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Today’s News - Thursday, May 5, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, May 9. And pardon today's longggg news - blame it on Jane and too many (great!) weekend diversions!

•  ANN feature: San Francisco architect Geoffrey Scott Gainer takes a long, thoughtful look at "SFMOMA and us - and how Botta and Snøhetta each captured something about who we are" (with his own great pix!).

•   Kamin isn't buying into the "red-herring" argument that the Lucas Museum and Chicago's "young and black and brown children" will be the losers if Friends of the Parks win the day: "This is a fight over the legal principles that govern Chicago's greatest public space, its lakefront. If Lucas bolts, so be it."

•   Betsky cheers Sacramento's evolving Bridge District, inspired by the Dutch model of housing development: "I hope it will prove that some of the urban forms developed in the Netherlands might help us figure out how to make sprawl work better in this country."

•   Kuma's proposed 43-story tower in Vancouver will be his first residential high-rise in North America ("scalloped scoops" to protect view corridors included).

•   Calatrava is tapped to design the UAE Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020, said to be inspired by "a falcon in flight" (he does like those bird metaphors).

•   Lubbock turns to Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt for a Buddy Holly-inspired music and arts complex imbued with "the spirit of West Texas."

•   We missed some well-worth-reading odes to Jane Jacobs in our round-up yesterday - do spend some time with the always eloquent Roberta Brandes Gratz, Richard Florida, and Peter Dreier.

•   Winners all (and great presentations): 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards + American Academy in Rome 2016-17 Rome Prize winners + 2016 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Q&A with co-curators of the 5th New Zealand Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival, who scouted the world "for striking, thought-provoking films with a brilliant story and a lot of soul" (video clips included).

•   Campbell cheers Safdie's "Global Citizen" at BSA Space, Boston: "Oh, the audacity. His buildings are bold, they're audacious, they seek (OMG!) to be popular" - and, no matter what you think of him, it's "an astonishing body of work."

•   Q&A with Jim Jacobs on co-curating "Jane at Home," the exhibit in Toronto about his mom, Jane Jacobs (she wrote a protest song with Bob Dylan!).

•   Pearson parses WOHA's "high-intensity architecture" on view at NYC's Skyscraper Museum that "challenges Americans' ideas of what it means to live in close quarters."

•   "Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist" at the Jewish Museum is his first NYC exhibition in more than 20 years, and the first in the U.S. to showcase the full range of his artistic output.

•   We couldn't resist eyefuls of Hou de Sousa's "Raise/Raze" that is bringing a lot of cameras to D.C.'s Dupont Underground.

•   Cole minces no words about what he thinks of "Building Art" and "Goldberger, Gehry's hagiographer-in-chief" (ouch!).

•   In "City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World," the writers make clear "that squares are always changing - just like the people who inhabit them."

•   Welton gives thumbs-up to Kamin's "Gates of Harvard Yard" that "reveals the human elements behind the Harvard gates, and unlocks the history, tradition and beauty of the campus."

•   Kamin "presents why the illustrious university's gate designs are worth investigating" - followed by an excerpt.

•   Recinos has a riotous time reviewing Grant and Stein's "Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis" that focuses "on one seriously forgotten (and often hated) structure" (great pix!).

•   Weingarten weighs in on Manaugh's "A Burglar's Guide to the City": "It's the dark side of Jane Jacobs's 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities'" + an excerpt (if you're in NYC on Monday, come to Manaugh's Oculus Book Talk at the Center for Architecture!).

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