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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

•   Cheers for Olympic gag order (finally) being lifted (British Olympic Association snagged £2 million from U.K. government for the privilege, says the Guardian), and RIBA Awards extends deadline for 2012 Olympics entries.

•   Goodyear cheers New York governor's "willingness to talk in plain English about the new reality" in a post-Sandy world: "Maybe Mother Nature doesn't want you here."

•   King parses the new reality for San Francisco Bay conservation agency: now, more than just protecting the coast from over-development, it's rising sea levels.

•   New report from U.K. think-tank calls for flattening "ugly" social housing towers and replacing with terraced houses: "demolishing these structures and rebuilding them with higher densities was simply 'repeating the errors of the past.'"

•   Preservationists in a battle to save "a model of resort design" in the Canary Islands.

•   An "exclusive peek" (lots of pix!) at Abu Dhabi's Masdar City: it "hasn't quite lived up to its original ambitions. But it has come fairly close."

•   Elkus Manfredi tapped to design Abu Dhabi's next luxury shopping and dining destinations (a Columbus Circle in the desert).

•   Sydney taps SOM and Andersen Hunter Horne for Barangaroo master plan.

•   Litt looks at the four shortlisted concepts for Kent State's new architecture school; Weiss/Manfredi "is the best" - but all of them "portray architecture as a profession in a state of confusion, if not crisis, over its future."

•   Slevin offers a lively Q&A with Weiss and Manfredi (with a little hero-worship thrown in).

•   Chan queries Holl re: his plans for Virginia Commonwealth University's Institute for Contemporary Art: is there "a big message about art that you hope the building communicates?" "No."

•   A French architect wins damages from Arles Archaeological Museum for a new wing added "without his consent" - it "violated his intellectual rights" (though wing will be allowed to stay).

•   Lamb Hart's New Humanism: Part 7: "Our search for orientation helps us conquer the unknown."

•   Winners all: 2012 Annual Design Review Awards are "a unique barometer of the business of architecture" + 34th Annual Interiors Awards winners (great presentations of all!).

•   Call for entries: Brazilian Scientific Station in Antarctica + Deborah J. Norden Fund Travel/Study Grants + Call for papers: Nexus 2014: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics.


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