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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us Martin's great Q&A with curators Basulto and Taylor-Foster re: their vision for the Nordic Countries pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

•   Betsky feels mad and helpless re: MoMA's suspension of its architecture and design galleries: "MoMA claims that this is only temporary and yadda yadda."

•   Walker is a bit taken aback by how much Calatrava was paid to design the WTC Transit Hub: "For perspective, $80 million is the adjusted-for-inflation cost to build Grand Central Terminal."

•   Heathcote x 2: He has a few issues with the "curse of 'green fuzz' on buildings," and ponders whether the trend is a "fig leaf for poor design" (using "straggly green comb-overs") - though he's a bit more optimistic about buildings as farms.

•   He looks at the growing trend of western architects winning commissions to build modern mosques in Arab nations, bringing "their cocktail of technological and sculptural brand to make a modern skyline."

•   Kamin cheers Valerio Dewalt Train's George Lucas-sponsored Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the University of Chicago, where a "risky game of complementary contrast pays off. If only the Lucas Museum design met the same high standard."

•   In three Upsate New York cities, an architect and an artist launch "Breathing Lights" that "will illuminate hundreds of vacant buildings to draw attention to urban blight" and encourage investment in distressed neighborhoods.

•   MVRDV has big (and colorful!) plans to transform a former U.S. Army barracks in Germany that could redefine suburbia.

•   The recently-published "Transit Street Design Guide" is a "toolbox" of strategies for designing the streets of the future (and comments go crazy!).

•   Speck has a simple suggestion to avoid bad street design: "Copy the ones that work" (Lowell, Massachusetts, may be sorry if it doesn't).

•   GE taps Gensler for its new $100 million Boston HQ (two historic warehouses included).

•   Dunlap cheers Yablon's new Planned Parenthood center in Queens: "In many places around the nation, it is a dark time for Planned Parenthood. In Long Island City, however, it has created a bright new world."

•   The Smithsons' Obelisk and Siza's Columns find a new home on the estate of architectural historian and patron Niall Hobhouse.

•   Koolhaas pens the profile of Ingels for Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People: as a "highflyer of skylines, he is the first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst."

•   Eyefuls of the 2016 AIA COTE 2016 Top Ten Green Projects and Top Ten+ Award (great presentation!).

•   Oberlander receives Canada's inaugural Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture.

•   Call for entries: 2016 Inspirations Awards to honor projects designed for a good cause (deadline extended - but looms!) + 2016 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards.


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