionary building - built in accordance with the madly stringent North American Living Building Challenge" ("dinosaur breath" included).

•   Glancey tackles the Designs of the Year 2014: "the shortlist pits the ingeniously amusing against the admirably inventive," though "some new designs appear to be trying a little too hard."

•   Eyefuls of AJ Kiosk models of "six jaw-dropping proposals" by some very big names for new pop-up drinking fountains around London (jaw-dropping, indeed; maybe we're not as thirsty as we thought).

•   Eyefuls of the 2013 BSA Design Awards winners (great presentation!).

•   ENYA's "Elevating the Public Realm Competition" winning designs could create another High Line - in Queens (though it seems the locals would prefer to bring the trains back).

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