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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 29, 2012

•   We lose Brierly, a "pioneering" woman architect who, even at 99, was "the conscience of Taliesin."

•   Ah, Venezia: Rose finds "a mood of reassessment in the air... that suggests inclusivity and anti-elitism."

•   Grabar is a bit more light-hearted in his assessment of Biennale, offering "The Most Intriguing Global Architecture Ideas You've Never Heard Of" (a most amusing read!).

•   Issue 3 of The Architect's Newspaper/Il Giornale Dell'Architettura's coverage (Zaha goes "ballistic").

•   Golden Lions, a Silver Lion, and Special Mentions handed out for best pavilions and exhibits.

•   Auckland's Vinegar Lane project is "seen as shift in urban design" for the city.

•   Capps reports on Washington, DC's The Wharf project: "not all waterfronts need to be harbors to be successful. And certainly not all waterfronts need to be parks."

•   Webb contrasts the urbanism of the (isolated) Pacific Design Center and (user-friendly) West Hollywood Park across the street (including a new library sporting "erudite exuberance"): recent initiatives "combine to make this 25-year-old city a beacon of good design and humane urbanism."

•   Berger wishes Seattle would get out of its grid mode and take cues from the Olmsteds: "We're less multi-modal than we are modal-maniacs. We shouldn't be fixing the Grid but finding new, organic ways to mess with it."

•   What Facebook picking Gehry for its new HQ "says about the company's hopes and dreams" - there's "evidence of a creative mind-meld."

•   Szenasy queries AIANY's Bell re: "how architects and their energetic leaders are changing themselves and their world."

•   Kansas State University picks an impressive shortlist of six for the renovation and expansion of its Seaton Hall.

•   Winners all: ASLA announces 2012 Professional & Student Awards (great presentation!) + SANAA's Sejima the first architectural mentor in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts program + it's Koolhaas's year to go all Brit: he snags the 2012 Jencks Award - along with his two Stirling Prize contenders.

•   Deadline looms: LFI 2013 Call for Speakers for LIGHTFAIR International 2013.


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