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Today’s News - Thursday, March 24, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: We've been laid low by a mean spring cold, so tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 29.

•   Anderton has a great Q&A with Sadik-Khan re: "Streetfight," the remaking of NYC's streets, what could be in store for L.A., and how she feels about being called "the child that Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs never had."

•   Florida also has a great Q&A with Gravel re: ""Where We Want to Live," and the Atlanta BeltLine: "I get the fear of big ideas, but I think it's more about a distrust for our ability to implement big ideas."

•   A fascinating look at China's private museum building boom that raises questions about "the motivations behind their construction," but "for all the criticism - there is no denying the uniquely stunning architectural creations it has spawned" (with pix to prove it!).

•  Artscape Launchpad on Toronto's waterfront picks a design team for "a new model of creative space: part incubator, part co-working facility and part entrepreneurship center."

•   Bernstein puts the spotlight on a spate of new U.S. embassies, with a number led by female architects: "There wasn't a deliberate effort to involve more women, but I'm very happy that it turned out that way," says OBO director.

•   Design team beats out 136 rival entries in Cornwall's Tintagel bridge competition (headline is a bit misleading - "Shard architect" does not mean Piano).

•   The chair of the Los Angeles Harbor College architecture department taps into an unusual strategy to help his students gain experience.

•   Eyefuls of the winners in the Bangkok Artists Retreat competition to repurpose a Brutalist department store.

•   One we couldn't resist: Poons parses playful cat shelters designed by L.A. architects to raise money for a good cause: "they're intriguing for both cats and humans."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A sneak-peek of the opera "A Marvelous Order": "The story of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs is almost Shakespearean. Now their epic battle has been dramatized."

•   Hopkirk takes in the film adaptation of JG Ballard's "High Rise," and the "Hinterland" installation in Gillespie Kidd & Coia's abandoned St. Peter's Cardross seminary: both were originally "designed to usher in a better world - what went wrong?"

•   A new documentary explores "why Reston, Virginia, still inspires planners 50 years later - it just goes to show that the principles of new urbanism aren't all that new."

•   Lasky lauds BAMPFA's inaugural show "Architecture of Life" (especially the spider webs): "It's a sensibly low-key strategy to take when you're putting finishing touches on a $112 million museum as well as curating the exhibition that is meant to show it off."

•   Southcott finds the CCA's "The Other Architect" to be "not without its challenges," but revels in the mundane and the extraordinary - it "is anything but a passive experience - rich, fruitful."

•   Q&A with Mendoza re: how and why he "dared to uproot a humble home" rotting in Detroit and brought it to Rotterdam, "where it is destined to remain as an artwork for the rest of its foreseeable future."

•   Hill x 2: "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond," Gadanho's "swan song at MoMA" (and one of his best): "It is an exhibition that can be studied intently yet does not overwhelm."

•   He cheers Senie's "Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11": the book "reveals that permanent memorials need to embrace this confusion and complexity so they are more than just markers of death; they could be places of hope where the future learns from the past."

•   Eyefuls of Burdeny's photos of Moscow's palatial metro stations: "He was struck by the use of opulent architecture to elevate an otherwise drab destination into a work of art" (talk about eye candy!).

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