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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us Kiser's take on wHY's Speed Art Museum in Louisville: "The primary concept of the re-design is 'Acupuncture Architecture.'"

•   Stamp so didn't want to like Calatrava's WTC transit hub for being "a debacle of extraordinary scale - it had earned my derision. But I repented - at least for the moment."

•   MAS's Pollara says the transit hub "serves as a reminder of what great architecture delivers to the people it serves - let's not allow the inevitable construction delays to obscure what has been achieved."

•   Otero-Pailos ponders "why the Met Breuer matters" (and why institutions are "a bit like hermit crabs").

•   Sayer takes a walk down memory lane with "a look at what so nearly could have been" for the Met Breuer, and its "colorful past, fending off near misses" (had Graves, Koolhaas, or Piano had their way).

•   Self minces no words about Heatherwick's Garden Bridge across the Thames, "a project at once grand and fluffy" - the "pseudo-public space" is the "flagship for a new corporatist capital."

•   Schumacher parses the criticism and compliments (mostly from architects) for the new Milwaukee Bucks arena: "any work of dramatic architecture rarely happens without backlash" (likened to "the sweeping hairstyle of a particular presidential candidate").

•   Saffron x 2: her take on "a risky gamble to manage gentrification in North Philadelphia. If this sounds a little like the failed, old-style urban renewal in new clothes, well, it is."

•   She parses SHoP's Schuylkill Yards, Philly's newest innovation district: the "renderings are dazzling, inspiring even, but how many of those glittering skyscrapers have the slightest chance of being realized? Not many."

•   Zeiger makes the case for L.A. to embrace tiny houses that "could be part of a system that supports rather than criminalizes" the homeless: "L.A. can't afford to dismiss any inventive approach, no matter how small" (they're working elsewhere).

•   London's colorful, new pop-up village to house homeless families can be picked up and moved: "Our only constraint is the volume you can get on the back of a truck."

•   Sydney may be ripping up bike lanes and trying "to penalize cyclists into non-existence," but Melbourne plans to do just the opposite.

•   Bates Smart takes over designing Sydney's Aspire Tower: it "will change dramatically in appearance" from Grimshaw's original design.

•   Ingels gets the "60 Minutes" treatment: Safer says his "designs can be inventive, can be provocative and are anything but boring" (even Kimmelman weighs in).

•   A look at BIG's "fantastical" redesign of 2 Penn Plaza: "however odd it may appear at first glance, there's no denying that pretty much anything is better" than what's there.

•   Budds talks to Ma Yansong, and wonders if American cities will "learn to love China's best homegrown architect."

•   One we couldn't resist: Johnson considers alternate futures for Chicago's "one-time parcel palace" (a.k.a. Old Main Post Office): "#5. Year-round haunted house. #6. Officially Designated Hulking Architectural Relic. The beauty of this plan is that it has already been achieved."

•   Carnegie Mellon's UDream program for young minority architects and urban planners is drawing a cadre of talent to settle and work in Pittsburgh to "help build bridges to minority neighborhoods, which have suffered through short-sighted urban planning decisions."

•   Q&A with Bloodworth Botop re: the AIA's National Resilience Initiative and the "goals for its six regional, university-based design studios."

•   Haarhoff considers the role of urban design, and whether it "now exists as an independent discipline" in both education and place-shaping.

•   Eyefuls of the five Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize finalists.

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