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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

•   Critics begin weighing in on Snøhetta's SFMOMA addition: Iovine finds it "the clearest statement yet about the new era of museums. And it does so without losing its bearings or soul."

•   Wainwright, on the other hand, finds "the marriage of old and new is not a happy one - a building-sized baked Alaska slumped on the skyline," with the Botta "being considerably lobotomized in the process."

•   Minutillo sounds a more cheerful note: the addition shows "the appropriate amount of deference to Botta's aggressive pile - but, in a sense, just as eccentric - pure San Francisco, quirks and all."

•   Zara sees the façade as "weird" and "totally alien" to its surroundings, but its "odd appearance is a collection of carefully considered details" that "plays with scale in unorthodox ways."

•   French billionaire Pinault will finally get his own Paris museum with an Ando-led makeover of the city's historic stock exchange building near the Louvre.

•   Hawthorne has an engaging Q&A with two members of Assemble, the London collective that "continues to defy categorization," and "creates low-budget ad hoc designs that also happen to be sharply photogenic."

•   Oatman-Stanford delves deep into history to ponder why America's most innovative companies are "stuck in 1950s suburbia - few are aware that Apple's monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses - by design" (fascinating read and images!).

•   An interesting look at the reasons "faulty land-use regulation is throttling London."

•   Saffron minces no words about what she thinks of the privatization of some of Philly's parks: "The decision to monetize Franklin Square in the evenings takes the philosophy of privatism to a disturbing new level" (we hear echoes of well-founded Garden Bridge and Pier55 complaints).

•   Richardson rounds up of "the Capability Browns of today" who "are most likely to find satisfaction working in cities in a 'post-industrial' environment" than pastoral parcels of property.

•   Eyefuls of the four shortlisted proposals for L.A.'s "much-hated" Pershing Square (some interesting comments, too).

•   A hidden Mies gem in Des Moines to get a $10 million makeover; no architect credited, but Lohan will be building an apartment complex next door that "will pay respect to" his grandfather's boxy steel and glass building.

•   Parker parses Taliesin West, a "masterwork preserved" in the Sonoran Desert that "provides a deeper understanding of FLWs inspirational genius."

•   Shirk shares the history (and potential future) of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair's New York State Pavilion towers that now look like "abandoned villain headquarters in a comic book, or like an ambitious idea gone south. It seems fitting then that the most prominent media use in recent years was that finale in 'Men in Black.'"

•   Stead cheers ARM Architecture winning the Australian Institute of Architects' Gold Medal: "I have long been in awe of the architects' audacity. The renegades have been admitted to the establishment."

•   Three winners take home a 2016 James Beard Restaurant Design Award.

•   Call for entries: Bespoke Access Awards 2016 - Celia Thomas Prize international design competition to improve the hotel experience for disabled and able-bodied guests.

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