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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

•   Kennicott minces no words about what he thinks of the 9/11 Memorial Museum: "a hellish descent into a dark place" that "overwhelms - or more literally undermines - the dignified power of Arad's memorial...a monster of cultural self-indulgence."

•   Pogrebin, on a brighter museum news note, reports that the Frick wants to "expand beyond jewel-box spaces" with a new six-story wing by Davis Brody Bond, though it "could face opposition for altering one of New York's beloved historic buildings."

•   Davidson really, really wants to like Adjaye's Sugar Hill affordable housing project in Harlem, but "it's a shame that it turned out so grim - in every other way it's a model for the kind of high-design, low-cost housing that the city needs...but not by a design that hobbles worthy ambitions with extravagant misjudgment."

•   Webb is more than a bit wow'd by H&deM's Pérez Art Museum in Miami: "Revisionist and inclusive, PAMM can become a point of focus and pride for a fragmented, multicultural metropolis that has yet to forge a strong civic identity."

•   Kuramata's "iconic, compact, modestly postmodern" sushi bar in Tokyo heads to Hong Kong's M+ Museum.

•   Lubell reports that UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences commission goes to Tod Williams Billie Tsien by "showing a real sensitivity to the landscape": "TWBT called the site one of the most beautiful they have ever worked on."

•   An urban planner bemoans "the fall of planning expertise," and ponders a crucial question: "Is the power and politics now vested in 'community participation' undermining the planning profession?"

•   Phelan ponders Ban's Pritzker win and whether he deserves it: "the question for critics is whether he won on artistic and technical merit, or for his pro bono work in disaster zones. Ethics are one thing, aesthetics another."

•   Abrahamson, on the other hand (and from the other side of the Big Pond), cheers Saffron's Pulitzer win for her "attention to unglamorous yet nonetheless powerful players in the life (or death) of the city's streets. American cities need more advocates for better buildings, landscapes and streets" like her.

•   Wainwright wishes a happy 50th birthday to the New York State Pavilion: it "astonished visitors to the 1964 World's Fair. Is it about to stage a comeback?"

•   Ah, Venezia: Q&A with Eisenman re: Koolhaas: he's "used the biennale to announce the end of his 'hegemony' over the profession": "He is the archistar and now he is the curator star. He's killed all the archistars."

•   Kats's Q&A with Obrist re: the Swiss Pavilion and "why he hopes that Lucius Burckhardt will become a household name the world over."

•   Bernstein snaps pix at the Golden Lions presentations to Lambert and the Korean and Chilean Pavilions.

•   Wainwright tours Korea's "Utopian Tours" - a trip to "the brave new world North Korean architects would build if there were no constraints," where "Bjarke Ingles meets Frank Lloyd Wright" (with pix to prove it).

•   Rosenblum surveys some of the more interesting exhibits that "deal with ruins or neglected buildings that once embodied the modernist promise of a new future," or embody "a more methodical study of the essence of modernism, or of the modernist history in their country."

•   NCARB gets behind "an alternative - and optional - path to licensure that would permit candidates to be licensed upon graduation" that "could potentially shave years off the licensure process."

•   Call for entries (deadline reminder): HYP Cup 2014 International Student Competition: "Architecture in Transformation: Unexpected City" + RFP: Research Proposals on Land Policy and Urban Development in Latin America.


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