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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

•   Kamin offers some thoughts on this year's Pritzker pick: "Ban is "a Japanese philosopher king and an impish uncle" - he "isn't 'St. Shigeru'; he's funny and down-to-earth, not preachy, and that's good. Architects who wrap themselves in the mantle of do-goodism can be tiresome."

•   Farrelly lays out the two choices left for the environment if our "our daggy and retrograde governments" don't get their acts together: "Either we form an axis of planet-lovers to protect nature from ourselves. Or we accept future cockroaches as the inheritor species."

•   Murphy doesn't want "to come across as an angry architect," but he minces no words re: Scotland being "one of worst places to be an architect" where "there was little to be proud of built in the past 20 years" ("government of hypocrisy" included).

•   Christiansen hopes it's not to late to save the soul of Edinburgh from the proposed Caltongate development that "must rank among the most lazy, craven and myopic I have ever encountered - a glassy piece of identikit urbanism, cynically laminated with a bit of period pastiche" (with lots of space for Pizza Express).

•   Saffron is seething over Children's Hospital's plans that "would turn the bustling Schuylkill waterfront into Philadelphia's own Great Wall of Parking - but there is still time to limit the damage. What happens now on the river stays on the river forever."

•   Lange has an eye-opening visit to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City that "is a stark contrast to the commodified museum experience that has become the norm. Sometimes you have to see something done right to know what's been wrong all your life."

•   Betsky is totally taken by the new Rotterdam Central Station that "makes room for and celebrates the movement that is so central to our life in a manner that is public, shared, and open - and not to mention exhilarating."

•   Loos likes the loose banter between Ando and the Clark Art Institute's director: "no one ever said hiring a starchitect would make life easy. The back and forth has pushed the project to be more ambitious than it might otherwise have been."

•   Down Under, a "first glimpse" at plans for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village shows housing, retail, and infrastructure that "will be transformed into a new mixed-use community" in post-Games mode.

•   Green finds a "park for the nostalgic" in Vancouver that is "fun, sustainable, and popular" (we want to go play!).

•   A Norwegian social worker teams up with a "fledgling" firm to build a low-budget orphanage in a small village in Thailand that is anything but Dickensian.

•   Eyefuls of Hadid's City of Dreams hotel in Macau (we can't wait to see what nickname(s) this gets stuck with).

•   Horton, meanwhile, thanks Schumacher "for taking to Facebook to let off steam": "Coming from a place of privilege, it is easy to assume an apolitical, form-making agenda," but "architecture is too important to be a neutral, meaningless vessel, simply about the drama of forms and technology."

•   Eyefuls of the Living Cities Competition winners that offer two very different visions for 2040 New York (we'll reserve judgment).

•   Eyefuls of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt that launches across NYC's five boroughs today with more than 200 eggs designed by some mighty fine folks.

•   Eyefuls of the 15 2014 OAA Design Excellence winners - People's Choice Award voting now open.

•   Call for entries: MESH: Medellín Experimental Social Housing International Competition.

•   Planetizen's April 1st Edition: "New Study Finds Asthmatic Children Cause Inner City Traffic Congestion" (you didn't think we'd forget it's April Fool's Day, did you? The headlines alone will make you grin!).

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