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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 19, 2012

•   Ransford on the struggle to find the "game changer" when it comes to discussing the "D" word (development and/or density): "Consensus will only come from a constructive dialogue. Yelling at each other isn't getting us far."

•   Kolson Hurley delves into the question: "Would there be more women in architecture if there were more women in development?"

•   Architecture takes some blows to the chin today: it seems the stars have aligned to bring Moshe to Melbourne's Monash University, "evidence of a wider trend" of international starchitects working on local university projects.

•   Davies finds the Monash/Safdie project raises a number of questions: while "some universities are looking to glamorous architecture as a way of marketing their wares," why is it necessary "to go overseas to get a suitable designer"?

•   Will Zaha's new cultural center "'stitch' together the urban fabric of downtown Montpellier and the distant working-class neighborhood"?

•   Meades minces no words: "Architects are the last people who should shape our cities. Appointing architects to conceive places is like appointing foxes to advise on chicken security."

•   Beckett admires Meades' "bristling prose" in "Museum Without Walls": his writing is "compellingly uncivil" and "zigzags between the lordly and the thuggish, between high culture and low...I hope he grumbles on for decades to come."

•   Betsky, fresh from jurying Taiwan's Keelung Harbor competition, explains why Denari won out over Asymptote: "The best scheme won. (I also have to admit that the second place winner would have been fantastic as well.)"

•   Russell brings home lessons from London's King's Cross station that might inform those who have spent 15 years "dithering over what to do about Penn Station's dim, filthy maze" in NYC.

•   Meanwhile, MAS has invited Foster, SOM, and WXY to re-think the public spaces in and around the glorious Grand Central Terminal.

•   Cavagnero gives a behind-the-scenes look at "the first standalone jazz performance hall in the U.S.," San Francisco's "SFJAZZ finally has a place to park its piano."

•   Austin, TX, gets its first look at four finalists' "ambitious" designs to re-imagine downtown's Waller Creek: "Any of the four designs, if built, would likely become instant destinations, on par with Manhattan's High Line and Chicago's Millennium Park."

•   Greensboro, NC, taps Hugh Hardy to design its new performing arts center.

•   Saffron cheers Furness finally being feted properly, but bemoans "despite the growing admiration, Philadelphia continues to lose his buildings at a steady rate."

•   The upcoming Education for Sustainability | International Greening Education conference in Germany will explore "effective ways to integrate sustainability across the education sector."

•   Park(ing) Day 2012 launches world-wide on Friday!

•   An eyeful of the 2012 Animal Architecture Awards winners ("Bat Cloud" takes 1st Place).

•   Deadline looms: 34th Annual Interiors Awards Competition.


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