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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Luigi Rosselli Architects' rammed-earth complex in the Australian outback to provide "short-term accommodation during the cattle-mustering season" (very cool!).

•   Kennedy gives thumbs-up to Beyer Blinder Belle's less-is-more approach to its restoration/renovation of the Met Breuer (great pix).

•   The New Museum's Wong delves into the Venice Biennale and the Pritzker Prize betting big on Aravena, "who just may have the right combination of idealism and pragmatism to drag us out of the 20th century and into a just new world."

•   Wachs wades deep into Memphis, Tennessee's "urban resurgence" and projects that "are bright spots on city terrain marked by persistent disinvestment. They should be praised for their intent and watched closely for their outcomes."

•   A great Q&A with Rwandan architect Benimana of MASS Design Group re: "what Africa's emerging cities can learn from China" (mostly what not to do), and how "more African architects and designers can have a hand in the design and construction of the continent's new cities."

•   A look at "a new wave of talent" in Ghanaian (and African) architecture, with "newly-minted architects out to prove that they can be both practical and creative."

•   Zeiger offers a fascinating take on gender in architecture: "in honoring the ladies of design, do we risk divorcing them from the overall discipline, thus marginalizing their accomplishments? If the goal is to recognize talent, experimentation and innovation, there seems no reason to create a binary in the field."

•   Results of AR's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey "provide disturbing insights - alarmingly, more than one in five would not recommend a career in architecture."

•   A great profile of Louise Blanchard Bethune, "Buffalo's gift to architecture and women's rights," who championed "'equal remuneration for equal service.' It is a goal that even today has not yet been fully realized."

•   Ennead is tapped to renovate and expand the lobby of Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House.

•   OMA's de Graaf says "the 21st-century trend in city building has led to a mad and meaningless overdose of themes, extremes, egos and extravagance. What is needed is a new beginning."

•   MVRDV's Knikker and Davidson take issue with Minkjan using one of their projects to argue that the renderings of "lush greenery might in reality not turn out like the render - we go to great lengths before these promises are made and to make these promises happen" (a great read).

•   Campbell-Dollaghan takes a look back at Walter Bird and his "Cold War technology that created a new architecture" for the likes of Jahn, Bunshaft, and Rogers.

•   Cheers to the 12 architects receiving the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award!

•   Mossop takes the helm as new Dean of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney.

•   Richardson steps down as director of the British Council; Mann steps into the job.

•   Call for entries: Architect magazine's 2016 R+D Awards + Contract magazine's 2016 Inspirations Awards + BIA 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards + Mies van der Rohe Foundation Young Talent Architecture Award.

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