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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

•   Goodyear cheers UNICEF's "The World We Want" online forum seeking "insight from the people who work on the ground in the world's biggest and most dysfunctional cities."

•   London preservationists square off with urban planners and developers re: skyscrapers near heritage sites - concerned that Unesco would consider adding them to the "Heritage in Danger" list.

•   Beal and Lee issue a plea for Massachusetts to not "abdicate its responsibility" for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, which is now "on life support": the High Line and Millennium Park "have created prosperity, acclaim, and tourism. Why not here in Boston?"

•   On a brighter note, NYC begins restoration of its oldest bridge, closed since 1970, transforming it into a grand promenade for pedestrians and bicyclists high above the Harlem River.

•   Litt tackles the dilemma of a Passive House replacing a historic mansion: it "exemplifies a clash between two positive values - historic preservation and environmental sustainability."

•   Chan queries Bone re: his upcoming "Lessons From Modernism" exhibition that "attempts to dispel the stigmatized conception of modern architecture" when it comes to green design.

•   Rago raves about the Louvre's newest gallery; "It may appear to be a giant sheet floating in the breeze, but the new Department of Islamic Art is grounded by some pretty formidable engineering."

•   AIA and NIBS launch BRIK, a free building research portal that "connects building science researchers, practitioners, and users."

•   The Australian Graduate survey doesn't bode well for rectifying the salary disparity between the genders in the architecture and building industry (it's even worse than last year).

•   On a brighter note, Public Architecture's fourth survey of pro-bono service by U.S. firms finds "leadership buy-in is increasing, and pro bono is becoming a fundamental part of practice."

•   The Istanbul Biennial (titled "Mom, am I Barbarian?") will explore "the notion of the public domain as a political forum" (we love the title!).

•   Getty kicks off Pacific Standard Time 2.0: it may be "smaller in scope than the previous iteration," but is still impressive.

•   The AIA 2013 Twenty-five Year Award goes to Piano's Menil Collection in Houston: "this modest neighborhood museum set a new precedent in museum architecture."

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): 2013 IES Illumination Awards + Architecture of Necessity 2013 international triennial for sustainable community building.


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