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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's take on Coop Himmelb(l)au's ECB HQ in Frankfurt am Main (and lots of pix!).

•   Wolfe puts out an S.O.S. re: Moscow's Shukhov Tower, the "controversial prospect" of it being reconstructed elsewhere, and Jean-Louis Cohen and Richard Pare's petition denouncing the tower's dismantlement.

•   Kimmelman x 2: his take on the future of Shukhov's "engineering landmark: it's "destruction makes way for reckless development - a classic case of demolition by neglect."

•   He gives (mostly) thumbs-up to a new public school that "is part of a joint project designed to revitalize a blighted section of East Baltimore"; will it work? "To be successful, architecture depends on what happens in and around it. So does a neighborhood."

•   Wainwright weighs in on plans for the U.K.'s first "garden city" in 100 years: it "is rooted in the vision of a radical socialist, but can the model work today?"

•   Jenkins minces no words about what he thinks of the garden city plan: "Don't make me laugh" - thinking "15,000 new homes at Ebbsfleet can help solve the housing crisis is pie in the sky. As a brave new dawn for the quaint garden city, Ebbsfleet is a joke."

•   Davidson x 2: if NYC's new mayor wants to see how to build affordable housing, he "might start by sending a fact-finding team to Vienna" and other cities that "treat housing as a social good, rather than a byproduct of real-estate investments," where new housing "doesn't empty the bank account or crush the soul."

•   He finds the "refreshed UN looks like a period movie" where "vintage cars shine and every outfit is impeccably tailored," but "the cosmetic improvements are but the icing on a high-risk rescue of a creaky modern landmark."

•   Selldorf is tapped for expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: "She creates beautiful spaces that are at the service of the art."

•   The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria taps a team for its own addition because it "demonstrated an understanding of the changing roles of museums and public galleries, which do more today than just hang pictures on the walls."

•   Eyefuls of the Goods Line, Sydney's own version of the High Line, which will turn a disused rail freight corridor into a link connecting arts, education, and cultural institutions along the city's Cultural Ribbon.

•   Richter brings us eyefuls of Ordos, China's "ghost city," in a fabulous(!) two-part photo-essay: "It was time to get off the approved footpaths, to start opening some doors and ignoring no entry signs."

•   The Society of Architectural Historians offers a unique opportunity this July "to experience three Modernist masterworks - the Maison de Verre, Villa Savoye, and the Maison Louis Carré - like never before."

•   Call for entries: IIDA / ALA 2014 Library Interior Design Awards (deadline looms!) + Euramax Aludesign Open International Competition to transform its factory wall front in the Netherlands + WAF 2014 Awards and INSIDE Awards.

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