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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

•   Dunlap pays eloquent tribute to Cuban master Porro, whose "architecture gave lyrical expression to a hopeful young Cuban revolution in the early 1960s."

•   Massengale weighs in on the Bingler/Pedersen/Betsky debate re: the NYT op-ed "How to Rebuild Architecture" - and the AIA's response (or rather lack thereof).

•   Goldhagen offers a most thoughtful take on One WTC: "Everyone had every right to expect a major civic icon. Which we did not get. This is a fair-to-middling commercial office building with some notable good features" that represents "a gross betrayal of public trust" (it's not all the architects' fault).

•   Pogrebin and Qin look deep into the debate swirling around Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium that "looks to some like a pleasingly sleek, contoured spaceship. But many others deplore it."

•   Heathcote ponders the Walkie Talkie: "Is it innovative or oddball? Is it the worst building in London?" (even Viñoly is surprised it got built).

•   Meanwhile, Viñoly talks about his ever-changing architectural style and his towering 432 Park: architects try too hard to be "fashionable," and buildings "shouldn't be evaluated by photographs - something that happens too often these days."

•   Glancey looks into "what's behind architects' skyward push."

•   Making the case to allow the Frick Collection expansion: "The public benefits offset the lost views of a privileged few" with a "thoughtfully updated and designed proposal."

•   The scaffolding comes down on DS+R's Broad Museum revealing a "newly disappointing façade - things are not looking quite as originally envisioned," and "probably won't do much to endear critics."

•   Booth checks in on Quinlan and Francis Terry's "fight against the wave of skyscraper construction" in London, "beginning with a classically inspired design for the site of Hyde Park barracks" (shades of Chelsea Barracks brouhaha?).

•   Mecanoo brings its Dutch touch to Boston that Houben envisions as a catalyst for a once crime-ridden neighborhood.

•   Bernstein x 2: the once-"dowdy" Cooper Hewitt has been "updated with taste and restraint by some of the best minds available" - now, "America's design museum practices what it preaches."

•   He says the Van Alen Institute's new look will have visitors looking up.

•   Montreal has big plans to demolish an elevated portion of its Bonaventure Expressway that will include 20,000 square meters of green space - but not all are convinced: "People will not want to walk around in a space surrounded by nine lane of traffic."

•   Eyefuls of three firms' winning proposals in the Liget Budapest competition to design four museums (no winner named for the fifth museum - yet).

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): AIA SPP Small Project Design Competition - POP-UP 2015: A Safe Place + Harvard GSD 2015 Wheelwright Prize Competition + American Society of Architectural Illustrators 30th Annual Architecture in Perspective Awards + Azure magazine's 2015 AZ Awards for Design Excellence.


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