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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

•   The public realm rules today: the winning design in the Green Square Library & Plaza competition "gives the space back to Sydney."

•   The Smithsonian taps BIG to come up with a campus master plan: "there's no telling when or if it will implement Ingels' designs, but it will be fascinating to see what he comes up with."

•   North of the border, Hume hails "Toronto's newfound interest in parks - we are going from being a city that cared mostly about buildings to one focused on the spaces between buildings."

•   Luka lauds Montreal's "encouraging if somewhat controversial" Quartier des Spectacles: it's "a fine example of a compelling Canadian tendency toward reurbanism."

•   Winnipeg is re-imagining its own downtown spaces with proposals to take "underused spaces most of us would not even notice and transform them into high-density hubs of urban activity."

•   Chicago's mayor has big plans for the Windy City's riverfront, but "before he barges ahead, he'd do well to take some lessons from what worked - and what didn't - in three other cities."

•   NRDC's Henderson considers this a "Burnham moment" for the Chicago River's future, before it becomes "a stinking lagoon at the center of our downtown, neighborhoods, and suburbs."

•   A "new crop of bridge replacements has Los Angeles poised to remake its image - with style."

•   Moby riffs on "baffling, Byzantine, fantastically uncohesive'' L.A. architecture in all its "mind-numbingly complicated" glory.

•   PBS MetroFocus presents a look at three regions still struggling to cope, post-Sandy; MAS's Cipolla on plans to make major changes to Manhattan's East Midtown area; and CUF's Giles on the new roles NYC libraries have in their communities.

•   Portland State University extends the city's downtown cultural district.

•   Lamb Hart's A New Humanism: Part 11 looks at "the connections between intentions and expectations - we often enjoy surprises, but we still crave the pleasure of a basic predictability."

•   Three architects in Egypt launch Mini Architect, "a program designed to help children master daily life skills and function more effectively."

•   Blast from the past: a 1957 interview with FLW exhibits "his trademark eloquence and blistering opinions" (such as "distaste" for the Sydney Opera House, and a warning to NYC that if it doesn't acquire more green space immediately, it will be "uninhabitable").

•   Starchitects design rugs for a non-profit that benefits master female weavers in a poverty-stricken province of Afghanistan: "Today, we employ 700 people in an area that looks like the moon."

•   An impressive list of winners of the ICAA 2013 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition.

•   Call for entries: BIA 2013 Brick in Architecture Awards (U.S. & Canada).


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