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Today’s News - Thursday, April 14, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day (heading out early to the AIANY Design Awards Luncheon!). We'll be back Monday, April 18.

•   Baillieu sees all sides of Zaha: she was "difficult, even when you were on her side: Step into one of her best buildings, and you feel anything is possible."

•   Stratigakos parses architecture's "woman problem - Zaha Hadid knew it well."

•   Canadians discover their first woman architect wasn't who they thought it was.

•   Moore's farewell message to London's mayor: "Goodbye Boris. You have not left your city more beautiful than you found it. You have been more like Nero, fiddling with vanity projects while it burns with clumsy overdevelopment."

•   Wainwright isn't any kinder, homing in on the mega Bishopsgate Goodsyard development, opposed by practically everyone - its fate now depends on Boris Johnson's "one-man imperial court."

•   Saffron has high hopes for a new arts center in a tough Philly neighborhood: "Though the new Taller can't cure all that ails Fairhill, it should make the Badlands a lot less bad."

•   Stephens cheers Pugh's facelift for a Long Beach street: "Though upgrades are strictly cosmetic and largely two-dimensional, residents now have something arguably more important: an inviting place to get a pet, a pedicure, or a pair of Levi's."

•   There's new evidence gleaned from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Youngstown, Ohio, that "gives cities reasons to reassess policies about cleaning and greening vacant lots, developing parks, or catching stormwater in green installations."

•   Heatherwick's Pier55 on the Hudson River gets the go-ahead from the New York State Supreme Court.

•   Aravena puts his social housing designs online - you can download for free.

•   Belogolovsky has a fascinating (and rather odd) Q&A with Eisenman, who "pulls no punches" re: just about everything and everyone: "Since I was never interested in people before, being interested in people now is a different condition of the work."

•   Bernstein tells the tale of how the AIA got the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to revise important (and untenable) conditions in its bus terminal competition.

•   Call for entries: NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition (revisions in "Addenda").

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Menking delivers the not-so-diverting news that MoMA is closing down its architecture and design galleries - with no guarantee they will return after DS+R's makeover.

•   On a brighter note, the Van Alen Institute launches an online auction of art and design "experiences" (tool around Madrid with Moneo, bike around Brit Brutalism with Sam Jacob - and more!).

•   "Snøhetta: People, Process, Projects," designed by the firm, makes its U.S. debut this weekend at the Center for Architecture in Portland, Oregon.

•   Wallis hails "Superstudio: 50 Years of Superarchitettura" at Rome's Hadid-designed MAXII museum: "Its hallucinogenic visions are still making waves. We still don't really know what it all means, but that doesn't make us love it any less."

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