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Today’s News - Thursday, January 22, 2015

•   Ferro delves into the demise of Architecture For Humanity: Where it "went wrong, and where volunteers hope to take it now" (a sad, but hopeful tale).

•   A "scathing report lifts the lid on Australia's building energy performance sham."

•   Wainwright wends his way through Beirut's "glitzy" but "strangely deserted" downtown (an architectural petting zoo if ever there was one), and delves deep "beneath the veneer of waterfront sparkle" to find it "might not all be quite what it seems" (a fabulous read!).

•   Russell on Nouvel vs. Philharmonie de Paris: "However petulant it sounded, his outburst matters - pushing back against the ingrained assumption that cost overruns are always the fault of the architect. The hopefully delicious irony in this turn of events is that us media types are forced to halt our usual rush to judgment."

•   Speaking of critics vs. critics vs. architects: Johnson, Brownell, Brussat, and Altabe each offer thoughtful takes on the Betsky/Bingler/Pedersen/Shubow/Hosey debate (all well worth reading!).

•   King calls out six examples of "standout architecture: the fabulous and the flops" in San Francisco.

•   Anderton's Q&A with Mayne and Alison-Mayne re: their plans for the Ray Bradbury home site "that might have piqued the late futurist's interest," and "their response to the furor" over its demolition.

•   Mallonee looks at what's being lost in Holl's plan for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston expansion.

•   An in-depth (and fascinating) look at the Cooper Hewitt Labs, "A Thing That Puts Things on the Internet" that is "an investment in a particular idea of cultural democracy" (fear not - the museum "will forever be committed to its stuff").

•   Bernstein takes a look at how some major museums are dealing with their "entrance problems."

•   Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is getting a new museum that is a modern design by Centerbrook Architects that "will blend seamlessly with the 19th-century flavor."

•   Hopes are high that the Stockholm Public Library's second try to modernize will go better than the first by tapping Caruso St John to renovate Asplund's landmark.

•   Bullivant cheers SelgasCano's Second Home in London, a "gloriously porous cultural hub" (it bodes well for this year's Serpentine Pavilion).

•   An impressive list of finalists in AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Awards and Emerging Woman Architect of the Year awards (great presentation, too).

•   Five impressive design teams shortlisted in Toronto's Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Design Competition.

•   Call for entries: 1st Annual Dencity Competition for new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities.


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