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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to post yesterday...sorry 'bout that...stuff happens.

•   The much-anticipated Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition call for entries goes live today + The "tug-of-war" back-story of a bit of friction between the Guggenheim and the Finnish Association of Architects, which "is usually a key player in Finland's major architectural projects."

•   Rebuild by Design winning proposals announced by HUD (great presentations).

•   Davidson and Beck parse the almost $1 billion Rebuild by Design numbers: "Even with all that promised money, pushing some of these projects closer to reality won't be easy." + It "establishes a new and powerful role for design competitions in the U.S" (though not all agree).

•   Kandell, who lost his sister on 9/11, makes "a reluctant visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together...vulgarity with the noblest intentions. People will find moments of grace or enlightenment or even peace from coming here, I don't need to be one of them."

•   Altabe finds Kandell's "discontent" with the museum "puts any defense of the Memorial on shaky ground" - but "Reflecting Absence" which he didn't mention seeing, "is no Disneyland."

•   Holl and Rybczynski each offer an eloquent argument for rebuilding (or not?) Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art.

•   Waite reports that Rogers "has denied reports that Lloyd's of London is on the verge of quitting its iconic headquarters."

•   Heathcote x 2: His take on Lloyd's of London possible move to a "generic-looking set of glass towers": "A simplistic conclusion to draw might be that iconic architecture is bad for business. The tension at the moment is between a city of self-conscious monuments or a streetscape of generic, placeless blandness."

•   He sits down with Jacob and Vanstiphout to discuss their British entry to the Venice Biennale: it "has the potential to psychoanalyze British architecture and exorcise some of its most brilliant and its most crippling fantasies."

•   The two curators of "A Clockwork Jerusalem" at the Venice Biennale pen their own explanation of "why Britain should be proud of its planners," from Garden City to new towns.

•   Speaking of Garden Cities, five finalists are in the running in the Wolfson Economics Prize competition to design a new Garden City "in a bid to solve Britain's growing housing crisis."

•   Silk and Manley take an in-depth look at Suzhou, "China's city of clones" and "duplitecture," and what's behind "this passion for urban mimicry" (great pix!).

•   Sorkin tackles the sticky wicket of when architects should just say no to a job: "we're derelict if we fail to educate and persuade our clients to do what we know to be the right thing."

•   Bernstein talks to an impressive group of those who know when it comes to succession planning, "one of the trickiest questions for architects, even in an era when collaboration is touted as being more important than individual genius."

•   Call for entries: Museum of Science Fiction Preview Museum Architectural Design Competition in Washington, DC.


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