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Today’s News - Thursday, June 14, 2012

•   McGuigan ponders whether the soaring costs of the 2012 Olympics will be justified: "Tune in a decade from now to see how that brand of city making has begun to take hold."

•   Lubell bemoans LA County's transit agency bureaucracy that may seem to be in favor of "vision plans," but "is organized to promote engineering and the bottom line over design at every turn" (consider plans to demolish the A+D Museum for a transit station "that could easily go elsewhere," but the Peterson Automotive Museum will stay: "Need I say more?").

•   Meanwhile, his sources say Grimshaw and Gruen have won the commission to master plan the L.A. Union Station commission "(our leak is unconfirmed)."

•   Belz adds his voice to the clamor over Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "A happy resolution would allow" his design "to be admired and enjoyed as one of many curious and far-fetched visions never executed" (that's the kind part).

•   Rose meets up with Piano on the eighth floor of his "great glass elevator" (a.k.a. the Shard); his response to critics: "You do not get hostility because you are wrong, but because people have a fear of change."

•   Reddy wishes Roche Happy Birthday - it's the master's 90th (and he's still hard at work - just not on Saturdays anymore).

•   Altabe on the return of McMansions: the irony is "they're cropping up now because they're cheap."

•   Two new "elegant waterfront firehouses" in NYC "communicate, architecturally and urbanistically, the specific function of these iconic buildings" (great pix).

•   McGrew offers up the "hidden" (and totally fascinating) history of Neutra's Kaufmann House (fab photos!).

•   Sokol reports on NTHP's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Sites: "The diverse list reflects the many kinds of threats that preservationists face" (there are some hopeful - and happy - endings).

•   The 2012 MASterworks Winners are led by New York by Gehry.

•   Wanted: a Public Interest Design Director for the University of Minnesota College of Design.

•   Call for entries: Bloomberg Philanthropies launches the "Mayors Challenge" for "breakthrough solutions" to urban problems + Spark:Concept Awards 2012 (student and professional) + AIAS/Kawneer Student Design Competition: Enlightening Libraries.

•   EDITOR's NOTE: our heartfelt thanks to AIANY for bestowing a Special Citation on ArchNewsNow at the Chapter's 145th Annual Meeting last night - we are truly honored to be among such amazing company!


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