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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

•   The competition to design a new museum in Berlin is devolving, with none of the 10 shortlisted firms making the cut. "But the architects are hardly to blame. The whole fiasco fits squarely into Berlin's growing reputation for disorganized and nonsensical urban development."

•   On a brighter note (and with higher hopes), a stellar shortlist of 5 now vying to design the $80 million expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.

•   Hales hails new projects challenging Washington, DC's architectural history: "New buildings are changing the cityscape in ways that delight some and disturb others - the door to diversity has been opened" (though "innovation can generate pushback").

•   Kuma's first Australian project is a "timber hive" that will "bring a sting" to Sydney's Darling Harbour.

•   A fascinating look at biophilic and biomemetic architecture that is making Seattle's "cityscape function like a forest. Ironically, the fear of ugly new buildings may actually prevent the city from getting cool new buildings."

•   Quinn cheers the deal to transform a Vancouver rail corridor into a park, "but a transformative urban icon like the High Line? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. This is the time to aim high, hire big talent, promote originality. We have a chance to get this one right."

•   McMartin sees Vancouver's Arbutus Corridor greenway plans from a different angle: "The city may profess to wanting to develop the corridor as a green space. But it's really a gold mine it bought, and it knows it."

•   Weder weaves together conversations with Margolese National Design for Living Prize winner, lauded landscape architect (and Vancouverite) Oberlander re: landscapes, cities, healing souls, and "why landscape architecture still gets short shrift."

•   Glentzer delves into Houston's claim to "what may be the nation's largest green infrastructure," and finds a few sticky wickets (like an insufficient budget and lack of accessibility by "diverse segments of the population").

•   Selin Davis cheers architects who "want to make 'design for aging' imperative to the profession - and, heck, even sexy."

•   Q&A with Davidson and Ponce de Leon re: their aspirations for the 2016 Venice Biennale U.S. Pavilion: "With Detroit as their inspiration, they are hoping to position the speculative work as a model for urban architecture."

•   It's a women's kind of news day: Stratigakos says that women leaving the profession is "a loss of talent architecture can't afford. But something is happening in architecture that gives me tremendous hope - a rising third wave of feminism in architecture."

•   Hosey explains studies that show women "improve the entire triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental value" - and a troubling finding in the AIA's diversity survey: "architects in general don't seem very happy in their jobs."

•   An international shortlist of 20 women makes the 4th annual arcVision Prize, "referred by some as the Pritzker for women."

•   Five women architects "who left lasting marks in Philly."

•   A look at how Calori & Vanden-Eynden's wayfinding design revived Philly's historic 30th Street Station (full disclosure: C&V-E designed ANN, for which we are forever grateful!).

•   Capps parses the brouhaha surrounding a new competition to design a Trump-ish border wall (the competition launches next week).

•   Call for entries: Paddington Pole Ideas Competition for an alternative to Renzo Piano's Paddington Place in London (launched "in a positive spirit of assistance").

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