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Today’s News - Monday, March 16, 2015

•   A sad way to start the day, but also inspiring and well worth reading (not boiler-plate obits): eloquent tributes to Michael Graves by Iovine, Hawthorne, Jacobs, Sachs (who met up with him on March 4), and Capps.

•   Bozikovic and Glancey pay eloquent tribute to Frei Otto, and Pritzker people gather homages from Pritzker laureates, jury members, and others.

•   Another piece of sad news: the Battersea Arts Centre catches fire in the midst of restoration - a ray of good news: "The fire crew managed to save two thirds of the grade II*-listed building, including its 'priceless' octagonal glass dome."

•   In the continuing saga of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, county officials offer legislators opposed to its demolition "more time to negotiate on how much to demolish" (and maybe give it "another chance").

•   It's Dunlop vs. Davis re: how to proceed with bringing back Mackintosh's library at the Glasgow School of Art.

•   A judge rules that Chicago's Friends of the Parks can proceed with its lawsuit against the Lucas museum's plans to build on the city's lakefront; meanwhile, the museum remains "committed to and focused on building in Chicago."

•   Hume hails Foster's design for the 80-story The One that "gives reason to hope for architecture in Toronto. Though there are parts that look like an afterthought - this is as elegant a proposal as the city has seen in awhile."

•   Bozikovic x 2: Foster's The One "will be sold with that catchphrase, and it will in some ways earn that title. The design is tall, brawny and complex."

•   He sees great promise in redevelopment plans for the Honest Ed's site in Toronto: Mirvish Village "has the opportunity to set a good example and seems to be doing so: this project would feel like it belongs in the city."

•   "Overrated Design" x 3: Saffron on "what champions of urban density get wrong: You can't create instant urbanism or fill streets with people simply by throwing up a few tall buildings."

•   Capps makes a case against open design competitions: "they're a lot of wasted work by a lot of talented people. Let's stop pretending that it takes a haystack to find a needle" (there are alternatives).

•   Pedersen explains why Mies's Seagram Building "is the mid-century modernist equivalent of the gigantic hit record," responsible for generations of "soulless office towers" (with "none of the refinement and charm" of the original).

•   One way to end a downer of a news day: a lively Q&A with Hadid: What are your frustrations? "I don't have any frustrations. If you want an easy life, don't be an architect."


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