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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us an insightful Q&A with the curators of the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: it "will not be a catwalk of great projects - we want to find the cracks in everything and point to where the projects are really struggling to promote certain ideas."

•   A few more thoughtful tributes to Zaha, well worth reading.

•   Kats delves into the demolition of the Netherlands Dance Theater, OMA's "first seminal building," that came to "a strangely hushed finale" - its replacement will have "all the elegance of a provincial office park."

•   On a brighter note, for OMA, anyway: it has big plans for "an urban playground" to replace the RFK stadium site in Washington, DC (that may or may not include a BIG-designed stadium).

•   Four firms present "a new vision for Milwaukee's Harbor District" that "would sprout buildings, green spaces and jobs."

•   Green reports on "an intellectual boxing match" between Mayne and Plater-Zyberk re: Baltimore's future: "Their visions for Baltimore contrast, but the answer to its many economic and social woes may be a little bit of both."

•   Holbrook bemoans big-name architects designing stunning airports that work for everyone - except passengers: they should "spend more of their creative energies on the traveler's experience than on creating an interactive postcard."

•   Webb is wow'd by MAD's Harbin Opera House: "What makes this building so remarkable is the confidence of its design and the quality of the finishes - it goes well beyond its sensational looks."

•   Chaban reports on NYC developers taking on formerly-avoided, "odder-shaped" sites with buildings that seem to emulate the much-loved but rarely-copied Flatiron Building.

•   A "stunning" new national memorial in Alabama by MASS Design Group "would help the country remember - and hopefully heal - from one of the most shameful pieces of our history" (they expect "some resistance and discomfort").

•   Barash has a fascinating Q&A with Maya Lin: "public visibility means that Lin is continually outing herself - as a woman, as a Chinese American, as an outsider - and the creative urge that drives her ever forward."

•   The University of Colorado Denver issues a nation-wide study that "shows disaster plans often neglect historic preservation -.risking a loss of heritage and critical engines of the local economy in the event of catastrophe."

•   The AIA publishes a new white paper that "addresses the nation's $3 trillion public infrastructure crisis and how public private-partnerships offer a possible solution."

•   A very interesting report about efforts to promote diversity: "It is not easy or comfortable, but then neither is being eclipsed by your faster, smarter, more diverse competition" (maybe we should join the Male Champions of Change club!).

•   A very interesting - and eclectic - shortlist in the running for the Museum of London West Smithfield.

•   The CCA's Lambert wins the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize; Bunge and Hoang of nARCHITECTS take home an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture.

•   Murcutt takes over from Palumbo as new Jury Chair for Pritzker Prize.

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