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Today’s News - Thursday, February 21, 2013

•   Fabulous finalists in Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge: "Watch, engage, and share these bold ideas" (really terrific presentations and great ideas!).

•   Millard reports on a gathering of city officials and planners to find out "How're we doin'?" in the post-Sandy NYC: it's good news/bad news.

•   Florida crunches the numbers to be found in "7.2 SQ MI," a new report on Downtown Detroit's comeback.

•   San Antonio is "seriously rebuilding itself," with architects taking active design very seriously: "good design is good for us."

•   Woodman cheers Ireland's youngest architecture school: Limerick itself "has been a particular focus of the school's attention, elevating the ambitions of the local authority"; the school "is fast emerging as an exemplary model of what a regional architecture school might be."

•   Wainwright cheers a short-term initiative at London's Architecture Foundation "to explore the implications of the opaque Localism Act - and help communities plan their looks set to raise important questions about the future of participatory planning."

•   Lubell brings us eyefuls of big plans for Shanghai's riverfront: SWA brought Morphosis on board to develop the site's architecture (though not yet named the official architect for the project).

•   Anderton tackles "duplitecture in China" with an interesting group of folks discussing the country's "copycat culture"; another gathering talks about "nostalgia for Palm Springs Modernism."

•   Speaking of Modernism - another Rudolph high school in Sarasota is in danger: "It all bears an eerie reminder of the ill-fated Riverview High School" (torn down in 2009).

•   Another "Jet Age relic in peril" at JFK: the 1960 Pan Am Worldport "serves as a reminder that air travel was once seen as an exotic luxury"; Delta wants to turn it into a parking lot for planes, but an online campaign to preserve it is gaining traction.

•   Olcayto raises questions: "Why choose Fujimoto for Serpentine pavilion over rising UK stars?"; the 12-year program's "legacy is not an emboldened construction industry, it is the pop-up and the notion of design as a desirable but pricey bolt-on."

•   Piano duet: a colorful "flat-pack" auditorium for earthquake-ravaged L'Aquila, Italy (great pix) + he's joined by wHY to renovate and expand Harvard Art Museums (alas, no pix).

•   Davidson on DS+R/Rockwell's Culture Shed for Hudson Yards: it's "a new kind of architectural creature, strange and thrilling" - though "there are reasons for skepticism," if it's built, it will be "a marvelous machine for creating."

•   Wainwright finds himself in a Wonderland of a play space at Royal London Hospital: it's "a jumbo dose of delight" and "a triumph of simple, thoughtful design."

•   U.K. architecture students call for an end to unpaid internships (despite RIBA's efforts to "to put an end to the employment practice").

•   "The City of 7 Billion" research proposal takes the $100,000 2013 Latrobe Prize to study "the entire world as a single urban entity."

•   Call for entries: Modern Craft Project: an international quest to find contemporary craftsmen who bring traditional skills into the modern day.


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