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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 6, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early-morning obligations will prevent us from posting tomorrow, but we'll return Friday, February 8.

•   We lose Toan, a master who "helped change the course of college-campus library design in North America."

•   Florida reports on a new, "especially timely and useful" report offering "a range of useful suggestions and lessons on how to combine high density and high livability."

•   Edmonton, Canada's mayor, who has zero tolerance for architectural "crap," is behind a "bold series of architectural and urban planning initiatives" to transform the city's downtown core and suburbs (involving lots of architects!).

•   A more detailed look at SCAPE's plan to bring Lexington, KY's underground river into the daylight with "a procession of distinct 'blue rooms'" (great pix).

•   Marseille has high hopes - and big makeover plans - to live up to its designation as European Capital of Culture for 2013.

•   Budapest's popular "ruin pubs have been a catalyst for gentrification," but as the neighborhood goes upscale, pseudo-ruin pubs are popping up "to cater to a clientele that wants the ruin pub experience but prefers a slightly more sanitized version" (we like the look of the gritty ones!).

•   Chaban (from his new perch at Crain's) reports on the DS+R/Rockwell-designed "Culture Shed" at Hudson Yard awaiting its final review (170,000 square feet is a "shed"?!!?).

•   High hopes for a rebirth of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's 1966 St. Peter's Seminary in Scotland (some sad - and hopeful - images).

•   Lubell on L.A. being bitten by the parklet bug.

•   Wainwright and Pallister shed light on "architecture's man of mystery" - Royal Gold Medalist Zumthor (both great reads!).

•   King has a chat with Berke re: receiving the first Berkeley-Rupp Prize, which promotes advancement of women in architecture, and why she doesn't talk much about being a woman in a male-dominated profession: it's "a conscious decision...and it gets to the core of a truth that architecture's fetish for icons can obscure: The best architects are defined by what gets built, not by the buzz they generate."

•   Clemence celebrates - with eloquence and his beautiful photography - Grand Central's centennial and why it remains "a relevant, vital, and inspiring urban space."

•   Call for entries: Core77 Design Awards 2013 (international).


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