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Today’s News - Friday, May 16, 2014

•   Pearson rather poetically parses the 9/11 Memorial Museum: "the design team has allowed the place to feel very much alive, a remarkable feat for an institution dedicated to remembering an event that began with destruction."

•   The best 2½ minutes you could spend today: EarthCam's stunning time-lapse film of 10 years of construction at Ground Zero.

•   Cramer weighs in on the RIBA/IAUA/UIA debate: "Individuals and groups of individuals make bad choices, but that's no reason to condemn an entire community."

•   Hostetler explains why it's "not easy to shift the barge called conventional development towards a greener path" - and offers a possible "win-win" solution.

•   Saffron is disheartened that Philly's "Children's Hospital garage megaproject brushes off neighbors - the institutional Goliath ran circles around the David-sized neighborhood groups trying to shape it into a more urban development."

•   A report looks into what went wrong at RSH+P's Oxley Woods in Milton Keynes, an award-winning project that was to be a model of prefab affordable housing.

•   Hurst says: "It is clearly vital that architects and developers fully learn and discuss the lessons of pioneering schemes like Oxley Woods (and takes serious issue with RIBA's attitude re: having awarded the project a Manser Medal).

•   Schumacher cheers Shields returning to the Milwaukee Art Museum project, "but with reservations," penning an eloquent obituary for the soon-to-be-erased Kahler building (Kahler himself weighs in with sadness).

•   Issues facing women in architecture continue to come to the fore in the U.S., U.K., and Australia: Q+A with Sheng: "The chairperson of The Missing 32% Project wants to know why so few leaders in architecture are women."

•   Burns tackles the question for women architects in Australia and the evolution of the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice.

•   On a brighter note, the "number of women architects working in Britain's top 100 firms has made a surprise leap."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kamin cheers "the new and winningly named Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibition, 'Chicago: City of Big Data'" and its "provocative premise that data, like bricks and mortar, has become a design material."

•   Heidenry on the "provocative" exhibition "Northern Liberties: From World's Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between" in Philly: "While celebratory, the show is inevitably cautionary and appropriately concerned with the potential of history lost."

•   Also in Philly, there's an amazing exhibition one can only see from a train (great pix!).

•   Filler finds much to like in the Met's "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" - despite DS+R's "stygian black-on-black installation" that make some outfits "virtually indecipherable."

•   Q&A with the curator of an exhibition celebrating the founder of the DAM (German Architecture Museum) and "Pomo's chronicler" Heinrich Klotz.

•   Betsky has been arguing that "the suburb is not inherently bad" - now he has "some solid footing" with Stern's "Paradise Planned."

•   Webb weighs in on Phillips's "L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1980s": "The perspective is invaluable - as social history and as a spur for another tide of talent to ameliorate the mediocrity."

•   Morgan finds the hefty 500-page tome "The Buildings of Vermont" a "delight," showing "a rich architectural heritage that is more than red barns, white churches, and Norman Rockwell villages."

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