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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 6, 2012

•   Lambert and Bumbaru call for a stop to the demolition of an "extraordinary group of Romanesque Revival buildings" or "Montreal and the province of Quebec stand to lose an essential part of their cultural identity."

•   A great report on a program that tackled Foster's plans for the New York Public Library that make some preservationists "cringe" (starchitecture not withstanding).

•   The public is welcome to offer their input re: 3 options being put forth for Rudolph's Sarasota High School renovations. Meanwhile, Long Beach, California, seems to be taking the "traditional and uninspiring scorched-earth policy of demolish and re-build versus renovate and rehabilitate" with plans to replace an "amazing collection of historic school buildings."

•   On a more contemporary note, Finch says English Heritage is too obsessed with tall towers.

•   Plans for new development in Ilfracombe, U.K. - which include Damian Hirst's 500 eco-homes - are unveiled (it all looks a bit twee to we).

•   Heathcote's heart seemed to have soared through the revamped Palais de Tokyo in Paris: "it is perhaps Europe's finest space at this scale" and "a viscerally memorable experience."

•   Corning Museum of Glass taps Thomas Phifer and Partners for a $64 million expansion (bravo!).

•   Nyren offers up 10 community/recreation centers that are "model design strategies and partnerships for strengthening communities."

•   The GSA scandal has "architects holding their breath" about how it might affect the Design Excellence Program ("My eyebrows went up and they haven't gone down," said Laurie Hawkinson).

•   Iovine reports on BWAF's "A View from the Future" forum that "was like a mini-TED: fact-packed, amusing and globally informed."

•   AIBC hands out awards for the best new architecture in British Columbia.


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