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Today’s News - Thursday, December 6, 2012

•   Sad news day: Oscar Niemeyer has passed away a week shy of his 105th birthday. After scanning dozens of obituaries, we selected five very different informative and/or heartfelt tributes by Ouroussoff (with link to Kimmelman's '05 profile), Glancey, and Lord Foster, among others.

•   Shortlisted winners in Melbourne's Flinders Street Station design competition are warned to stay away from "long-listers" exhibition of the rejected designs for fear it "might lead to wrangling over intellectual property."

•   King parses the shortlisted "head-turners" in San Francisco's Fort Mason design competition.

•   Litt x 2: Skeptics who "fretted" that Moussavi's MOCA Cleveland "would be a downer" because "the dark material would look depressing" have nothing to fear: it is "a gorgeous addition to the city...sleek, elegant and mysterious...voluptuous and highly tailored."

•   He cheers the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (finally) moving ahead with plans for a bold makeover.

•   An eyeful of the winner - and shortlisted losers - in competition to design Basel's new aquarium.

•   Lamb Hart launches a new series exploring New Humanism in architecture, landscapes, and urban design, "essentially positive, optimistic acts."

•   Q&A with Martha Schwartz re: how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability: "If you don't really understand people's cultural values, you'll get it wrong."

•   Q&A with Aric Chen re: his curatorial aim for Hong Kong's new M+ museum to place Asia at the center of design history, "a very different perspective than any other museum has taken."

•   Loomans illuminates the current status of FLW's David Wright house in Phoenix: "It is moment of reckoning for the city."

•   Wainwright, meanwhile, ponders a sticky wicket (a.k.a. authenticity) re: FLW's heart-shaped island north of Manhattan (now for sale): "The design bears all the hallmarks of Wright. But all is not as it seems."

•   EPA announces the winners of the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement (great presentations).

•   A good reason to be in Accra, Ghana, Dec. 21: ArchiAfrika Accra hosts this year's Global Holcim Awards Gold winner, Diébédo Francis Kéré.

•   One we couldn't resist: 10 Le Corbusier Facts (#10: Dali was quoted describing Corbu's buildings as "the ugliest and most unacceptable buildings in the world" - and they were friends!).

•   Call for entries: 4th Biennial International Trimo Urban Crash Competition: "Bike Base": a challenge for architecture and design students.


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