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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

•   We just have to kick off the news day with the good news that our colleague and friend Inga Saffron is taking home this year's Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for blending "expertise, civic passion, and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise" (we couldn't agree more!).

•   An in-depth look at how architects and architecture students are helping to reclaim the public realm in Brazil's third largest city (riots not included).

•   NYC's Hudson Yards developers and NYU team up on a smart-city project to collect big data to "help it run more efficiently and make it a better place to live and work."

•   Palm Beach's Town Council warns the city's Architectural Commission that it better change its attitude, "antagonistic atmosphere," and "the rudeness of members' feedback to applicants."

•   Brake's thoughtful take on the MoMA/AFAM debate: the demolition (now underway) "resonates with so many in the architecture community because it underscores how little appreciated architecture is by the public, and how even enlightened institutions see buildings as disposable."

•   Hawthorne doesn't have much hope that "design tweaks" will fix some "dramatic flaws" in the Piano/Pali design for L.A.'s new film museum: that "Piano's desire to redeem himself in Los Angeles after his LACMA misadventure is understandable. But it's driven him to produce a misguided attempt at tourist-friendly architecture and one of the more strained designs of his long career."

•   A double-dose of bad news for Chipperfield: heritage campaigners decry the firm's winning Nobel Centre proposal as a "monument to themselves, at our expense" - and Stockholm's + Wright & Wright tapped to take over what was his Geffrye Museum project (dang those heritage harpies - again).

•   Sacramento's planned downtown arena "looms less large" with a re-design making it "more compact, shorter, and, according to its architect, better."

•   A Northeastern Illinois University satellite campus is getting a "traffic-stopping, color-changing" building - "conventional never was the goal."

•   LSU picks a team to design the HQ for the Water Institute of the Gulf.

•   SCADpad x 2: eyefuls of SCAD students' parking space-sized micro-residence prototypes in an Atlanta parking garage + a first-hand account of actually staying in one (detail photos are amazing!).

•   Q&A with Libeskind re: drawing, risks, advice to aspiring architects, and crafting entire skylines.

•   Advice to Hadid on her dive into designing swimwear: don't quite your day job - she's already been named "one of Britain's best dressers - so why not just leave it at that?"

•   Eyefuls of inspiring winners and honorable mentions in Building Trust International Moved to Care competition for a mobile healthcare facility.

•   Two we couldn't resist: Six of Russia's strangest museums (the word "creepy" also comes to mind).

•   MakeShapeChange, a new Dublin-based initiative, kicks off with a "charming animation and engaging site" to show kids why design matters (us big kids loved it, too).

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