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Today’s News - Monday, February 4, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us Gehry's Biomuseo in Panama City, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' new pavilion, and loving living with the Shard.

•   Wainwright pays tribute to the master landscape architect behind London's Olympic Park: he "championed the cause of landscape architecture, a profession that he thought had too often been sidelined."

•   55 "illuminating and terrifying" acronyms "that show why we should be scared for our coastlines."

•   Badger delves into a national security scholar's contention that "a central piece of American security and strength in the 21st century will reside in walkable neighborhoods" (fascinating read).

•   Why urbanists and architects take issue with smart cities like Masdar City - they are not necessarily the solution to rising populations and fewer resources: "The majority of the cities that will be our cities of the future are already here."

•   Rochon minces no words about why Toronto's casino proposals "are so last century - an antiquated version of urbanity" that "undermines everything we should value about city life" (never mind parking for 4,000 cars).

•   Saffron is (mostly) heartened by "a grab bag of quickie, low-cost improvements that draw on the latest fashions in urban place-making" to make Philly's Ben Franklin Parkway more palatable for pedestrians.

•   Cheers for five stellar proposals to transform Lexington, KY's downtown "generic jungle of concrete and asphalt": the "compelling argument is not esthetic, but economic" (winner to be announced today).

•   Claims (mostly by developers - who else?) that NYC's Landmarks Preservation Commission is in overdrive: "Landmarking on steroids is bad for property owners, bad for business and bad for New York."

•   Bernstein digs into how designLAB's renovation and expansion of Rudolph's library at UM Dartmouth could "point the way toward saving other Rudolph buildings from the wrecking ball" (like the Orange County Government Center, we hope!).

•   Bey brings us a newly resurfaced 1968 film about Chicago's urban renewal efforts that "records a good deal of blight and some rather ghastly living conditions" (definitely worth a look-see).

•   Kamin at the gates: he leads students on a "foray into journalism" with the "Rate the Gates" project to "examine the art, history, and significance of Harvard Yard's many gates" + Final essays (and great pix!): the gates' "complete story - a tale of wealth, power, artistic vision, institutional and personal ambition, love and human tragedy - has never before been fully told" (until now).

•   An impressive list for Architectural League Emerging Voices 2013 (great presentations).

•   Help wanted: CTBUH is seeking an International Operations Director for its new office in Shanghai.

•   One we couldn't resist: Niemeyer + Converse: "The collaboration between every hipster's favorite trainer and every design buff's favorite communist" is not without a "fair share of irony."

•   Call for entries reminders (deadlines loom!): Arch Record's Good Design is Good Business 2013 + Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition: "Empower with Inclusive Design" + Call for papers: 2013 Architectural Institute of British Columbia Annual Conference (partnering with AIA for the first time).


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