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Today’s News - Thursday, February 20, 2014

•   Slessor considers the "end of public space as we know it" (Davis and Sorkin saw this coming 20 years ago).

•   Quirk had high hopes for Smith's answer to why women leave architecture, but "unfortunately, all that promise falls terribly flat" ("success is a fluffy pink jumper? Really?").

•   The Missing 32% Project is looking for women and men (and those who have left the field) to participate in the Equity in Architecture Survey.

•   Hawthorne cheers Johnston Marklee's Menil Drawing Institute: the "deceptively simple" design bucks "the prevailing trend toward art-world gigantism."

•   The Menil's "revolutionary roof" will solve "two seemingly polar design objectives: protecting art that is extremely light-sensitive and creating an inviting, airy space visitors will enjoy."

•   Loopholes and conflicting laws are allowing the "ongoing massacre of heritage edifices" in Alexandria, Egypt, "in favor of an ever-expanding concrete jungle of tall, unattractive buildings."

•   The Twentieth Century Society has launched an "audacious listing bid" to save the 1999 über-green Millennium Sainsbury's because the supermarket giant is moving to bigger digs, and "doesn't want a rival food retailer to take over the building" (takes top prize in a Hall of Shame - if we had one).

•   Hartman cheers the effort to save the Sainsbury's, but fears it is "a long shot": "surely, a 3,000-square-meter column-free space lends itself to many uses" - with some "leadership and vision."

•   FOA's successor firm walks off the Birmingham New Street station atrium project (expect a "crass and timid" replacement for what was to be a "showpiece station interior").

•   Betsky has high hopes for The Living's "Hy-Fi" summer installation at MoMA P.S.1: it "may be one of the most fully realized bio-buildings ever constructed."

•   Q&A with EDSA's Smith digs deep into the more than 50 years of the firm's commitment to sustainable design.

•   Q&A with Koolhaas: "There have been radical changes to so many things...yet we persist as if we are still old pipe-smoking gentlemen" (a great read).

•   CNU's annual list of Freeways Without Futures illustrates "broader institutional and political shifts on urban infrastructural thinking."

•   Bad/sad news for the publishing industry: another design magazine bites the dust.

•   Call for entries: Nominations for 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize (Happy Birthday, Louis Kahn!) + The Architecture Foundation's Capturing our Natural Capital international short film competition.

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