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Today’s News - Monday, April 14, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's take on (and lots of pix of) Gehry's "architecturally spectacular" Biomuseo in Panama City, "conceived like a piece of 'California funk art' from the 1960s, in which 'form does not follow function.'" + "Our House in the City" showcases "the best and brightest designs for contemporary city living."

•   Schumacher tries to get the skinny on why Shields took his name off the Milwaukee Art Museum project: "The conflict is perhaps a natural one between his brand of restrained modernism and the inventive, sometimes flamboyant approach" of the exhibition designer.

•   Bamberger minces no words about why the MAM addition, now seemingly designed by committee, "could be the biggest architectural mistake Milwaukee has ever made."

•   Rosenbaum shares her debate with some notable pundits re: the planned LG HQ on the Palisades: "I've been bemused by the specious arguments - when it comes to preserving the 'pristine Palisades,' the boat has already sailed."

•   Pogrebin reports that scaffolding begins to cocoon the former American Folk Art Museum in preparation for demolition; while MoMA still plans to put the facade in storage, its "future remains uncertain."

•   Moore pens an open letter to London's mayor re: the transformation of the city's skyline that "deserves the greatest planning, not default solutions downloaded from other places. Do you want to be remembered as the Man Who Wrecked the Thames or as the mayor who showed the world how to combine density with beauty?"

•   Davidson calls on NYC Mayor de Blasio to take a field trip to Vienna if he wants to see how good affordable housing is done because "housing is considered a social good, not primarily a financial tool - an ingenious design is no more expensive than a lazy one."

•   Plans to blast Glasgow's Red Road tower blocks for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony are scrapped by organizers claiming "safety and security" concerns (perhaps the online petition calling it an "insensitive" played a part, but they'll hardly admit that).

•   Meanwhile, the head of architecture at the Glasgow School of Art likes the "friendly game of chess" being played out between Mackintosh and Holl.

•   The Martinez + Johnson/Mecanoo team is tapped to revamp Washington, DC's Martin Luther King Memorial Library with a design "driven to "'keep Mies: Mies. Or even better: improve Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.'"

•   Even with the U.K.'s education secretary's efforts "to force new state school buildings to conform to standard templates - as in bog-standard, the independent sector has set its own course, with fine new buildings."

•   Lewyn delves into the details of the National Association of Realtors survey and finds "a variety of small surprises" ("NIMBY resistance to bike lanes or low-income housing" is not all that prevalent).

•   Saffron on the urban "impulse to reinvent the bike rack": "Mostly the results have just been silly," but the good news about the nine winning designs in Philly's effort is that "none of the prototypes are indulgent art objects."

•   Betsky attempts to grok using 3D printing to build houses: while we may "looking at new ways of constructing," what he doesn't yet see "is a way of thinking about design that makes full use of those possibilities - perhaps need 3D-printing theory."

•   Bergren Miller digs deep to explain why, for WXY, architecture and urbanism are "both/and, not either/or" propositions.

•   An impressive shortlist in line for the $100,000 GSD Wheelwright Prize 2014.

•   Ditto the American Academy in Rome Prize 2014-15 winners.

•   Cheers for the United Architects of the Philippines making history with its Likha Gold Medal Award going to Yolanda Reyes - the first woman to receive the UAP's highest prize.

•   Eyefuls of thoughtful solutions (and some great eye candy) taking home the Lexus Design Award 2014.

•   Call for entries: Nature Observatory of Amazonia on the Amazon River) competition for international architecture & design students and recent graduates.

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