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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

•   Kamin x 2: he pays tribute to a Mies protégé who went on to be "an artist in his own right."

•   On a brighter note, he cheers Graves winning the 2012 Driehaus Prize for traditional(!?) design.

•   Brake's take on Graves's Driehaus win: "The small world of classicist architecture is working overtime to rehabilitate the 70s and 80s stylistic counter reformation."

•   Hanscom calls Rybczynski to get a little perspective on Witold's opening "a can of Jedi-style whoopass on Richard Florida."

•   ULI's Phillips on the new "What's Next?" report: "Ironically, some of the factors now shaping the future of our industry and our communities were influencing the nation's built environment when ULI was established in 1936."

•   Lubell, meanwhile, leaves the recent ULI conference "depressed" because too many big-time developers "don't care enough about architecture": it's time for architects to work harder "to make themselves relevant to the development process."

•   Farrelly x 2: Parramatta might seem an unlikely model to be a case-study city as "an exemplar of the West's urban ills," but doing so "could change the course of urban design" - this "grubby hub could yet be urban butterfly."

•   She questions the billion-dollar price tag to bring Utzon's Opera House up to speed: "How much for love? Do we sign the blank check? Or do we allow the building its shortcomings and build a proper Opera House somewhere else?"

•   LeBlanc goes in search of Toronto's "tattered, battered monuments to the space age" and finds only a few "remnants" that "are anything but junk"; their mid-century optimism still shines through.

•   Dvir raises the specter of a Modernist geriatric hospital being "put out to pasture" (or sold and demolished) that would mean "the abandonment of a major piece of the country's architectural heritage."

•   An incredibly in-depth look at the machinations behind mega-million plans to revamp NYC's famed 42nd Street library: "NYPL preaches accountability, but it doesn't always practice it" (transparency requested).

•   A great take on the building of New Delhi and the irony "that the British had to use inspiration from a French architect to try and outdo their stunning success of Paris on far-flung Indian soil."

•   Eyefuls of the two designs selected for two separate public spaces at the Olympic Park + the winners in the School 4 Burma Design Competition.

•   Call for papers: 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference in Australia next June.

•   Call for entries: New visitor destination and public open space at Cronton Colliery, UK + Saint-Gobain 4th NOVA Innovation Competition (hefty prizes!) + IIDA's Interior Design Competition, Will Ching Design Competition, and Library Interior Design Awards.


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