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Today’s News - Thursday, April 19, 2012

•   Mori pays eloquent tribute to Yoshiko Sato, a talent and a spirit gone much too soon.

•   Pedersen and Krier mince no words from opposite sides of the Eisenhower Memorial debate (must-reads - ouch x 2!).

•   Quirk delves into where the future for (hopeful) architects may be now that the recession has caused the current models of academia and practice have "let down so many of their peers...public-interest design firms have an edge" and offer "a new model to follow" (the other must-read of the day).

•   Chaban (only slightly cheekily) reports on the next starchitect to sign on for a Hudson Yards project.

•   Stoelker reports from NYC Landmarks Commission hearing re: plans for South Street Seaport's Pier 17: "a little slice of PoMo might survive after all" (though not as much as "preservationistas" would like).

•   Minneapolis's Peavey Plaza gets a reprieve from the wrecking ball (for now, at least).

•   Kamin (sort of) cheers the Chicago's new "Big Blue" bridge: the views are great, and it "opens the door to new forms of recreation and transportation" - but it falls short of being an urban icon.

•   Fortmeyer offers an in-depth look at how GIS is being used by designers, relief agencies, and policy-makers to "plot recovery efforts, anticipate the effects of climate change, and create more livable urban environments."

•   Three reports from the recent Institute of Architects of Pakistan's confab: "the dominant mood" was "one of questioning design arrogance...the consensus was that perhaps now is the time to go back to our roots" (a ray of hope in a difficult part of the world, we hope!).

•   Winners all: 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects + 2012 NZIA Architecture Awards (great presentations) + AIA Florida names Top 100 Buildings ("Somewhere Morris Lapidus is smiling").

•   Call for entries/ RFQ: U.S. Department of State issues call for A/E design services for a new residential facility for embassy personnel in Paris + 2012 International Animal Architecture Awards: "Urban Animal."



  


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