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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us more eyefuls of DS+R's UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (by Iwan Baan).

•   We lose two talents much too soon: Farrelly pays eloquent tribute to Paul Pholeros and his Healthabitat, "a true architect hero" (and only 63): "we who are left should make PP's big-heart small-ego heroism the stuff of legend."

•   Shuttleworth does the same for his partner and friend Paul Scott (only 51): "His professional achievements were not limited to the buildings he designed but the deep passion for architecture he instilled in others."

•   Kamin talks to Weishaar, the young architect "at the center of the gathering storm," and the "battles ahead" re: his winning design for the World War I Memorial (Maya Lin is glad it's him and not her again).

•   It's a New York kind of day: Rosenbaum revisits MoMA's revised expansion plans: DS+R's "transgressively creative but farfetched architectural follies have been (mercifully) abandoned. All I can say is: I told you so."

•   Bierig revisits Arch Record's 1968 cover story of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo's Ford Foundation, and the challenges facing Gensler's interior renovation: "The gnarly question is how to preserve a work of such total, integrated design while also bringing it up to date."

•   Shaw explores the "transformation of urban outdoor space into a commodity" and "tries to find civic inspiration in a city overwhelmed by luxury residential development."

•   Notable names not doing luxury: BIG does the Bronx with a police station that "communicates a desire to improve community-police relations."

•   Studio Gang heats up a Brooklyn fire station with bright red details.

•   Tod Williams Billie Tsien tapped for the $96 million modernization of the historic Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan's Morningside Heights.

•   We've avoided the eye-candy reportage on Mark Foster Gage's almost 1,500-foot-tall "Khaleesi" tower, but Artemel actually discusses its implications: the "Manhattan skyscraper doesn't shy away from sticky questions of taste, form, or property speculation," and it's "pop sensibility is quite different from that of the 1960s."

•   Paris has high hopes for the €1 billion revamp of Les Halles, "one of the most ambitious architectural projects of the decade. But a history of errors and regrets still hangs heavy over the site."

•   Hassell hopes to assuage critics of its "Ribbon" project on Darling Harbour, "one of the most polarizing development proposals in recent Sydney history," with "a pre-construction facelift that could appease the attitudes of at least some" (before/after images are telling).

•   Haworth Tompkins "has bagged the prize job" of taking over Gehry's "hugely contentious seafront project" in Hove (remember "Tin Can Alley"?).

•   A first look at the new, "minimalist" Pikes Peak visitor complex that appears to be carved into the mountainside, and "will provide majestic views of the Rocky Mountains."

•   Sarasota's Ringling Museum is about to get a new glass pavilion (for its studio glass collection) "inspired by the movement of water and air over sand."

•   Four design teams are shortlisted to design the centerpiece of the $2 billion Parramatta Square urban renewal project.

•   Budds' Q&A with one of the founders of the website No Sir, which "aims to level the playing field for female designers," re: "the pervasive boys-club mentality that's so ingrained in the industry, what's at the root of the problem, and what has to happen for things to change."

•   Brussat cheers Merrill's Driehaus Prize: "His 'style' is a sort of stick classical, with an inspired vernacularity of tone, spare but unafraid of classicizing tendencies."

•   Call for entries: Buckminster Fuller Challenge (and a $100,000 prize).

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