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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

•   Goldhagen and Williams offer very interesting takes on the darker side of Niemeyer and the "beauty and inhumanity" of his architecture; "is there anything worth salvaging from his complex legacy?"

•   Iovine, on the other hand, considers "his commitment to an architecture that placed people and pleasure at its core."

•   Hunt makes thoughtful connections between Niemeyer and his contemporaries in music and literature - his work is "part of larger whole in ways some criticisms of it may have missed."

•   A handful of starchitects and others expound on how the Brazilian architect influenced them and their profession.

•   A British Brutalist masterpiece faces an iffy future.

•   On a lighter note, Makovsky talks to the children of midcentury masters about growing up in a world surrounded by design.

•   A special report finds many green schools are "long on promise, short on delivery"; there's a new rating system that "emphasizes features that affect students as opposed to the outdoor environment."

•   Grabar cheers the Empowerhouse passive house landing on its permanent site in D.C.

•   Sydney's Darling Harbour picks an impressive team for its makeover.

•   The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has big expansion plans (design competition open to Quebec architects only).

•   Gallagher rounds up the "bumper crop" of winners in the Detroit by Design 2012 competition to reimagine the city's riverfront.

•   An in-depth look at Höweler + Yoon's Shareway 2030 - a "radical transportation vision" for the Boswash mega-region.

•   Yale celebrated women in architecture: the good news: Yale women are everywhere; the bad news: "there are still wide and puzzling gender-related disparities in architectural practice and opportunity."

•   One we couldn't resist: Duckzilla sails up the Thames (this one quacked us up).

•   Call for entries: Call for Housing Research Proposals, the MacArthur Foundation's five-year, $25 million research initiative + Visionary (re)generation Open International Competition for a sustainable campus community for the University of Manitoba + RFP for adaptive re-use of Governors Island's historic district buildings + Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge for the future of NYC's public pay telephones.


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