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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

•   We don't usually lead off with an EOI, but we've been closely following the up's and down's of (and cheers and jeers for) Sydney's Barangaroo development for so long, we couldn't resist leading with the long-anticipated EOI for almost 13 acres that has finally gone "live."

•   Pogrebin on the continuing MoMA/AFAM saga with Tod Williams breaking "his silence to say how devastated he and his partner are" about MoMA's demolition decision - "he is trying not to be bitter."

•   Brillembourg, Gans, Rustow, and others weigh in with their own eloquent eulogies and criticism re: MoMA/AFAM.

•   A critique of MIT's "Report on the State of Health + Urbanism": it "raises some legitimate questions, and offers some potentially promising visualization methods. But it is mainly distinguished by surprisingly slapdash 'research,' careless analysis, and unsupportable conclusions. It's important to set the record straight."

•   Tarleton and Gabriel Silberblatt consider the future of the 81-acre Arverne East in the post-Sandy Rockaways, and the FAR ROC competition-winning visions "of how this public asset might be put toward public purpose. The question of whether anything should be built on the site remains."

•   Woodman winces as he minces no words about Farrell's Convoys Wharf being "a citadel for the rich. With a lack of transport, affordable housing and central planning, expect another dislocated skyscraper enclave along the Thames."

•   Davies calls out de Botton on his claim that Brisbane is "ugly" and "a mess": there are "many positive aspects" the philosopher "evidently didn't notice."

•   An in-depth look at how Donovan Hill changed Brisbane over the years, and how ("sadly") its "design ambition" reduces its merger with BVN "to a parable, a lesson in the consequence of flying too close to the sun."

•   Olin unveils big plans for a big chunk of Alexandria, Virginia's waterfront.

•   Despite the brouhaha, the Nobel Foundation stands firmly behind Chipperfield's winning design for a new HQ - and its waterfront site that "was donated by Stockholm authorities which has been saving it for just such an international cultural project."

•   Eyefuls of Woods Bagot's AS Roma stadium design inspired by the Colosseum: it "will be the first 'truly sustainable' major European sports venue."

•   Despite protests, the Welsh Government decides not to list the 1966 BBC Wales HQ, considered by some to be "one of Wales' most outstanding post-war buildings."

•   Amelar offers a most interesting look at an "endangered species": mid-century modern houses that "are disappearing from the architectural ecosystem" - and some champions who "are finding ways to save them."

•   Hagberg delves into how Studio O+A "tackles the challenge of sound" in tech companies' open offices (cool stuff only goes so far).

•   Eyefuls of Canada's 2014 National Urban Design Award winners (great presentation of some great projects!).

•   Call for entries: vision42design international competition for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard for NYC's 42nd Street + 2014 FX Magazine International Interior Design Awards for projects and products + Urban SOS: Towards a new industry - 5th annual international student competition.

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