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Today’s News - Monday, April 2, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us Coop Himmelb(l)au in Lyon, Hadid in London, and some amazing photography that is "The poetry of the skeleton" (of buildings).

•   We lose Lockwood, whose "Bricks and Brownstone" is a "bible for buffs, architects and preservationists."

•   An engineer challenges Shuttleworth's call for engineers to stand up to architects: "The issue is not the clichés of the timidity of engineers or the overweening ego of architects, but society's assumption that big business naturally means big and shiny...Rather than pick on the engineers, work on the perception of the public."

•   A report by the Council of Australian Governments finds "cities' planning needs a shake-up."

•   MAS sponsors a lively debate re: NYU's massive expansion plan in Greenwich Village and "what the city might do to better balance the needs of large institutions with those of the community and city at large."

•   Hume hails a Waterfront Toronto report that "reaffirms what we all knew: city-building requires patience," with a waterfront that "needs to be protected from ignorant and grasping politicians every bit as much as it does from floods."

•   Rochon is a bit more heartened with a new residential development in Toronto's west end that will bring "some contemporary design meat" to the neighborhood.

•   In a region of rural China, lavish villas dating back centuries may have a new lease on life, "drawing the attention of scholars, tourists and filmmakers."

•   A Mies masterpiece in Berlin to get a makeover as Chipperfield is tapped for the revamp.

•   University at Buffalo announces an impressive shortlist for a new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; we won't see proposals until May, but UB School of Architecture and Planning folks were happy to talk about them.

•   Three finalists in Kaiser Permanante's "Small Hospitals, Big Idea" competition offer visions of what the future of healthcare might look like (fresh-baked bread included).

•   Chaban gets Goldberger's take on his move from The New Yorker to Vanity Fair (our fingers are crossed PG's words won't get locked behind yet another pay wall!).

•   Goldberger, meanwhile, pens a brief but eloquent tribute to Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial for its 30th anniversary: "It is still far and away the greatest memorial of modern times."

•   Lubell minces no words when it comes to the divide between architectural education and practice: "schools have become incredibly sophisticated laboratories for theoretical and technical discourse. But those skills are not sufficient...for the issues, challenges and constraints of the real world."

•   Welton on Graves's Driehaus Prize and Rogers' Henry Hope Reed Award: they "represent the best of what classicists can symbolize in 2012: They're interpreting age-old, proven values, in new ways."

•   Even the most banal detail was the subject of intense debate in designing the ultimate taxi for NYC: "it was a very urban and derelict environment that we wanted to change" (alas, no mention of its carbon foot print - 'er, tire tread).

•   Why April is one of our favorites: it's National Landscape Architecture Month (we're dreaming of diggin' in the dirt!).

•   We couldn't resist: last week was Mies's 126th birthday: "he's seen as arguably the first architect to have the last word," says Rose + Q&A with the designer who volunteered to create a Google doodle for the master: "it was going to be my first architect doodle and Mies Van Der Rohe is not a bad first at all."


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