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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

•   There is a winner in the World War I Memorial design competition in D.C. - a 25-year-old architect from Chicago. Let the punditry begin (and surely more will follow)!

•   Kennicott says "The Weight of Sacrifice" is "full of figurative sculpture and bronze" that "won't offend traditionalists" - and probably the most adaptable design should Friedberg's 1981 Pershing Park land on the National Register of Historic Places.

•   Sisson says of Weishaar's win: "Talk about a nice line on your resume" - and includes TCLF's statement about the potential loss Friedberg's park.

•   Brussat bemoans that his pick of a "beautiful classical proposal" by Kimmel Studio didn't win, but perhaps the winner will "ruffle a lot fewer feathers. The jury may be applauded for the intestinal courage required to deep-six the three more overtly modernist proposals."

•   Prepare for feathers to ruffle as MoMA unveils DS+R's revised design for the museum's expansion that seems to have "dropped the splashiest elements - the design now gets to the business of making the museum work better for visitors and curators" ("We heard our critics," sayeth Glenn Lowry).

•   King x 2: he likes what he sees in DS+R's UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive that "wants to be a mind-bending twist of the old and the new. In fact it's something better" (with "a whiff of decadence," to boot!).

•   He pauses to ponder the "shaky future for pioneering former home" of the BAMPFA, "Ciampi's once-triumphant Brutalist icon, now sitting empty with a checklist of needed upgrades."

•   Kennicott is a lot more cutting in his parsing of BIG taking on a new stadium for the Washington Redskins: Ingels "thinks he can change the NFL. Can this marriage last? It will be fascinating to see what happens. Architects aren't saints. They serve power, and always have."

•   Moussaoui is more than disappointed when she ventures a visit to what was billed as new, innovative social housing in Winnipeg "designed by one of Canada's most talked about architecture firms" - Central Park turns out to be "designer social housing" gone wrong.

•   Bellamy begs to differ, saying Moussaoui gets it wrong: "Central Park has become a shining example of how a public space can evolve from a crime-plagued area to a focal point of pride in a growing family neighborhood."

•   Shubow gives us the low-down on why it's time to rebuild "the most hated train station in America," Penn Station: "This is no pipe dream" - there is a master plan "showing that such a reconstruction is both practically and economically feasible."

•   Byrnes has a great Q&A with two of the designers behind the High Line that "ushered in a new era of landscape design": they considered plant and human species, but, "it's funny that the one species that we left off was tourists."

•   Eyefuls of the "a few of the most highly anticipated" cultural icons to watch out for in 2016.

•   We cheer Metropolis magazine's pick for its five Game Changers 2016, each profiled by some of our favorite scribes.

•   A long shortlist in BD's Architect of the Year Awards 2016.

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