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Today’s News - Thursday, November 6, 2014

•   ANN Feature: Pedersen weighs in on "Spaceship Lucas" landing in Chicago: "Given the civic importance of the site, it's difficult to imagine how this vision won't stir up a lot of very vocal opposition to it. And rightly so."

•   Kamin has his own concerns about "an architectural mountain on city's lakefront," including the cladding that "could either enhance the Lucas Museum's relationship to the classically inspired temples of the Museum Campus or make it a leaden presence."

•   Bernstein's musings on the Lucas Museum: "Is this, in the Venturi lexicon, more duck than decorated shed? More Hutt than decorated hut?"

•   Wainwright parses the virulent response to Hadid's now less-expansive - and monumentally less-expensive - 2020 Olympic stadium in Tokyo: her "downsized scheme has done little to appease the project's critics."

•   Paine reports on Farrelly's Utzon Lecture, where she raised some interesting questions, such as can buildings "be forces of good? Does the geometry of place have any moral quality?"

•   Yost makes the argument that "a plaza is no guarantee of democracy. So when Hadid says that architects aren't responsible for the social context that surrounds their buildings, she might have a point. But citizens are responsible - and that's all of us."

•   The Housing Partnership Network uses Wall Street tactics to devise a REIT that "levels the playing field for non-profits trying to compete for properties" to keep them affordable: "This is the poster child for a property that's at risk of being gentrified."

•   King reports on KPF's towering plans around the S.F. Chronicle HQ: a "bold vision that aims to be large-scale and idiosyncratic at once" (straight lines and sleek glass walls not included).

•   It's looking like the Louisiana Children's Museum Early Learning Village is (finally) "for the moment, on track."

•   UConn's Lab for Genomic Medicine is "as innovative as the work they do" inside.

•   A good reason to be in L.A. next week: the Design Knowledge: Making Urban Humanities two-day symposium at UCLA will explore how the humanities, design, and urbanism can "transform our ability to comprehend contemporary culture and urban space."

•   Bernstein fills us in on a lot of personal (and often amusing and/or surprising) details about Fujimoto, WSJ Magazine's 2014 Architecture Innovator of the Year.

•   McGlone cheers NBM for giving Charlie Rose the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize "for his work exploring the value of good design."

•   Winners all: Community-oriented projects dominated the Australian Institute of Architects 2014 National Architecture Awards.

•   Morgan McDonnell Architecture scoops 2014 RIAS Doolan Award for best building of the year in Scotland - the Advocate's Close in Edinburgh (stunning!).

•   ONE Prize 2014 winning teams in the Smart Dock at the Brooklyn Navy competition hail from London, San Juan, Seoul, and Milwaukee.

•   Help wanted: Director of The Architecture Foundation, London.

•   Call for entries: Arch Newspaper's 2nd Annual Best Of Design Awards registration deadline extended!


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