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Today’s News - Thursday, March 31, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. And a heads-up that our wonky schedule for the next two weeks may make for an erratic posting schedule, but we'll do our best...

•   A very, very sad, sad day: We lose Zaha Hadid (at only 65): "Among architects emerging in the last few decades, no one had any more impact than she did," says Richard Rogers.

•   And Kirsten Childs, a truly "unsung hero" of the green building movement: "Our buildings are better places to live and work in today because of her efforts," says Alex Wilson.

•   In Australia (as elsewhere), there is discontent with a procurement process that is "hollowing out" the "middle ground": "the public sector should feel some sense of obligation to at least give small to medium sized practices a chance."

•   Weller and Fleming pose the question: "Has landscape architecture failed?" - and make a compelling defense: it is "less a story of abject failure and more one of a discipline taking the time to prepare for a more significant role in the 21st century" - landscape architects are "the urbanists of our age."

•   Schumacher has high hopes that there's time to improve "a number of awkwardnesses" in the design of the new Milwaukee Buck arena that otherwise shows "an almost incalculable number of winning moves."

•   Semuels takes us down the rocky road of why some cities are "doubling down on highways. It's a testament to Americans' continuing obsession with cars. No matter the effects on the city underneath" (seems some highway departments are acting like spoiled brats).

•   O'Sullivan, on a brighter note, cheers Urb-i's updated before-and-after archive that offers "a compelling, increasingly comprehensive and completely addictive overview of just how many cities are rethinking street plans that once prized car access above all else."

•   Boston's plans for a Seaport Transportation Center underscore the growing trend to design "garage complexes that contribute to - rather than detract from - street-level activity and an urban area's aesthetics" (no pix yet, but we're hopeful).

•   A Minneapolis firm is playing a key role in "an ambitious venture" in central Africa called Asili, a "clean water-health-agriculture development - the world's first 'social enterprise strip mall.'"

•   Wiesmann reports on efforts to rebuild Mies's Wolf House that could be Europe's first Mies museum, but "the question of architectural reconstruction has raised 'a really deep-seated ideological debate.'"

•   Lewycka explains why Lubetkin is her hero: "He may not have understood the needs of penguins, but he did understand that, in his words, 'nothing is too good for ordinary people.'"

•   Call for entries: Build Earth Live Hyperloop, a live, 48-hour worldwide virtual design competition to link Dubai and Abu Dhabi + 7th ISARCH Awards for architecture students and young architects.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Keats is keen on the CCA's stimulating "The Other Architect": "More than an exhibition, it is a deeply-contextualized call to action to make architectural thinking accessible to everyone."

•   "Moscow Metro. Subterranean Monument" at the Shchusev Architecture Museum celebrates a metro system that "is not just public transportation, but a living museum beneath the earth."

•   Calys cheers Lamb Hart's "A New Look at Humanism in Architecture" that offers "a fresh examination of humanism and its impact on the built environment - that is in danger of being lost."

•   Gammage's "The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix" challenges "the idea that this is a city in the middle of the desert that shouldn't exist - and has lessons to offer other cities."

•   Rhodes rhapsodizes about her "journey back to the dreamy, gorgeous architecture of utopia" that she found in "The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm."

•   A great Q&A with Shulman, who "dishes" on the Bacardi family and its "lesser-known legacy" that he investigates in "Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity."

•   McDonald's "Fantastic Structures" is a "dazzling new coloring book" that is "no casual design jaunt" for "advanced scribblers" (they are having fun!).

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