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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Urban-Think Tank's Empower Shack in Cape Town that is the "basis for a prototype housing unit designed in collaboration with the local community."

•   Stephens delves into talk of MoMA eliminating its dedicated architecture and design galleries and its continuing "lack of transparency. Did it learn nothing from how they handled the Folk Art Museum fiasco? No wonder the architecture community is nervous."

•   Hurst outlines "why the Garden Bridge debacle should concern us all" (again, having to do with transparency).

•   Chicago lays out a new plan for the Lucas Museum, but borrowing $1.2 billion probably makes it "a financial non-starter," and there's still the legal hurdle of handing over public trust land to a private entity.

•   Freeman visits Grace Farms and Rural Studio projects that "seem to be perfect architectural embodiments of the extreme inequality of wealth that afflicts the world today. But maybe it's not so simple" (a great read!).

•   Wainwright wanders Christ & Gantenbein projects in Zurich and Basel that "mix the ancient and modern in beguiling ways," and he comes to understand their focus on "the thingness of things."

•   Lange gets the skinny from the president of the Ford Foundation re: proposed makeover of its landmarked Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo-designed building: "The changing definition of public service, for architecture as well as a social justice foundation, will be reflected in physical changes."

•   Meanwhile, Ford of carmaker fame has a $1 billion plan to make over its Dearborn HQ that will include "rebuilding more than 7.5 million square feet of workspace" over the next 10 years.

•   It's official: Zaha Hadid Architects will carry on as ZHA without its founder.

•   Stott reports on an Internet copyright ruling in Sweden that "should have architects up in arms" - scary stuff, indeed!

•   On a brighter note, Dewane reports on the Wa$ted Market initiative "to expand the material reuse marketplace - an architect-led design project to re-envision the opportunities of the emergent recycling/reuse reality."

•   A new website offers "a selection of scale figures often under-represented in architectural renderings/images," with a great name: Just Nøt The Same.

•   M@Studio Architects' "playfully" recreated suburban car wash wins the National Gallery of Victoria 2016 Architecture Commission for the Grollo Equiset Garden.

•   Speaking of follies, Hou de Sousa wins the 2016 Socrates Sculpture Park Folly Competition with "Sticks" - the "design supports an array of repurposed on-site scrap materials" (the firm is really on a roll!).

•   The Knight Foundation awards grants for 37 experimental urban projects - hip hop music and storytelling included.

•   Two we couldn't resist (we'll bet you can't either!): Eyefuls of "Australia's most weird (and wonderful) new architecture" (architects "creatively let 'off the leash,'" indeed!).

•   Eyefuls of some charming crooked houses that "were never meant to lean," but "have become crooked masterpieces of architectural fortitude" (and in use).

•   Call for entries: World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 + EOI: Australian National Botanic Gardens Ian Potter National Conservatory.

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