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Today’s News - Thursday, May 7, 2009

•   McDonald cheers signs that Limerick is going in the right direction in terms of design, development, and public space (despite bad press and worse economy).

•   It's 10-4 (a.k.a. gets planning permission) for Viñoly's Walkie Talkie tower (but will economy put a kink in the timetable?).

•   Lewis makes the case for design competitions, especially for universities: they "can be a win-win experience, even for competitors who don't win."

•   It must be so: LSE picks a shortlist of six for new student center.

•   Merrick on the "architectural feeding frenzy" for Glasgow School of Art students' building (though his numbers are off: more than 150 entries - not 9,000 - include Pritzker winners, foreigners); Finch promises a cultural commission "untainted by either nationalist politics or royal interference" (time will tell).

•   University of Greenwich hopes for the same with a competition for new £60 million school of architecture in south London.

•   Meanwhile, a landscape architect calls for more attention to the spaces in between: "too often colleges overlook the influential role that campus landscape can play."

•   Fresh hurdles loom for Moynihan Station plans: proving to be "a textbook case of the inability to execute large-scale public projects in New York City."

•   Saffron cheers deadline extension for designing Philadelphia's South Street Bridge to allow time to add actual design to the plans (what a concept!).

•   Farrelly fumes over plans to duplicate an uninspired bridge instead of considering "a serious alternative of such blinding simplicity" that would be "cheaper, quicker, cleaner, prettier, more heritage-minded, more intelligent proposal" than a "dumb doppelganger."

•   Depressing trend? Developer in California demolishes built/partially built homes in new housing development (it's happening elsewhere as well).

•   Hopefully, things will be better for new low-carbon home development in the U.K.

•   Blum plumbs NYC's new tourist office and likes what he sees: "This isn't Ye Olde New-York visitors' center."

•   Kamin calls for preservationists to back off trying to save squat Mies box on IIT campus: it is "utterly dispensable": and there are more important preservation battles to deal with.

•   Flight 93 Memorial update: government has to resort to land condemnation to get property for memorial in Pennsylvania.

•   OWP/P merging with Cannon Design.

•   The new dean of University of California, Berkeley's College of Environmental Design has some big plans.


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