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Today’s News - Friday, March 14, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not be posting the newsletter on Monday, but will return Tuesday, March 18.

•   Dallas taps the Stoss + SHoP team over Bofill and OMA for its "pragmatic approach" to reconnect Downtown Dallas and the Trinity River.

•   Campbell-Dollaghan has a seriously amusing take on BIG's redesign of Park City, Utah's Kimball Art Center from "an awesome, spiraling log cabin from space" to an "anonymous concrete bunker: Are you happy now, Park City?"

•   Pallister has a most thoughtful Q&A with Kuma, who urges architects to "be humble": "The problem of 20th century society was the arrogance of designers and engineers."

•   Eyefuls of Beaux-Arts boom in Dalian, China, where "the hottest architectural trend is straight out of 19th-century Paris" - thanks to American architects "known for their neoclassical designs" (some, quite frankly, make our teeth hurt).

•   Eyefuls of Google's new office in Malaysia - "a wild indoor jungle."

•   Portuguese architect Ines Lobo wins the 2014 arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture award (chosen by a jury of women).

•   The Australian Institute of Architects launches "a new philanthropic foundation to promote the value of architecture and design to the wider community."

•   RIAS joins RIBA in UIA initiative to "apply moral pressure on architects" working on Israeli settlement buildings in Palestinian territory.

•   Call for entries: Liget Budapest International Design Competition for 5 New Museum Buildings in Budapest's Városliget (City Park).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Power of Design 2014: Complaints" at Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami promises to be a "gripe fest" of the highest order.

•   Art Month Sydney "positions art at the core of all creative industries. But architecture is art. Understandably, the artists don't see it this way" (but that's changing).

•   "Sculpture by the Sea," Perth's "much loved free the public outdoor exhibition," returns to the stunning coastline of Western Australia (on this wintry-cold day, wish we were there!).

•   Iovine and de Monchaux offer two great takes on MoMA's "riveting" FLW show: it "sheds light on what genius itself might look like" + the "outsider" architect's "work is so familiar that it is easy to miss how strange it is" (both with great pix).

•   Kimmelman cheers "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that offers a glimpse of "a lost Paris, before gentrification" - the 19th-century photographer who documented parts of city "destined for demolition, turns out to be a man for our time."

•   A Chilean artist "casts NYC water towers in infinite light" in the heart of Madison Square Park.

•   Capps cheers Gehl's "Whispering Dishes" that activates "a humble square" in a San Francisco "streetscape that is already one of the nation's busiest."

•   Saffron sings high praise for photographer Feldman's "City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia," a "deeply moving survey of the great civic structures that the city erected, then neglected."

•   Architects of Air's "The Most Beautiful" celebrates more than 20 years of designing, building, and touring their luminaria with a new book of "nearly glowing images" (great pix!).

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