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Today’s News - Monday, October 22, 2012

•   ArcSpace offers eyefuls of Hadid in Montpellier, and Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos in Portugal.

•   Beijing Design Week is doing its part in revitalizing the city's crumbling neighborhoods.

•   A big day for winners: CTBUH names Nouvel's Doha Tower 2012 Best Tall Building.

•   Höweler + Yoon take home the €100,000 2012 Audi Urban Future Award.

•   From Down Under, Sydney picks a shortlist in its Green Square Library and Plaza design competition + It's a banner year for Andrew Burns.

•   The Society of Architectural Historians announces winners in its inaugural Awards for Architectural Excellence (way to go, Gwen!).

•   SOM, WXY, and Foster offer up some really grand plans for NYC's Grand Central + They each tell their story (with link to lotsa pix).

•   Taylor takes on ArtPlace's new Vibrancy Indicators intended to measure the success of their grants and grantees.

•   Vuocolo takes issue with Frank's criticism of buzzwords like "vibrant": "trying to measure it means that policymakers are at least acknowledging some of the abstract qualities that make communities appealing."

•   Rochon is heartened by what she finds at the Winnipeg Design Festival: the city "is being changed by its highly energized, collegial architects, who are demanding more from each other - and of architecture - than are many of their overworked colleagues" elsewhere.

•   Bruhn tools around with Cook at his new school of architecture in Queensland, Australia, and cheers "un-programmable spaces for critiques, group work and exhibitions (and of course alumni gossip)."

•   Former MIT dean Zhang Yonghe returns home to Beijing to transform the halls of Ullens Center into a hutong neighborhood: "What is China's architecture today? It seems that the connection between a house and the people living in it has been lost."

•   Eliasson lights up the Ukrainian sky with "Dnepropetrovsk Sunrise" for Pinchuk's new steel mill: "we wonder if citizens and steel melters need all this" (great slide show, though).

•   Don't look for Hadid Shumacher Architects to be the firm's new moniker any time soon, though "she conceded that Schumacher was 'the king of parametricism.'"

•   Heathcote finds "a number of intriguing similarities" in two very different homes belonging to Soane and Goldfinger that "remain London's most inspirational interiors."

•   Q&A with architect and author Lukeš re: Gocár's "significance for Czech architecture" (and the only surviving Cubist café in the world).

•   One we couldn't resist: a Serbian film director's plans to build a "mini-town" theme park sparks controversy in Visegrad, scene of atrocities in Bosnian war: "his aim is to teach Bosnia's Serbs about their past, including the bits they do not like."


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