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Today’s News - Monday, March 11, 2013

•   The saddest images we've seen in a long time: Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama being demolished.

•   The newest edition of SimCity produces Sneedville: "My ill-fated city faced two challenges that are all too familiar for real urban areas."

•   De Chant pleads for architects to stop drawing trees on top of skyscrapers because the "fad is fantasy": "Life sucks up there" for "just about everything else except peregrine falcons."

•   Kuwabara is disappointed in his profession's failure to design more energy-efficient buildings in Canada: "we are just not taking it that seriously" (and LEED ratings are "ridiculous").

•   Hume says "urbanism comes hard everywhere in Canada"; even Calgary's progressive mayor bemoans: "Why do we make it so hard to do good stuff?"

•   Litt is a bit more optimistic about Cleveland's "revolution in attitudes toward public space, city streets and walkability" - it "is essential, not a frill."

•   Livingston looks at why good architecture matters in Edmonds, just north of Seattle; unfortunately, "what developers and their architects sold to the citizenry was a democratic version of the International/Moderne style(s). What developers basically ignored, and continue to ignore, is context."

•   Brussat sees a rendering for a new development "so lovely that I almost wept for joy," so he visits another by the same developer "to see how well that rendering had been transformed into reality - it was more pleasing than the final product."

•   Q&A with Kennedy and Kugel re: their "singular and synergistic approach to architecture, infrastructure, and civic space."

•   Moore has high hopes for the Southbank Centre revamp that "might just work" so that "not only can the older buildings still breathe, but they can in some ways fulfill their original intentions better than ever."

•   Hadid's cultural "megaplex" in China is a "massive urban project of swirly sculptural objects" that "constitutes a strange 'pedestrian-friendly' Martian landscape" (and "home to the largest concentration of Zaha's work on earth").

•   What looks like it could be a museum, classroom, or laboratory on a boarding school campus in Connecticut is, in fact, a biomass power plant.

•   Badger finds out from Hsiang and Mendis what they plan to do with their $100,000 Latrobe Prize for the "The City of 7 Billion" project: it's "an attempt to involve architects in big-picture questions more often debated by economists and geographers and social scientists."

•   Millard digs deep into "the field of materials science in search of the next transformative technology" (some pretty cool stuff - the trick will be to get some high-profile architects to start using...).

•   Heathcote waxes poetic about islands of every sort: "the architecture of the island itself reflects with crystal clarity the values of the societies that build them."

•   Eyefuls of the Trimo Urban Crash shortlist for the Bike Base competition: Ljubljana, Slovenia, "will get a welcome new addition to the city's built urban mix" (public voting now open).

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): RFP: Downtown Green Bay Master Plan + Envision 2040: visualize what Orlando will look like in 2040.


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