Photo of the Day: London's Studio XO shared blueprints for the flying dress, if that's the word for it, that the firm designed for Lady Gaga. So there's that. [Dezeen]


Burn of the Day: "Yes, all buildings one day will turn to dust, but this building could have been reused. Unfortunately, the imagination and the will were not there." —Tod Williams, FAIA, on the decision made by the Museum of Modern Art (and guided by Diller Scofidio + Renfro) to raze the former American Folk Art Museum building. Ouch. [The New York Times]

On L.A.'s "spaceship": Christopher Hawthorne weighs in on the design by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, and Zoltan Pali, FAIA, for the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, which was thrust into the spotlight following an on-screen cameo at last month's Oscars ceremony. Hawthorne writes: "It ought to rival Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall as one of the most significant pieces of 21st-century architecture in Southern California." And continues: "Without some improvements, in fact, the academy design, with its ready-for-liftoff symbolism, runs the risk of highlighting the cultural estrangement that has long existed between Los Angeles and the movie business." [Los Angeles Times]

Credit: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©Studio Pali Fekete architects/©A.M.P.A.S.


Map of the Day: All 2043 L.A. bike crashes reported to the police in 2012. [LAist]

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9 More Stories for Wednesday:

Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, comes out with a swimwear collection for Viviona. [The Daily Telegraph]

Missouri intends to fire "deafening sound cannons" at drivers who speed through work zones. What could go wrong? [The Verge]

Graphene, a favorite topic at ARCHITECT, makes the paper of record. [The New York Times]

An MIT team creates furniture that shifts with nearby movement. [Wired]

These Detroit bus stops are made from the remains of destroyed homes. [The Atlantic Cities]

A new design competition launches to decorate a batch of underpasses in D.C. [Hill Rag]

What counts as 3D printing a house? [Gizmodo]

AMLGM designed the transit hub Urban Alloy Towers for Queens. [New York Post]

Boston has waterfront revival on the brain. [The Boston Globe]

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