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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

•   Lange says farewell to the Four Seasons: "The changes are discarding history and replacing it with something newer, crasser, and more disposable."

•   Stephens is no less eloquent in her "goodbye" to the Four Seasons: "Nothing is forever. So here we are at the final curtain" (with fab archival photos).

•   Heatherwick's Pier55 park on the Hudson River looked good to go - until now: a court order allows opponents more time to prepare their case against "this secretive and misguided project" that they hope "will not get off the ground."

•   Litt laments Cleveland's decision to replace Rosales's graceful pedestrian bridge design with a dull, underwhelming replacement, "a case study in how hard it can be to build great public infrastructure."

•   Potdar ponders whether shipping containers really are the answer for affordable housing, and concludes that it's "time for a reality check" with a look at the challenges that "lie behind the rosy picture of turning them into homes."

•   Biggs offers the "3 most common community engagement mistakes"; #1: "expecting too much from residents."

•   Medina's great Q&A with Waldheim re: how "landscape, more than buildings, has fundamentally changed the way cities urbanize in the 21st century."

•   Washington, DC, considers a bill that would require all landscape architects doing business in the city to be licensed - "and they're totally cool with it."

•   King cheers a stretch of a former freeway site in San Francisco that is now "a test lab" and showcase "of imaginative urban architecture and ground-level innovation."

•   McGuigan meanders through the Venice Biennale and offers a few takeaways re: "saving the world, one brick at a time": "Mud. There was a lot of mud."

•   Q&A with Michael Graves College Dean Mohney re: how Kean University plans to use the late architect's Princeton, N.J., live-in workspace ("ask the lawyers" how the $20 purchase price came about).

•   Alison Brooks Architects tapped to design the next Maggie's Centre (no images yet).

•   Eyefuls of six passive house projects from around the world.

•   Call for entries: Critical essays on architecture for Columbia GSAPP's The Avery Review.

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