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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

•   Shioiri-Clark takes on critics of a new hospital in rural Rwanda (and masterfully, we think): "We are paralyzed as a field if we are afraid to use our design skills to move beyond the strictly vernacular...it's more neo-colonialist to assume that African people don't want well-designed buildings and spaces."

•   Speaking of socially responsible design, Cooper-Hewitt's white paper "Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice" is now available for download.

•   Davidson cheers SHoP's new plans for the Domino Sugar refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront: "The city rarely gets this good a chance to extricate itself from a planning mistake" (it "sure is better than the alternative: the New Jersification of Brooklyn").

•   In Queensland, the redevelopment of Townsville's main street (which meant re-opening it to traffic) is "a highly nuanced response that plays out at a range of scales" in a "seamless integration of street furniture, architecture and planting so that the individual authorship of each discipline is virtually undetectable."

•   Brin explores an "architects' village": Philly's Northern Liberties neighborhood is an "urban experiment in design density" (lots of pix, but sadly, nary an architect mentioned).

•   Gehry returns to his design roots with a plan for a new tower and cultural complex in Santa Monica (reminds us a bit of New York by Gehry - in white).

•   Babbs practically bubbles over two new projects in Milan and Singapore that are examples of the growing trend in towering buildings-cum-gardens in dense urban areas.

•   Brake reports on Chipperfield's "understated addition" to the Saint Louis Art Museum, almost ready for its close-up.

•   When it comes to healthcare facilities, the "emerging field of evidence-based design" is a "purely logical tactic from a basic science perspective" - and can even save money.

•   A "gaggle of emerging and up-and-coming practices" are on the shortlist to design retirement homes for aging baby boomers.

•   For all you die-hard traditionalists, we couldn't resist a title like "The Dead Architects Society" proving a "resurgence of interest in Gilded Age mansions" by lesser-known, but none-the-less revered architects of yore (some in the slide show made our teeth ache).

•   The Balmond/Jencks-designed Star of Caledonia gets the thumbs-up, with hopes it will soon rise on Gretna's horizon.

•   An eyeful of the MIPiM Architectural Review Future Projects Award winners (an interesting mix of stunning and head-scratchers).

•   A good reason to be in Atlanta next week: Greenprints 2013 will focus on green building and urban sustainability while also addressing policy implications.

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): AIA UK 2013 Excellence in Design Awards, open to U.K.-based architects and international firms with projects in Britain + International I-Park 2013 Architects-in-Residence Environmental Art Biennale Program (architects wanted!).



  


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