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Today’s News - Thursday, May 3, 2012

•   Welton cheers (and so do we!) the three winning teams in the National Mall competition whose "designs bring a vibrant, 21st-century attitude to the Mall. They're nothing if not ambitious, but they're sensitive to their sites and surroundings too."

•   A stellar line-up of winners in the Cooper-Hewitt 2012 National Design Awards.

•   Dvir reports that four out of 81 firms made it through the first stage of Israel's still-contentious National Library competition.

•   Helsinki rejects Guggenheim Museum plan despite the mayor's efforts (if you speak Finnish, you can link to the memorandum, though it doesn't provide a reason for the rejection).

•   A poet ponders whether the venues built for the London Olympics will leave an artistic legacy (a fascinating read).

•   Rochon takes a hard-hat tour of the UN HQ that's never really gotten the "attention that it deserves as a masterwork of modernism," but the good news: the "original 1950s aesthetic will thankfully be honored."

•   Bernstein tackles the growing trend of cities building or expanding their convention centers despite a shrinking market (it's good news for architects, at least).

•   KPF snags Goldman Sachs' London HQ project.

•   Meier is set to bring "his taut and planar aesthetic" to Rio - and got to visit Niemeyer, "one of his role models" (though he found Brasilia a bit "overwhelming").

•   Lange and Berg offer their takes on "Kickstarter urbanism": the approach is "ill-suited" for the timelines for urban projects - "maybe you should go offline and to your community board meeting" vs. there are a few "effective examples" that make the approach "a real possibility."

•   Q+A with Ando re: winning this year's Neutra Award and the role he believes that architects should play in society.

•   Raja on the "not-so-newbie" Kimmelman: his "interest in social issues and public space-making are emblematic of the contemporary trend."

•   Brussat likes his brother's idea for an "American Idol"-style TV show ("Architecture Idol" - what else?) "to help people select better architecture for cities and towns" instead of leaving it up to "experts of the design elite."

•   A good reason to start making plans to head to Madrid in July: IE/TUG Summer School will "explore the consequences and opportunities that derive from the gross overbuilding of the past decade."

•   One we couldn't resist (and nothing to do with architecture): for £300, you can have your dog and eat it to - a "sugar and cute fix all in one bite" (maybe for some).


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