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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

•   Hawthorne's first glimpse of Calatrava's WTC transit hub was a "thrill" - which quickly faded: "yet another elaborate headstone in the crowded ground zero graveyard, albeit the most delicate and strikingly photogenic of the bunch."

•   Warren and Mahoney's Marshall defends the glass-and-steel buildings rising in Christchurch that some complain "could be in Milwaukee or Perth": "This would have happened over 20 or 30 years anyway - the city is simply getting this new typology all at once."

•   Q&A with Detroit Resists re: the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale: "not everyone is convinced that the project is addressing the issues that are actually important to Detroit."

•   Rael delves deep into the issues raised by the controversial "Building the Border Wall?" competition: "can the design of a wall create humane, or even liberating environments" - is it even ethical? (call for entries below).

•   Bernstein reports on how the 2015 Milan Expo U.S. Pavilion design team got burned: it "may cripple chances of there ever being a successful U.S. pavilion again."

•   Hopefully, things will turn out better for BIG, Foster, and Grimshaw's centrepiece pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020, designed for "flexibility and longevity to continue as landmarks and functional structures" when the Expo is over (lotsa pix).

•   A look at the current "horse race among museums, each chasing eco-friendly bona fides."

•   In Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art's $13 million park initiative by Civitas is considered "an extension of the museum itself."

•   Nouvel's Tower 25 in Nicosia, Cyprus, is pixilated with plants bursting through its walls - a "natural brise soleil."

•   Hume suggests "modest steps" for five Toronto spots "that offer huge potential to improve the city without bankrupting it."

•   Mistur steps into Steidl's shoes as dean of Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

•   Eyefuls of the winners of the MIPIM 2016 Awards + AR MIPIM Future Projects Awards.

•   The Tiny Homes Competition winners "address young adult homelessness in Chicago."

•   Scott & Scott Architects take home the RAIC Young Architect Award.

•   Call for entries: Call for Nominations: World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize + Radical Innovation Award for creative hospitality design + the aforementioned Building the Border Wall?

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