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Today’s News - Thursday, March 8, 2012

•   Today is International Women's Day, and "there's a flurry of activity about women's roles in the built environment and some have a political thread."

•   One year on, Dimmer reflects on "the widely accepted notion" of the Tohoku "triple disaster" of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown - it's "a misconception, obscuring the fact that the afflicted areas had already been suffering from deep structural problems for decades," and ponders how infrastructure and architecture can help Japan become more "resilient."

•   Ellsworth cheers MOCAD's choice for design team as "an out-of-the-park home run"; if "there are some bruised feelings out there," Detroit architects "pretty much did this to themselves."

•   Brussat on the battle that continues to broil around the Eisenhower Memorial that "manages to belittle his greatness...Is that Frank Gehry talented, or what!" (it's time for the profession to shelve its ego and design places people like).

•   Kamin hopes design is on the agenda in Chicago's new infrastructure improvement plan: "The key going forward is not how often Mayor Emanuel meets with architects, but whether the principles of good design inform his decision-making."

•   China's "high-speed building boom" couldn't be better illustrated than a 30-story hotel that went up in two weeks; a time-lapse video "has left Western architects speechless" (we certainly were!).

•   Wang Shu's Pritzker win has many cheering, but some "colleagues and art students back in China are not so impressed."

•   Rago reports from Dallas re: the opening of Calatrava's bridge that "evokes Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in shape and motivation," and "built as a connector to encourage development and expansion into satellite neighborhoods" (great pix).

•   Maltzan now dons the mantle to design the Art Center College of Design's expansion in Pasadena (our fingers are crossed it doesn't devolve a la the Koshalek/Gehry debacle).

•   The inaugural Frieze New York taps SO-IL for a "sinuous" Randall's Island pavilion.

•   Finalists named in RIBA competition to re-envision a former colliery in Merseyside.

•   Koolhaas holds court to talk about his fascination with Japanese Metabolists and "the purity of their celebrity, long before the word 'starchitect' took a negative turn."

•   Q+A with Denari re: "where the architecture profession and architectural education are heading - for better and for worse."

•   Kolasinski leaves the Smithsonian to oversee Chipperfield's 40-acre plan for The Menil Collection.

•   Safdie's "quirky" Habitat 67 might have won the Lego contest, but "the thrill of victory has been tempered by the sting of rejection...Ironically enough, it was originally inspired by Lego blocks."

•   Deadline reminder: Call for entries: Architect magazine's 6th Annual R+D Awards (U.S., Canada, and Mexico).


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