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Today’s News - Friday, April 4, 2014

•   Davidson parses the 10 Rebuild by Design proposals for a post-Sandy world: "The result is a series of designs by committee - not a single camel, but a whole herd of options...not spending a fortune now means spending a huger one later."

•   Eyefuls of the Rebuild by Design teams' proposals (great presentation).

•   King explains why San Francisco was right to reject George Lucas's generous offer to build a museum in the Presidio that presents "a basic truth that other cities would do well to note" (it was also "an elevator pitch gone astray...There was an implicit hubris to all this").

•   Philly gives thumbs-up to revised plans for the Museum of the American Revolution: "They were told to make it better," and Stern "delivered. The changes that won over the commission were not minor."

•   Madrigal continues to be astounded by the scale of "massive, vertical company towns reshaping the Philippines' cities."

•   The powers-that-be claim plans to demolish Glasgow's iconic tower blocks as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is "a bold and dramatic statement of intent" - others have a very different take: "It just seems like a bizarre PR stunt which has the potential to go very wrong."

•   Hume cheers the slew of public sector projects winning OAA Awards of Excellence, "but it's only a matter of time" before condo towers will be joining the list: "there's no doubt that condo architecture can be interesting these days."

•   Bentley Mays cheers an affordable housing project in Toronto that abandons "traditional social housing's warehouse-like aesthetic in favor of architectural styling that is fresh and contemporary...artistically well-considered and svelte."

•   Giovannini takes a look at Hadid's first U.S. tower in Miami: "The project is no less Zaha at this unprecedented scale."

•   Bernstein finds out why "the Indiana Jones of architecture photography" Iwan Baan became "the architecture world's most sought-after lensman."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Goldhagen has a fascinating take on MoMA's Frank Lloyd Wright show: "one can practically hear the curators flogging themselves, trying to come up with something new to say. They fail, but that doesn't mean that the show should be missed."

•   Filler is thrilled with MCNY's "fascinating" Guastavino show where the "long overlooked inventor" finally gets his due: "Were it not for George Collins - and now the work of a young generation of enthusiasts - these glorious achievements might still be forgotten."

•   The Art Institute of Chicago's "Chicagoisms" explores "contemporary approaches to key historical principles that have powered the city's distinctive evolution."

•   NLA's "London's Growing Up!" is a "timely exhibition - informative as well as inspiring, and is a worthy contribution to the current and hotly debated subject of high-rise building in the capital" (great slide show!).

•   Bose's Q&A with a co-curator of Tate Britain's "Ruin Lust": "Ruins are never wholly prurient or nostalgic, horrific or mournful; it's always this complicated mix" (great pix!).

•   Foster + Partners takes center stage at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre with the first survey of the practice's work in Thailand.

•   RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne offers two shows that explore the "relationship between architecture, Las Vegas, and Surfers Paradise.

•   Kruger cheers a Tokyo show that offers "a glimpse into the life of a trailblazing couple who dared to travel abroad in the early part of the 20th century" and brought "back to Japan profound influences from some of modernism's biggest heavyweights."

•   de Monchaux digs into Mertins' "monumental monograph" (528 pages!) on Mies that "sheds new light on the godfather of modernism" (great pix!).

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