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Today’s News - Friday, May 17, 2013

•   We'll let the grumpy guys go first: Gardner weighs in on the MoMA/AFAM (Bambi vs. Godzilla) debate: "Tear it down" - why preserve "a poorly designed and poorly executed structure that should never have been built in the first place."

•   Brussat raises the question: "Why is so much modern architecture so violent in spirit?"

•   From the other side of the Big Pond, Mount agrees: "No wonder we all become Nimbys - who can blame us when we say, don't build anything new until you learn how to build beautifully?"

•   Heathcote reassesses an "optimistic moment" in the 1960s with visions for modular housing and the "legacy of the pod-fathers."

•   Farrelly reassesses the Seidler/Dusseldorp (of Lend Lease) partnership: "Together, the two made a formidable team," with Sydney as their "sandpit."

•   Foundation stones are laid for Heneghan Peng's Palestinian Museum on the West Bank: "it is not without cross-border support."

•   Eyefuls of BIG and OMA's competing visions for the Miami Beach Convention Center district (we'll know in a few weeks who gets the plum job).

•   Moss and others discuss urban revitalization as he plays a real-life Sim City.

•   Bey reports on a hopeful plan to restore and maintain FLW's Unity Temple, "but the plan is conditional."

•   A 2-part Q&A with Pritzker-winner Wang Shu: "If you listen carefully, you will find out that your clients have no idea what they are talking about."

•   One we couldn't resist: Carbuncle Cup 2013 ("the competition that architects love to hate") is now open for nominations.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Hawthorne offers a great, in-depth take on the Getty's "Pacific Standard Time" series (and other shows): "Is the city of eternal youth finally embracing its past?"

•   Tylevich thinks so: "L.A. is noisy with observations and opinions. The shows that make up PSTP in Los Angeles suggest that someone's listening."

•   Brake explains why SCI-Arc's "A Confederacy of Heretics" resonates: "While architects in the East and in Chicago were puzzling over the in-jokes of postmodern historicism, these West Coast radicals were redefining architectural form and practice in ways that remain bracingly contemporary."

•   Yale's "Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment" lands in Toronto.

•   Adler gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Heller's Ed Bacon biography: "Ironically for a master builder, Bacon's true legacy is not so much in what he built as what he refrained from building."

•   Calys cheers Wels's "Arts for the City": it's "a coffee table book that actually deserves to be read" (great slide show, too).


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