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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Gehry's Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.

•   Moore mulls over the Stirling shortlist and finds it comes up short: the "prize has an instinct for the compromise candidate, for the one least likely to frighten any horses."

•   Dutch firm wins Architecture Foundation competition to design a temporary London gateway (giant goalposts, anyone?).

•   New Orleans sustainable design competition winner and some great runner-ups come up with Emergency Disaster Relief Housing.

•   An Austin subdivision becoming a hot nabe for eco-minded Modernists.

•   University of Kansas School of Architecture's non-profit Studio 804 can't find buyers for green homes; with $25 in its checking account, it's "essentially bankrupt" ("it wasn't always so grim").

•   Lewis cheers new Benning Library adjacent to a mundane shopping center that "continues the 20th century tradition of being non-traditional" (definitely "not your grandfather's library").

•   12 years in coming, Long Island City library finally has an architect (Holl, no less!); but who's going to foot the bill remains to be determined.

•   Kennicott x 2 on siting the National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall - there's a better place to put it.

•   Birnbaum begs to differ: it would mean losing a site designed by a master landscape architect: "Is this the best alternative to keep new construction off the Mall?"

•   Q&A with Freelon re: recent projects, the challenges of growing an architectural practice, and pulling together the team for the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in D.C.

•   McGuirk minces no words about what he thinks of London mayor selling out new bicycle-share program to corporate branding: cities are becoming "horizontal billboards" - and "in danger or running out of unbranded space" (oh no!).

•   Litt cheers plans to "sprout something healthier and more appealing" on "five acres of sunburned grass and weeds" in Cleveland.

•   Luder watches the demolition begin on his iconic "Get Carter" parking garage; but wait - there's more: another of his projects faces the wrecking ball, too: "I don't understand why some people think it's an eyesore. It has character."

•   Why the Living City Design Competition has the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its biggest allies.

•   Pint-sized experts weigh in on Rockwell's Imagination Playground: it looks like it's going to be a big hit with the little ones.

•   Architects use 3-D tools to uncover a murder that causes Israeli officials to open a criminal inquiry; the "report is a haunting collision of design, technology, human rights."

•   Call for entries: eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition.


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