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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us Dibbs' take on Snøhetta's SFMOMA expansion: it "offers a quirky and iconic addition to the skyline," and "navigates a complicated relationship with the Botta building with reverence, but more importantly, with a confident deftness."

•   Bliss offers a thoughtful take on "the threat to public life" in a post-Orlando world: "It isn't hard to imagine certain third spaces becoming rigid, more enclosed, and surveilled - not really public, accessible, or fluid anymore."

•   Jolliffe is not at all jolly about Trump's wall: "Architecture has always been a powerful political tool," and he's "using this powerful tool to reinforce the island mentality" - the U.K. "should be very worried about that," whether he wins or not.

•   Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative adds 12 more cities, and releases an online toolkit available to everyone.

•   Wainwright considers what Irsih architect Hassett discovered in the Calais refugee camp: she "was greeted with a post-apocalyptic scene. Yet, despite the misery, she was struck by what she saw - a prototype city in the making."

•   Bevan found the Venice Biennale to be in "the front-line fight for architecture's soul. But whether architecture can always provide solutions to social questions is another matter; architectural promises can sometimes be as unreliable as those of politicians."

•   Searle finds "brain-fizzing art" and "piles of goo get the airing they deserve" in H&deM's Tate Modern Switch House - "the building is as much a player as the art."

•   The Guardian's editorial board weighs in on Switch House: a "bold, beautiful and a bountiful public resource - a palatial public space designed for our wonderment, our enjoyment, and our intellectual stimulation."

•   On-again-off-again: the Smithsonian "has pulled out of opening a standalone museum at London's Olympic Park and is now set to share space with V&A East."

•   Brisbane's mega-entertainment precinct project to be built over and around Roma Street Station is compared to Madison Square Garden, built on top of Penn Station (let's hope that's the only similarity!).

•   Eyefuls of LAVA's massive Zhejiang Gate Towers development in Hangzhou, China, which is aiming for LEED Gold.

•   With changes to the building code, Canada begins to embrace wood-framed buildings: "it won't take long before we'll see double the current six-story limit."

•   Allies & Morrison offers a more affordable alternative to the Garden Bridge - use an existing bridge: "Our proposal takes all the good bits of the Garden Bridge without the contentious bits."

•   Melbourne considers a radical plan for "'sky bike' super highways" ($100 million price tag raises eyebrows).

•   Jimmy Buffett's latest Margaritaville resort is a $750 million, 320-acre leisure scheme in Orlando by NBWW (let's hope they can keep alligators out of the 3-acre lagoon).

•   A look at what went into creating MRY's ShanghaiTech that "pays homage to the region's traditional water towns" and created "highly walkable environments."

•   Winners of the Australian Institute of Architects International Chapter Architecture Awards.

•   Call for entries: 2016 ARCHITECT Studio Prize (deadline extended!) + Tomorrow's Workplace Design Competition + Kaza Design Competition for decorative concrete wall tiles (U.S. residents).

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