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Today’s News - Thursday, March 3, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 8.

•   Kimmelman, mincing no words (or rather munching them), calls Calatrava's WTC Transportation Hub "a soaring symbol of a boondoggle," but hopes "it will not suggest a pretend Palace of the People testifying to broken government and chutzpah" (and could also prove to be "a disaster for architecture and for cities").

•   Iovine is not much kinder to Calatrava: the hub "has an undeniable and dynamic presence that has little to do with architecture. Is this the grand civic space we've been longing for? Not by a long shot."

•   Pedersen offers a much-needed chuckle by channeling "a fond place in my heart for Calatrava's graceful, biomorphic forms," and feels "compelled to defend his new building, as best as possible" with a list of "10 excuses for Santiago Calatrava."

•   Minutillo says "DS+R could not help but find itself behind the eight ball" with "its modest but still costly intervention" in creating the new BAMPFA, "a building that the university didn't regard highly enough to preserve in the first place."

•   If "The Force isn't with George Lucas in Chicago, Oakland would be more than happy to help out" (we should know how the winds blow in the Windy City on April 21).

•   Baillieu visits the Réinventer Paris competition exhibition and finds the "results tick the boxes of current metropolitan obsessions. Paris does not have all the answers - but its daring experiment should be an inspiration to the next London mayor to try something different."

•   Kolson Hurley delves deep into Gallaudet University's DeafSpace Design Guidelines that "feels radical in an age of grand architectural form-making," but "has the potential to change architecture writ large."

•   Levete's AL_A wins the competition to design a (striking!) mosque within Foster + Partners' World Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi.

•   BDP, the U.K.'s third largest firm, is bought by Japan's Nippon Koei - but it gets to keep its name.

•   Six teams win the "Reimagine a New York City Icon" competition to redesign of the façade of 200 Park Avenue, a.k.a. Pan Am Building and/or MetLife Building, so will have to share $15,000 prize money.

•   Just in time: Philip Johnson's Four Seasons Restaurant wins the inaugural Design Icon Restaurant Award from James Beard Foundation (we'll be bidding our adieus later today).

•   One we couldn't resist: Kapoor gets exclusive rights to "the very sexy Vantablack, known as the blackest black," which, of course, "is pissing off other artists."

•   Call for entries: Arch Record's international 2016 RECORD Interiors Awards.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A good reason to head east (or west): Design Shanghai 2016 + Design Forum - "Language of Design."

•   Voon cheers "Creation from Catastrophe" at RIBA London: "Most of the projects focus on looking ahead and anticipating problems rather than simply replacing destroyed infrastructure" (great pix).

•   King says "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston" is both a "history lesson and labor of love" that "explores how 1960s Boston came to be a showcase of unapologetic, often superscaled masonry modernism."

•   St. Hill finds "England's Post-War Listed Buildings" to be "full of heritage gems and treasures that show the true variety of post-war architecture. There's something for everyone, whether you like Brutalist monoliths or sculptural parabolic structures."

•   Gardner had "great fun" reading Stern's "City Living" that "showcases a rare and first-rate body of work - the shoptalk about creating iconic buildings added some welcome and insightful substance to the visual delights of the book."

•   "Generations: Six Decades of Art-Making by Herb Greene" documents his efforts to "articulate an exchange between a biological and cultural phenomenon."

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