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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us Karatzas' great Q&A with Esto's Erica Stoller, and a great sampling of Ezra Stoller's and the agency's current photographers' work.

•   Betsky and Cramer offer very thoughtful takes on architecture, architects, public spaces, and ethics in light the mass shooting in Orlando.

•   Pedersen watches the Lucas Museum "fiasco from the cheap seats": "Eventually he will find a home for this museum, and who knows, it might actually be good. Lucas certainly knows how to engage and enthrall audiences. What he doesn't seem to do, at all, is listen."

•   King ponders whether the Lucas team has "learned from their mistakes," and offers "six friendly tips to seal the deal" for a Lucas Museum in San Francisco (hoping it won't be "a strained wannabe icon").

•   Van Valkenburgh and Bivona parse public spaces of the future: "if we continue to place our trust and faith in urban public spaces we must re-examine two fundamental questions: how will we define success within these spaces, and who will we allow to shape them?"

•   Silicon Valley's Y Combinator plans a $100 million research lab with an affordable housing focus, and hopes "to actually produce a prototype city" + Call for applications to join the YC Research project with "bold ideas in architecture, ecology, economics, politics, technology, urban planning."

•   Wainwright seems to have mixed feelings about Piano's "exquisitely crafted" Stavros Niarchos Foundation Culture Centre in Athens: "Can this wildly ambitious civic gesture succeed?" + A report with lots of images.

•   Sydney's (seemingly powerless) planning commission approves the contentious $2 billion Crown Sydney Hotel Resort at Barangaroo South: the "private building will remain on land previously promised to the public."

•   The Australian Institute of Architects NSW chapter "was scathing of the decision" to approve the Barangaroo tower: "What happened today was the people of Sydney lost a public park on the harbor foreshore. Forever."

•   On a brighter note, Mackenzie gives a hearty thumbs-up to PWP/Johnson Pilton Walker's Barangaroo Reserve, which makes a "grand contribution to a contemporary Sydney setting."

•   Litt finds out that Corner hopes his Public Square in Cleveland "promotes democracy, civic harmony - the best thing about this city is they did it right."

•   A perspective and critique of the Landscape Architecture Foundation's New Landscape Declaration (in two parts).

•   The winning design for Malta's new Gozo Museum will incorporate a former school building that is "an iconic piece of modernist architecture."

•   Eyefuls of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter's winning design for The Icefjord Centre in Greenland, which beat out some big names "because of its poetic, simple and visionary design."

•   Call for entries: Science Island International Design Contest for the new National Science and Innovation Centre of Lithuania + Amsterdam Children's Playschool international architectural competition for students and young architects.

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