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Today’s News - Monday, May 5, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Holden Platt's interesting Q&A with Patrik Schumacher re: the global rise of parametric design, the advent of robotics in architecture, and the influence of "The Matrix" on creating intelligent buildings.

•   Bozikovic ponders what H&deM's Vancouver Art Gallery will look like: "Who knows? Two things to bet on: What they come up with will be surprising, and it will help shape the cityscape for a long time to come."

•   Schumacher, on the other hand, thinks the "best decision might be not to build an addition" to the Milwaukee Art Museum with the proposed "dose of dullness" distilled from Shields' "much more elegant design unveiled two years ago."

•   Betsky draws up a list of what he considered some of the best new minimalist art museums - until he took a closer look and saw "how tortured, warped, and otherwise deformed even the best of these buildings appear."

•   New research finds that gentrification poses a potential health risk to communities, with findings that "raise serious questions about making development equitable for all residents."

•   Hume has high praise for a 1970s housing project that "remains a shining example of Toronto getting things right," reaching "the Holy Grail of urban planning" by breaking "every planning rule in the book. If only we could remember how we did it."

•   Hawthorne revisits L.A.'s Union Station on its 75th anniversary: there's much to praise about its architecture, but "as a piece of urban design," it "served as a precursor to later 'slum clearance' efforts."

•   Another gigantic L.A. project will give new life to an old race track as a 388-acre mixed-use community (no slum clearance involved, it seems): "The importance they're placing on the public realm is very valuable," says master planner Mia Lehrer.

•   Eyefuls of MVRDV's plans to turn a 200-acre Moscow factory site into a walkable neighborhood (a High Line-like park included).

•   Studio V's Valgora takes a tour of the crumbling Empire Stores warehouses in Dumbo, Brooklyn, that will soon be "New York's next big tech and business epicenter" ("not everyone is a fan").

•   Wainwright offered his list of the 10 worst London towers last week; now he offers his pick of the 10 "best examples of aiming high. They prove that big doesn't necessarily mean bad."

•   Down Under, an unsolicited proposal has architects pondering whether an iconic building perched on Perth's waterfront is really the way to go (warnings of "white elephants" included).

•   Vernon says it's time to finally seriously consider (again) a monument to Walter and Marion Griffin on the centenary of their arrival in Canberra, with an in-depth look at the lengthy - and fascinating - history (dating back to 1937) of efforts to do so.

•   Scotland's presence at the Venice Biennale, crafted by Reiach and Hall, will focus on the country's "loved and loathed" Modernist "masterpieces."

•   Brussat comes to the defense of the Raleigh, NC, neighborhood that doesn't want an architect's quasi-modernist house to rise: "The neighbors are right to consider the Cherry house too ugly for the neighborhood."

•   Volner offers a great profile of the husband-and-wife team behind Studio Fuksas: "they are motivated not by the pursuit of banner projects for their own sake but by...a strong belief in the power of design as a force for good."

•   A good reason to find oneself in the Big Apple at the end of the week: 2nd Annual NYCxDESIGN.

•   One we couldn't resist: eyefuls of upside-down houses in China, Russia, Germany, and Austria "looking to draw tourists" (and apparently finding them).

•   Call for entries: Metropolis/DuPont Corian Shape the Future Design Competition.

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