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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

•   Bevan raises some provocative questions around the Palmyra Arch in Trafalgar Square and its planned journey back to Syria: "Even if well intentioned, erecting Italian-cut Egyptian stone in the middle of Syria is about as far from authentic as you can get. Ultimately, if we fake our history how can we learn from it?"

•   Giovannini cheers Hadid's first project completed posthumously, a "sleek maritime terminal" in Salerno, Italy: "As a matter of urban planning policy, beauty mattered."

•   ZHA's first posthumous competition win: a 32-acre business park in Russia's Silicon Valley outside of Moscow, "proving that demand is high as ever for the late architect's work."

•   Moore marvels at a "miraculous" new extension to the Kunstmuseum Basel: "Art and architecture rub up against each other in all the right ways."

•   The Australian National Maritime Museum opens its FJMT-designed Action Stations museum - "a grand structure" on Sydney Harbor.

•   Stead delves into how architect-led affordable housing development in Australia "has the potential to transform the way urban housing is conceived, funded, and designed. The architectural community has been watching closely, and with excitement. You should be too."

•   Lam cheers an architect-led "pilot initiative to provide modestly priced rentals for poor and disadvantaged adults" that cities across Canada are interested in replicating.

•   Abbey-Lambertz parses a report by the APA and Cornell University that posits there are perils in not planning cities with women in mind: "We have policy blindness around gender."

•   Chipperfield's controversial Nobel Centre gets scaled back - and gets a green light (not all are pleased).

•   Miami Beach considers a Nouvel-designed condo project - green walls included (see Heathcote's take on the "curse of 'green fuzz' on buildings" in Yesterday's News).

•   The Milwaukee Bucks pick a design team for its arena entertainment block.

•   Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta faces demolition, but it's not the only one: "As petitions circulate to save the monument, the question at hand centers on the cultural value and social impact of Brutalist architecture in today's urban landscape."

•   Romans take to the river retake the Tiber, "part of a surge in grass-roots efforts to restore Rome's public spaces."

•   One we couldn't resist: eyefuls of the best architectural installations of Coachella 2016 (very cool!).

•   Winners of the 2016 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition tackle "Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness."

•   Call for entries: Memorials for the Future (deadline reminder - it looms!) + Blueprint Awards 2016 + Nominations for World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize.


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