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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 2, 2011

•   Bevan on why "design is a neglected part of reconstruction" in disaster zones even though "aesthetic considerations are not a luxury, even in a crisis."

•   St. Louis Arch park makeover cost estimate almost doubles (and not all are pleased).

•   U.K.'s education secretary lashes out at architects (again): no big names will be designing schools "because no-one in this room is here to make architects richer" (is this tune getting tiresome, or is it us?)

•   Curtis criticizes Holl's plans for Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art: the "scheme is hopelessly out of scale...external volumes are clumsy...Some good old Scottish common sense would have been in order" (ouch!).

•   Huxtable finds Foster's MFA Boston expansion "a recessive solution of disappointing unassailably logical solution, superbly executed and singularly lifeless" (double ouch! at least the art is great).

•   On a kinder note, Rochon cheers the ARC wildlife crossing competition for pushing "us to think about the power of architecture to offset the invasion of roads into epic landscapes."

•   Philadelphia Museum of Art's riverfront backyard to get a facelift ("the turtles can anticipate company in about 2013").

•   A report from the Transforming Transportation conference on the explosive growth of BRT systems catching on around the world - and the growing issues they raise.

•   Q&A with McLennan of the Cascadia Green Building Council and the International Living Building Institute "about his journey so far and the path ahead."

•   A good reason to head to Melbourne at the end of the month: Green Cities 2011 Conference: Partnering for Solutions.

•   Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) Awards of Excellence in Architecture announced (circuitous links will take you to images).

•   Call for entries: "New York Theater City" student design competition for a theater campus in Manhattan.

•   We couldn't resist: Everything you need to know about Groundhog Day (it's today!): needless to say, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, so spring will arrive soon (not soon enough!).


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