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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

•   FLW's great-granddaughter pens a tribute to her mother Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, "an advocate for architecture and civic advancement."

•   Betsky weighs in on the "architects' responsibility" debate: "Evil dictators and rapacious corporations make the best clients. But at a cost...Let's not single out Hadid - her firm is no different from every architecture office above a certain size."

•   Krier argues that "it is traditional urbanism - not dense Modernism - that offers the solutions to the planet's ecological problems" ("pithy polemical illustrations" included).

•   Two Vancouver urbanists offer 10 suggestions for encouraging civic engagement (#2: make events "less stuffy and more fun").

•   Oman takes steps "to secure the participation of citizens in town planning and architecture" as some experts advocate low-rise building policies to "help spread out development and construction benefits" (sprawl must not be an issue - yet).

•   Weeks reports on Ohio's anti-LEED legislation efforts; Alter argues it's the work of special interests for the plastics and chemical companies, and that it is openly biased toward the Green Globes rating system.

•   Dunlap takes pix in the newest section of Calatrava's WTC transit hub: "How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap? Clunky fixtures and some rough workmanship"; though some will probably be fixed, "the albino garden slugs" (a.k.a. lighting fixtures) "are going nowhere fast."

•   Altabe has an alternative take on Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: the "family thinks the design is too modern. Spoiler alert: it's not."

•   An in-depth and fascinating report on "how Buenos Aires unclogged its most iconic street" (of 20 lanes!) - and remaking many of the surrounding streets: "Avenida 9 de Julio used to be a monument to cars. Now, it's reshaping the city as a monument to people."

•   Nashville, on the other hand, is facing an "oddly ugly Bus-Rapid Transit debate" where "traffic and parking concerns have been rolled into an increasingly fraught class war."

•   It is looking more and more like the ultra-sustainable Sainsbury's supermarket in Greenwich is going to be flattened (IKEA promises its replacement will be oh-so green - we'd call that green gall, perhaps?).

•   Preservationists aren't buying Moscow's claim that the disassembling Shukhov Tower "might be the best way to protect its future."

•   Hart cites two back-to-back merger/acquisition announcements (Perkins+Will/The Freelon Group and Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group/Wilson Associates) could point to a trend.

•   Litt has a lively conversation with Viñoly as they stroll the Cleveland Museum of Art expansion: "He was less interested in discussing the project's architecture than in viewing it as philanthropic stimulus for the city."

•   Q&A with Kaganskiy, the new director of the New Museum's newly named New Inc. incubator (applications for membership due April 1).

•   Daum uses a Swedish church in Providence to delve deeply - and thoughtfully - into the history of the Nordic Classicists and why they "embraced the functionalism of the International Style."

•   One of the longest continually inhabited shelters at FLW's Taliesin West is getting a makeover, with its now 85-year-old designer telling students: "Do what's fun."

•   Rago's "On the Road" project makes a big splash in a Palm Springs pool (what fun!).

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