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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

•   Dreyer parses China's "attempt at the Bilbao Effect" with Harbin's new opera house by "Ma, China's answer to Rem Koolhaas": "the dream of creative rebirth can be a seductive Pied Piper."

•   Kolson Hurley takes us on a fascinating tour of midcentury pulp fiction, pop sociology, and psychology about suburbia: "The science may be sounder, but the tone of moral approbation from the 1950s still clings to many polemics against suburban life."

•   Lange x 2: Garden Bridge vs. Pier55: "If both have questionable benefits and hidden public costs, why is New York so convinced when London isn't?"

•   She compares "the waiting-room mentality of SFMOMA's new lobby with its museum brethren - precious few have managed to transform the free lobby into a genuine art experience."

•   Hall Kaplan explains why he opposes LACMA's "audacious plans" to replace its core buildings with Zumthor's "questionable" (and expensive) "biomorphic blob" design.

•   A great Q&A with The Rockefeller Foundation's Berkowitz "as the 100 Resilient Cities initiative reaches its namesake goal."

•   A round-up of public-sector projects that "reveal an abundance of innovation at work."

•   A new office block in a suburb of Melbourne will offer homeless people access to showers "while they sort out their housing problems."

•   Eyefuls of SHoP's (huge) "maiden Mexican project" in Tijuana.

•   Heneghan Peng presents its plans for the Canadian Canoe Museum - a serpentine, single-story building covered with a massive (and accessible) green roof.

•   Danes tapped to design a green, hi-tech school in Dubai's The Sustainable City.

•   Quirk picks her Biennale faves that "stood out by marrying beautiful design with stimulating, politically urgent content."

•   A good reason to head to Phnom Penh next week: the first ever Cambodia Architect & Décor Expo.

•   One we couldn't resist (and the best two minutes we've spent in a long time): a five-yea time-lapse video of Calatrava's WTC transit hub construction.

•   Five winners take home the ICAA's 2016 Arthur Ross Award.

•   Historic Gage Park in Hamilton, Canada, wins the inaugural Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Legacy Project Award.

•   Eyefuls of the six "innovative, eclectic and creative" winners in the design competition for Boston's Northern Avenue Bridge.

•   Call for entries: Lima Art Museum international design competition for a new contemporary art wing (registration deadline is Friday!) + 2017 Droga Architect in Residence - open to architects based outside Australia.

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