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Today’s News - Monday, January 19, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to technical difficulties beyond our control we were unable to post on Friday - sorry 'bout that. And tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Wednesday, January 21.

•   We are so, so saddened by the news that Architecture for Humanity HQ, which "put humanitarian design on the map," has closed its doors. Pogrebin, King, and Stott weigh in with why's, wherefore's, and reactions.

•   Bernstein broils (again) about the "supersizing" of Manhattan with "supertall" towers "sprouting like beanstalks, costing its citizens precious sunshine and air," and "making the revised skyline the physical manifestation of New York's income disparities."

•   Buntin lays bare "the myth of gentrification: It's extremely rare and not as bad for the poor as you think."

•   Moore minces no words about what he thinks of support by London's mayor for a luxury high-rise development that "illustrates his contempt for localism," and "puts to an end the patient dialogue taking place until now."

•   Wainwright is not so wow'd by Nouvel's new Paris concert hall: it's "a tyrannical new mothership" that's landed "among a zoo of other architectural misfits," and "effectively channels the last two decades of architecture's more extravagant tendencies into one great lump" (ouch!).

•   Altabe isn't at all impressed with Libeskind's International Congress Xpeirence in Mons, Belgium: his "statement about 'contrasting geometric forms' is an understatement. This thing is a poke in the eye."

•   The cost for Kuma's V&A Dundee museum almost double - but hopes are high that the Scottish government and private donors will come to its rescue.

•   Heathcote is heartened by efforts to rescue "London's best architectural joke" from the wrecking ball. "The fight is on to save a rare reminder of hubris and humor expressed in architecture."

•   Hawthorne is disheartened by the demolition of Ray Bradbury's house (by Mayne, no less): "it was not a distinguished work of architecture. But there's no doubt that it was a cultural site of real importance in Los Angeles" (hopeful news for a Googie diner, though).

•   Lydon tackles tactical urbanism by way of MoMA's "Uneven Growth" (a big-picture take, not a review).

•   Welton cheers Davis Brody Bond's 9/11 museum: despite the difficult design process, "the architects seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design a museum that channels the site's sadness and loss into something more positive."

•   Iovine (mostly) cheers the Cooper Hewitt's makeover that makes the museum "more engrossing than ever."

•   Five finalists vie to design the Sydney Modern (no local talent in the running).

•   Brussat congratulates Schwarz for winning the Driehaus Prize (and, unsurprisingly, berates Kennicott and Lamster's takes).

•   One we couldn't resist: a makeover of the game Monopoly called "Austerity," with "rules duly bent to favor those of privileged descent."


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