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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

•   An architect's call for "design entrepreneurs": "Design for the public good is expanding and coalescing as a movement and a viable, necessary practice."

•   Moore minces no words about what he thinks of Liverpool Waters plan: it's "a wannabe Dubai, or a Shanghai-lite, plonked carelessly next to the historic buildings" that will destroy the city's historic character (and possibly lose its UENESCO Historic Site status).

•   Hatherley contends cities would be "better off listening to the occupiers than developers" for ideas to fill in the empty spaces left by stalled/failed projects: the "failure of imagination is mind-boggling," and the "contrast with the instant universities, health centers and libraries of the Occupy movements is telling."

•   Australian architects and the Green Building Council are concerned that the planned Tax Breaks for Green Buildings program may be postponed (again) - or be scrapped entirely.

•   Rose offers a slide show essay of Ai Weiwei and H&deM's Serpentine Pavilion - "an underground maze of contoured cork, hidden under a watery roof."

•   Iovine brings us an eyeful of Moussavi's MOCA Cleveland (lots of blue involved).

•   Paletta cheers Brutalism's "narrow victory" in Orange County and gives us a look at some other county office buildings that should give us pause: "In recent years, civic architecture has relentlessly inclined towards mediocrity or worse" (with pix to prove it!).

•   NBBJ's Gates Foundation HQ in Seattle "reveals the true planning, strategy, workplace design, and organization for the foundation" (looks like a great place to work!).

•   The Jamaica Institute of Architects honors its contribution "to nation building, as Jamaica celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence."

•   Doris Duke's once famed (and "gilded") estate in New Jersey is now a public park "with a specific mission: Teach visitors to be good environmental stewards."

•   Niemeyer is in stable condition after being hospitalized last week suffering from pneumonia and dehydration; we wish him a speedy recovery.

•   Syracuse University School of Architecture dean Mark Robbins heads to Manhattan to head up the International Center of Photography (he'll be a hard act to follow!).

•   Kamin heads to Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship (bravo!) with plans to "return to my job refreshed and refocused...and, in the process, to demonstrate anew why newspapers should cover this inescapable art" (called architecture).

•   A good reason to be in NYC next week: the 24th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair and NY Design Week 2012 will be in full swing.

•   One we couldn't resist: 30 totally amazing bookshelves.

•   Call for entries: 2012 LAGI International Design Competition for High School Students: proposals for a pragmatic art installation for Freshkills Park, Staten Island, NYC (deadline reminder for professionals as well).


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