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Today’s News - Monday, April 23, 2012

•   Rudolph alert: the architects behind the renovation/expansion of Paul Rudolph's UMass Dartmouth Library will present their solutions to similar challenges faced by the OCGC to Orange County officials tomorrow.

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Gehry and BIG's twisting towers in Hong Kong and Vancouver.

•   Rochon at her most eloquent re: what a 9-year-old's cardboard arcade and an architect working with a remote Canadian aboriginal community have in common: "when we connect design with the human desire to craft and construct...the heart is pumped back into architecture."

•   Anderton talks to an urban planner and landscape architect about "Caine's Arcade," L.A.'s search for a new design for the 6th Street Bridge, and much more.

•   Jacobs looks at what might be in store for Atlantic City: "Overall, the master plan is well-intentioned, decent, smart - and perhaps, ultimately, doomed" (but maybe not).

•   Chappell calls for a ceasefire between critics and champions of plans for 8 Washington on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

•   News from Iraq is not all bad: Urban planners and architects "are at the vanguard" and "looking to Lebanon for inspiration as they rebuild Iraq" + Construction is underway for the $100 million Baghdad Mall (though challenges persist) + High hopes to revive Corbu's Baghdad Gymnasium.

•   A round-up of mixed reviews for revamped Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

•   Moore travels to the top of the Shard: "It's hard to know what to do except gawp" - "an object of urban fascination" - "a work of the punk urbanism" (we're still not sure if he actually likes it).

•   A look at how the "Small Hospital, Big Idea" competition winners hope to transform California healthcare design.

•   Dvir ponders the future of Tel Aviv hotels from the 1960s and 70s, and whether they will lose their "original modernist spirit" in a "marathon of renewal."

•   Lubell compiles a Shulman trail guide to visit mid-century modern masterpieces made iconic by the photographer.

•   An interesting line-up of winners in the 2012 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers.

•   Call for entries/Call for papers: "Smart Materials for Design and Architecture" seminar as part of a special exhibition at the red dot design museum in Essen in July.


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